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Fabiana Mesquita De Carvalho

Fabiana Mesquita De Carvalho

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About me

Fabiana Carvalho is a Brazilian neuroscientist who received her MSc in Biochemistry and her PhD in Psychobiology studying neural processes of perception and memory. She has also worked as a postdoctoral researcher on a project investigating sensory perception as an anticipatory and constructive process instead of a mere passive and reactive process.

She is currently a collaborating researcher at the University of Campinas, Brazil. Her research project “The Coffee Sensorium” is focused on understanding multisensory flavour perception. She is interested in scrutinizing the influence of extrinsic factors (that is, ambiance factors) on the expectation and perception of flavour in specialty coffee. This research project has been conducted in collaboration with Prof Charles Spence at University of Oxford, UK.

Teaching experience

Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular)

Undergradute (Biological Sciences)

The lecture course aimed at the structure, metabolism, and biochemical function of major macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids) Bioenergetics, enzyme kinetics, cell signalling, and regulation were presented at the molecular level The lecture was part of the undergraduate program in Biological Sciences of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Brazil

The Science of Flavour Perception


This course aims at shedding light to the science behind flavour perception Perception of flavour is a complex, integrated response incorporating taste, aroma, texture and chemesthesis The course consists of lectures and practical classes to provide both theoretical and sensory experiences to achieve a better understanding of the construct ‘flavour’ This is an independent course (not associated to an academic program)

Cognitive Neuroscience

Graduate (Psychology)

The lecture course explores the cognitive and neural processes that support perception, attention, memory, language, emotion, and social interaction It introduces basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, functional imaging techniques, and behavioural measures of cognition It discusses methods and results from behavioural/experimental studies on the neural bases of cognition This lecture is part of the graduate program in Neuropsychology of the Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil

Professional experience

Postdoctoral researcher

@ King's College London, UK

Use of neuroimaging, behavioral, and genetics methods to investigate perceptual anomalies and misrepresentations (eg, hallucinations)

Postdoctoral researcher

@ University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Theoretical approach to the "Predictive Processing" theory in order to understand how the magnitude of the prediction error (surprise) would affect perception Use of behavioural methods to investigate whether/how product-extrinsic factors (eg, cups, packaging, music) would affect expectation and/or perception of specialty coffee by experts and consumers

Collaborating researcher

@ University of Campinas

Use of behavioural methods to investigate whether/how product-extrinsic factors (eg, packaging, music) would affect expectation and/or perception of specialty coffee and bean-to-bar chocolate


Psychobiology (PhD)

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil May 10, 2010

Psychobiology (PhD)

University of Glasgow, UK April 30, 2009

Cellular Biochemistry (MSc)

Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil December 16, 2004

Biological Sciences

Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil June 1, 2001


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