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Science Snapshots: Run Faster, Learn Better

22 Oct 2018

Champalimaud Research

Science Snapshots: Run Faster, Learn Better

Short video featuring one of the most recent discoveries by the Neural Circuits and Behaviour Lab.

Magnetic transcranial stimulation: to have or not to have maintenance sessions?

17 Oct 2018

Champalimaud Research

Magnetic transcranial stimulation: to have or not to have maintenance sessions?

The antidepressant effect of repetitive magnetic transcranial stimulation (rTMS) lasts longer when the initial treatment is followed by maintenance sessions, concludes a study led by scientists from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU), and now published in the journal Brain Stimulation.

Two seemingly opposing forces in the brain actually cooperate to enhance memory formation

12 Oct 2018

Champalimaud Research

Two seemingly opposing forces in the brain actually cooperate to enhance memory formation

Our work adds a piece to the puzzle of how the brain performs one of its fundamental tasks: being able to encode information while still keeping a stable level of activity_ – Anna Hobbiss_

Humans of science: Raphael Steinfeld

04 Oct 2018

Champalimaud Research

Humans of science: Raphael Steinfeld

Who are today’s scientists? Inspired by the project “Humans of New York”, Ar Magazine turns the spotlight on individual humans of science every month.

Interview with Doris Tsao, the woman who cracked the code the brain uses to recognize faces

20 Sep 2018

Champalimaud Research

Interview with Doris Tsao, the woman who cracked the code the brain uses to recognize faces

We think that, physically, the brain’s mechanism for coding faces is exactly like the RGB code for colors. – Doris Tsao

Champalimaud scientists to develop a wearable behavior analysis system for clinic and research

14 Sep 2018

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Champalimaud scientists to develop a wearable behavior analysis system for clinic and research

A team at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown has been awarded a Proof of Concept grant of 149.820 euros by the European Research Council (ERC) to develop a prototype for a new system of behaviour analysis, based on sensors similar to those used in cell phones to detect movement, that will make it possible to accurately and automatically measure human behavior related to nervous system disorders.

How the brain decides what to do in the face of danger

12 Sep 2018

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How the brain decides what to do in the face of danger

New study identifies variables that lead the brain to apply specific defensive strategies and uncovers a particular pair of neurons crucial for this process.

Tackling the great paradox of biodiversity with game theory

29 Aug 2018

Champalimaud Research

Tackling the great paradox of biodiversity with game theory

These ideas are still largely theoretical, so we need to test how well the competition mechanisms proposed in the paper describe what happens when real species compete, but early results look quite promising. – Andres Laan

Champalimaud scientists awarded one million euros by la Caixa Foundation

26 Jul 2018

Champalimaud Research

Champalimaud scientists awarded one million euros by la Caixa Foundation

Carlos Ribeiro and Leopoldo Petreanu have been awarded Health Research la Caixa Grants of nearly 500,000 euros each to coordinate scientific projects. The grants are attributed to by the Foundation of la Caixa bank, Spain’s third largest financial institution. This is the first edition to include project coordinators working in Portugal.

Life of PI: The young woman who decided she could – and would – do science for a living

05 Jul 2018

Champalimaud Research

Life of PI: The young woman who decided she could – and would – do science for a living

Behavior allows us to study a problem at several levels, and this is attractive because, ultimately, it is rewarding to see the whole picture. – Luísa Vasconcelos