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E-mail: pedro dot gamito at ulusofona dot pt


Pedro Gamito is a vice-Director (2014-2019) of COPELABS, where he is the Senior Researcher responsible for the thematic line of Cyberpsychology. Pedro is also a Full Professor at ULHT, where he the Computational Psychology Laboratory of the School of Psychology and Life Sciences. Pedro holds a PhD on IT by the University of Salford, UK (02); aggregation in Rehabilitation (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal) in 2012. 

 Since 2004 he has developed, applied and clinically validate over than 20 virtual reality applications designed to treat anxiety disorders and to rehabilitate cognitive deficits. Pedro has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and is a referee on the major journals in his scientific field.

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Aggregation in Rehabilitation. Technical University of Lisbon. Portugal.

2002 PhD in IT. Research Centre for the Built and Human Environment (6*/6* rated), The University of Salford, UK. Awarded with the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation Scholarship.
1998 M.Sc. in Soil and Water Engineering. The University of Évora, Évora, Portugal. Awarded with the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation Scholarship.
1996 BSc (Hons): in Landscape Engineering na Universidade de Évora.


Working Experience


From 2013

Associate Director of the Cognitive and People-centric Laboratories, Lisbon, Portugal.

From 2012

 Full Professor. University Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal.

From 2010

Director of the MSc on Psychotherapy, Cognitive Rehabilitation and Cybertherapy

From 2010

Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Eye Tracking, Visual Cognition and Emotion

From 2010

Chair of the International Conference on Eye Tracking, Visual Cognition and Emotion

From 2006       Associate Professor. University Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal
2006-2011       Invited Professor of IT on the BSc(Hons.) on Real Estate Management. ESAI, Lisbon, Portugal
2005-2006       Professor of IT on a MSc on Architectural Planning and Urban Environment. University Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal
2005-2010       Director of the Psychology Experimental Laboratory. University Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal
From 2004       Director of the Psychology Computational Laboratory. University Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal
2003-2005      Assistant Professor of Applied Informatics and of Statistics. Faculty of Psychology. University Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal


Main Research Interests


  • Virtual reality
  • Cybertherapy
  • Mobile Health
  • Cogtnive Rehabiliation




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Current Projects


Systemic Lisbon Battery: VR toolkit to assess cogntive impairments through VR apps;
MHealth: cogntive stimulation.


Some Previous Projects


Posttraumatic Stress War Disorder: Virtual Reality Exposure. A controlled study designed to reduce PTSD associate symptomat.





Virtual Reality;

Research Methodology




Check  COPELABS's list of publications for the most recent ones:


Journal Publications

  • Lopes, P., Oliveira, J., Gamito, P., Trigo, H., Sargento, P. & Silva, A.P. (in press). Frontal lobe dysfunction in heroin addicts: Evidence from an emotional Stroop colour-naming task. Iberian Journal of Clinical and Forensic Neuroscience.

  • Gamito, P., Oliveira, J., Baptista, A. Morais, D., Lopes, P., Rosa, P., Santos, N. (in press) Elicit nicotine craving with virtual smoking cues. CyberPsychology and Behavior,. [IF 1,842 - 2012 Thomson Reuters]

  • Gamito, P.; Oliveira, J.; Lopes, P.; Brito, R.; Morais, D.; Cristovao, S.; Cacoete, C.; Henriques, C.; Silva, D.; Silva, A.; Rebelo, S.; Bastos, M.; Deus, A. (2013). Executive functioning in addicts following health mobile cognitive stimulation Evidence from alcohol and heroin patients. IEEE 7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth). pp.385,388, 5-8 May, Venice, Italy.

  • Gamito P, Oliveira J, Lopes P, Morais D, Brito R, Saraiva T, Bastos M, Cristóvão S, Caçôete C, & Picareli F., A.(2013). Assessment of frontal brain functions in alcoholics following a health mobile cognitive stimulation approach. In B. Wiederhold & G. Riva (eds). Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 191, 110-115.

  • Gamito, P. & Laforest, M. (in press).Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Virtual Reality - Psychological and Neurocognitive Interventions. Virtual Reality. Technologies for Health and Clinical Applications, edited by P. Sharkey. Springer.

  • Gamito, P., Oliveira, J., Santos, N., Pacheco, J., Morais, D., Saraiva. T., Soares, F., SottoMayor, C., & Barata, A.(2013). Virtual exercises to promote cognitive recovery in stroke patients: The comparison between HMD vs. screen exposure methods. International Journal on Disability and Human Development. DeGruyter. 10 (2), 309-312. [IF 0,3 – 5 year IF Thomson Reuters].

  •  Oliveira, J., Perea, M.V., Ladera, V., Gamito, P. (2013). The roles of word concreteness and cognitive load on interhemispheric processes of recognition, Laterality: Asymmetries of Body.  Brain and Cognition. [IF 1,384 - 2011 Thomson Reuters].

  • Gamito P, Oliveira J, Baptista A, Lopes P, Morais D, Saraiva T, Rosa P, Santos N. & Soares F, SottoMayor, C., & Barata, A.(2012). Nicotine Craving: ERPs correlates after VR exposure to smoking cues. In B. Wiederhold & G. Riva (eds). Studies in Health \Technology and Informatics, 181, 78-82.

  •  Gamito, P., Oliveira, J., Morais, D., Rosa, P., Saraiva. T., (2011). NeuAR – a look into AR applications in the neurosciences area. In A. Nee & S. Ong (eds). Augmented Reality. INTECH. 131 – 154.

  • Gamito, P., Oliveira, J., Pacheco, J., Morais, D., Saraiva. T., Lacerda. R., Baptista, A., Santos, N., Soares, F., Gamito, L. Rosa, P. (2011). Traumatic Brain Injury memory training: a Virtual Reality online solution. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 10 (2), 309-315. [IF 0,3 – 5 year IF Thomson Reuters]. 

  • Gamito P, Oliveira J, Baptista A, Pereira E, Morais D, Saraiva T, Santos N. & Soares F. (2011). Virtual reality exposure on nicotine craving. In B. Wiederhold & G. Riva (eds) Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 167, 63-8.

  • Ferreira, P., Rita, P., Morais, D., Rosa, P., Oliveira, J., Gamito, P., Santos, N., Soares, F., Sottomayor, C. (2011).Grabbing attention while reading website pages: the influence of verbal emotional cues in advertising. Journal of Eye Tracking Visual Cognition and Emotion, 1, 64-68.

  • Oliveira, J., Gamito, P., Perea, MV, Ladera, V., Morais, D., Rosa, P., Saraiva, T. (2011). Hemispheric asymmetries in recognition memory for negative and neutral words. Journal of Eye Tracking Visual Cognition and Emotion, 1, 13-21.

  • Rosa, P., Gamito, G., Oliveira, J., Morais, D. Saraiva, T. (2011). Attentional orienting to biologically fear-relevant stimuli: data from eye tracking using the continual alternation flicker paradigm. Journal of Eye Tracking Visual Cognition and Emotion. 1, 22-29.

  • Gamito P., Oliveira J, Morais D., Rosa P, Saraiva T. (2011). Serious Games for Serious problems: from Ludicus to Therapeuticus. In Kim JJ. (Ed.) Virtual Reality. InTech, Publishing. 527-548.

  • Oliveira J, Perea MV, Ladera V, Gamito P. (2011). Hemispheric asymmetry in recognition memory: Effects of retention level on the recognition of Portuguese words. International Journal of Psychology, 46(2), 119-126. [IF 1,067 - 2011 Thomson Reuters].

  • Gamito, P. Oliveira, J., Morais, D., Rosa, P. (2010). PTSD Elderly War Veterans: A clinical Controlled Study. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 13 (1), 43-48. [IF 1,842 - 2012 Thomson Reuters].

  • Gamito, P., Oliveira,, Morais, D., Saraiva. T., Baptista, A., Santos, N., Soares, F. Rosa, P. (2010). Training presence: the importance of virtual reality experience on the “sense of being there”. Stud Health Technol Inform. 154, 128-133.

Lopes P., Prieto G., Delgado, A., Gamito P. & Trigo, H. (2010). Rasch-Modeling the Portuguese SOCRATES in a clinical sample. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 24, (2), 355–359. [IF 2,321 - 2012 Thomson Reuters].


Conference Proceedings



Thesis Supervision


External advisor on 6 PhD thesis.
Advisor on 12 MSc dissertations
Participation as President of the Juri on more than 20 MSc dissertations.
Participation as external examiner on more than 10 MSc thesis.



C-BRAIN MeetingsIn 2015/2016, the C-BRAIN (COPELABS BRAINstorming) meetings occur monthly, Tuesdays, 14h00-15h30, COPELABS, room U.0.10, ground floor of Building U, University Lusofona. C-BRAINs are motivated by the interdisciplinary nature of COPELABS, and are intended to assist in creating sinergies and giving rise to new ideas, in contexts where Informatics meets Psychology.


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SITI - Informatics Systems and Technologies Group

SITI w400SITI is focused upon user-centric trends that are emerging in several fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), OSI Layers 2 and 3. As in other grassroots movements, the user will have an active say concerning services provided and consequently, concerning the techno-social environment that surrounds him/her.

CTIP - Technology Intensive Psychology Group

CTIP w400This group is based (i.e. integrated members) on a core of scientifically active researchers from the former CEPCA (Pedro Gamito, Jorge Oliveira, Rodrigo Brito, Paulo Lopes, and Ana Loureiro) 2 more recent PhDs (Cristina Camilo and Bárbara Gonzalez). Note, however, that the CEPCA team (team size, funding and indicators included in 5.) changed substantially since 2008, when it had 8 PhDs (of which only PG remains) and 5 groups. In 2011-13 the team grew to 14 integrated PhDs in 2-3 groups. By 2013, however, it was clear that the bulk of CEPCA output of international level (13 of the 14 indicators in table 5.) was the responsibility of the neurocognitive/cyber therapy-focused group, with only 3 PhD and 2 non-PhD members (PI: PG). The inevitable consolidation of CEPCA around this core group pointed to the desirability of joining forces with an informatics team – SITILABS – to create COPELABS as an interdisciplinary R&D unit (see Description of the R&D unit).

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