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Well done, Zuo!


03/05/2019 - 13:15

Two publications that track the perceptual decision making process from the sensory receptors to the final action came out in Current Biology.

Liuba Papeo (CNRS in Lyon) on "Perceptual Grounding of Social Cognition"


09/11/2018 - 10:00 to 11:00

Visual perception is attuned to detect stimuli with high social value, such as faces, bodies and biological motion. I will discuss new findings from functional neuroimaging, eye tracking and behavioral methods on healthy adults and preverbal infants. Based on those findings, I will argue that human visual perception is further prepared to represent socially relevant (spatial) relations among multiple entities. This so-far uncharted property of human perception substantiates the construct of social vision, whereby the result of the perceptual analysis is not independent shape recognition, but an integrative structuring of information for higher-level inferential operations in social cognition.   

Gilles Laurent (MPI, Frankfurt) on neural motion


12/10/2018 - 16:00 to 17:30

This talk will focus on the dynamics of systems of neurons, and on the potential generality of non-classical, yet deterministic dynamics in the brain. To illustrate this, I will use three examples taken from very different animals and systems: olfactory circuits in insects, the camouflage system of cuttlefish and the cerebral cortex of reptiles. One of the goals of this juxtaposition is to emphasize the value of a comparative perspective in systems neuroscience: evolution helps us separate potentially general functional or computational principles from specific implementation details.

SISSA Colloquium: Analytic and Arithmetic Solutions of Algebraic Equations


03/10/2018 - 16:00 to 17:15

A lecture by Jean-Pierre Demailly of CNRS, Grenoble.

Algebraic geometry is the art of solving polynomial equations. Greek mathematicians already considered "Diophantine equations", which consist of finding integer or rational solutions. It turns out that this problem is deeply connected to the geometry of the set of complex points and to the existence of entire analytic solutions, and is usually governed by the degrees of the polynomials involved. We will describe informally some recent results on these questions.


Congrats, Roberto!


17/09/2018 - 10:15

Terrific news for the Department — a post-doc of ours, Roberto Bottini, was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to crack the secrets behind consciousness and word meaning in the brain.

TEX2018 M-GATE School: Under the Surface of Memory Phenomena


25/06/2018 - 09:00 to 03/07/2018 - 18:00

TEX2018 hosts the summer school Under the Surface of Memory Phenomena, the first activity of the Innovative Training Network M-GATE - Memory Research: Ground-breaking, Applied and Technological Exchanges.

Good job Vladimir, Alessio & Daniele


11/04/2018 - 16:30

We are happy to announce the publication in Current Biology of  “Accuracy of rats in discriminating visual objects is explained by the complexity of their perceptual strategy.” (link here for the main article and here for an accompanying Dispatch of Philippe Schyns). The paper originated in the doctoral thesis of Vladimir Djurdjevic, supervised by Davide Zoccolan, and explains how the variability of rat perceptual strategies accounts for the variable proficiency of the animals in complex object discrimination tasks.


SISSA Colloquium | Spaces of finite networks


04/04/2018 - 16:00

Many phenomena in mathematics and science can be modeled by drawing finite networks whose nodes are connected by edges with specified lengths. After imposing various natural constraints, the set of all such models forms a geometric space, with one point for each possible model.