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'Shakespeare’s Memory' and 'Funes the Memorious'

Posted by aa783 at Feb 01, 2017 03:31 PM |

At the Creative Brain in Oxford (26th November 2016), Rodrigo spoke about the writing of Jorge Luis Borges, particularly his short stories 'Shakespeare’s Memory' and 'Funes the Memorious', which deal with memory. In his talk he combined concepts from neuroscience (visual perception and memory) with discussions of philosophical and literary ideas about the part played by memory in personal identity.

You can watch the full video below: 


"Muy Interesante" highlights our research

"Muy Interesante" highlights our research

Posted by aa783 at Jan 16, 2017 12:50 PM |

Spanish science magazine "Muy Interesante" have published an article highlighting the Jennifer Aniston neuron and the research performed here at the Centre.

The full article is available here: http://www.muyinteresante.es/curiosidades/preguntas-respuestas/que-es-la-neurona-jennifer-aniston-191483951867


What can Google tell us about ‘the memory web’ in the brain?

What can Google tell us about ‘the memory web’ in the brain?

Posted by aa783 at Dec 05, 2016 01:15 PM |

An innovative new study by researchers here at the CSN, in collaboration with the University of California Los Angeles, have had their research published in the Journal Nature Communications, shedding light on how neurons in memory-related areas provide a long-term coding of associations between concepts.

The team (first author Emanuela De Falco) also used internet search engines, such as Google and Bing, to explore a much larger database of associations between concepts and then investigated more comprehensively how neurons represent the intricate web of associations and memories. 

They found that whenever neurons fire to more than one concept, they tend to be related both according to the subjects' scores and the internet searches.

Professor Quiroga added: "Interestingly, the patients were not performing a memory task, they were just passively watching pictures. So, the coding of associations is not contingent to the performance of a task -- in which case, it could be argued that neurons temporarily encode such associations and then do something else -- but it rather represents a long-term memory storage."

You can read the paper in full here

For further press coverage please see below:

Nature Press release:

UoL Press Release:

New Scientist:

Science Daily:

La Nacion (Argentina)

Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy)

La Vanguardia (Spain)


Watch Rodrigo's lecture at the iiP

Posted by aa783 at Sep 06, 2016 04:25 PM |

Below you can watch Rodrigo's lecturer from the International Institute of Physics Summer School on "Physics and Neuroscience" at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. The school ran from 11th-17th August in Brazil.

This detailed talk, entitled "Modelling and analysis of extracellular recordings",  lasts just over 1.5 hours and can be viewed in full below or via this link.


Canal 22 (Mexico) interviews Rodrigo

Posted by aa783 at Aug 26, 2016 05:20 PM |

Watch Rodrigo's recent interview, covering how memory functions, by Canal 22 (Mexico). The two part interview can be viewed below or by following these links Part 1 and Part 2.


TecTV (Argentina) interview Rodrigo

TecTV (Argentina) interview Rodrigo

Posted by aa783 at Aug 18, 2016 04:05 PM |

As part of TecTV's series on Consciousness, Rodrigo was interviewed by Eugenia López. Watch the full interview below or follow the link.


The "Jennifer Aniston neuron" and Rodrigo feature in Quartz

The "Jennifer Aniston neuron" and Rodrigo feature in Quartz

Posted by aa783 at Jul 28, 2016 06:05 PM |

The “Jennifer Aniston neuron” is the foundation of compelling new memory research by Olivia Goldhill

The article looks back at the original discovery and outlines the more recent research produced by Rodrigo and the team here at the CSN.

Read the full article here: http://qz.com/740481/the-jennifer-aniston-neuron-is-the-foundation-of-compelling-new-memory-research/


Rodrigo presents "Soccer Memory"

Rodrigo presents "Soccer Memory"

Posted by aa783 at Jul 28, 2016 05:40 PM |

Thursday 28th July 2016, 19:00-20:00

Centro Cultural de la Ciencia, Godoy Cruz 2270 1425 Buenos Aires Argentina

Neuroscience accumulates an extensive literature on different memories, but there are transcendental memories that can accompany you through life. A great example in Argentina is football! Neuroscientist, Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, and two renowned sports journalists, Ezequiel Fernandez Alejandro Fabri Moore, await you for a debate you won't forget.

For full details: https://etrigg.com/event/memoria-de-futbol/29700907/


Rodrigo's latest interview on the CSN's research

Posted by aa783 at Jul 04, 2016 01:10 PM |

In his most recent interview by Muy Interesante (Mexico), Rodrigo outlines how our memory works, and how the Centre's research is taking our understanding of this process forward. 

The full interview can be found here.


Rodrigo's interview featured by Télam and Jornada online

Posted by aa783 at Jun 06, 2016 11:05 AM |

How "Funes The Memoirist" jumped from literature to science.

In the interview, Rodrigo discusses the link between literature and science, focusing in particular upon work by Borges.

Read the full article here: http://jornadaonline.com/Argentina/156714-Quian-Quiroga:-de-cómo-Funes-el-memorioso-saltó-de-la-literatura-a-la-ciencia 

This interview has also been published by the national Argentinian news agency Télam on their website here: http://www.telam.com.ar/notas/201606/151206-borges-aniversario-quian-quiroga-funes.html


Rodrigo's radio interview with Radio Ciudad

Posted by aa783 at May 12, 2016 12:55 PM |

Rodrigo talks Football and Memory with Radio Ciudad (Argentina).



Rodrigo interviewed by Clarin newspaper

Rodrigo interviewed by Clarin newspaper

Posted by aa783 at May 12, 2016 11:25 AM |

Titled “Recordamos poco porque nos interesa mucho más entender" ("We don't remember much because we are more interested in understanding"), the article features in the national Argentinian newspaper Clarin (written by Claudio Martyniuk).

In the article, Rodrigo answers questions on a range of topics including: the development and recall of memories in children, how memories relate to our personality and understanding, and the future of human/machine intelligence.

To read the full article follow the link below:



Hernan and Matias represent the University at the Science Museum London

Hernan and Matias represent the University at the Science Museum London

Posted by aa783 at May 05, 2016 10:55 AM |

Dr Hernan Rey and Dr Matias Ison represented the University of Leicester at the Science Museum London for their recent medical-themed 'Lates Evening'.

Lost in Thought - Wednesday 27th April - Exploring dementia and neuroscience

Here are some photos from the event:



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CSN will be co-organising FENS-Hertie Winter School 2016

Posted by aa783 at Apr 22, 2016 02:35 PM |

Rodrigo and the Centre team, together with Simon Thorpe (Centre de Recherche Cerveau & Cognition), will be organising  FENS-Hertie Winter School 2016. Taking place in Obergurgl (Austria), this school will focus upon memory mechanisms in humans.

For more details on the event and how to register follow the link below:

Memory mechanisms in humans: from physiology to behaviour and computational models 
11-17 December 2016, Obergurgl, Austria.

Rodrigo features in the 'Be Somebody' campaign

Posted by aa783 at Apr 01, 2016 10:45 AM |

The University of Leicester's 'Be Somebody' campaign is a new promotional drive focused upon highlighting individual stories of staff and students. The aim of the campaign is to inspire others to achieve their best both in a working and student environment.   

You can read Rodrigo's story here or follow the link below to see all the inspirational staff and students featured in 'Be Somebody'.



Prof Bruno Rossion presents Seminar at CSN

Posted by aa783 at Mar 01, 2016 01:10 PM |

We were delighted to have Professor Bruno Rossion (University of Louvain, Belgium) visit Leicester to give a seminar on Friday 12th Feb 2016. Bruno is one of the world most renowned experts on face perception and EEG. The title of his talk was "Understanding face perception with fast periodic visual stimulation"


"When the human brain is stimulated at a rapid periodic frequency rate, it synchronizes its activity to this frequency, leading to periodic responses recorded by the electroencephalogram (EEG). In vision, periodic stimulation has been used essentially to investigate low-level processes and attention, and has been recently extended to understand high-level visual processes, in particular face perception (Rossion & Boremanse, 2011). Here I will summarize a series of studies carried out over the last few years that illustrate the strengths of this approach: the objective (i.e., exactly at the experimentally-defined frequency rate) definition of neural activity related to face perception, the very high signal-to-noise ratio, the independence from explicit behavioural responses, and the identification of perceptual integration markers. Overall, fast periodic visual stimulation is a highly valuable approach to understand the sensitivity to visual features of complex visual stimuli and their integration, in particular for individual faces, and in populations presenting a lower sensitivity of their brain responses and/or the need for rapid and objective assessment without behavioural explicit responses (e.g., infants and children, clinical populations)."

References of interest:

1.      Rossion, B. & Boremanse, A. (2011). Robust sensitivity to facial identity in the right human occipito-temporal cortex as revealed by steady-state visual-evoked potentials. Journal of Vision. 11(2):16, 1–21.

2.      Boremanse, A., Norcia, A.M., Rossion, B. (2013). An objective signature for visual binding of face parts in the human brain. Journal of Vision, (11):6, 1-18.

3.      Liu-Shuang, J., Norcia, A.M., Rossion, B. (2014). An objective index of individual face discrimination in the right occipito-temporal cortex by means of fast periodic oddball stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 52, 57-72.

4.      Rossion, B. (2014). Understanding face perception by means of human electrophysiology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18, 310-318.

5.      Lochy, A., Van Belle; G., Rossion, B. (2015). A robust index of lexical representation in the left occipito-temporal cortex as evidenced by EEG responses to fast periodic visual stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 66, 18-31.

6.      Rossion, B., Jacques, C., Torfs, K., Liu-Shuang, J. (2015). Fast periodic presentation of natural images reveals a robust face-selective electrophysiological response in the human brain. Journal of Vision, 15(18),1-18. 


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Rodrigo's Talk listed in the best of the International Cervantino Festival

Posted by aa783 at Jan 06, 2016 01:10 PM |

Rodrigo's Presentation on the Jennifer Aniston neuron has been highlighted in a list of 'The best things to see at the XVIII edition of the International Cervantino Festival in Guanajato, Mexico".

"The talk on the Jennifer Aniston neuron shocked attendees. The talk was given by scientist Prof. Rodrigo Qian Quiroga, who explained how he discovered the neuron and what is the meaning behind it."

To read the full article, follow the link below:



The Centre's research features in New Scientist

The Centre's research features in New Scientist

Posted by aa783 at Dec 03, 2015 03:16 PM |

The research performed at the CSN has featured in the New Scientist's Cover Story 'Shadows of the Past'. The article describes the concepts involved in the creation and use of memories, and goes on to present an interview with Rodrigo where he outlines the Jennifer Aniston Cell over a double page spread.

The full article can be found here.


Rodrigo's Interview with Radio El Mundo

Posted by aa783 at Nov 30, 2015 02:11 PM |

In a recent radio interview by Radio El Mundo, Rodrigo discusses his new book - Qué es la memoria? To listen to the interview, follow the link below:



Rodrigo interviewed on TV Publica (Argentina)

Posted by aa783 at Nov 26, 2015 12:20 PM |

Yesterday, Rodrigo and Professor Silvia Kochen were interviewed by TV Publica (Argentina). To watch their discussion of memory, epilepsy and more, see the video below:


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