1. New call for applications for the INPhINIT Fellowships Programme

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    With the aim of continuing to support the best scientific talent and fostering innovative, high quality research in Spain, ”la Caixa” Foundation is launching a new call for applications for the INPhINIT Fellowships Programme. The application deadline is February 1st, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Central European Time – CET). 

    In this second call it will grant 57 3-year fellowships to talented researchers of any nationality to carry out a doctorate at top Spanish research centres accredited with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction and at Carlos III Health Research Institutes, in the disciplines of Bio and Health Sciences, Technology, Physics, Engineering and Mathematics.

    BCBL – Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language is a “Severo Ochoa” Centre and Host Institution in INPhINIT call, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research, training and knowledge transfer within the area of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. The projects on offer for this call are:

    • Brain_Sign: Language circuits in sign language processing (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)
    • Deaf_Readers: Cortical circuits for reading in the deaf (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)
    • Laterality: Brain lateralization for language (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)
    • Presurgical: Presurgical mapping and brain plasticity linked to brain surgery (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)
    • Optimization in second language pronunciation (Supervisor: Dr. Clara Martin)
    • The impact of literacy on speech perception (Supervisor: Dr. Clara Martin)
    • Reading beyond the reading network: Hippocampal and thalamic contributions to reading (Supervisor: Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso)
    • Functional and structural common neural basis of creativity across specific domains (Supervisor: Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso
    • Neural modulation of self-representations in memory and language systems (Supervisor: Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso
    • Impact of early language history on reading acquisition: A focus on bilingualism (Supervisor: Dr. Marie Lallier)
    • Predictive timing and the sensorymotor integration (Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Molinaro)
    • Timing in audiovisual speech integration: A neurophysiological assessment for language disorders (Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Molinaro)
    • Development of physiologically-informed spatiotemporal deconvolution algorithms to investigate brain function with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) (Supervisor: Dr. Cesar Caballero)     
    • Studying the dynamics of human brain function at rest with electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). (Supervisor: Dr. Cesar Caballero)     
    • Deep learning algorithms to study human brain function with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (Supervisor: Dr. Cesar Caballero)             

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  2. Las personas sordas no necesitan oralizar la lectura

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    El pasado 16 de septiembre de 2017 fue defendida una tesis doctoral en la Universidad de La Laguna y desarrollada en el Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language (centro internacional de investigación para el estudio de la cognición, el cerebro y el lenguaje) con el título de “Procesos fonológicos y ortográficos en sordos españoles buenos lectores” (Phonological and ortographic processes in Spanish deaf skilled readers). La investigación de esta tesis cambiará todo lo que sabíamos hasta ahora de los procesos lectores en las personas sordas.Escuelas Excepcionales 28/11/2017. Leer noticia.


  3. Hacia un diagnóstico precoz de la dislexia a través de las capacidades auditivas.

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  4. BCBL y Mugaritz colaboran en un estudio científico para examinar las bases de la creatividad

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  5. Master in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language

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    Cognitive Neuroscience arises from coordinating efforts in such different areas as cognitive psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, neuropsychology, and computer science with technological advances in the fields of neuroimaging and computing. This interdisciplinary venture aims to discover the brain mechanisms that underlie psychological processes such as language.

    The Master’s program is aimed at university graduates who are interested in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. These include individuals with backgrounds in areas such as psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics, as well as candidates with relevant training in related fields such as cognitive science, mathematics, computer science, and machine learning. Selecting the appropriate Masters program is the best way to start a successful research career. In fact, several of our current PhD students began their research careers in our Masters program.

    In the six years that we have been running our Masters program, graduates have gone on to PhD programs in places such as New York University, the Donders Center at Radboud University, UC San Diego, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Michigan State University, the University of Bielefeld, and our own PhD program at BCBL.

    The duration of the program is one academic year with 60 ECTS credits. The students will develop research skills through the mentorship of experts and by completing a Master’s Research Project at the end of the program. The language of instruction is English.

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    APPLICATION PERIODS

    ROUND 1:

    - Application sent by mail to mastercnl@bcbl.eu by FEBRUARY 25.
    - Notification of the Master’s admissions board’s decision: MARCH 25.
    - Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate in the program by APRIL 15.
    - Pre-enrollment must be submitted ONLINE along with the confirmation of participation.

    ROUND 2:

    - Application sent by mail to mastercnl@bcbl.eu by APRIL 30. Rolling admissions until JUNE 30 the latest. If spots are filled before no more admissions will be accepted.
    - Notification of the Master’s admissions board’s decision: Applications received by APRIL 30 will receive notification by MAY 31.
    - Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate within two weeks of being accepted into the program.
    - Pre-enrollment must be submitted ONLINE along with the confirmation of participation.

    International candidates needing visas will find that applying in Round 2 makes the timing of their visa application stressful.

    Please note that each “round” represents a distinct period in which you may apply, not a succession of steps for your application. You may apply in one round only, one time in an application year.

    APPLICATION COMPONENTS

    ROUND 1 & 2 (to be sent by mail to mastercnl@bcbl.eu):

    1) Scanned ID (Spanish and European applicants) or Passport (international applicants)
    2) Degree certificate
    3) Transcripts of records
    4) Résumé
    5) Letters of recommendation: a) Either letters from two different Professors, or b) One letter from a Full Professor (you may also include a letter from a second Professor if you use this option, but it is not required)
    6) 1 essay stating your research interests (1 page maximum, .pdf format)
    7) Certificate of English level is required for applicants who attended a non-English-speaking undergraduate university

    PRE-ENROLLMENT:

    Follow these instructions to provide the University of the Basque Country with the necessary documents.

    GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

    If you don’t have any certificate, please provide us with detailed information about your previous English experience, such as international undergraduate experience (Erasmus or equivalent), experience in reading scientific articles in English, etc.

    All the information must be sent in ENGLISH. In case the original letters of recommendation are in different language than English, both the original letter and a translation are required.

    Transcripts of records should be provided in ENGLISH. Admitted students will be required to provide the University of the Basque Country with the Degree Certificate and the Transcripts of Records either in Spanish or in Basque. For more information about the documents requested by the University, please visit this webpage.

     

     


  6. La magia del lenguaje: cuando dos personas sincronizan sus cerebro

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  7. Investigación y atracción de talento: Diferentes perspectivas y necesidades

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    “Nuestro futuro estará directamente relacionado con nuestra capacidad de atraer talento”. Esta afirmación de Guillermo Dorronsoro, Decano de la Deusto Business School, define muy bien el reto al que se enfrentan los territorios para incrementar su competitividad. De hecho, son muchos los expertos que consideran que la competitividad futura de los países se resolverá en la “batalla” por el talento. Sobre investigación y atracción de talento han debatido para nuestra revista algunos de los responsables de que el País Vasco se haya convertido en una referencia en este campo. CICNetwork nº 17. Leer noticia.

     


  8. Jon Andoni Duñabeitia: «Buscamos cerebros de más de 65 años para entender el lenguaje»

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    Investigadores del BCBL ponen el foco por vez primera en las personas mayores «que a pesar de perder otras facultades siguen siendo bilingües». «Para entender el cerebro humano hace falta estudiarlos todos». Diario Vasco, 22/05/2017. Leer noticia.

     

     


  9. Jon Andoni Duñabeitia in Onda Cero

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     Interview to Jon Andoni from minute 22 on, in Onda Cero on Monday, May 22nd 2017. Listen to the interview.


  10. El recuerdo de una experiencia extracorporal

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    La neurocientífica Loretxu Bergouignan ha pasado cuatro años en Suecia estudiando la relación entre el cuerpo y la memoria, y ha visto que las experiencias vividas con la ilusión de encontrarnos fuera de nuestro cuerpo provocan una especie de amnesia. Un trabajo que permite conocer más a fondo el síndrome de estrés postraumático. Teknopolis, 29/04/2017. Ver reportaje.

     


  11. A partir de los 8-10 años, es más difícil aprender idiomas

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    Entrevistan a la investigadora del BCBL Clara Martín que dialoga sobre los factores que influyen en el aprendizaje de idiomas, como la capacidad del cerebro, la motivación y el trabajo. Cadena Ser, 06/04/2017. Leer la noticia o escuchar la entrevista.

     


  12. ¿Cómo es nuestro cerebro?

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    Entrevistamos a los responsables de los talleres y laboratorios infantiles de la tercera edición de la Semana del Cerebro de San Sebastián que se desarrolla hasta el 17 de marzo en el Museo de la Ciencia Eureka! Descubrir cómo funciona el cerebro humano, conocer cómo trabaja el de los animales, adentrarse en el trastorno de la dislexia, convertirse por un día en científicos y conocer el funcionamiento y la estructura del cerebro de una manera didáctica y divertida son algunas de las actividades programadas. Ver la noticia.