The preregistration revolution

This week at the MRG seminar a colleague gave a talk about why, what, and how to do pre-registration in science. Before the session, he suggested us to read the following paper: PNAS March 13, 2018 115 (11) 2600-2606; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1708274114 The preregistration revolution Brian A. Nosek,  Charles R. Ebersole,  Alexander C. DeHaven, and  David…

Hyperscanning: EEG recordings from multiple brains!

Today I joined the talk “Hyperscanning – EEG recordings from multiple subjects” by Slobodan Tanackovic, g.tec medical engineering GmbH (HK) from the BCI & NEUROTECHNOLOGY SPRING SCHOOL 2020. The idea behind hyperscanning is relies on measuring the activity of multiple brains simultanenously while social interacting or performing the same task. One of the main adavantages…

Personalization of brain modulation

There’s plenty to do this week in neuroscientific events. There are several conferences going and together with webinars and seminars. Scientific divulgation does not stop! Today I joined the following session from the NYC Neuromodulation 2020 Online Conference: “Utilizing Network Imaging to Personalizing and Optimizing Neuromodulation in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience.” Starts: Wednesday, April 22nd 2020 |…

Audiovisual synergies can influence our perception

Imagine you’re in a life concert of one of your favourite bands and suddenly what you see doesn’t correspond to what your hear. They just started doing playback! Can you belive that? When the sound isn’t in time with what you’re seeing it might take a while before you notice. But once you do, it’s…

Orienting to sensory stimuli in real-world situations

When looking at sensory studies you can see that most of the lab-based experiments tend to study modality-specific stimuli (e.g., visual, auditory, tactile…). However, if one examines real-world situations from a phenomenological point of view it seems that the world is not divided into modalities like the audition, vision, touch, smell… but as a unit….

Can our brain form false memories?

I keep working on to disseminate knowledge about neuroscience during these special times. Today I assisted the first “One World Cognitive Psychology Seminar”, a weekly online seminar in Zoom featuring a presentation by a stellar cognitive psychologist followed by a discussion open to anyone around the world. The seminar time is Tuesdays 17:15 – 18:45 Central European…

Decoding the neural processing of speech

I’ve recently crossed paths with this video of the NCS2020 ″Decoding the neural processing of speech” talk by Tobias Reichenbach, PhD from the Imperial College London, held last February at the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona. You can read a wee-abstract of the video before watching it: ABSTRACT. Understanding speech in noisy backgrounds requires selective attention…

New tools for online behavioural experiments

Today’s research group meeting we’ve discussed whether we would consider changing the way we’ve been performing experiments so far and doing online experiments as a group (due to the current COVID-19 situation with no prospects to come back to the lab any soon). In general terms, some of us agreed to invest their time in…

The mega-study of timing: lab-based vs online experiments

Given the current situation with COVID-19, several people from my investigation center at the university have started to change the way they’ve been programming their experiments so far and switched from lab-based to online studies. This has brought new considerations to bear in mind, such as whether the timing of online experiments is as reliable…

α-band oscillations reflect one of the most basic cognitive processes

This week at my research group seminar a colleague presented the following paper: Trends Cogn Sci. 2012 Dec;16(12):606-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.10.007. α-band oscillations, attention, and controlled access to stored information. Klimesch W Abstract Alpha-band oscillations are the dominant oscillations in the human brain and recent evidence suggests that they have an inhibitory function. Nonetheless, there is…