Ioana Ţincaş, PhD

Center for Cognitive and Neural Studies (Coneural)
Romanian Institute of Science and Technology
Str. Ciresilor, no 29, 400487 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Tel: +40-364-800171; Fax: +40-364-800172
E-mail: tincas at coneural dot org


    My PhD thesis (conducted in the Developmental Psychology Lab, at the Babes-Bolyai University) focused mainly on trait anxiety and attention in children and adults, using behavioral tasks and questionnaires. After completing that, I moved to Coneural and to a new research topic. I currently work on visual object recognition using a combination behavioral tasks, EEG and eye tracking.

  • 2011-2013: Object recognition across fixations: Visual sampling and integration in the human brain. UEFISCDI Postdoctoral grant PN-II-RU-PD-2011-3-0278, Contract 50/05.11.2011. Position: Grant director.
  • 2010-2013: Object recognition via attractors in the human brain. UEFISCDI grant TE-11 No. 23/28.07.2010. Position: Team member; Grant director: Raul C. Mureşan, PhD.
  • 2006-2008: Critical periods in the development of executive functions. CEEX-ET Grant no. 131/2006. Position: Team member; Grant director: Oana Benga, PhD.
Selected Publications / Conferences

    Visual object recognition

  • Tincas I., Moca V.V. & Muresan R.C. (2013). Visual sampling and integration of information in object recognition. Poster presented at the conference of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC 17), San Diego CA, USA, July 12-15 2013.
  • Moca V.V.*, Tincas I.*, Melloni L., & Muresan R.C. (2011). Visual exploration and object recognition by lattice deformation. PLoS ONE, 6(7), e22831.
  • *These authors contributed equally to this work.
  • Tincas I., Moca V.V., & Muresan R.C. (2011). Pupil dilation and visual object recognition. Presented at the 11th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON XI), Palma de Mallorca, Spain. [Poster]

  • Anxiety, attention, temperament

  • Tincas I., & Benga O. (2012). Anxiety and attentional selection: The role of perceptual load in children and adults. Presented at the Exploratory Workshop Attention and executive functioning in high-trait anxiety: Implications for cognitive and academic performance, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • Visu-Petra L., Tincas I., Cheie L., & Benga O. (2010). Anxiety and visual-spatial memory updating in young children: An investigation using emotional facial expressions. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 223-240.
  • Tincas I., Dragos R., Ionescu T., Benga O. (2007). Attentional set-shifting in preschoolers: anxiety-related response patterns. Cognition, Brain, Behavior, XI, 553-570.
  • Tincas I., Benga O., & Fox N.A. (2006). Temperamental predictors of anxiety disorders. Cognition, Brain, Behavior, X, 489-515.