Agenda

  9 november, 18 h  |  Barcelona Biomedical Research Park
       THE TRANSPARENCY OF HUMAN THOUGHT  |  Mariano Sigman

Mariano Sigman, professor ofPhysics at the University of BuenosAires (Argentina).
Barcelona Biomedical Research Park
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Mariano Sigman researches into the way in which thought, memory, dreams, emotions and consciousness emerge from a practically infinite mesh of cells and cables (axons and neurons). He experiments with visual illusions and seeks in traces of neuron activity the motives behind decisiontaking, language, and conscious and unconscious thought.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  28 november, 19 h  |  Palau de la Virreina
       CHOICE BLINDNESS  |  Lars Hall and Petter Johansson

TERTULIAS DE CIENCIA AL PALAU DE LA VIRREINA: EVERYDAY BLINDNESS
Lars Hall, neurocientífico de la Lund University Cognitive Science (Suecia)
Petter Johansson, neurocientífico de la Lund University Cognitive Science (Suecia)
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¿Sabrías decirme por qué te gusta más la mermelada de cereza que la de manzana? ¿Por qué vives en el centro and no en las afueras? ¿Por qué has decidido estudiar veterinaria and no filología? and es que, en realidad, las motivaciones que hay detrás de las decisiones que tomamos todos los días son subjetivas, personales e intransferibles. and esta subjetividad es la que hace tan difícil para los neurocientíficos estudiar cuestiones clave de nuestro comportamiento, como el autoconocimiento, la intencionalidad de las acciones o los mecanismos de toma de decisiones en general. Es difícil porque normalmente se estudian desde «fuera» del cerebro que los genera. Tan difícil, que hasta hace poco creíamos que era, de hecho, imposible. Hasta que en 2005, dos jovenes suecos, Petter Johansson and Lars Hall, hicieron un descubrimiento extraordinario, el paradigma de la ceguera a la eleccion, que, junto con sus implicaciones para el comportamiento humano, discutiremos en esta mesa de debate.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

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Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

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Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  29 november, 19 h  |  Palau de la Virreina
       INATTENTIONAL BLINDNESS  |  Robert Teszka

SCIENCE TALKS AT THE PALAU DE LA VIRREINA: EVERYDAY BLINDNESS
Robert Teszka, neuroscientist, Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences, University College London (United Kingdom), and magician
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A question that has obsessed both researchers and the general public for many years is: how is it possible for conscientious, well-trained, even highly motivated professionals to make serious mistakes in their work, mistakes that can have disastrous consequences. However, the reason is simple: it is called
"perceptual blindness", which also includes related phenomena such as inattentional blindness and change blindness.

Specifically, inattentional blindness is our incapacity to perceive an object or action that is or is happening right in front of us and is perfectly visible but unexpected. This is precisely because our attention is engaged in an important task so that we do not notice other things happening around us and that are not relevant to our present behaviour. Only when these other things are really important does inattentional blindness become a risk to life - our own and those of others. Many accident witness statements contain such phrases as "I was looking right there, but I didn't see him". The victim is usually a pedestrian or a cyclist. The explanation is that, as car drivers, we expect to meet other cars, but not bicycles or motorbikes.

And if, at the same time, we are also engaged in another task, such as talking on a mobile phone, even if using a hands free unit, this effect is accentuated. And this is not the only type of case: mistakes of a similar nature are common amongst airplane pilots, healthcare personnel, air traffic controllers, lifeguards, etc.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  30 november, 19 h  |  Palau de la Virreina
       CHANGE BLINDNESS  |  Tomás Ferrándiz and Oliver Laxe

SCIENCE TALKS AT THE PALAU DE LA VIRREINA: EVERYDAY BLINDNESS
Tomás Ferrándiz, creative director, Tiempo BBDO advertising agency (Spain)
Oliver Laxe, film director, winner of the Critics' Award (Director's Fortnight/Critics' Week) at Canes 2010
Palau de la Virreina (map)

Change blindness is our inability to detect changes in a scene that become obvious once we realise that they have taken place. Such failures in our perception can occur even when changes are far from subtle, are repeated constantly or when the observer knows that they will occur right in front of them. On the other hand, when change is detected, this takes place fully consciously. This indicates that change blindness cannot be put down to physical factors, such as low visibility, but must be due to internal mechanisms that operate in the observer's brain. It also suggests that, although we cannot help thinking that we see everything that happens before us, this impression is false. In reality, we are aware of only a small part of everything that happens around us. Change blindness is, moreover, crucial to generating the illusion that we perceive the world continuously, enabling us to enjoy, amongst other things, a good film.

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This lecture is part of the series "The Brain Invades the City", a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  1 december, 19 h  |  Palau de la Virreina
       BLIND VISION and SOCIAL BLINDNESS  |  Rodrigo Quian Quiroga and Antoni Gomila Benejam

SCIENCE TALKS AT THE PALAU DE LA VIRREINA: EVERYDAY BLINDNESS
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, neuroscientist and author, reader in Bioengineering, University of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Antoni Gomila Benejam, philosopher, University of the Balearic Islands (Spain)
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Blind vision is a phenomenon by which people, who are functionally blind, usually after injury to their brain's primary vision cortex, manifest some kind of residual vision. Such patients are not usually aware that they can see or recognise certain aspects of some visual stimuli, but if they are asked about them, they answer to a fairly high degree of reliability. For example, when they are shown a photograph of a person and asked whether they recognise the subject, they invariably reply that they cannot see it. However, if forced to describe the expression on the person's face, they will respond accurately in a high percentage of cases. Similarly, they will be able to avoid certain obstacles in a room or unconsciously perceive the movement of certain objects in their field of vision. This subcortical residual vision is not unique to such patients, however. It is present in all of us and could cause or have some relation to certain aspects of our behaviour, such as intuition, prejudice, free will, physical attraction, group consciousness, etc.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  13 december, 19 h  |  Ateneu Barcelonès
       PROTON: THE FASCINATING NEURONAL JOURNEY OF AN IMMORTAL PARTICLE  |  Xurxo Mariño and Vicente de Souza

Xurxo Mariño, profesor de fisiología en la Universitat de la Coruña (España)
Vicente de Souza, actor
Ateneu Barcelonès (map)

The Universe today is the result of 13,700 million years of interactions between particles, atoms and molecules. Within this Universe, made up of those molecules, is our encephalon, the builder of a mind capable of wondering about all these questions. How were those molecules formed? Where did the different kinds of atoms and particles they consist of come from? How do they relate among themselves to give rise to our mind? To understand that we have to travel to the bounds of the Cosmos, to the beginning of everything.

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This lecture is part of the series "The Brain Invades the City", a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  14 december, 17h  |  Institut d'Estudis Catalans
       SANTA LLÚCIA: IN 2012, WHAT WILL WE TALK ABOUT? NEUROSCIENCE  

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The Biologia i Societat section of the Societat Catalana de Biologia (SCB), a subsidiary of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC), with the collaboration of the Associació Catalana de Comunicació Científica (ACCC) and the Ciència en Societat foundation, organize a meeting addressed to communicators of science that aims to provide an updating of knowledge in neuroscience.

Programme
17:00 h Welcome and presentation: Lluís Tort, SCB President, UAB, Cristina Ribas, ACCC President, UPF; Cristina Junyent Ciència en Societat/SCB
17:15 h The normal and pathological brain viewed by resonance imaging. Carme Junqué, Medicine, UB
17:30 h The brain, the disease and the environment. Lourdes Fañanás, UB
17:45 h The brain is manifested in behavior and language. Núria Sebastián, Center for Brain and Cognition, UPF
18:00 h The map of neuroscience research in Catalonia. Josep Saura, UB / SBC
18:15 h The scene neuroscience: an innovative proposal. Mara Dierssen, CRG
18:30 h Questions
20:00 h Happy hour

Organized by
Secció Biologia i Societat, Societat Catalana de Biologia, IEC, Associació Catalana de Comunicació Científica, Fundació Ciència en Societat.

The event is free but registration is required. Please contact comunicacio@accc.cat mentioning "Inscripció Santa Llúcia 2011" in the subject field.

Others journeys of Santa Llúcia
· 2009 Santa Llúcia Meeting. Gaps in science communication. When conspiracies are suspected
· 2008 Santa Llúcia Meeting. Gaps in science communication. The biotechnology case
· 2007 Where we go
· 2006 Who we are?

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  17 january, 19 h  |  CosmoCaixa
       NEUROSCIENCE and DANCE  |  Scott deLahunta

Scott deLahunta, senior research fellow, University of Coventry (United Kingdom)
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A research line that is very much active today concerns the attempt to bring knowledge and practice of dance into conjunction with other fields, such as cognitive science, biology, technology research, social science and philosophy. The goal of this interdisciplinary approach is to develop and provide new tools and methods for choreographic creation. A key figure in this field is Scott deLahunta, who comes from the world of dance himself and has established ongoing cooperation initiatives with leading choreographers. The results include two shows, R-Research (with the Random Dance company, directed by Wayne McGregor) and Motion Bank (with The Forsythe Company). Both companies place particular emphasis on research and innovation in their work.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  1 february, 19 h  |  Ateneu Barcelonès
       NEUROSCIENCE and LITERATURE  |  Manuel Carreiras

Manuel Carreiras, Ikerbasque research professor, director of the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language (Spain)
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Literary portrayals of such mental states as love, beauty and hate can be very powerful. What do neuroscientists and writers have to say about how the primary instincts are represented in the brain or on paper?.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  9 february, 16 h  |  Palau de la Virreina (Espai 4)
       INSIDE THE BRAIN/ The importance of neuroscience  |  Narcís Cardoner, Vicente Garrido and Carlos Otamendi

Participants: Narcís Cardoner, psychiatrist, and Vicente Garrido, novelist and criminologist
Moderator: Carlos Otamendi, body inspector Mossos

Espai 4, Palau de la Virreina (see map)

Every crime has a mobile a motivation. And their search is the main angle of any investigation: sex, money, power, revenge ... are the usual reasons. But even so, there are murders that escape any criminal logic, crimes without apparent reason, except if we consider the possibility of recognizing that a brain cannot function properly. This is where neuroscience comes to the aid of researchers who do not want to leave any field unexplored.

Activity within BCNEGRA 2012
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  23 february, 19 h  |  Cosmocaixa
       NEUROSCIENCE AND THE LAW  |  Hendrik Gommer and Adolf Tobeña

Hendrik Gommer, assistant professor of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History, University of Tilburg (Netherlands)
Adolf Tobeña, catedrátic de psicologia médica yi psiquiatría en la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (España)
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In 2012, we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first Spanish Constitution (Cadiz, 1812). This offers an excellent opportunity to discuss how the new discoveries of neuroscience could influence the way we make laws, punish criminals or design rehabilitation. This talk will focus precisely on the effect these new discoveries in the field of neuroscience may have on the law in the near future. Neuroscience can make significant contributions to the debate on related issues and explain, for example, the decision-making capacity of the brains of minors and how impulses are controlled in adult brains. Neuroscience could also help to smooth over the historic tensions between punishment and rehabilitation. The ensuing debate will create a unique conjunction between neurobiology, legal enquiries and policy making.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  6 march, 19 h  |  Cosmocaixa
       NEUROSCIENCE and MAGIC  |  Susana Martínez-Conde and Miguel Ángel Gea

Susana Martínez-Conde, director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix (USA)
Miguel Ángel Gea, close-up magician
Palau de la Virreina (map)

The basic premise of a new discipline known as neuromagic is that magic can show how the brain works in everyday situations. The implications of neuromagic can go further than just helping us to understand behaviour, though, for research in the field has equipped us with new approaches to many other problems, from the diagnosis of autism to marketing techniques and educational methods. Doctor Martínez-Conde, one of the founders of this exciting new discipline, has persuaded some of the world's finest magicians to allow scientists to study the techniques they use to deceive the brain. This collaboration effectively shows how these tricks fool us, as a good illusionist can use the mind's intrinsic properties to create impossible, essentially magic, phenomena.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  16 march, 19 h  |  Cosmocaixa
       NEUROSCIENCE and EDUCATION |  Margalida Coll

Margalida Coll, Psychobiology Unit, Institute of Neuroscience, UAB (Spain)
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Neuroscience shows us how the human brain learns, remembers and forgets - the essential traits of education. Given that appropriately adapting teaching methods to neurobiological realities is the best way of ensuring the effectiveness of educational processes, neuroscience is applied in education to develop strategies, methods and tools that can enable teaching and learning to be matched with the individual's neurophysical development. This lecture will provide an overview of how cognitive science can be used to help to optimise performance by both teachers and pupils.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  19 march, 17:30 h  |  La Pedrera (Provença, 261-265)
      PRESENTATION OF THE CATALAN DICTIONARY OF NEUROSCIENCE

Coinciding with 2012 Neuroscience Year, TERMCAT, the Catalan Terminology Centre, is publishing a dictionary in this multidisciplinary field, which is concerned with study of the nervous system, from its most basic levels, molecular and cellular aspects, to more complex issues, such as mental processes and behaviour.

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  12 april, 19 h  |  CosmoCaixa
       NEUROSCIENCE and ECONOMICS  |  Antonio Rangel

Antonio Rangel, professor of Economics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech, USA)
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The brain contains some of the keys to the workings of the global economy. One of the first of these keys is the fact that human beings, contrary to what was believed for many years, do not act according to economic laws: financial decisions are not taken solely on the basis of "reason"; rather, other factors, such as emotions and intuition, also intervene. Neuroeconomics observes how the brain works when we weigh up decisions, categorise risks and rewards and interact with other economic agents. Classical neuroimaging and psychological techniques play a crucial role in this research. The method is based on studying the human brain as it takes decisions of an economic nature and then expressing our findings as equations that can be used by economists. This lecture will focus on the economic keys that lie in the very depths of the brain.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  26 april, 19 h  |  Fabra and Coats, Arts Factory
       NEUROSCIENCE and MUSIC  |  Robert Zatorre and Paul Verschure

Robert Zatorre, professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University (Canada)
Paul Verschure, research professor, ICREA, Pompeu Fabra University (Spain)
Fabra i Coats, Arts Factory (map)

Today, we know that musical practice alters psychophysical states, cognition and even synaptic physiology. The brain's interaction with music is a magnificent example of plasticity that depends on experience. Study of the cognitive aspects of the perception and production of music is an exciting field that provides the basis for the development of methods to investigate the neuronal, psychological and behavioural principles behind perception, emotion and cognition.

Musician and scientist Robert Zatorre is interested in the neuronal basis of auditory events, particularly speech and music, and is the co-founder of the BRAMS (Brain, Music and Sound) research laboratory. Paul Verschure, who uses modelling methods to study and synthesise the neuronal, psychological and behavioural principles behind perception, emotion and cognition, is the founder of the Multimodal Brain Orchestra, whose members play virtual instruments through the so-called Brain Computer Interface (BCI).

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  10 may, 19 h  |  CosmoCaixa
       NEUROAESTHETICS  |  Semir Zeki

Semir Zeki, chair professor of Neuroaesthetics, University College London (United Kingdom)
Cosmocaixa (map)

What is art, why has it been such a conspicuous feature of all societies, and why do we value it so much? Art is a human activity and, like all human activities, including morality, law and religion, depends upon, and obeys, the laws of the brain. We are still far from knowing the neural basis of these laws, but spectacular advances in our knowledge of the visual brain allows us to make a beginning in studying the neural basis of visual art. This lecture will discuss the neurobiological bases of the visual arts, describing efforts to establish a theory of art through neuroscience.

Semir Zeki is particularly interested in how the visual brain is organised.

Since his first scientific article in 1967, he has published more than 150 papers, as well as four books. In 1994, he began to study the neuronal bases of creativity and aesthetic perceptions of art. In 2001, he founded the Institute of Neuroaesthetics, based mainly in Berkeley, California.

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This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  21, 22, and 29 May, and 5 and 11 June  |  CCCB (Montalegre, 5)
      Debate “To the origins of the human mind”
  21 May, 12:30 h  |  CCCB - Sala Mirador (Montalegre, 5)
       Conferencia “El envejecimiento cerebral”

Entrada libre con inscripción previa en la web del CUIMPB-Centre Ernest Lluch.

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  12 june, 19 h  |  CosmoCaixa
       GUITAR ZERO: NEUROSCIENCE, MUSIC AND LEARNING  |  Gary Marcus

Gary Marcus
Cosmocaixa (map)

Gary Marcus is a professor of psychology and the Director of the New York University Centre for Language and Music (CLAM), where he conducts research on language and cognitive development. The CLAM studies the origins of language and music, as well as what takes place in the child’s mind during the early language acquisition process.

Dr. Marcus has written books on the origins and development of the mind and brain and is the editor of The Norton Psychology Reader. His most recently published book is Guitar Zero: The New Musician and The Science of Learning, where he explores issues such as learning at the adult age, the brain’s innate predisposition or lack thereof to learn a given skill, what talent is and where it comes from, as well as many other questions relating to music learning.

More information:
http://garymarcus.com
http://www.psych.nyu.edu/babyandchild/CLAM.html

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Useful informarion
This lecture is part of the series “The Brain Invades the City”, a series of talks organised around a thematic thread that gives it a unique educational dimension. The talks are designed to be accessible to both students and the general public. Their educational value has been recognised by the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS).

Certificate of academic achievement
Those interested may receive a training certificate, issued by the SENC, on accrediting their attendance at a minimum of eight lectures.

Free choice credits (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
UAB students so desiring may receive two free choice credits. To this end, they should fill in a registration form and pass academic assessment based on attendance and an assignment on one of the lectures. To receive this accreditation, students must attend at least 12 of the lectures. UPF students attending 80% of the activities will be eligible for two credits.

Pupils wishing to receive a training certificate or free choice credits should make payment of 30 € into the following account "la Caixa" 2100 2923 01 0200027281 stating the initials of the conference followed by the student's name: CNS (Claus Neurobiològiques de la Societat) - Name. Registrations and reservations of places will be effective once payment is confirmed. Limited capacity.

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  3 and 4 de july  |  CCCB (Montalegre, 5)
       Curso: “La memoria: una immensa tarima donde bailan los recuerdos”

Precio: 145 euros (90 euros para estudiantes universitarios)

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  September 28  |  PRBB (Dr. Aiguader, 88)
       Researchers' Night

The Researchers' Night is a European Union initiative to bring the research profession and scientific research to the public. It takes place every year all over Europe on the fourth friday of September and consists of a variety of educational activities organized by universities and research centers across Europe, providing direct contact between researchers and the public.
This year, to celebrate the Neuroscience Year, the theme of the Researchers' Night in Barcelona will be precisely this discipline. BIOcomuniCA'T, a group of young researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation and the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona, have organized many activities to celebrate the day. The 2011 edition included the participation of 320 cities in 32 European countries, in the case of Spain, it was held in 12 cities. Some of the activities carried out in previous years included workshops, guided visits to laboratories, competitions and science cafés.

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  Until September 30  |  Cosmocaixa (Isaac Newton, 26)
       EXHIBITION: Cajal returns to Barcelona

A total of 26 original pieces from the Ramón y Cajal's legacy can be seen for the first time in Barcelona for the Year of Neuroscience. The fund, donated by the Instituto Cajal (CSIC) in Madrid, offers a selection of scientific drawings and original histological preparations, furniture, technical equipment, photographic plates and books, and also his first lab log, monocular optical microscope and stereoscopic photographic camera, among others. Cajal thus returns to the place where the famous scientist made his most emblematic contributions, which led him to state the neuron theory.

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  October 6  |  PRBB (Dr. Aiguader, 88)
       PRBB Open Day

On Saturday October 6 the Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona (PRBB) will open its doors from 10 am to 7 pm on a day full of proposals to having fun with science. Everything for free and for the whole family.
This year many of the activities and facilities will be related to neuroscience, as 2012 is the Neuroscience Year.

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  October 22  |  La Sagrera-Marina Clotet Library (c Camp de Ferro, 1-3)
       CAN EXERCISE IMPROVE OUR BRAIN?  |  David Costa

Talk by David Costa, psychologist at the Institute of Neurosciences, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
The conference is part of the series ‘L’aventura de conèixer – T’interessa’ of Biblioteques de Barcelona and will be held on Monday October 22 at 19 pm in the Sala d’Actes of La Sagrera- Marina Clotet Library (Camp del Ferro 1-3, Sant Andreu).

Free admission.

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  November 12- 13  |  Cosmocaixa (Isaac Newton, 26)
       NEUROETHICS: FROM LAB TO LAW  |  Debate sessions

What can neuroimaging provide on moral judgment, decision or empathy? What knowledge gives psychiatry in the allocation of responsibilities in psychopathies, addiction or gambling? What do genetics predict about prosocial predisposition? Which resources do we have today and what should be developed in the future to identify and prevent the treatment of crime, terrorism or addiction? These issues, among others, will be discussed in the debate sessions organized by B•Debate, UAB and the Social Brain Chair.
The discussion sessions will feature national and international experts from complementary disciplines such as social neuroscience, psychiatry, psychopharmacology, social sciences, education, anthropology and evolutionary biology.

Further information: B•Debate

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  November 13  |  Cosmocaixa (Isaac Newton, 26)
       NEUROETHICS: DECIPHERING THE ROOTS OF GOOD AND EVIL  |  Symposium

A Norwegian court considered Anders Behring Breivik mentally healthy, as the terrorist who killed 77 people on the island of Utøya claimed. James Holmes, a neuroscience doctoral student, killed 12 people attending the premiere of the latest Batman movie. Is there any similarity in their brains to explain this criminal behavior? Can science predict the dangerousness of these apparently normal individuals?
B•Debate- an initiative of Biocat and Obra Social "la Caixa" - gathers on November 12 and 13 in Barcelona 17 national and international experts that will discuss the current scientific knowledge of aspects such as sociability, responsibility and crime. The set of debates entitled ‘Neuroethics: from Lab to Law. A Scientific Scrutiny of Sociability, Responsibility and Criminality’, are directed by Dr. Oscar Vilarroya, director of the Chair "The social brain" of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and Adolf Tobeña, director of the Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine at UAB.
The scientific sessions will be followed by the Neuroethics symposium, 'Deciphering the roots of good and evil’, open to the general public. Entrance is free. To register, you just need to send an email with your name, title, organization and contact details to bdebate@bdebate.org with the subject "Neuroethics".

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Interesting webs

  • Barcelona Cultura

    Barcelona Cultura

  • Obra Social La Caixa

    Obra Social La Caixa

  • Sociedad Española de NeuroCiencia

    Sociedad Española de NeuroCiencia

  • Institut de Neurociències UAB

    Institut de Neurociències UAB

  • Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante

    Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante

  • Centre de Regulacio Genòmica

    Centre de Regulacio Genòmica

  • The Dana Foundation

    The Dana Foundation

  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

    Federation of European Neuroscience Societies