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Rodrigo and Centre research feature in the Huffington Post (Spain)

Rodrigo and Centre research feature in the Huffington Post (Spain)

Posted by aa783 at Aug 11, 2015 10:55 AM |

Digital amnesia: Memories of holidays are on our mobiles, but not in our memory.

This article presents the joint research delivered by the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA, USA) and the University of Leicester, a recent study providing fundamental knowledge of how to create short term memories from real life experiences. Using the Clint Eastwood by the Tower of Pisa example, among others, this article outlines the methodology of the study and some of its findings.

To read the full article please visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.es/2015/07/26/donde-guardas-recuerdos-_n_7801186.html

 

Rodrigo is interviewed on Argentinian TV and Radio

Rodrigo is interviewed on Argentinian TV and Radio

Posted by sam45 at Jul 15, 2015 03:30 PM |

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga is interviewed on University of Buenos Aires radio and Argentinian TV, “Todo Noticias” about this work and “Jennifer Aniston Neurons” (in Spanish)

 

You can watch the TV interview here or in YouTube.

 

You can listen to the radio interview here or in YouTube.

Celebrity selfies in “The Conversation”

Celebrity selfies in “The Conversation”

Posted by sam45 at Jul 03, 2015 02:45 PM |

Celebrity selfies helped us to uncover how memories are formed in the brain

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'Spectacular discovery' of how memories are formed.

'Spectacular discovery' of how memories are formed.

Posted by sam45 at Jul 02, 2015 02:05 PM |

Our latest paper has been published in Neuron (01 July 2015) and is already making headlines around the world.

The collaboration between Dr Matias Ison and Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga here in the CSN at the University of Leicester and Dr Itzhak Fried at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre revealed how a neuron in the brain instantly fired differently when a new memory was formed.

Patients were shown images of a person in a context e.g. Jennifer Aniston at the Eiffel Tower, Clint Eastwood in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Halle Berry at the Sidney Opera House or Tiger Woods at the White House. It was found that the neuron that formerly fired for a single image e.g. Jennifer Aniston or Halle Berry, now also fired for the associated image too i.e. the Eiffel Tower or Sidney Opera House.

‘The discovery that individual neurons in the Medial Temporal Lobe, the brain’s main engine for memory formation, changed their firing to encode new associations even after one single presentation provides a plausible mechanism underlying the creation of new memories. The study suggests that the experience of learning can be traced back to changes in individual neurons in the brain.’

-Dr Matias Ison, Lecturer in Bioengineering, University of Leicester

Rapid Encoding of New Memories by Individual Neurons in the Human Brain.
Matias J. Ison, Rodrigo Quian Quiroga and Itzhak Fried
Neuron 87, 220-230 2015

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And Abroad

New York Times

La Nacion (Argentina)

Reuters

XLIII Festival International Cervantino

XLIII Festival International Cervantino

Posted by sam45 at Jun 29, 2015 03:35 PM |

Rodrigo will be speaking at the 43rd International Festival Cervantino, in Mexico in October 2015. Festival Cervantino is one of the most important international artistic and cultural events in the world. On the Saturday 17th October he will discuss his work on the "Jennifer Aniston neuron" with writer Jorge Volpi. Then on Sunday 18th October he will be debating on the subject of “Neurons for Gods and Divas” (Las Neuronas de Dioses Y Divas) with Diego Golombeck.

For further information and press see:

http://periodicocorreo.com.mx/arte-y-ciencia-se-conjugan-en-cervantino-2015/

http://institutoculturaldeleon.org.mx/icl/story/3021/Volpi-Ciencia-y-arte-nuestra-esperanza#.VY72hUvi6DU

http://www.arteycultura.com.mx/poemas-moleculares-musica-sobre-la-bomba-atomica-y-robots-que-bailan-en-el-cervantino/

http://www.animalpolitico.com/2015/06/dos-premios-nobel-arte-y-ciencia-eventos-impredibles-del-cervantino-2015/

http://www.elinnovador.mx/noticia.php?w=2321

http://www.festivalcervantino.gob.mx/prensa/

Rodrigo featured in Argentinean documentary series

Posted by sam45 at Feb 06, 2015 03:56 PM |

The Argentinean documentary series "Cerebro Argentino" (Argentine Brain) has featured Rodrigo as one of 11 prominent Argentinean neuroscientists in their latest series.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utj-bIeIdr8

 

The Daily Mail features our work on face perception

The Daily Mail features our work on face perception

Posted by sam45 at Jan 27, 2015 10:21 AM |

Our work on face perception originally highlighted in Scientific American in December of last year has been picked up by national newspaper The Daily Mail.

See the original Scientific American article here.

Blue Monday: The appliance of Science it definitely ain’t

Blue Monday: The appliance of Science it definitely ain’t

Posted by sam45 at Jan 23, 2015 10:22 AM |

Rodrigo’s commentary on “the most depressing day of the year” published in the Leicester Mercury.

Joaquin highlighted as one of Argentina’s brightest young talents….

Joaquin highlighted as one of Argentina’s brightest young talents….

Posted by sam45 at Dec 22, 2014 12:22 PM |

Joaquin has been noted in Las Nacion as one of their “35 under 35”. A list of Argentina’s most inspiring, creative and talented young people to watch for in 2015.

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1753624-35-sub-35

Rodrigo's latest talk is now available online

Posted by sam45 at Dec 22, 2014 10:53 AM |

Borges y la memoria

Rodrigo Quián Quiroga

Mastizajes 2014: Razon, Intuicion e Imaginacion en Ciencia y en Literatura

(Mastizajes 2014: Reason , Intuition and Imagination in Science and Literature)

Sans Sebastian, 19th November 2014

 

External source

http://dipc.tv/files/451_Mestizajes_Rodrigo_Quian_Quiroga.mp4

Our work is featured in Scientific American Mind

Our work is featured in Scientific American Mind

Posted by sam45 at Dec 22, 2014 10:35 AM |

The Face Is An Entryway to The Self

What happens in the brain when you see—really “see”—a friend's smile or scowl

Dec 18, 2014 | By Christof Koch
Scientific American Mind Vol. 26, Issue 1

Because recognizing a face is so vital to our social lives, it comes as no surprise that a lot of real estate in the cerebral cortex—the highly convoluted region that makes up the bulk of our brain—is devoted to a task crucial to processing faces and their identity. We note whether someone looks our way or not. We discern emotional expressions, whether they register joy, fear or anger. Indeed, functional brain imaging has identified a set of adjacent regions, referred to as the fusiform face area (FFA), that are situated on the left and the right sides of the brain, at the bottom of the temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex. The FFA turns up its activity when subjects look at portraits or close-ups of faces or even when they just think about these images……..

Read more here

Rodrigo's work features in BNA Bulletin

Rodrigo's work features in BNA Bulletin

Posted by sam45 at Dec 02, 2014 03:35 PM |

The latest BNA Bulletin features an article on Rodrigo and his work around visual recognition, perception and conceptual memory.


“A conceptual view of memory”.
The British Neuroscience Association Bulletin
Issue no. 72, Autumn 2014

Prof Haim Sompolinsky visits the Centre

Prof Haim Sompolinsky visits the Centre

Posted by sam45 at Nov 17, 2014 04:20 PM |

11th November 2014

The esteemed Prof. Haim Sompolinsky from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem visited the Centre on Tuesday with one of his students.  It was great to welcome him to the Centre and have the opportunity to share and discuss our research.

News of our paper in Neuron spreads....

News of our paper in Neuron spreads....

Posted by sam45 at Oct 23, 2014 12:30 PM |

Articles about our latest paper in Neuron have been appearing over global news sites.  Here are just a selection:

Podcast from Neuron

University of Leicester press release

Preview in the same issue of Neuron

Munich Eye article

YAHOO! news

ScienceDaily

Forshung und Wissen

Quo Magazine

Faculty of 1000

Huffington Post Canada

EurekAlert!

 

 

 

 

 

New paper accepted to Current Opinion in Neurobioloby

Posted by sam45 at Oct 21, 2014 04:27 PM |

We have had another paper accepted to Current Opinion in Neurobiology

"Single trial analysis of field potentials in perception, learning and memory."

Hernan Gonzalo Rey, Maryam Ahmadi and Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

 

New article in Neuron showing human neural responses to ambiguous faces.

New article in Neuron showing human neural responses to ambiguous faces.

Posted by sam45 at Sep 26, 2014 10:40 AM |

Working with neurons in the medial temporal lobe (MTL) we used ambiguous images, morphs between the faces of two familiar individuals, to study how single neurons in the MTL respond to the same images eliciting different precepts. The results show that MTL neurons follow subjective perception rather than the visual features of the stimulus.

You can read and download the whole article for free from the publishers website.

View the full press release here and watch this space for the pod cast….

the podcast has been released, listen to it here

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Alexander Kraskov, Florian Mormann, Itzhak Fried, Christof Koch. Single-Cell Responses to Face Adaptation in the Human Medial Temporal Lobe. Neuron, 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.09.006
Rodrigo interviewed by Mario Pergolini on Radio Vorterix

Rodrigo interviewed by Mario Pergolini on Radio Vorterix

Posted by sam45 at Sep 17, 2014 12:15 PM |

Rodrigo was interviewed on Argenitnian Radio Vorterix by Mario Pergolini and Fabricio Ballarini.

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Our paper on the neural correlates of consciousness is published

Posted by sam45 at Aug 13, 2014 12:00 PM |

A new mini review article has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Psychology and is available in advance online.

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Joaquin Graduates

Joaquin Graduates

Posted by sam45 at Jul 16, 2014 03:55 PM |

Joaquin Navajas Ahumada was awarded his PhD at the Graduation Ceremony on 16th July 2014. Congratulations Joaco!  See our photo gallery.

Concept Cells: "Neurones Obama" Des casiers a souvenirs

Concept Cells: "Neurones Obama" Des casiers a souvenirs

Posted by sam45 at Jul 15, 2014 12:00 PM |

An article describing Rodriogo’s work on Concept cells has been published in the French Magazine "Le Monde De L'intelligence". 

Casalonga, Sabine. 2014. “Neurones Obama” Des casiers a souvenirs., Le Monde De L’Intelligence, No. 37., Jul/Aug.

You can download the article here (article in French).

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