Rodrigo is a senior researcher at COPELABS, CTIP, and Associate Professor of ULHT. He holds a degree in Sociology (95) and MSc in Social and Organizational Psychology (98) from ISCTE-IUL; PhD in Psychological Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium (04). He was research assistant at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais (96-98); a doctoral fellow at the ULB (98-02); a translator at the European Court of Auditors (02-03) and postdoc researcher at ISCTE-IUL (05-10).

His research interests relate to the socio-cognitive and motivational processes involved in interpersonal, group, and intergroup relations. In his most recent research, he has focused on the processes of production of strong social bonds (communion, intimacy, sharing).

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2004 PhD., Psychological Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles(ULB), Brussels.
1998 MSc., Social and Organizational Psychology, ISCTE-IUL.
1995 Sociology Degree, ISCTE-IUL – Lisbon University Institute.


Working Experience


2013- Senior Researcher, COPELABS, Universidade Lusófona.
2011-2013 Researcher, CEPCA (Centre for Cognitive and Learning Studies), Universidade Lusófona (2012-13 vice-Director)
2011 Associate Professor of Psychology, Universidade Lusófona.
2005-2010 FCT postdoctoral fellow, CIS/ISCTE-IUL

Translator, European Court of Auditors, Luxemburg

1998-2002 FCT doctoral fellow, Psychology, ULB, Brussels
1996-1998 Research assistant, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, University of Lisboa


Main Research Interests


  • Group processes and intergroup relations
  • Social networks
  • Relational Models Theory
  • Food sharing, touching, communalism and soothing




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Current Projects (nonfunded research collaborations)


  • Intercultural comparison of relational models use and group needs in China, the US and Japan (with Univ Southern California, Univ Amherst)
  •  Effects of constituting intragroup communal, equality and authority relations on intergroup relations (with ISCTE-IUL, Univ Oslo)
  •  Effect of touch on communalism and soothing (with ISCTE-IUL)


Some Previous Projects


  •  Cognitive Models of Intergroup Relations. FCT-funded, ISCTE-IUL (2006-11; PI).
  •  Interethnic relations: Cognitive, emotional, and x dimensions. FCT-funded, ICS-UL (1996-98; RA)




  • Statiscs II
  • Social Psychology
  • Group and Intergroup Dynamics and  psychosocial intervention



Check COPELABS scientific commons for the most recent list of publications!

  • Gamito, P., Oliveira, J., Lopes, P.Morais, D.,Brito, R., Cristóvão, S., Caçôete, C., Henriques, E., Silva, D., Silva, A., Rebelo, S., Bastos, A., & Deus, A. (in press). Executive functioning in addicts following health mobile cognitive stimulation: Evidence from alcohol and heroin patients. Journal of Medical Internet Research. [IF 4.70].
  • Brito, R., Waldzus, S., Sekerdej, M., & Schubert, T. (2011). The contexts and structures of relating to others: How memberships in different types of groups shape the construction of interpersonal relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28(3): 406-431. [IF 1.31].
  • Correia, I., Brito, R., Vala, J., & Perez, J.A. (2005). Normes anti-racistes et persistance du racisme flagrant: Analyse comparative des attitudes face aux Tziganes et face aux Noirs au Portugal. [Anti-racist norms and persistence of blatant racism: Comparative analyse of attitudes regarding Gypsies and Blacks in Portugal]Psihologia Sociala,15:7-22.
  • Vala, J., Lopes, D., Lima, M., & Brito, R. (2002). Cultural differences and hetero-ethnicization in Portugal: The perceptions of White and Black people. Portuguese Journal of Social Science, Vol. 1, 2 (111-128).


Books and Book Chapters

  • Morais, D., Rosa, P., Martins, I., Barata, F., Oliveira, P., Soares, F., Sotto Mayor, C., & Brito, R. (in press). Voting on a face: The importance of appearance-based trait inference in political party candidates' evaluation - an eye-tracking approach. In P. Gamito, P. Rosa, & R. Brito (Eds): I see me, you see me: Inferring cognitive and emotional processes from gazing behavior. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Oliveira, J., Brito, R., Morais, D., Mariño-Lourenço, R., Barata, F., & Gamito, P.(in press). A pupillometric approach to the study of strength of memory signal following intra- and interhemispheric word recognition. In P. Gamito & P. Rosa (Eds): I see me, you see me: Inferring cognitive and emotional processes from gazing behavior. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  •  Brito, R. (2013). Body to body. In L. Bormans (Ed.), The World Book of Love. Tielt, Belgium: Lanoo Publishers.
  • Gamito, P., Oliveira, J., Lopes, P., Morais, D., Brito, R., Saraiva, T., Bastos, M., Cristóvão, S., Caçôete, C., & Picareli, F. A. (2013). Assessment of frontal brain functions in alcoholics following a health mobile cognitive stimulation approach. In B. Wiederhold & G. Riva (eds). Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 191: 110-115.
  • Vala, J., Brito, R., & Lopes, D. (1999).Expressões dos racismos em Portugal: perspectivas psicossociológicas [Expressions of racisms in Portugal]. Lisboa: Instituto de Ciências Sociais.
  • Vala, J., Brito, R., & Lopes, D. (1999). Racismo Subtil e Racismo Flagrante em Portugal [Subtle racism and blatant racism in Portugal]. In J. Vala (Ed.), Novos racismos [New racisms]. Oeiras: Celta.
  • Vala, J., Lopes, D., & Brito, R. (1999). A construção social da diferença: Racialização e etnicização das minorias [The social construction of difference: Racialization and ethnicization of minorities]. In J. Vala (Ed.), Novos racismos [New racisms]. Oeiras: Celta.


Conference Proceedings

  • Gamito, P., Oliveira, J., Lopes, P., Brito, R., Morais, D., Cristovão, S., Cacôete, C., Henriques, C., Silva, D., Silva, A., Rebelo, S., Bastos, M., Deus, A. (2013). Executive functioning in addicts following health mobile cognitive stimulation. Evidence from alcohol and heroin patients. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth): 385-388. (5-8 May) Venice, Italy.
  • Brito, R., & Waldzus, S. (2008). Interpersonal relations in different types of groups: Mapping social combinations of relational models. International Journal of Psychology 43, 3-4 (Special Issue: Abstracts of the XXIX International Congress of Psychology): 306.
  • Brito, R., & Azzi, A. E. (2004). On the psychological distinction between social categories and social entities: A replication in Germany and Belgium. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Social Psychology in Belgium. Brussels: Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van Belgie.
  • Klein, O., Azzi, A. E., Brito, R., & Berckmans, S. (2000). Nationalism and the strategic expression of identity. In T. Postmes, S. Reicher, T. Lea & R. Spears (Eds.) SIDE issues centre stage: Recent developments in studies of de-individuation in groups (pp. 131-141). Amsterdam: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen.



Thesis Supervision


  • Hélio Fumo, Modelos relacionais e convergência emocional em organizações de empreendedorismo social (titulo provisório), M.Sc. in Psicologia Social e das Organizações, Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias. Rodrigo Brito, 2013/2014 (delayed)
  •  Rui Viegas, Sobre-exclusão e sobre-inclusão por heterosexuais e homosexuais na percepção de toques ambíguos homosociais, M.Sc. in Psicologia Social e das Organizações Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Rodrigo Brito, 2015/2016 (Ongoing)
  • J. Paulo. Teste da mediação relacional do efeito da ameaça ao estereótipo [Test of the relational mediation of the stereotype threat effect (temp. title). MSc thesis in work psychology, ULHT, ongoing. Advisor: R. Brito.
  • A. Casado. Capital social online e offline: Uma comparação Portugal-Brasil [Online and offline social capital: A comparison between Portugal and Brazil]. MSc thesis in work psychology, ULHT 2012. Advisor: R. Brito
  •  J. Araújo. Valores culturais, orientações políticas e classes sociais: Consequências nos valores de trabalho [Cultural values, political orientations and social class: Consequences for work values]. MSc thesis in work psychology, ULHT 2012. Advisor: R. Brito
  • A. S. A. Silva. Preditores da satisfação no trabalho dos professores do ensino básico e secundário português: remuneração, valores de trabalho e stress [Predictors of work satisfaction in Portuguese primary and secondary schoolteachers: Income, work values, and stress]. MSc thesis in work psychology, ULHT 2012. Advisor: R. Brito
  • F. Afonso. Identidade étnica, modelos relacionais e bem-estar na adolescência [Ethnic identity, relational models, and well-being in adolescents]. MSc thesis in social and organizational psychology, ISCTE-IUL 2009. Advisors: C. Moleiro and R. Brito.





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