Simone Lackner


Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas

Simone Lackner is a multidisciplinary scientist with a degree in Molecular Biology, a Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience and post-doctoral training in Computational Social Science. Doing research in Austria, Singapore, USA, Japan and Portugal, Simone studied diverse topics such as the genetic basis of sexual behaviour of fruit flies or how larval zebrafish use illumination cues to navigate in their environment. At the Social Physics and Complexity Group at LIP she continues her work on behaviour but now exploring human behavioural response patterns. Currently, her focus is on developing new methods to understand public attitudes towards science and the role that cognitive biases play in opinion formation and Fake News sharing. Moved by critical and creative thinking, Simone is a science communication enthusiast and team lead of Soapbox Science Lisbon.

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Three clusters of neurons control zebrafish decision-making and movement

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New research sheds light on how our neurons guide our behavior

Fish need to socialize for their brains to develop

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Zebrafish held in isolation show social avoidance behavior that other fish don't