Personal identification

Full name
Carlos Serra Magalhães Coelho

Citation names

  • Coelho, C.M.

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Email addresses

  • carlos.sm.coelho@uac.pt (Professional)


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Degree Classification
2000 - 2005
psicologia (Doutoramento)
Major in Clínica
Universidade do Minho Escola de Psicologia, Portugal
Aprovado por unanimidade

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2022/04/03 - Current Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universidade dos Açores, Portugal


Designation Funders
2021 - Current The Low-Fear Factor in Psychopathy and Agression: a new virtual-reality task to decompose fear deficits in psychopathy
Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)
Universidade do Porto Centro de Psicologia, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


  1. Coelho, Carlos. Media presence and inner presence: The sense of presence in virtual reality technologies. 2006.
Conference paper
  1. Coelho, C.M.; Silvério, J.M.; Da Silva, C.F.; Santos, J.A.. "Virtual reality in the treatment of acrophobia: Results of an experimental study,Realidade virtual no tratamento da acrofobia: Resultados de um estudo experimental". 2014.
Journal article
  1. Zsido, Andras N.; Coelho, Carlos M.; Polák, Jakub. "Nature relatedness: A protective factor for snake and spider fears and phobias". People and Nature 4 3 (2022): 669-682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10303.
  2. Coelho, Carlos; Zsido, Andras N.; Suttiwan, Panrapee; Clasen, Mathias. "Super-natural fears". Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews (2021): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.06.036.
  3. Zsido, Andras N.; Arato, Nikolett; Ihasz, Virag; Basler, Julia; Matuz-Budai, Timea; Inhof, Orsolya; Schacht, Annekathrin; Labadi, Beatrix; Coelho, Carlos M.. "“Finding an Emotional Face” Revisited: Differences in Own-Age Bias and the Happiness Superiority Effect in Children and Young Adults". Frontiers in Psychology 12 (2021): http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.580565.
  4. Coelho, C.M.. "Fear inoculation among snake experts". BMC psychiatry 21 1 (2021): 1-8. https://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12888-021-03553-z.
    Open access • Published
  5. Coelho, Carlos M.; Suttiwan, Panrapee; Arato, Nikolett; Zsido, Andras N.. "On the Nature of Fear and Anxiety Triggered by COVID-19". Frontiers in Psychology 11 (2020): http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.581314.
  6. Barbosa, Fernando; Pasion, Rita; Silvério, Jorge; Coelho, Carlos M.; Marques-Teixeira, João; Monteiro, Luís C.. "Attention allocation to 2D and 3D emotion-inducing scenes: A neurophysiological study". Neuroscience Letters 698 (2019): 165-168. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2019.01.011.
  7. Carlos M. Coelho; Kullaya Pisitsungkagarn; Nattasuda Taephant; Carey D. Balaban. "COMPARING DIZZINESS AND VERTIGO INVENTORY RESPONSES IN THAI AND THAI-CHINESE PEOPLE". Acta Neuropsychologica 17 1 (2019): 55-67. https://doi.org/10.5604%2F01.3001.0013.1850.
  8. Coelho, C.M.; Suttiwan, P.; Faiz, A.M.; Ferreira-Santos, F.; Zsido, A.N.. "Are humans prepared to detect, fear, and avoid snakes? The mismatch between laboratory and ecological evidence". Frontiers in Psychology 10 SEP (2019): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85073033253&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  9. Coelho, Carlos Magalhães; Pisitsungkagarn, Kullaya; Taephant, Nattasuda; Barbosa, Fernando. "INSIGHT IN SPECIFIC PHOBIAS: A FORGOTTEN BIAS". Acta Neuropsychologica 15 4 (2017): 467-476. http://dx.doi.org/10.5604/01.3001.0010.7774.
  10. Coelho, Carlos Magalhães; Pocinho, Margarida; Da Silva, Carlos Fernandes. "O TRATAMENTO DO MEDO DE ALTURAS". Psicologia Argumento 26 53 (2017): http://dx.doi.org/10.7213/psicolargum.v26i53.19613.
  11. Coelho, Carlos M.; Silva, Janete; Pereira, Alfredo F.; Sousa, Emanuel; Taephant, Nattasuda; Pisitsungkagarn, Kullaya; Santos, Jorge A.. "VISUAL-VESTIBULAR AND POSTURAL ANALYSIS OF MOTION SICKNESS, PANIC, AND ACROPHOBIA". Acta Neuropsychologica 15 1 (2017): 21-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.5604/12321966.1237325.
  12. Coelho, Carlos M.; Balaban, Carey D.. "Visuo-vestibular contributions to anxiety and fear". Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 48 (2015): 148-159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.10.023.
  13. Gonçalves, Daniela C.; Coelho, Carlos M.; Byrne, Gerard J.. "The use of healthcare services for mental health problems by middle-aged and older adults". Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 59 2 (2014): 393-397. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2014.04.013.
  14. Cui, Xiaoying; Lefevre, Emilia; Turner, Karly M.; Coelho, Carlos M.; Alexander, Suzy; Burne, Thomas H. J.; Eyles, Darryl W.. "MK-801-induced behavioural sensitisation alters dopamine release and turnover in rat prefrontal cortex". Psychopharmacology 232 3 (2014): 509-517. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00213-014-3689-9.
  15. Dores, A.R.; Barbosa, F.; Monteiro, L.; Reis, M.; Coelho, C.M.; Rebeiro, E.; Leitão, M.; et al. "Amygdala activation in response to 2D and 3D emotion- inducing stimuli". PsychNology Journal 12 1-2 (2014): 29-44. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84907220420&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  16. Wei, W.; Coelho, C. M.; Li, X.; Marek, R.; Yan, S.; Anderson, S.; Meyers, D.; et al. "p300/CBP-Associated Factor Selectively Regulates the Extinction of Conditioned Fear". Journal of Neuroscience 32 35 (2012): 11930-11941. http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.0178-12.2012.
  17. G. Wallis; S. Cloete; C. Coelho. "When angry faces are just (a) cross". Journal of Vision 11 11 (2011): 566-566. https://doi.org/10.1167%2F11.11.566.
  18. Marek, R.; Coelho, C. M.; Sullivan, R. K. P.; Baker-Andresen, D.; Li, X.; Ratnu, V.; Dudley, K. J.; et al. "Paradoxical Enhancement of Fear Extinction Memory and Synaptic Plasticity by Inhibition of the Histone Acetyltransferase p300". Journal of Neuroscience 31 20 (2011): 7486-7491. http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.0133-11.2011.
  19. Guy M. Wallis; Steven Cloete; Carlos Coelho. "Searching for Faces is Easiest when they are Cross(es)". i-Perception 2 4 (2011): 359-359. https://doi.org/10.1068%2Fic359.
  20. Coelho, C. M.; Cloete, S.; Wallis, G.. "The face-in-the-crowd effect: When angry faces are just cross(es)". Journal of Vision 10 1 (2011): 7-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1167/10.1.7.
  21. Coelho, Carlos M.; Wallis, Guy. "Deconstructing acrophobia: physiological and psychological precursors to developing a fear of heights". Depression and Anxiety 27 9 (2010): 864-870. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/da.20698.
  22. Coelho, Carlos M.; Gonçalves, Daniela C.; Purkis, Helena; Pocinho, Margarida; Pachana, Nancy A.; Byrne, Gerard J.; COELHO, CM; et al. "Specific phobias in older adults: characteristics and differential diagnosis". International Psychogeriatrics 22 05 (2010): 702-711. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1041610210000505.
  23. Coelho, CM; Lipp, OV; Marinovic, W; Wallis, G; Riek, S; Coelho, Carlos; OV Lipp; et al. "Increased corticospinal excitability induced by unpleasant visual stimuli". Neuroscience Letters 481 3 (2010): 135-138.
  24. Coelho, Carlos Magalhães; Purkis, Helena. "The origins of specific phobias: Influential theories and current perspectives.". Review of General Psychology 13 4 (2009): 335-348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0017759.
  25. Coelho, Carlos M.; Santos, Jorge A.; Silva, Carlos; Wallis, Guy; Tichon, Jennifer; Hine, Trevor J.. "The Role of Self-Motion in Acrophobia Treatment". CyberPsychology & Behavior 11 6 (2008): 723-725. http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/cpb.2008.0023.
  26. Coelho, Carlos M.; Palha, António P.; Gonçalves, Daniela C.; Pachana, Nancy. "Rehabilitation Programs for Elderly Women Inpatients with Schizophrenia". Journal of Women & Aging 20 3-4 (2008): 283-295. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08952840801984816.
  27. Coelho, C.M.; Silva, C.F.; Santos, J.A.; Tichon, J.; Wallis, G.. "Contrasting the effectiveness and efficiency of virtual reality and real environments in the treatment of acrophobia". PsychNology Journal 6 2 (2008): 203-216. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-64249120103&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  28. Coelho, C.S.M.; Palha, A.J.P.; Martín, J.I.G.. "A token economy program applied to chronic psychiatric inpatients with cognitive deterioration,Um programa de economia de fichas aplicado a doentes psiquiátricos crónicos com deterioração cognitiva". Psicologia USP 18 4 (2007): 103-111. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-78650976212&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  29. Coelho, Carlos; JA Santos; J Silvério; CF Silva. "Virtual Reality and Acrophobia: One-Year Follow-Up and Case Study". (2006):
  30. Coelho, C.M.; Santos, J.A.; Silvério, J.; Silva, C.F.. "Virtual reality and acrophobia: One-year follow-up and case study". Cyberpsychology and Behavior 9 3 (2006): 336-341. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33745602790&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
Newspaper article
  1. B Birkás, B Kiss, CM Coelho, AN & Zsidó. "The role of self-reported fear and disgust in the activation of behavioral harm avoidance related to medical settings", Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2023, https://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=CMqrWEAAAAAJ&sortby=pubdate&citation_for_view=CMqrWEAAAAAJ:5F1dSjz1ScoC.
  2. CM Coelho, AS Araujo, P Suttiwan, AN Zsido. "An ethologically based view into human fear", 2023
  3. P Dias, CM Coelho, AN Zsido. "Psychometric properties and further validation of the emergency reaction questionnaire in a sample of Portuguese adults", 2023
  4. AN Zsido, BL Kiss, J Basler, B Birkas, CM Coelho. "Key factors behind various specific phobia subtypes", Scientific Reports, 2023
  5. Coelho, Carlos. "The Emergency Reaction Questionnaire – First steps towards a new method", International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2020, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920300510.
  6. Coelho, Carlos. "Who worries about specific phobias?–A population-based study of risk factors", Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2020, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022395620303368.
  7. Quan Lin; Wei Wei; Carlos Coelho; Xiang Li, ; Danay Baker-Andresen; Kevin Dudley; Vikram S Ratnu; et al. "The brain-specific microRNA miR-128b regulates the formation of fear-extinction memory", Nature neuroscience , 2011, 14
  8. Coelho, Carlos; Allison M Waters,; Trevor J Hine; Guy Wallis; COELHO, CM; WATERS, AM; HINE, TJ; WALLIS, G. "The use of virtual reality in acrophobia research and treatment", Journal of Anxiety disorders, 2009, 23


Thesis Title
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2019 - Current "Personalization of mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic treatment for depressive disorders: an approach based on the ideographic structure of interactions between clinical characteristics and mechanisms of change." FCT Funded: SFRH/BD/145253/2019.
Psicologia (PhD)

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2019/02/14 - Current Psicopatologia Forense Criminologia (Licenciatura) Instituto Universitário da Maia, Portugal
2018/02/14 - Current Epistemologia Psicologia (Licenciatura) Instituto Universitário da Maia, Portugal
2020/02 - 2021/07 Neurociências I Psicologia (Licenciatura) Universidade da Maia, Portugal
2020 - 2021 Neurociências II Psicologia
2019 - 2020 Psicopatologia Psicologia (Licenciatura) Instituto Universitário da Maia, Portugal