Rodrigo is a senior researcher at COPELABS and Associate Professor of Universidade Lusófona. He has extensive intercultural experience and multilingual skills, having grown up in Portugal, Angola, and England, and spent a significant part of his adult life in Belgium, Luxemburg, Scotland, and Germany. He has a background in sociology, but chose social psychology to better understand the psychological building blocks of human sociality. His most central research interests relate to the socio-cognitive and motivational processes involved in interpersonal, group, and intergroup relations, with a focus on the processes of production of strong social bonds (communion, intimacy, sharing). He also collaborates with neuropsyschologists working on ICT-based assessment and treatment of cognitive impairments, and with computer scientists on social bases for sharing network resources.