Neuroscience and Nursing


In the Neuroscience Nursing Research Laboratory, we will have two major investigation lines, one directed towards the study of “emotion” and the other towards the study of “cognition”.

Emotion is an integral part of the human being, it is innate, and directly interferes in the daily adaptation to the events of personal or professional life. People must be able to recognize and manage their emotions in order to respond more adaptively to the challenges of their lives. By its nature, the nursing profession requires an intense relational process, challenging for the management of nurses' emotions (Vilelas and Diogo, 2014). The identification of emotions and the competence to know how to manage them is an asset to the nursing practice. Emotional literacy should be taught to nursing students to enhance their adaptation to clinical practice. This premise is the motto for the study of the variable “emotion” in this laboratory.

Cognition is a complex cortical function that differentiates humans from other animals. With aging, there is a cognitive decline typical of senescence, which can easily transition to cases of mild cognitive impairment and, later, dementia. With the population aging increasingly accentuated, it is essential to implement screening measures and early intervention at the cognitive level (Sousa et al., 2022). The fact that Portugal is the fourth country in the OECD with the most cases of dementia (OECD, 2017) and that there are no concerted policies for intervention in cognition are the justification for the study of this variable in this research laboratory.

Major Research lines

  • Line 1  - Cognition and neurocognitive disorders

  • Line 2  - Emotional Literacy in health professionals