Rui M. Costa


Interests: Animals have a distinctive ability to behave, i.e. to move and interact with their surroundings, which permits them to shift between environments and also to change their environment.

Did you ever stop to think why animals move? What type of nervous system organization permits the generation of movement? How can actions be planned to achieve particular goals? To what extent they reflect the interaction with the environment or inherited programs? Do similar movements always represent similar actions? How do sequences of actions emerge? And how do certain actions become compulsive?

The study of the neural mechanisms underlying our ability to act is a fascinating topic in neuroscience that has become truly multidisciplinary in recent years, integrating a considerable array of technologies and approaches. We use an integrative approach in mouse models to investigate the neural mechanisms of action.