Who we are?

Yesterday I had the chance to watch the new documentary by Anthony Chene titlted Who we are? which touches the concepts of consciousness, neuroscience, near-death experiences, in/conscious mind, biology, and more. I reveived this documentary as a fresh air that complemented my own concerns about the mind-brain problem, what’s is missing in the scientific comunity,…

The chance of taking a blink-free photo

Nic Svenson, an IG-Nobel Prize winner, does the maths of the probability of a blink being captured by a camera. How many times you’ve taken a group-picture and someone appears with the eyes closed? Here’s the rule of the thumb for calculating the number of photos you have to take of groups (less than 20):…

Changing my PhD reading habits with a tablet

I’ve recently changed the way I was reading papers and books for my PhD and I’ve noticed a huge difference from before and now. I used to browse on the Internet for papers about a particular topic and then print (most) of them at the university because it was kind of tiring for me to…

My top-list of Ig Nobel Prize winners

This week we will hold the last research group seminar of the season before summer break and we will do a different seminar. For this occasion, we’ll do a chill & sci-fun seminar in which we’ll bring together fun scientist articles while having vermouth. A colleague of mine has shared with us the list of…

getBounds: a new empirical method to identify frequency boundaries in EEG data

Here’s a new paper by Mike X Cohen that I would like to share given that he brings out a topic that has recently intriguied me and gives a potential solution for it. BioRxiv (2020) – DOI: doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.09.195784. A data-driven method to identify frequency boundaries in multichannel electrophysiology data Micheal X Cohen The following tweet…

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…

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….