Luís Oliveira Couto

Biographical note

Luís de Oliveira Couto holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Adult Applied Neuropsychology from the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies (ULHT) and he is currently a doctoral student in the first year in Education Sciences at ULHT. He investigates in the neuropsychology area, in unipolar and bipolar pathologies.

He is currently Secretary of the Board, member of the scientific and neuropsychological council of the Association of Support to Depressive and Bipolar Patients (ADEB), an IPSS community, with national scope of public utility that acts in psychosocial rehabilitation. He coordinates the space of art ADEB, where he applies cognitive stimulation through sports and arts. He develops and collaborates in several projects of rehabilitation and investigation, collaborates with the magazine Bipolar and represents the association in numerous national and international events. He is an activist of the rights of people with disability and mental illness. Mentor of the project www.falamedemú (music teacher for blind people or low vision), writer of poetry, interpreter and instrumentalist (guitar, cavaquinho, percussion instruments) and dancer of contemporary dance.

In progress – Mental Project – scientific study and validation of cognitive stimulation program for patients with mental illness and dementia and psychoeducation for family members

In planning phase – scientific study of personality, cognitive and executive functions in depression and bipolar disorder

Oliveira, L., Oliveira, J., Lopes, P., & Correia, S. (2018). Verbal memory, sustained attention, verbal fluency and decision making in type I and type II bipolar disorder. Journal of Mental Health (submited)

Individual doctoral project

“Study of a psychoeducation program combined with virtual reality cognitive stimulation for bipolar disorder”
Professor Jorge Oliveira


This research intends to evaluate the impact of a psychoeducation program combined with cognitive stimulation in virtual reality in people diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It will use an experimental study using as main methodology a quantitative causal research to evaluate the impact of the application of the program of cognitive stimulation and the program of psychoeducation, assisted by a quantitative methodology of multiple cases also using a causal research to give greater robustness to the investigation. This research aims to improve the cognitive functions (attention, memory, inhibitory control, organization, decision making), literacy and quality of life of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Keywords: bipolar; cognitive stimulation; literacy; decision making