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Més de 420 estudiants gaudeixen del Campus Júnior UPF, que continua creixent - 07/27/2017 - 11:48

Dinou cursos han transcorregut aquest juliol i ja han finalitzat,

mentre que dos més, pertanyents als àmbits de les enginyeries

i les humanitats, tindran lloc el mes de setembre, i encara tenen

la inscripció oberta.

 

La difícil traducción del humor - 03/17/2017 - 11:41

Conseguir que Homer Simpson sea gracioso también en español o mantener los juegos de palabras de series como "Modern Family" es un reto para los traductores.

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/17/actualidad/1484673807_32560...

The Two-Body Inversion Effect (Liuba Papeo, Timo Stein, Salvador Soto-Faraco) - 03/14/2017 - 13:25

El sistema de percepción humana, diseñado para procesar grupos funcionales de personas

La investigación, publicada en la revista Psychological Science, revela que el sistema visual es más eficiente detectando un par de personas enfrentadas, como si estuvieran interactuando, en lugar de dos personas que se están dando la espalda.

Además, el estudio también ha sido publicado en una web de tecnología (en francés): 

http://www.techno-science.net/?onglet=news&news=16042

Research Assistant -- (This job is no longer available) - 02/24/2017 - 12:15

Research Assistant (MRG Group)

El Grup de Recerca “Multisensory Research Group” (MRG) del Centre de Cognició i Cervell de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra requereix cobrir una plaça per assistent de recerca a temps parcial.

Descripció: Desenvolupar tasques de suport a la recerca sobre la comprensió de les bases neuronals i cognitives dels processos de percepció, atenció i memoria humans. Algunes de les tasques concretes seran: recollida de dades electroencefalogràfiques (EEG), processament de senyals EEG, manteniment i actualització de la base de dades dels estudis realitzats i col·laboració en l’anàlisi dels resultats obtinguts dels diferents estudis.

Requisits:

  • Coneixements bàsics de programació (p.e., Matlab; Python; C++).

  • Coneixements d’anglès.

  • Organització, responsabilitat i pulcritud.

Es valorarà:

  • Estudiants de la UPF d’últims cursos de llicenciatura/grau o bé estudiants de Màster (Escola Superior Politècnica, Facultat de Ciències de la Salut i de la Vida...).

  • Coneixements de processament de senyals.

  • Backgroung i interès en neurociència

Condicions:

  • Dedicació: 25 hores/setmana.

  • Horari: a convenir.

  • Contracte de 6 mesos (renovable).

  • Remuneració: 1.000 euros bruts al mes.

  • Incorporació: a partir de setembre/octubre (segons data de resolució definitiva del projecte)

Procés de selecció:

Les persones interessades hauran de fer arribar una breu carta de presentació i el seu CV a la següent adreça de correu electrònic: , tot indicant la referència “Contracte de col·laboració 2016_Exp”.

Desprès de revisar els CVs, en una segona fase, alguns dels candidats seran contactats per tal de realitzar entrevistes personals.

Per a més informació contacteu amb Manuela Ruzzoli ] i/o consulteu la web del nostre grup de recerca (http://www.mrg.upf.edu) o la del laboratori (http://lnucc.upf.edu/).

Post-doctoral position in Cognitive Neuroscience (MRG Group) -- (This job is no longer available) - 05/30/2014 - 09:28

Post-doctoral position in Cognitive Neuroscience (MRG Group)

 

Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral research position in the MULTISENSORY RESEARCH GROUP, led by Salvador Soto-Faraco, at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona).

 

The group addresses the behavioral and neural expression of multisensory integration processes and their underlying mechanisms in the brain. This research spans several perceptual domains (speech, temporal and spatial processing, in vision, audition and touch, and body representation) and research approaches (psychophysics, neuroimaging, and brain stimulation with TMS).

 

We seek a person with solid, demonstrable experience who is able to lead a research line complementary to the group’s activities. Involvement in some organizational and management aspects is expected. The candidate must have (1) a PhD degree at the moment of application or soon thereafter (Sept 2014), (2) a solid demonstrable experience with publications in the field of Cognitive or Computational Neuroscience, and (3) strong motivation for multisensory integration, perception and attention. Please, bear in mind that applications that do not meet these standards will not be considered. Candidates outside the EU are welcome to apply but they might have to clear working visa requirements on their own.

 

We offer onsite ERP/EEG, TMS, and psychophysical testing facilities, neuronavigation system, a wide range of visual auditory and somatosensory stimulation equipment, and the use of fMRI and MEG recording facilities externally. The position will be funded for up to three years.  

 

Starting date: Sept 2014 or before.

Salary:Commensurate with experience (up to 47,300Eur/Year gross)

 

How to apply

Applications should include:

- a full CV

- a short cover letter including a statement of research interests

- the names of three scholars who are willing to serve as references for the applicant

 

Check out www.mrg.upf.edu for info on the group. For informal enquiries about the position and applications, please contact Salvador Soto-Faraco at .

 

Deadline May 7th, 2014

 

Please, mention that you are applying to the POSTDOCTORAL position in the email subject. 

VI BRAINGLOT WORKSHOP 19th-20th September - 09/12/2013 - 10:09

As part of Brainglot consortium, during the last 5 years we have collaborated in developing a project related not only to language processing but also to other cognitive aspects such as attention, perception, multisensory integration and computational neuroscience. The consortium is formed by 6 different research groups belonging to 4 different Spanish universities, and it brings together about 100 researchers.

The project is finishing this year and we would like to take the opportunity to have a final workshop in which the 6 IP, present the key results produced in the context of the project. It is very enriching for us to have a selected group of world-class scholars that not only will give us some input regarding our advancements, but that also will share with us their latest research results.

Brainglot website Workshop site
Draft programme Poster

 

 

Dr. Manuela Ruzzoli obtains a Juan de la Cierva fellowship - 09/04/2013 - 16:37

Dr. Manuela Ruzzoli, postdoctoral researcher at the MRG, has been awarded a Juan de la Cierva fellowship 2012 (JCI-2012-12335) from the Spanish Government.

Manuela’s research interests involve perceptual processing, multisensory integration and attention. In other words how the brain builds internal representations of sensory information from the external world in the context of complex, real-world environments, where observers’ internal state such as expectation and goals, dynamically interact with stimulus driven factors. Manuela’s research projects involve several methodological techniques such as behavioural measurements, electro encephalography (ERP and EEG) and magnetic brain stimulation (TMS).

For the next 3 years, she will keep working to Prof. Salvador Soto-Faraco’s side in the MRG at the Center for Brain and Cognition in Pompeu Fabra University.

Post-doctoral position in Cognitive Neuroscience -- This job is no longer available - 09/04/2013 - 16:36

 

Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral research position in the MULTISENSORY RESEARCH GROUP at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). The post is part of the BRAINGLOT project, a Research Network on Bilingualism and Cognitive Neuroscience (Consolider-Ingenio 2010 Scheme, Spanish Ministry of Science and Education).

 

Project 

The project brings together the efforts of several research groups spanning different scientific disciplines with the common purpose of addressing the phenomenon of bilingualism from an open and multidisciplinary perspective. The MRG attempts to understand the use of multisensory cues (audiovisual) speech information in the context of learning and using a second language. The project includes behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI, ERP) and, neurostimulation (TMS) approaches.

 

Job description

We seek a person who leads the electrophysiological aspects of the project (ERP/EEG), including the development of independent scientific studies, as well as the participation (i.e., supervision) in others. Involvement in some organizational and management aspects is also expected.

 

Candidate requirements

-  Previous experience in ERP/EEG recording and analysis is *indispensable*

-  PhD

-  Motivation about the question of multisensory integration and/or speech perception

-  Background in cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, and/or cognitive psychology

-  Programming skills

* Applicants from outside the EU are welcome to apply but must qualify for a valid visa.

 

Conditions

- Duration: The position will be funded and renewable for up to two years

- Starting date:  As soon as possible

- Salary:28000EUR/year

- Travel: The project may require some travel to conferences / meetings

 

How to apply

Applications should include:

- a  C.V. including a list of publications

- the names of two referees who would willing to write letters of recommendation

- a brief cover letter describing research interests

For informal enquiries about the position and applications, please contact Salvador Soto-Faraco. (http://www.mrg.upf.edu). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please, mention that you are applying to the POSTDOCTORAL position in the email subject

Post-doctoral position in Multisensory integration/EEG -- This job is no longer available - 09/04/2013 - 16:36

Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral research position in the MULTISENSORY RESEARCH GROUP, led by Salvador Soto-Faraco, at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). The position is covered by a European Research Council grant on Multisensory Integration and Attention.

 

The project addresses the interplay between multisensory integration processes and attention mechanisms. This research spans several functions (speech, temporal and spatial processing, in vision, audition and touch, and body representation) and research approaches (psychophysics, neuroimaging, and brain stimulation with TMS).

 

We seek a person with solid experience who leads a research line focused on brain oscillatory dynamics. Involvement in some organizational and management aspects is expected. The candidate must (1) have solid demonstrable experience (i.e., publications) in the field of oscillatory analysis using EEG and/or MEG, (2) strong background in cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, and/or cognitive psychology, and (3) scientific motivation about multisensory integration, perception and attention.

 

We offer onsite ERP/EEG, TMS, and psychophysical testing facilities, neuronavigation system, a wide range of visual auditory and somatosensory stimulation equipment, and the use of fMRI and MEG recording facilities externally.  The position will be funded and renewable on yearly basis for up to three years.  

 

Starting date: Feb 2013 or before.

Salary:up to 36,000Eur/Year

 

How to apply

Applications should include:

- a  C.V. including a list of publications

- the names of two referees who would willing to write letters of recommendation

- a short cover letter describing research interests

Check out www.mrg.upf.edu for info on the group. For informal enquiries about the position and applications, please contact Salvador Soto-Faraco at . Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please, mentionthat you are applying to the POSTDOCTORAL position in the email subject

Collaboration Grant: Research Assistant /Technician -- This job is no longer available - 09/04/2013 - 16:18

Applications are invited for a part-time collaboration grant in the Multisensory Research Group (MRG), at the Center for Brain and Cognition in Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The position is covered by a European Research Council Starting grant on Multisensory integration and attention (MIA; project number 263145).

Job description:

Provide research support for studies addressing the neural and cognitive bases of human perception and attention. Some of the tasks are: Assist in software development and building simple setups for experiments, database maintenance and update, group web maintenance and update, assistance in analysis of experimental data, support in administrative and organizational tasks.

 

Candidate requirements:

-       Good programming skills (e.g., Matlab).

-       English skills.

-       Good organization, responsibility, neatness.

Additional:

-       Final year degree/ Master students.

-       It is desirable that the candidate lives in Barcelona.

Conditions:

-        25 hours/week.

-       6 month collaboration fellowship.

-       Salary: 850 Euros/month.

-       Starting date: September.

 

How to apply:

Prospective candidates should send a short cover letter and a CV to , mentioning “Collaboration grant 2013” in the subject of the mail.

Following a selection of the CVs, some of the applicants will be contacted for a personal interview.

For more information, please contact Salvador Soto-Faraco and check our research group web (http://www.mrg.upf.edu) or lab web (http://lnucc.upf.edu/).

Brainglot project uses bilingualism to teach languages - 01/25/2013 - 13:01

Six research gropus (Catalan, Basque and Valencian)  part of Brainglot project, try to understand by studying bilingualism the phenomenon of bilingualism, the neural and cognitive mechanism which enable the acquisiton and use of several languages.

Read this article at "La Celosía" (in Spanish only).

Elena Azañón Gracia obtains a Marie Curie fellowship - 12/31/2011 - 11:16

Elena Azañon Gracia, at present a postdoctoral collaborator in MRG and lecturer at the Basic Psychology Department at the University of Barcelona, will join the group of Prof. Haggard in the Institute Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London) as a Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellow with the project "Touch and action in spatial perception".

The project funded by the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship Program for Career Development (FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IEF) intends to address an important, yet unresolved topic in tactile research: how the brain computes the origin of a tactile stimulus in space. Although it might seem trivial at first sight, the external location of a touch in a given skin region changes as body parts move. It is fundamental therefore to represent touch in a reference frame beyond somatotopy, to place tactile events within a common representational medium where other sensory events are represented, and/or make them the target of directed actions.

Tactile remapping is the process that allows us to accurately refer touch to its actual external location, taking into account current body posture. Despite the motor component is implicit in this framework, to date, tactile remapping has been studied exclusively in the context of perceptual systems. The main goal of the project is revealing the putative relations between the motor system and the perception of touch in external space. To this aim, motor-related activity will be manipulated to study whether tactile perception in external space is straightforwardly related to motor planning and execution.

Elena Azañón Gracia finishes her doctoral studies. - 02/18/2011 - 14:54

During her doctoral studies Elena Azañón Gracia focused on furthering the understanding of remapping touch from skin to space. Elena's work highlights the study of tactile remapping as an important research question. It has put forward new knowledge about critical aspects of the way tactile remapping works, and how long the process takes and where in the brain it may be computed. Elena Azañón Gracia finished her doctoral studies with Excellent Cum Laude. Congratulations!

Entre gorilas y nanoóptica - 02/08/2011 - 11:24

Salvador Soto-Faraco among the 10 young scientists working in Catalunya that were awarded with a Starting Grant by European Research Council (ERC). Read this news article at El Periódico.

Part of the brain that tracks limbs in space discovered - 01/17/2011 - 19:22

When a mosquito lands on your hand, you can rapidly and effortlessly make a movement of the other hand to brush it away, even in darkness. But performing this seemingly simple action involves a surprisingly complex coordination of different types of sensory information in order for your brain to construct a constantly updated 'map' of the body in space. Read this news article at Science Daily.

The brain hides information to prevent mistakes - 01/17/2011 - 19:21

When we notice a mosquito alight on our forearm, we direct our gaze in order to find its exact position and quickly try to swat it or brush it away to prevent it bite us. This apparently simple, instantaneous reaction is the result of a mental process that is much more complex than it may seem. It requires the brain to align the tactile sensation on the skin with spatial information about our surroundings and our posture. Read this article at  Science Daily, Diario Médico and Wissenschaft-Online.

Tactile research at MRG - 01/17/2011 - 19:21

The Comunicacions-UB magazine dedicated a section to the tactile reasearch being developed at MRG. Read this news article at Comunications_UB.

Music and synaesthesia on Canal 33 - 01/17/2011 - 19:20

The MRG collaborated in a television documentary produced and broadcasted by Canal 33 about Music and Synaesthesia. Watch this video at tv3.cat.

Visual language discrimination in infants - 01/17/2011 - 16:24

At four months, babies can tell whether a speaker has switched to a different language from visual cues alone, according to a University of British Columbia study. Read this news article at Science Daily, La Vanguarda and Medical News Today.

Measuring the naturalness of things - 01/17/2011 - 16:23

Read this news article at New Scientist.

Dubbed speech - 01/17/2011 - 16:23

In order to achieve a coherent and accurate representation of the environment, the brain binds together the inputs--for example, vision and audition--arriving from different senses. This process often occurs seamlessly and without any apparent effort or attention. However, researchers have now found that this integration of sensory signals can be disrupted when attention is diverted to a secondary task, suggesting that the integration, or "binding," does not occur as automatically as previously supposed. Read this news article at Medica News Today.