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Wednesday February 04th, 2015

A mathematical model explains how decisions are made in the brain

IDIBAPS researchers have established a mathematical model that confirms that the decision-making mechanism after a visual stimulus is based on the cyclical connection between the two types of neurons involved in this process. This research, published today in the journal Nature Communications, results from the collaboration between two research groups at IDIBAPS headed by Dr. Jaime de la Rocha and Dr. Albert Compte. Dr. Klaus Wimmer is the first author of this publication.

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Monday October 06th, 2014

IDIBAPS at CCCB: Helping to decipher the brain

On 30 September, as part of the “Big Bang Data” exposition at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), Dr. Albert Compte, head of the IDIBAPS team Theoretical Neurobiology of Cortical Circuits and Dr. Jaime de la Rocha, researcher at the same group, taught the workshop “Helping  to decipher the brain? Large-scale projects to decipher the brain“. The participants in this activity were able to see firsthand which tools are available for investigators in neurosciences and the use of large databases for advanced research in this field. They also contributed, through different applications, to know a little better how the brain works.

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Wednesday January 29th, 2014

A Multimedia activity to learn about memory

Working memory is a cognitive function that is central to most of our cognitive abilities. It enables the connection between sensory stimuli and future actions by maintaining and manipulating information over delay periods of a few seconds. An informative multimedia activity explains some of its bases: http://wm.crm.cat. The activity was funded with an ACDC grant from the Government of Catalonia and was coordinated by Dr. Albert Compte, from the IDIBAPS Team Systems Neuroscience.

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Tuesday May 07th, 2013

IDIBAPS celebrates the European Month of the Brain

Europe organizes in May the European Month of the Brain. IDIBAPS organizes its research devoted to the study of this complex organ through the Clinical and Experimental Neuroscience Area. This Institute is an international benchmark in many areas of research in neuroscience, a leading role reflected in the variety of activities planned during May. The proposals range from educational activities to first class scientific meetings or a presentation at the European Parliament of the findings reached by a research project coordinated from IDIBAPS – Hospital Clínic of Barcelona.

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Wednesday April 01st, 2009

Activation of the Prefrontal Cortex Improves Working Memory

Dr. Albert Compte leads the study on working memory

Working memory or short-term memory is related to the ability to pass intelligence tests and is stored in the parietal cortex. However, the role of other areas of the cortex which are activated during use of visual memory is poorly understood. An IDIBAPS team has programmed a complex virtual system that simulates a network of neurons, according to which the prefrontal cortex reinforces the activation of the parietal cortex. This makes is possible to increase the working-memory capacity when necessary. This hypothesis is confirmed by functional magnetic resonance data.

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