Joana Rita Pasion Ferreira

Joana Rita Pasion Ferreira


Rita Pasion holds a PhD degree in Psychology (Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience) and is a certified member of the Portuguese Psychological Association. Since 2014 she has been committed to studying the etiological pathways of different psychopathological manifestations (e.g., anxiety, depression, antisocial behavior, psychopathy). Now, she ranks in the top 0.24% and 0,23% of 264,004 and 81,815 published authors worldwide on Personality and Evoked Potentials ( (#1 in her country), respectively ( Her main topic of research relies on searching for basic mechanisms of psychopathology/ personality to conceive empirically-informed classification diagnosis systems and interventions. She is currently involved in research projects framed within the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) from the National Institute of Mental Health (USA) and she was also accepted as a member of the HiTOP ( (Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology) international consortium by merit of her CV; more specifically, she collaborates with the HiTOP Neurobiological Foundations workgroup. Using both frameworks, she wants to characterize emerging transdiagnostic neurobiological mechanisms explaining comorbidity between various forms of psychopathology, by leveraging the interface between quantitative empirically-based models of psychopathology and neurobiological approaches. Her research work has resulted in a considerable amount of scientific production with more than 35 publications (14 of them as the first author) in top-level international journals, such as Neuroimage, Clinical Psychology Review, Social Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Psychophysiology, Psychological Assessment, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Behavioral Brain Research, Cognitive Affective & Behavioral Neurosciences. She received 3 awards: one in 2018 for fostering open science practices (Open Science Framework, USA) and the other 2 in 2019 and 2022, being distinguished as an early career researcher in psychology (ISPA, PT and UTAD, PT). Grounding on her PhD work, she is now leading an international project in the HiTOP Neurobiological Foundations workgroup aiming to characterize modulation of event-related potentials starting from the most basic building blocks of the psychopathology structure (e.g., symptom) and proceeding to the highest level of generality (i.e., high-order latent factors).


  • Mestrado integrado
    Psicologia [Psychology]
  • Doutoramento
    Programa Doutoral em Psicologia (Psychology Doctoral Program]
  • Curso médio
    Cognitive and Affective Neurophysiology Summer School: Acquisition, processing and analysis of EEG signal (FPCEUP).
  • Curso médio
    Avaliação Psicológica de Ofensores [Psychological Assessment: offenders]



Artigo em revista

  • 2023-06-19, Velamentous cord insertion in monochorionic twin pregnancies: a step forward in screening for twin to twin transfusion syndrome and birthweight discordance?, Journal of Perinatal Medicine
  • 2023-06-19, Modeling relations between event-related potential factors and broader versus narrower dimensions of externalizing psychopathology., Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science
  • 2023-05-19, The influence of maternal reflective functioning and parenting behavior on infant development in the context of perinatal intimate partner violence: a study protocol, BMC Psychology
  • 2023-05-12, Uncertainty deconstructed: conceptual analysis and state-of-the-art review of the ERP correlates of risk and ambiguity in decision-making, Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience
  • 2023-05-10, Precision behavioral phenotyping as a strategy for uncovering the biological correlates of psychopathology, Nature Mental Health
  • 2023-02-09, Childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and mother–infant neurophysiological and behavioral co-regulation during dyadic interaction: study protocol, BMC Psychology
  • 2022-12, Neuronal underpinnings of the attentional bias toward threat in the anxiety spectrum: meta-analytical data on P3 and LPP event-related potentials., Biological Psychology
  • 2022-06, Refining the link between psychopathy, antisocial behavior, and empathy: A meta-analytical approach across different conceptual frameworks, Clinical Psychology Review
  • 2022-04, Neurophysiological examination of the Affect–Integration–Motivation framework of decision-making in the aging brain: A registered report, NeuroImage
  • 2022, Awareness to utilitarian responses in later life: An ERP study with moral dilemmas, Neuroscience Letters
  • 2021, Psychopathic Traits, Academic Fraud, and the Mediating Role of Motivation, Opportunity, Rationalization and Perceived Capability, Journal of Individual Differences
  • 2021, Boldness Personality Traits Are Associated With Reduced Risk Perceptions and Adoption of Protective Behaviors During the First COVID-19 Outbreak, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2021, Abnormal Habituation of the Auditory Event-Related Potential P2 Component in Patients With Schizophrenia, Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • 2021, A dimensional approach to the neuronal correlates of anxiety, depression, and perfectionism: A transdiagnostic dissociation of error-related brain activity, Behavioural Brain Research
  • 2020-12-18, Impact of COVID-19 on undergraduate business students: a longitudinal study on academic motivation, engagement and attachment to university, Accounting Research Journal
  • 2020-10-16, The AGE Effect on Protective Behaviors During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Sociodemographic, Perceptions and Psychological Accounts, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2020-03-13, The neurophysiological correlates of the triarchic model of psychopathy: An approach to the basic mechanisms of threat conditioning and inhibitory control, Psychophysiology
  • 2020-03, Further evaluation of the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure: Evidence from community adult and prisoner samples from Portugal., Psychological Assessment
  • 2019-08, ERN as a transdiagnostic marker of the internalizing-externalizing spectrum: A dissociable meta-analytic effect, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
  • 2019-07-22, Empirically supported interventions in psychology: contributions of Research Domain Criteria, Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
  • 2019-07, Callousness and meanness traits are associated with increased N2 amplitude in a community sample of adolescents and adults, Neuroscience Letters
  • 2019-06, Psychometric properties of the Impulsive/Premeditated Aggression Scale in Portuguese community and forensic samples, Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
  • 2019-04-06, N2 amplitude modulation across the antisocial spectrum: a meta-analysis, Reviews in the Neurosciences
  • 2019-04, Attention allocation to 2D and 3D emotion-inducing scenes: A neurophysiological study, Neuroscience Letters
  • 2019-01, Age-related changes in social decision-making: An electrophysiological analysis of unfairness evaluation in the Ultimatum Game, Neuroscience Letters
  • 2019, The multiple facets of psychopathy in attack and defense conflicts, The Behavioral and brain sciences
  • 2019, The effect of aging on the (mis)perception of intentionality: an ERP study, Social Neuroscience
  • 2019, Corrigendum to ‘Emotion identification and aging: Behavioral and neural age-related changes’ (Clinical Neurophysiology (2018) 129(5) (1020–1029), (S1388245718302372), (10.1016/j.clinph.2018.02.128)), Clinical Neurophysiology
  • 2018-12, ERN modulation under sustained threat: A pre-registered report, Journal of Research in Personality
  • 2018-11-05, Fostering advances to neuropsychological assessment based on the Research Domain Criteria: The bridge between cognitive functioning and physiology, The Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • 2018-10-15, Age-related decline in emotional perspective-taking: Its effect on the late positive potential, Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience
  • 2018-09-12, Dissociable Effects of Psychopathic Traits on Executive Functioning: Insights From the Triarchic Model, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2018-09, Registered Replication Report on Srull and Wyer (1979), Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science
  • 2018-09, Registered Replication Report on Mazar, Amir, and Ariely (2008), Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science
  • 2018-08, Antisocial behaviour and psychopathy: Uncovering the externalizing link in the P3 modulation, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
  • 2018-07-25, Effects of age on the identification of emotions in facial expressions: a meta-analysis, PeerJ
  • 2018-05, Emotion identification and aging: Behavioral and neural age-related changes, Clinical Neurophysiology
  • 2018-05, Age differences in neural correlates of feedback processing after economic decisions under risk, Neurobiology of Aging
  • 2018-04-05, European Portuguese adaptation and validation of dilemmas used to assess moral decision-making, Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
  • 2018, Psychopathy and the sacredness of moral decision-making: insights from phenotypic components. , Psiquiatria, Psicologia & Justiça
  • 2017-10-11, Meta-Analytic Evidence for a Reversal Learning Effect on the Iowa Gambling Task in Older Adults, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2016-07, Assessing a novel polymer-wick based electrode for EEG neurophysiological research, Journal of Neuroscience Methods
  • 2016-06, Dissociation of boldness and disinhibition psychopathic traits in ERN modulation, Personality and Individual Differences

Tese / Dissertação

  • 2014, Mestrado, Variantes etiológico-fenotípicas da psicopatia: uma abordagem neuropsicofisiológica diferencial do funcionamento executivo e resposta cerebral ao erro (Ne) [Phenotypic expressions of psychopathy: a neuropsychophysiological differential approach to executive functioning and neural response to errors]

Capítulo de livro

  • 2023, General Factor of Psychopathology, Encyclopedia of Sexual Psychology and Behavior, Springer International Publishing
  • 2020, Fernandes, C., Pasion, R., Gonçalves, A. R, Ferreira-Santos, F., Martins, I. P., Barbosa, F., & Marques-Teixeira, J. Neurocognitive characterization of healthy aging, X Congreso Internacional y XV Nacional de Psicología Clínica, Asociación Española de Psicología Conductual
  • 2019, Moral decision-making in psychotic and paranoid symptoms: the mediating role of theory of mind.
  • 2018, Psychopathy and Criminal Behavior, Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, Springer International Publishing
  • 2016, Disinhibition, Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, Springer International Publishing
  • 2013, Analyzing homicide by two independent raters: Instrumentality vs Reactivity, Proceedings of VI International Congress of the Portuguese Society of Psychiatry and Psychology of Justice

Artigo em conferência

  • Outcome processing in the context of gains versus losses: the influence of feedback valence in Feedback-P3. , Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference

Poster em conferência

  • 2019, Pasion, R., Fernandes, C., Gonçalves, A. R., Ferreira-Santos, F., Barbosa, F. & Marques-Teixeira, J. It was not your fault!: an ERP study on the aging effect on the (mis)perception of intentionality. , Annual Social & Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS) Conference, USA, Miami
  • 2019, Paiva, TO; Almeida, PR; Coelho, RC; Pasion, R; Barbosa, F; Ferreira-Santos, F; Bastos-Leite, A.; Marques-Teixeira, J. The Triarchic Model of Psychopathy: ERP evidence for Trait Fearlessness and Externalizing Vulnerability, Annual Social & Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS) Conference. Miami, USA
  • 2019, Geraldo, A., Azeredo A., Pasion, P., Dores, A. R., Barbosa, F. Bridging neurophysiology and clinical neuropsychology through the RDoC. , 27º European Congress of Psychiatry, European Psychiatric Association, Warsaw, Poland.
  • 2019, Fernandes, C; Pasion, R; Gonçalves, A R.; Barbosa, F; Ferreira-Santos, F; Martins, I.P.; Marques-Teixeira, J. Age-related differences in neural correlates of Feedback and Fairness Processing, Annual Social & Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS) Conference, USA, Miami
  • 2018, Martins, E. C., Pasion, R., & Barbosa, F. RDoC and Empirically-Based Psychological Interventions. , 1st ISMAI International Psychotherapy Conference. Porto, Portugal.
  • 2017, Pasion, R., Gonçalves, F. & Barbosa, F. Moral decision-making in psychotic and paranoid symptoms: the mediating role of theory of mind., X Congreso Internacional y XV Nacional de Psicologia Clínica. Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • 2017, Pasion, R., & Barbosa, F. Reinterpreting Error-Related Negativity under the aegis of RDoC , XVII World Congress of Psychiatry
  • 2017, Fernandes, C., Gonçalves, A. R., Pasion, R., Ferreira-Santos, F., Barbosa, F., Martins, I.P., & Marques-Teixeira, J. Outcome processing in the context of gains versus losses: the influence of feedback valence in Feedback-P3., Annual Meeting of Society for Psychophysiological Research
  • 2016, Pasion, R., Cruz, A. R., & Barbosa, F. Psychopathy and antisocial behavior: insights from neuropsychology., 3rd international conference of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
  • 2015, Cruz, A., Pasion, R., & Barbosa, F. Preditores do funcionamento executivo em ofensores violentos e não violentos. [Executive functioning predictors of violent and non-violent offending], VII International Congress of the Portuguese Society of Psychiatry and Psychology of Justice
  • 2014, Cruz, A. R., Pasion, R., & Barbosa, F. Executive functions in non-violent offenders: An exploratory study. , 9th Forum of Federation of European Neurosciences Societies
  • 2013, Cruz, A. R., Pasion, R., & Barbosa, F. Analyzing homicide by two independent raters: Instrumentality vs Reactivity, VI International Congress of the Portuguese Society of Psychiatry and Psychology of Justice

Outra produção

  • 2021, Feedback processing in attack and defense conflicts: A neurophysiological study


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