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TI:"Foveal vs. Peripheral emotional cues activate differently the amygdala"
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DocumentFoveal vs. Peripheral emotional cues activate differently the amygdala2010

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2006
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 22 /2006
2006 Grants
Start date: 2007-01 - 2013-11
22 caixas de arquivo

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2006-094
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 21/2006
094 - Feedback modulation of visual processing by limbic circuits: A functional connectivity approach to visual face processing
Duration: 2008-01 - 2011-02
Miguel Castelo-Branco, Cristina Januário, Solange Silva, Aldina Reis, Catarina Mateus, Miguel Cordeiro
Institution(s): IBILI - Faculdade de Medicina, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Castelo-Branco, M.
Secondary author(s):
Januário, C., Silva, S., Mateus, C., Cordeiro, M.
Number of reproductions:
Psychophysiology / Cognitive processes / Brain structure and function / Emotion / Body structure and function / Vision

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2006-094.28
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 21/2006
Foveal vs. Peripheral emotional cues activate differently the amygdala
Publication year: 2010
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Much of relevant information comes from the periphery. The current study aimed to understand whether the network for processing of threatening signals differs when using foveal (0º) and peripheral (7.5º) vision. Four runs of 58 trials each were performed. Both stimulus type (fierce animal faces; non-fierce animal faces; natural displays without animals) and spatial location (central; peripheral left; peripheral right) were manipulated. Importantly, the participants (n=12) were asked to perform different tasks while fixating a cross at the center: they had to report (a) animal recognition (first 2 runs) or (b) detection of threat signals (last two runs) by means of a 2-button (Yes/No) response box. Picture duration was kept short (150 ms) to prevent visual saccades and the eye movements were recorded to ensure central fixation. The inter-trial interval varied randomly (7.5, 10, 12s). We found an inverted pattern for the amygdala (left) activity depending on the task performed: in the animal recognition task, the contrast target vs. control showed increased activation for the periphery but not for central locations; and for the center but not for the periphery in the threat detection task. Both orbitofrontal (OFC) and anterior insula activity was more prominent for the threat detection task. Our results suggest that when the task at hand is directed to threat features detection, the amygdala signals the sensory component and the orbifrontal the value.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Almeida, I.
Secondary author(s):
Van Asselen, M., Castelo-Branco, M.
Document type:
Online abstract
Number of reproductions:
Almeida, I., Van Asselen, M., & Castelo-Branco, M. (2010, October). Foveal vs. Peripheral emotional cues activate differently the amygdala. Paper presented at the 1st International Conference on Eye Tracking, Visual Cognition and Emotion, Lisbon, Portugal. Abstract retrieved from
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Foveal and peripheral vision / Emotion recognition / Threat detection / Faces / Visual cognition

Foveal vs. Peripheral emotional cues activate differently the amygdala

Foveal vs. Peripheral emotional cues activate differently the amygdala