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ICBAS and BIAL Foundation promote the Nuno Grande PhD Scholarship 2022

The Nuno Grande PhD Scholarship 2022, worth 25 thousand euros, was created to support research work in the areas of Fundamental Sciences...

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What factors contribute to facial identification?

Nicholas Furl, supported by the BIAL Foundation in the scope of project 27/16 – How do brains enconde the distinctive movements of facial expressions, demonstrated the effects of spatial caricatures on the perception of dissimilarity of different facial expressions. The paper “Caricatured facial movements enhance perception of emotional facial expressions” featuring these results was published in the journal Perception.

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Could cognition be improved in adulthood?

Ana Teixiera-Santos, supported by the BIAL Foundation in the scope of project 286/16 - Getting the aging brain to train: A working memory and neurstimulation approach, concluded that working memory training, coupled with transcranial direct current stimulation, promotes gains in short-term memory and reasoning in older adults. The paper “Working memory training coupled with transcranial direct current stimulation in older adults: A randomized controlled experiment” featuring these results was published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

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BIAL Foundation celebrates 28th anniversary

BIAL Foundation has been developing its activity in three areas with the aim of stimulating new discoveries and contributing to the improvement of human life...

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How the brain responds to acoustic dissonance in music?

Juan Toro, supported by the BIAL Foundation in the scope of project 13/18 - Biological bases of music cognition, concluded that our brain presents distintinctive neural responses, affected by schematic and veridical expectations, when processing pure acoustic violations. Moreover, authors also showed that those reponses were different when comparing musicians and non-musicians. The paper “Neural correlates of acoustic dissonance in music: The role of musicianship, schematic and veridical expectations” featuring these results was published in the journal PLoS One.

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BIAL Foundation opens a new call of Grants Programme for Scientific Research

New call for Grants Programme for Scientific Research 2022/2023 open until August 31, 2022...

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Maria de Sousa Award is accepting applications until May 31

The Maria de Sousa Award aims to support young Portuguese scientific researchers, aged 35 or under, with scientific projects in Health Sciences...

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Applications for Prémio BIAL de Medicina Clínica are open until August 31

The Prémio BIAL de Medicina Clínica seeks to recognize an intellectual, original work on any freely chosen medical topic on clinical practice...

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How motivated behavior is influenced by reinforcement/reward?

Carina Soares-Cunha, supported by the BIAL Foundation in the scope of project 175/20 – The role of nucleus accumbens in the perception of natural rewards, concluded that, in rodents, the optogenetic modullation of the D2-MSN-VP projections has different effects in the distinct phases of motivated behavior. The paper “Distinct roles of nucleus accumbens D2-MSN projections to ventral pallidum in different phases of motivated behavior” featuring these results was published in the journal Cell Reports.

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the BIAL Foundation has already supported a total of 775 projects in the domains of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology?

Did you know that in the scope of its Grants programme for Scientific Research, since 1994, the BIAL Foundation has already supported a total of 775 projects in the domains of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology?

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What do EEG studies tell us about affective modulation?

In the scope of the project 347/18 – Driving synaptic plasticity in motor-to-visual neural pathways to enhance action prediction, Alessio Avenanti et al., published in the journa Physiology & Behavior the paper “Affective modulation of cognitive control: A systematic review of EEG studies” with the following highlights: • The search followed the PRISMA guidelines and resulted in 35 articles selected for qualitative synthesis. • The main electrophysiological approach across studies was the analysis of event-related potentials (ERPs), with affective modulation of different components/waves during cognitive control task performance. • Most of the studies focused on N2 and P3, showing a prevalent interest in the effects of affective induction on attentional processes and response inhibition. • It is recommended a greater specificity in the report of the technical aspects of studies in this field to improve the comparability between studies and their replicability.

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Could animals be able to detect musical changes?

Juan Toro, supported by the BIAL Foundation in the scope of project 13/18 - Biological bases of music cognition, concluded, in rodents, that they are able to detect changes in pitch, tempo and timbre. The paper “Detecting surface changes in a familiar tune: exploring pitch, tempo and timbre” featuring these results was published in the journal Animal Cognition.

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Looking for collaboration

The quest of physiological markers for the experience of pain

Researcher: Elia Valentini - Department of Psychology & Centre for Brain Science, University of Essex Summary: The aim of this project is to improve measurement of the human experience of pain by investigating a combination of psychophysical and physiological responses during mild noxious stimulation. More specifically, we want to investigate how sensitive and specific to pain the brain oscillatory responses are. We use EEG as the main technique, but we are keen to collaborate with neuroscientists using fMRI, autonomic measures and brain stimulation as well as with computational neuroscientists. A clinical collaborator would also be very much welcome.

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EEG investigation of hypnosis and decision-making

Researcher: Rinaldo Livio Perri - University Niccolò Cusano Rome, Italy Summary: I work in the field of hypnosis and cognitive neuroscience. In particular, I adopt the event-related potentials (ERPs) to investigate the effect of the hypnotic suggestions on sensory processing and cognitive performance. I am an expert in decision-making and proactive brain processes before the stimulus administration (e.g., the perceptual, prefrontal and premotor readiness during the expectancy stage). I could help colleagues to properly analyze the ERP signal in the pre-stimulus stage of processing. Also, I would be happy to share my EEG data for re-analyzing them in the frequency domain (e.g., wavelet or coherence analysis in the hypnosis research). Feel free to contact me for any question! More information on my papers: https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=-8e_V64AAAAJ&hl=it Possible collaborations: neuroscientist with experience in the EEG frequency analysis Email: perri.rinaldo@gmail.com

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Transparent Psi Project - looking for collaborators

Summary: We are running a fully transparent, expert consensus-base multilab replication of Bem’s (2011) experiment 1. The project features state of the art methods to maximize transparency and study integrity. The study involves a computerized experiment taking about 20 minutes per session. Group testing is possible in a computer lab, no specialized equipment needed. Labs are expected to recruit at least 100 participants. Participants will be exposed to images with explicit erotic/sexual content in the experiment. No financial compensation is required for the participants. Data collection is expected to take place in the 2020 fall semester. Every material is provided for ethics/IRB submissions and data collection in English (translation of materials might be necessary by the collaborators). The study is pre-registered and the manuscript is accepted in principle for publication in the journal Royal Society Open Science. All collaborators who meet the minimum sample size criterion will get authorship on this paper reporting the results of the replication study. More information in the preprint: https://psyarxiv.com/uwk7y/ Indicate interest in the collaboration via the following form: https://tinyurl.com/tpp-labs With any question contact the lead investigator: Dr. Zoltan Kekecs, kekecs.zoltan@gmail.com

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Cognitive control and learning (2)

Researcher: Ignacio Obeso, Ph.D. / CINAC - HM Puerta del Sur Summary: The aim of our projects is to understand the behavioral and neural mechanisms used to learn how humans establish adaptive behaviour in changing contexts. More specifically, we want to decipher how stopping abilities are initially learned and later executed under automatic control. We use task-related fMRI, brain stimulation and clinical models to test our predictions in laboratory settings as well as online home-based paradigms. Possible collaborations: computational scientist Email contact: i.obesomartin@gmail.com https://iobesomartin.wixsite.com/cognitivecontrol

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Cognitive control and learning (1)

Researcher: Ignacio Obeso, Ph.D. / CINAC - HM Puerta del Sur Summary: The aim of our projects is to understand the behavioral and neural mechanisms used to learn how humans establish adaptive behaviour in changing contexts. More specifically, we want to decipher how stopping abilities are initially learned and later executed under automatic control. We use task-related fMRI, brain stimulation and clinical models to test our predictions in laboratory settings as well as online home-based paradigms. Possible collaborations: computational scientist Email contact: i.obesomartin@gmail.com https://iobesomartin.wixsite.com/cognitivecontrol

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