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.

Contribution of computational modelling to the knowledge of brain dynamics

The research published by Nature Reviews Neuroscience on 17 June, coordinated by Gustavo Deco , ICREA research professor and director of the CBC, which involved Danish and north American researchers. The article reviews how the brain must regulate the information flow of incoming stimuli to enable cognition and the adaptation of behaviour (upf news).

El CBC contribueix a l’èxit de la UPF amb 5 projectes aprovats a H2020 durant el primer any del programa europeu

El CBC obté 5 projectes Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Durant el primer any del programa de recerca I innovació Horizon 2020

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Initial Training Network (ITN) PREDICTABLE “Understanding and predicting developmental language abilities and disorders in multilingual Europe”, IPs: Núria Sebastián-Gallés, Luca Bonatti. 2015-2019

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Initial Training Network (ITN) COSMOS “Complex Oscillatory Systems: Modeling and Analysis”. IPs: Ralph Gregor Andrzejak and Ernest Montbrió. 2015-2018

Despite suffering a stroke, children recover brain function of the affected area

Given the laterality shown by human beings, each brain hemisphere specializes in a number of functions. For example, language is usually focused in the left hemisphere and perception in the right. Children who suffer prenatal or perinatal brain injury with brain haemorrhage develop notable normal cognitive functions in certain areas such as those associated with language skills. One possible explanation for this has been that the brain regions of the unaffected brain hemisphere could replace the functions of the damaged counterpart.

Cristina Galusca wins the first edition of the competition Rin4 '

The final of the first edition of the Rin4' competition, an exercise of scientific dissemination by current young doctoral degree scientists aimed at a non-specialist audience, took place on 8 June in the multipurpose hall of the Mercè Rodoreda building at the Ciutadella campus of Pompeu Fabra University.

The first prize went to Cristina Galusca, who is doing her research in the Reasoning and Infant Cognition (RICO) Research Group at the CBC, with the presentation "Eye remember this!” (

El campionat de doctorands Rin4' ja té finalistes

Aquesta setmana s'ha celebrat la fase classificatòria de la primera edició de la competició Rin4'. D'entre el centenar de candidats que s'han presentat, nou han passat a la final, que tindrà lloc el proper dilluns 8 de juny a les 17.00 hores a l'edifici Mercè Rodoreda del campus de la Ciutadella. Dels nous finalistes, tres són estudiants del doctorat del CBC:

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