Dr Ana Catarino


My research uses a combination of behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying memory inhibition. In particular, I am interested in studying voluntary suppression of trauma related memories. In other words, why are some people able to suppress memories of their traumatic experiences, whilst for others such memories keep on intruding into awareness, ultimately contributing to the development of psychiatric conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Complementary to this, I am also interested in the development of techniques or tasks to help people improve inhibitory control over memory, particularly for individuals with difficulties in inhibiting unwanted memories, such as those suffering from PTSD.

Research Focus



inhibitory control


prefrontal cortex

Clinical conditions

Post-traumatic stress disorder


Behavioural analysis

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation



Michael Anderson

Tibor Auer

Tim Dalgleish

Jonathan Fawcett

Taylor Schmitz

United Kingdom

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Associated News Items



    Catarino A, Andrade A, Churches O, Wagner AP, Baron-Cohen S, Ring H (2013), “Task-related functional connectivity in autism spectrum conditions: an EEG study using wavelet transform coherence.” Mol Autism 4(1):1 Details


    Catarino A, Churches O, Baron-Cohen S, Andrade A, Ring H (2011), “Atypical EEG complexity in autism spectrum conditions: a multiscale entropy analysis.” Clin Neurophysiol 122(12):2375-83 Details

    Catarino A, Luke L, Waldman S, Andrade A, Fletcher PC, Ring H (2011), “An fMRI investigation of detection of semantic incongruities in autistic spectrum conditions.” Eur J Neurosci 33(3):558-67 Details