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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:


Annual Congress of Bioengineering: Rodrigo's Interviews

Annual Congress of Bioengineering: Rodrigo's Interviews

Posted by aa783 at Nov 10, 2015 01:10 PM |

On 28th October presented at the Annual Congress of Bioengineering in Argentina, opening the official Welcome Ceremony with a talk on Concept Cells and their implications on our understanding of memory.

To read the full interviews follow the links below:



Or watch the video below:


Rodrigo is interviewed by Ambito Financiero Newspaper

Posted by aa783 at Nov 10, 2015 12:40 PM |

Rodrigo discusses Borges, the principles of neural coding, imaging brain function using EEG and Jennifer Aniston in his latest interview with Ambito Financiero Newspaper.

See the full article here.


An excellent review of Rodrigo's latest book

Posted by aa783 at Nov 09, 2015 04:55 PM |

Rodrigo's Book "What is Memory" receives a rave review on Chemist Ricardo Cabrera blog:

"With his second book for all ages Rodrigo Quian Quiroga (discoverer of "Jennifer Aniston neurons") is enshrined as a science writer. It achieves a compelling, clear, precise, didactic discourse. Build a line of thought in which it is impossible to get lost and stop paying attention."

For the full review follow to link:


Educating the brain: Buenos Aires National College

Posted by aa783 at Oct 28, 2015 01:05 PM |

On Thursday 22nd October, Rodrigo delivered a talk at the Buenos Aires National College on 'Educating The Brain'. In this well attended presentation, Rodrigo established a parallel between the brain and computers. He also participated in a round table with Fabrizio Ballarini,(organiser), Rodrigo Laje (Science Expedition) and Fernando Schapachnik (Program.AR).

The event was covered by the Sadosky Foundation. You can also watch a full interview with Rodrigo via this link:


am.com covers Rodrigo's Debate at The Cervantino Science Festival

Posted by aa783 at Oct 21, 2015 11:45 AM |

The article below, published by am.com, highlights the key points of the debate "The science of art. The art of science" at The Cervantino Science Festival, presented by Rodrigo, José Luis Diaz (author of Living Science), and Jorge Volpi (novelist and essayist).

To read the full article please visit:


Rodrigo and Diego Golombeck: Guanajato, Mexico

Posted by aa783 at Oct 19, 2015 05:05 PM |

During The Cervantino Science Festival, Rodrigo and Neurologist Diego Golombeck hosted a debate (moderated writer and journalist by Joseph Gordon) to discuss "Neurons, Divas and Gods". This articles in El poder de la palabra summarises the key points from the debate, as well as other highlights from the Festival.

To read the full article please visit:

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Rodrigo, The Jennifer Aniston Neuron and The Cervantino Science Festival

Posted by aa783 at Oct 19, 2015 04:35 PM |

This article, published in El Economista (a Mexican newspaper), details the discussions held during a round table at The Cervantino Science Festival between Rodrigo, José Luis Diaz (author of Living Science), and Jorge Volpi (novelist and essayist). With topics ranging from the Jennifer Aniston Neuron to creative thinking about the brain and consciousness, including discussions about where art and science come together, this article also showcases Rodrigo's work here at the University.

To read the full article please visit:

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What is Memory? Rodrigo publishes a new book

What is Memory? Rodrigo publishes a new book

Posted by aa783 at Sep 03, 2015 11:55 AM |

Do animals and androids have memories like humans? Do their memories allow them to be aware of their own existence? How do neurons store and recall information? These are some of the questions Professor Rodrigo Qian Quiroga raises and tries to answer in this book.

For details follow the link below:



Rodrigo is interviewed on Argentinian Radio

Rodrigo is interviewed on Argentinian Radio

Posted by aa783 at Aug 27, 2015 10:10 AM |

How Borges was ahead of Neuroscience:

Follow the link below to hear Rodrigo's interview (in Spanish) on Mañanas mortales, Radio El Mundo, Argentina.

More information on this subject can be found in Rodrigo's publication: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/borges-and-memory-0


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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