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Humans share language acquisition mechanisms with other animals

When it comes to language acquisition in humans (infants and adults), one recurring question is whether it is exclusive to humans or whether it has certain features in common with processes found in other species. A recently published paper has found that, although other animals share certain mechanisms needed to acquire this cognitive capacity, language remains an essentially human trait. 

Adrià Tauste co-presenta la nueva Red Española para la Interacción de Neurociencia Cognitiva y Computacional (SINC2)

Adrià Tauste, investigador postdoctoral del grupo CNS, y María Victoria Puig, investigadora del Instituto Hospital del Mar de Investigaciones Médicas, presentan la nueva Red Española para la Interacción de Neurociencia Cognitiva y Computacional (SINC2) en el Congreso Español de Neurociencia.

A study proposes the biological bases of how language is implemented in the brain

The main neural principles underlying cognitive processes like memory,perception, or decision-making, have in common that they are encoded with sparse distributed representations in the brain, and that they present plasticity in the associative synapses and the attractor neural networks. This means that the information storage capacity depends on the number of associatively modifiable recurrent synapses on any one neuron.  

Es descriuen noves evidències de connectivitat en un cas de malaltia de Parkinson

Un estudi internacional que ha estat codirigit per Gustavo Deco, professor d’investigació ICREA i director del CBC, conjuntament amb el científic Morten L. Kringelbach, publicat a la revista Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, ha obtingut les connexions neuronals completes de la substància blanca cerebral d'un pacient amb malaltia de Parkinson, abans i després de l'estimulació cerebral profunda (DBS).

Els científics Stalisnas i Ghislaine Dehaene de l'INSERM impartiran dues conferències a la UPF

Els prestigiosos neuròlegs Stalisnas i Ghislaine Dehaene,  provinents de la Unitat de Neuroimatge Cognitiva de l'INSERM de París (França), han estat convidats per Luca Bonatti, investigador ICREA i director del grup RICO, per impartir dues ponències magistrals el 4 de setembre, al campus del Poblenou de la UPF (C/ Roc

Automatic systems in the human brain recognize hierarchy and social identity

Social hierarchy is a ubiquitous principle of organization in animal species. We know that some individuals are more sensitive to hierarchical information than others, but despite some progress being made in our understanding of this social phenomenon, the neuroanatomical basis of the process had not been sufficiently explored. We now know that a neural network is involved in the automatic recognition of social identity.

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