Ana Maria Portugal

PhD student

Ana Maria Portugal



Research Interests

I’m a Portuguese neuroscientist who moved to London to study for a PhD researching the impact of early visual experiences (e.g. daily use of digital technology such as touch screens devices) on the development of visual attention, attention control and vision. I’m working between the CBCD and the GOS Institute of Child Health at UCL. For my studies I’m planning to apply a wide range of developmental research methods: eye-tracking based measures of attention control and oculomotor behavior, visual function tests, developmental scales, actigraphy, online testing and egocentric camera recordings. My studies are funded by an ESRC 1+3 studentship (2015-2019).



Dr. Tim Smith

Prof. Jugnoo Rahi (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health)

Prof. Mark Johnson 



PhD Psychology, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck (2016 – present)

MSc Developmental Sciences (Distinction), Birkbeck (2015 – 2016)

MSc Health Sciences (18/20), University of Minho, Portugal (2011 – 2013)

BSc Applied Biology (16/20), University of Minho, Portugal (2008 – 2011)


Research Posts

Post-Graduate Research Assistant, Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, University of Minho, Portugal (2014)


Other activities

Volunteer Researcher at the Science Museum, London (2016)

AIESEC Volunteer Teacher in Kaohsiung Municipal Sinshang Primary School, Taiwan (2014)



Articles in refereed journals

Reis, J., Portugal, A. M., Fernandes, L., Afonso, N., Pereira, M., Sousa, N., & Dias, N. S. (2016). An alpha and theta intensive and short neurofeedback protocol for healthy aging working-memory training. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8.

Published Conference Proceedings

Reis, J., Portugal, A., Pereira, M. R., & Dias, N. (2015, April). Alpha and theta intensive neurofeedback protocol for age-related cognitive deficits. In Neural Engineering (NER), 2015 7th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on (pp. 715-718). IEEE.

Portugal, A. M., Ferreira, D. S., Reis, J. S., Pinho, F., & Dias, N. S. (2013, May). Cognitive intervention protocol for age-related memory impairments. In Serious Games and Applications for Health (SeGAH), 2013 IEEE 2nd International Conference on (pp. 1-6). IEEE.