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Is there continuity of consciousness between waking and sleeping states?

Benjamin Baird, supported by the BIAL Foundation in the scope of project 334/18 - Inducing lucid dreams with optimized sensory cues, concluded that episodic thoughts of both the past and the future rarely occur in either N2 or REM sleep, while common during waking spontaneous thought. The paper “Episodic thought distinguishes spontaneous cognition in waking from REM and NREM sleep” featuring these results was published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition

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Neural signature of attentional reorienting

Spectral signature of attentional reorienting in the human brain, published in the journal NeuroImage, reports some of the main findings of the research project 159/16 - Unraveling the neural mechanisms of human memory decisions with magnetoencephalography, carried out by Carlo Sestieri and Stefania Della Penna, with the financial support of the BIAL Foundation.

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Bestseller of Luís Portela in audiobook

The bestseller “Ser Espiritual - Da Evidência à Ciência”, by the Chairman of the BIAL Foundation, Luís Portela, is now available in audiobook (Portuguese version only). In this talking book, with narration by the author, Luís Portela crosses traditional knowledge with the results of recent scientific research and suggests a prior depriving of concepts and prejudices so that the reader can see the Universe from his spiritual self of a harmonious, consistent and useful form for future life.

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New mechanisms for preventing tau protein aggregation

In the scope of the research project 343/14 - Proteotoxic insults and synaptic dysfunction in the aging brain, supported by the BIAL Foundation, the research team led by Cláudio Gomes published the paper “Dynamic interactions and Ca2+-binding modulate the holdase-type chaperone activity of S100B preventing tau aggregation and seeding” in the journal Nature Communications.

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The decrease of working memory performance during multitasking

“The presence of serial processing in multitasking imposes additional processing demands beyond the mere sum of those imposed by the single-task performance” was one of the conclusions of the paper “The working memory costs of a central attentional bottleneck in multitasking”, of Andre Szameitat et al., published in Psychological Research, in the scope of the research project 142/16 - Gender differences in physiological correlates of multitasking, supported by the BIAL Foundation.

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The Portuguese Medical Association and the BIAL Foundation deliver Maria de Sousa Award

FIRST EDITION DISTINGUISHES RESEARCH IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, CANCER, SLEEPING SICKNESS AND CELL FUNCTION. The Maria de Sousa Award was delivered on November 24 to five Portuguese researchers, in a ceremony that took place at Teatro Thalia, in Lisbon, and was presided by the prime minister, António Costa, and also attended by the minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor.

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Paper published in first quartile jourmal (Q1)

In the scope of the research project 356/18 - Neural mechanisms underlying unconscious working memory, supported by the BIAL Foundation, and carried out by the principal investigador Albert Compte, it was published the paper Pinging the brain with visual impulses reveals electrically active, not activity-silent, working memories in the high impact journal PLOS Biology.

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Luís Portela's tribute by Trofa Town Hall

Luís Portela, Chairman of the BIAL Foundation, was honoured by the City Council of Trofa on the 23rd Anniversary Session of the City. The tribute ceremony took place on November 19th, in the Auditório do Fórum Trofa XXI.

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BIAL Foundation supports projects that bridge Psychophysiology and Parapsychology

Did you know that BIAL Foundation support projects that bridge Psychophysiology and Parapsychology and publish in journals such as Consciousness and Cognition e Frontiers in Psychology?

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The profile of journals where our Grant Holders publish is diversified

Did you know that Journal of Parapsychology, Scientific Reports and Frontiers in Psychology are in the top 10 scientific journals with most articles published within the scope of projects supported by the BIAL Foundation?

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Interhemispheric asymmetry during sleep in dogs

In the scope of the research project 169/16 - The potential effect of behavioral stimulation on social competence in dogs (via endogenous oxytocin release), supported by the BIAL Foundation, the research team led by Anna Kis published the paper “Interhemispheric asymmetry during NREM sleep in the dog” in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Luís Portela awarded with the Health Services Management Award

Luís Portela, Chairman of the BIAL Foundation, was awarded on October 23 with the Health Services Management Award, given by the Portuguese Medical Association's Competence in Health Services Management, as a tribute for his life as an entrepreneur.

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Looking for collaboration

The quest of physiological markers for the experience of pain

Researcher: Elia Valentini - Department of Psychology & Centre for Brain Science, University of Essex Summary: The aim of this project is to improve measurement of the human experience of pain by investigating a combination of psychophysical and physiological responses during mild noxious stimulation. More specifically, we want to investigate how sensitive and specific to pain the brain oscillatory responses are. We use EEG as the main technique, but we are keen to collaborate with neuroscientists using fMRI, autonomic measures and brain stimulation as well as with computational neuroscientists. A clinical collaborator would also be very much welcome.

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EEG investigation of hypnosis and decision-making

Researcher: Rinaldo Livio Perri - University Niccolò Cusano Rome, Italy Summary: I work in the field of hypnosis and cognitive neuroscience. In particular, I adopt the event-related potentials (ERPs) to investigate the effect of the hypnotic suggestions on sensory processing and cognitive performance. I am an expert in decision-making and proactive brain processes before the stimulus administration (e.g., the perceptual, prefrontal and premotor readiness during the expectancy stage). I could help colleagues to properly analyze the ERP signal in the pre-stimulus stage of processing. Also, I would be happy to share my EEG data for re-analyzing them in the frequency domain (e.g., wavelet or coherence analysis in the hypnosis research). Feel free to contact me for any question! More information on my papers: https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=-8e_V64AAAAJ&hl=it Possible collaborations: neuroscientist with experience in the EEG frequency analysis Email: perri.rinaldo@gmail.com

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Transparent Psi Project - looking for collaborators

Summary: We are running a fully transparent, expert consensus-base multilab replication of Bem’s (2011) experiment 1. The project features state of the art methods to maximize transparency and study integrity. The study involves a computerized experiment taking about 20 minutes per session. Group testing is possible in a computer lab, no specialized equipment needed. Labs are expected to recruit at least 100 participants. Participants will be exposed to images with explicit erotic/sexual content in the experiment. No financial compensation is required for the participants. Data collection is expected to take place in the 2020 fall semester. Every material is provided for ethics/IRB submissions and data collection in English (translation of materials might be necessary by the collaborators). The study is pre-registered and the manuscript is accepted in principle for publication in the journal Royal Society Open Science. All collaborators who meet the minimum sample size criterion will get authorship on this paper reporting the results of the replication study. More information in the preprint: https://psyarxiv.com/uwk7y/ Indicate interest in the collaboration via the following form: https://tinyurl.com/tpp-labs With any question contact the lead investigator: Dr. Zoltan Kekecs, kekecs.zoltan@gmail.com

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Cognitive control and learning (2)

Researcher: Ignacio Obeso, Ph.D. / CINAC - HM Puerta del Sur Summary: The aim of our projects is to understand the behavioral and neural mechanisms used to learn how humans establish adaptive behaviour in changing contexts. More specifically, we want to decipher how stopping abilities are initially learned and later executed under automatic control. We use task-related fMRI, brain stimulation and clinical models to test our predictions in laboratory settings as well as online home-based paradigms. Possible collaborations: computational scientist Email contact: i.obesomartin@gmail.com https://iobesomartin.wixsite.com/cognitivecontrol

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Cognitive control and learning (1)

Researcher: Ignacio Obeso, Ph.D. / CINAC - HM Puerta del Sur Summary: The aim of our projects is to understand the behavioral and neural mechanisms used to learn how humans establish adaptive behaviour in changing contexts. More specifically, we want to decipher how stopping abilities are initially learned and later executed under automatic control. We use task-related fMRI, brain stimulation and clinical models to test our predictions in laboratory settings as well as online home-based paradigms. Possible collaborations: computational scientist Email contact: i.obesomartin@gmail.com https://iobesomartin.wixsite.com/cognitivecontrol

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