My first paper is out!

I’m super happy to announce that my first paper is already out! After two years of non-stop work, I can let this project go and undertake new ones. Can the occipital alpha-phase speed up visual detection through a real-time EEG-based brain-computer interface (BCI)? Irene Vigué-Guix, Luis Morís Fernández, Mireia Torralba Cuello, Manuela Ruzzoli,  Salvador Soto-Faraco DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.06.189712 You can read the paper…

Your brain-state predicts your creativity

Today I crossed paths with this interesting paper about how we can find differences in creativity based on the resting-state of alpha-oscillations: Neuropsychologia. 2020 May;142:107456. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2020.107456. Epub 2020 Apr 10. The Dynamics of Resting-State Alpha Oscillations Predict Individual Differences in Creativity Naomi Prent, Dirk J A Smit Abstract. The neuronal mechanisms underlying creativity are poorly…

Winner in the Sant Jordi Awards with my neuro-blog!

Hey there! Yesterday I received the news that I won the 1st award in the Sant Jordi awards of the Pompeu Fabra University in the category of “Blogs, social media and websites” with my blog/porfolio! Isn’t that great?! I’m so excited and honoured! You can look at the video of the awards here:   Sources…

Cortical oscillations and sensory predictions

I’ve recently crossed paths with this review on cortical oscillations and sensory predictions: Trends Cog Science, 2012 Jul; 16(7):390-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.05.003. Cortical Oscillations and Sensory Predictions Luc H Arnal, Anne-Lise Giraud Abstract. Many theories of perception are anchored in the central notion that the brain continuously updates an internal model of the world to infer the…

Getting artsy with graphical abstracts for scientific journals

Scientific journals are trying to make their papers more appealing by creating a whole spectrum of research summaries including graphical abstracts, video abstracts, and plain language summaries. Here, I will focus on graphical abstracts since I’m about to design one for my very first paper published. I’ve been looking for examples of graphical abstracts on…

Toward explaining the universe from dots and lines?

If you haven’t heart about Stephen Wolfram, he is a very well-known programmer and mathematician who created Wolfram Alpha (a website that gives a spectrum of answers to questions by using algorithms and a huge database of information) and Mathematica (a computation system used by scientists the world over). I would strongly suggest you watch…

The importance of spontaneous brain activity

Our brain reminds me of New York City: a place that never sleeps. There’s always something going on in our brains even when we are asleep or not paying attention. I invite you to watch the 5.min lesson on “How spontaneous brain activity keeps you alive” by Nathan S. Jacobs to know more about this topic….

Oral communication for scientific research

I would like to share the series of seminar videos from one of the courses at my University called “Oral communication for scientific research“. How can we better explain what we do as scientists? How we can transmit the core message of what we are doing in our labs? What is the best way to…