Gina Caetano

Contact information: Currently not present at LTL.

Gina Caetano, DrTech
- Post-doc scientist; Member of the Human Systems Neuroscience (Hari Group)

Research interests: Audiotactile interaction, somatosensory and motor processing. Behavioral studies, MEG & fMRI.


Current Affiliation

Visual Neuroscience Laboratory
IBILI-Faculdade de Medicina
Azinhaga de Santa Comba
3000-354 Coimbra

Tel: 00 351 239480232
Fax 00 351 2394802 80/17


Published articles only

¤ Caetano G. Brain mechanisms of audiotactile and audiomotor interactions (Thesis). Low Temperature Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology 2007.

¤ Caetano G and Jousmäki V. Kenneth, what's the frequency? Helsinki University of Technology, Low Temperature Laboratory Publications 2007, TKK-KYL-018.

¤ Caetano G, Jousmäki V and Hari R. Actor’s and observer’s primary motor cortices stabilize similarly after both seen or heard motor actions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2007, 104: 9058–9062. [Commentary by Kilner JM and Frith CD: A possible role for primary motor cortex during action observation. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA 2007, 104: 8683–8684.]

¤ Schürmann M, Caetano G, Hlushchuk Y, Jousmäki V and Hari R. Touch activates human auditory cortex. NeuroImage 2006, 30: 1325–1331.

¤ Caetano G and Jousmäki V. Evidence of vibrotactile input to human auditory cortex. NeuroImage 2006, 29: 15–28.

¤ Schürmann M, Caetano G, Jousmäki V and Hari R. Hands help hearing: Facilitatory audiotactile interaction at low sound-intensity levels. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2004, 115: 830–832.

Scientific Meetings & Advanced Research Training

2007 (Poster-Talk/course) 7th International fMRI meeting and Autumn School & Brain Voyager Course, Sorrento, Italy. Audiotactile integration and activation of auditory areas by vibrotactile stimuli. Gina Caetano.

2006 (Talk) Minisymposium: Dynamic Somatosensory Receptive Fields[1]. Audiotactile Interactions.Gina Caetano .

2006 (Poster) 12th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Florence, Italy. Stabilization of the observer’s primary motor cortex after both seen and heard motor actions. Caetano, Jousmäki & Hari.

2005 (Course) Toolkit of Cognitive Neuroscience: Advanced course in fMRI data analysis. FC Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

2004 (Poster) 4th Forum of European Neuroscience, Lisbon, Portugal. Convergence of vibrotactile stimuli to human auditory cortex. Caetano & Jousmäki.

2004 (Poster) 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Budapest, Hungary. Activation of a posterior auditory belt area by vibrotactile stimuli. Shürmann, Caetano, Hlushchuk, Jousmäki & Hari.

2003 (Poster) 6th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience, Prague, Czech Republic. Better-than-normal hearing through combined audiotactile stimulation. Caetano, Schürmann, Jousmäki, & Hari.

2002 (Course) Intensive course in magnetoencephalography. Brain Research Unit, LTL, HUT.

1999 (Course) Applications of physics in medical instrumentation and biomedicine. Organization: Portuguese Association of Physics Engineers.

Fellowships and Awards

2007 Research grant from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal.

2006 Research grant from Instrumentarium Tiedesäätiö, Finland.

2005 Matching fund student of the Finnish Graduate School of Neurosciences.

2003 Three-year PhD fellowship from Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal.

2002 One-year post-graduate studies fellowship from Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal.

Membership in Scientific Societies

¤ Organization for Human Brain Mapping

¤ Portuguese Society for Neurosciences

¤ Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

Previous Research Experience

2002 Research assistant at the Brain Research Unit, LTL, HUT.

2000 Research assistant at CIUL/CFA – Center for Atomic Physics, Interdisciplinary Complex of the Lisbon University (Structural study of concentrated electrolytic solutions).


2003–2007 Ph.D. researcher at the Brain Research Unit, LTL, HUT.

2002 Post-Graduate studies in medical physics and biomedical engineering at IBEB, Portugal.

2001 M.Sc.Tech - Physics, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon University of Technology, Portugal.

Work & Teaching Experience

2008 Physicist at the Advanced Magnetic Imaging (AMI) Centre, Helsinki University of Technology.

2001 Biophysics’ course assistant at the IST (physics department)

2000–2001 Clínica de Diagnóstico em Ressonância Magnética, Lisbon, Portugal. Thesis: Proton Spectroscopy and spectroscopy Imaging: medical application.

1998–2000 Representative of the Physics Engineering students at the Pedagogic Council of the IST