GCIR aims to produce knowledge in the domains of:

  1. Group Processes;
  2. Social Cognition, Situated Cognition, and Embodiment of Cognition; and
  3. Intergroup Relations, Stereotyping, Prejudice, Discrimination, and Social Justice.


GCIR members strive to develop theory-driven research into basic principles inspired by social problems and scientific knowledge gaps and develop interventions to apply them.
GCIR research examines how cognitions, attitudes, behaviors, and relations affect the way information about people, groups, and intergroup relations is processed and represented.

This includes investigating

  • How information processing and representation is affectedby
  1. the nature of the information (e.g., its valence and frequency),

individual factors (e.g., attitudes, expectations and goals),
physical, social, and cultural factors (e.g., the body, language and cultural beliefs) group and intergroup factors (e.g., category salience, group 
       heterogeneity and importance).

  • The reverse is also studied, as in how language use, regulation of relations, group processes, etc., are altered by individual cognitions, emotions and attitudes.
  • Also, GCIR researchers are involved in examining the development of attitudes and relational belief systems in children and over time, including stereotypes, prejudice, and impressions of justice.

Members use varied methods and measures, including lab and field experiments, surveys, experimental interventions, and critical discourse analysis. Dependent measures can include verbal and behavioral explicit and implicit measures (e.g., reaction times; response, recall and recognition accuracy) and recently physiological measures (e.g., eye movements, heart-rate, skin conductance, startle response, balance, event-related potentials).

Training and Knowledge Dissemination

  • GCIR strives to provide excellent training for undergraduate and graduate students, and early career PhDs.
  • We teach in the general Bachelor, Master and PhD programs of ISCTE-IUL.
  • GCIR has weekly research seminars and an email listserv:
    1. Seminars involve formal presentations by students, PhDs, or national or international guests; feedback sessions on planned research or in-progress     manuscripts; recent article discussions; statistical issue discussions; and workshops on specific skills (e.g., presentation, writing papers or abstracts, paper reviewing);
    2. The listserv includes relevant announcements, discussions of current issues, and requests for information. These resources are highly utilized by students and PhDs alike.
  • GCIR members emphasize collaboration (within ISCTE-IUL, nationally, and internationally) to optimally use resources, improve visibility and provide opportunities for networking and idea generation.
  • We broadly disseminate knowledge acquired in research nationally and internationally, in both top scholarly journals and scientific meetings.
  • To reach the interested public and practitioners we use popular press outlets, public policy reports and thematic workshops open to the public as well as teaching and involvement in social intervention programs and trainings.


Through publications, organization of scientific meetings open to the public, and involvement in management of research funding, and with Portuguese service organizations, members of GCIR use the knowledge acquired through their research to influence people’s behavior directly.


You are very welcome to contact the current coordinators:
Helder Alves and Miriam Rosa

Edf. ISCTE-IUL, Sala 2w17
Av. das Forças Armadas
1649-026 Lisboa
Phone: +351 210 464 017
Fax : +351 21 046 41 74
Email: cis@iscte.pt
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