My mental health crisis

I remember that a few years ago a colleague from my research group presented a paper about the mental health crisis in graduate students. By that time I was in the middle of my master’s degree and I didn’t feel like I was in that state to suffer stress and anxiety because of my studies…

Theta oscillations in memory

I just happen to cross paths with this new fresh article on theta oscillations and human memory: Published: February 03, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2019.12.006 Theta Oscillations in Human Memory Nora A. Herweg, Ethan A. Solomon, Michael J. Kahana I’m a big fan of how they start the paper: “Forming associations between different aspects of our sensory and cognitive…

Updates in the code for loading OpenBCI data in MATLAB

Hey there! I’ve updated the code for loading OpenBCI data in MATLAB. The old code gave some errors since the ‘csvread‘ function of MATLAB is not recommended to keep using it anymore. So, I changed the function for the ‘readmatrix” function which works pretty similar to the old one and no longer causes any problems…

Is working memory closely related to attention?

This week at my research group seminar we’ve discussed the following paper about how attention is closely linked to working memory, which is related to another post about a Taxonomy of Attention that I wrote a year ago based on the paper by Chen et al. (2011): J Cogn. 2019; 2(1): 36. Published online 2019 Aug…

Workshop on PhD well-being

Yesterday I went to a PhD workshop about “PhD Well-being & Systems thinking” given by Ryan Armstrong (Scientists Dating Forum / University of Barcelona) and held at the Department of Technology and Information Communication (DTIC) at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Before the workshop, I did not know that recent studies have found that PhD students…

Are brain oscillations related to visual consciousness?

Just the other day I crossed paths with this fantastic review of oscillatory correlates of conscious perception by Gallotto et al. (2017). You can have the information more in detail below about the paper: Front Psychol. 2017; 8: 1147. Published online 2017 Jul 7. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01147 Oscillatory Correlates of Visual Consciousness Stefano Gallotto, Alexander T. Sack,…

The impact of mass media on our brains

In a recent post I wrote about “What happens in our brain when we are talking to someone?” and I used a TED post and TED talk from Uri Hasson as reference. This time, I would like to re-use it and put under the spotlight not only the communication between our brains but also the…

Why have we lost so much short-term memory capacity compared to chimpanzees?

The answer is in this Twitter threat by Brian Roemmele: Consider: millions of years ago our antecedents gave a massive sacrifice of their left hemisphere. We lost a tremendous amount of short term memory and replaced it with Broca’s, Wernicke & the phonological loop. But why? So we can—talk. Thus chimpanzees can do this—we can’t:…

Why do we like fractals so much?

I’ve recently started to get more motivated in reading and writing about different things and not only focus on my PhD research line. I reckon that opening the spectrum of knowledge across different research fields and disciplines might give me more resources and tools to have widespread thinking not only in my scientific career but…