A preprint is a full draft research paper that is shared publicly before it has been peer reviewed, they have a digital object identifier (DOI) and can be cited in other research papers.

Heinemans, M., & Moita, M. A. (pre-print) Looming stimuli reliably drive innate, but not learned, defensive responses in rats. bioRxiv 2022.02.07.479432; (doi:

Medeiros, A., Hobbiss, A. F., Borges, G., Moita, M., Mendes, C. S. (pre-print) Sustained spinal motor activity triggered by direct mechanosensory stimulation in adult Drosophila melanogaster. bioRxiv 2022.07.19.500315; (doi:


Ferreira, C. H., Heinemans, M., Farias, M., Gonçalves, R., & Moita, M. A. (2022). Social cues of safety can override differences in threat level. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. (

Keysers, C., Knapska, E., Moita, M. A., & Gazzola, V. (2022). Emotional contagion and prosocial behavior in rodents. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Trends in Cognitive Sciences (

Barrios, N., Farias, M., & Moita, M. A. (2021). Threat induces changes in cardiac activity and metabolism negatively impacting survival in flies.  Current Biology. (

Costa, D. F., Moita, M. A., & Márquez, C. (2021). Novel Competition test for food rewards reveals stable dominance status in rats. Scientific reports11(1), 1-18. (doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-93818-0)

Arez, E., Mezzera, C., Neto-Silva, R. M., Aranha, M. M., Dias, S., Moita, M. A., & Vasconcelos, M. L. (2021). Male courtship song drives escape responses that are suppressed for successful mating. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-13.

Ferreira, C. H., & Moita, M. A. (2020). Behavioral and neuronal underpinnings of safety in numbers in fruit flies. Nat. Comm. 11(1), 1-10. (

Pereira, A. G., Farias, M., & Moita, M. A. (2020). Thalamic, cortical, and amygdala involvement in the processing of a natural sound cue of danger. PLoS biology. 18(5). e3000674. (

Cruz, A., Heinemans, M., Marquez, C., & Moita, M. A. (2020). Freezing displayed by others is a learned cue of danger resulting from co-experiencing own freezing and shock. Curr. Bio. (

Ferreira, C. H., & Moita, M. A. (2019). What can a non-eusocial insect tell us about the neural basis of group behaviour?. Curr. Op. in Insect Sci. 36, 118-124. (

Zacarias R, Namiki S, Card GM, Vasconcelos ML* & Moita MA* (2018) Speed dependent descending control of freezing behavior in Drosophila Melanogaster. Nat. Comm. 9:3697 (doi: 10.1101/234443)

Rickenbacher E, Perry RE, Sullivan RM, Moita MA (2017) Freezing suppression by oxytocin in central amygdala allows alternate defensive behaviours and mother-pup interactionseLife 6 p1-17 (doi:10.7554/eLife.24080)

Pereira, AG & Moita, MA (2016) Is there anybody out there? Neural circuits of threat detection in vertebratesCurr. Op. Neuro 41(179-187) (doi:10.1016/j.conb.2016.09.011)

Márquez C, Rennie SM, Costa DF, Moita MA (2015) Prosocial Choice in Rats Depends on Food-Seeking Behavior Displayed by Recipients. Curr. Biol. S0960-9822 (15) (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.05.018)

Rennie SM, Moita MM, Mainen ZF. (2013) Social cognition in the rodent: nothing to be sniffed at. Trends Cogn Sci. (doi:10.1016/j.tics.2013.04.011)

Pereira AG, Cruz A, Lima SQ, Moita MA. (2012) Silence resulting from the cessation of movement signals danger Curr. Biol. 22 (16), R627-R628 (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.06.015)

Guimarãis M, Gregório A, Cruz A, Guyon N, Moita MA (2011) Time determines the neural circuit underlying associative fear learning. Front Behav Neurosci 5 (89) (doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2011.00089)

Atsak P, Orre M, Bakker P, Cerliani L, Roozendaal B, Gazzola V*, Moita M* and Keysers C (2011) Experience Modulates Vicarious Freezing in Rats: A Model for Empathy. PLoS ONE 6 (7), e21855 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021855)

Antunes R, Moita MA (2010) Discriminative auditory fear learning requires both tuned and nontuned auditory pathways to the amygdale. J. Neurosci. 30 (29), 9782-7 (doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1037-10.2010.)

Viana DS, Gordo I, Sucena E, Moita MA (2010) Cognitive and motivational requirements for the emergence of cooperation in a rat social game. PLoS ONE 5 (1) (doi:20084113)

Blair HT, Sotres-Bayon F, Moita MAP, LeDoux JE (2005) The lateral amygdala processes the value of conditioned and unconditioned aversive stimuli Neuroscience 133 (2), 561-569 (doi:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2005.02.043)

Moita MA, Rosis S, Zhou Y, LeDoux JE, Blair HT (2004) Putting fear in its place: remapping of hippocampal place cells during fear conditioning. J. Neurosci. 24 (31), 7015-7023

Blair HT, Tinkelman A, Moita MAP, LeDoux JE (2003) Associative plasticity in neurons of the lateral amygdala during auditory fear conditioning. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 985: 485-487

Moita MA, Rosis S, Zhou Y, LeDoux JE, Blair HT (2003) Hippocampal place cells acquire location-specific responses to the conditioned stimulus during auditory fear conditioning. Neuron 37 (3), 485-497

Moita MAP, Lamprecht R, Nader K & LeDoux JE (2002) Anchoring of PKA onto AKAP proteins in the amygdala is necessary for the consolidation of auditory fear memories. Nat. Neurosci. 5 (9), 837-8

de Bruin JP, Moita MP, de Brabander HM, Joosten RN (2001) Place and Response Learning of Rats in a Morris Water Maze: Differential Effects of Fimbria Fornix and Medial Prefrontal Cortex Lesions. Neurobiol Learn Mem 75 (2), 164-78