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Marco Vasconcelos

Marco Vasconcelos

Assistant Professor


  • Researcher ID: A-3887-2015
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-1215-0749
  • Department: Department of Education and Psychology
  • Research Group: Functional Biodiversity
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Vasconcelos, M


Research interests

Animal Cognition
Animal Behavior
Animal Learning
Decision making in non-human animals

Academic degrees

PhD in Psychology, Purdue University, USA, 2008
MSc in Cognitive Sciences, University of Minho, Portugal, 2003
Major in Psychology (5-year degree), University of Minho, 1999

Scientific activities

Assistant Professor, Department of Education and Psychology, University of Aveiro (2016 - present)
Director of the Animal Learning and Behavior Laboratory, University of Minho (2015 - 16)
FCT Investigator, Department of Basic Psychology, University of Minho (2013 - 16)
FCT Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Basic Psychology, University of Minho (2012 - 13)
BBSRC Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Zoology of the University of Oxford (2011)
Marie Curie Research Fellow, Department of Zoology of the University of Oxford (2009 - 11)
FCT Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Zoology of the University of Oxford (2008 - 09)
Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychological Sciences of Purdue University (2005 - 08)
Research Assistant Department of Psychological Sciences of Purdue University (2004 - 08)

Others

Associate Editor, Behavioural Processes (2018 - present)
Associate Editor, Frontiers in Psychology (2013 - present)
Special Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (2016)
Guest Editor: Behavioural Processes, Volume 89, No. 2, (2012)

Publications

Projects

Scientific Supervision

Bolseiro de Investigação (Co-supervisor): Marilia Pinheiro de Carvalho (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Maria Inês Abreu Fortes (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Tiago Monteiro (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Valeria González (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Jose Alejandro Macias Ayala (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Cristina dos Santos (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Renata Cambraia (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Mehdi Bugallo (not a CESAM member)

Research Interests

My main stream of research deals with decision making and rationality. I integrate concepts and techniques from operant and developmental psychology and comparative cognition research with normative theoretical models from optimal foraging theory and microeconomics. To see the thread of my research it is worth defining decision making. Decisions are not so much a subclass of behavior but a way to investigate it; all behavior can be described as choice. In practice, however, researchers deal with preferences between alternatives modeling how they are valued and how valuation drives choices. I use optimality and learning theory to deal with valuation, and empirically supported algorithms to translate valuation into choice. I usually endeavor to develop a model of the causative process under investigation, if possible in mathematical language, and then test it by experiment.


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