Best papers acccording to SEPEX Print E-mail



The paper that we published in collaboration with researchers of the University of Milano-Bicoca, The world can look better: enhancing beauty experience with brain stimulation, has been ranked in top 3 of better publications of 2013 according to the Spanish Society for Experimental Psychology (SEPEX).

Link to the SEPEX announcement

New paper about trust Print E-mail

journal.pone.0105559.g002A new paper by Cristina Acedo-Carmona and Antoni Gomila has been published on PLoS ONE.

Acedo-Carmona C, Gomila A (2014) Personal Trust Increases Cooperation beyond General Trust. PLoS ONE 9(8): e105559. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0105559


In this paper we present a new methodology which, while allowing for anonymous interaction, it also makes possible to compare decisions of cooperating or defecting when playing games within a group, according to whether or not players personally trust each other. The design thus goes beyond standard approaches to the role of trust in fostering cooperation, which is restricted to general trust. It also allows considering the role of the topology of the social network involved may play in the level of cooperation found. The results of this work support the idea that personal trust promotes cooperation beyond the level of general trust. We also found that this effect carries over to the whole group, making it more cohesive, but that higher levels of cohesion rely on a particular topology. As a conclusion, we hypothesize that personal trust is a psychological mechanism evolved to make human social life possible in the small groups our ancestors lived in, and that this mechanism persists and plays a role in sustaining cooperation and social cohesion.

Neuroestética en el Science Slam Mallorca Print E-mail
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science_slamAlbert Flexas estará día 6 de agosto en el Science Slam Festival Mallorca para presentar nuestras investigaciones en neuroestética. La iniciativa Science Slam pretende unir arte y ciencia, acercando así el mundo científico al público general con una divulgación diferente.

El propio Albert nos adelanta algo de su charla en el blog de Mallorca Creativa.

Estudio de dilemas morales Print E-mail
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moral_toni_julia_albertNuestra Universidad de las Islas Baleares (UIB) se hace eco del estudio publicado en Frontiers in Psychology.

Noticia de la UIB

Christensen,  J. F.; Flexas, A.; Calabrese, M.; Gut, N. K. and Gomila, A. (2014) «Moral judgment reloaded: a moral dilemma validation study». Frontiers in Psychology5:607. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00607

New paper on neuoaesthetics Print E-mail

Our paper "Cognitive control and unusual decisions about beauty: an fMRI study" has been published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.


Studies of visual esthetic preference have shown that people without art training generally prefer representational paintings to abstract paintings. This, however, is not always the case: preferences can sometimes go against this usual tendency. We aimed to explore this issue, investigating the relationship between “unusual responses” and reaction time in an esthetic appreciation task. Results of a behavioral experiment confirmed the trend for laypeople to consider as beautiful mostly representational stimuli and as not beautiful mostly abstract ones (“usual response”). Furthermore, when participants gave unusual responses, they needed longer time, especially when considering abstract stimuli as beautiful. We interpreted this longer time as greater involvement of cognitive mastering and evaluation processes during the unusual responses. Results of an fMRI experiment indicated that the anterior cingulate (ACC), orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) and insula were the main structures involved in this effect. We discuss the possible role of these areas in an esthetic appreciation task.



Forensic psychopathology Print E-mail

libro_ericIt has been published the book Psicopatología Forense, edited by Dr. Eric García-López, with whom we could collaborate during his postdoctoral stay in our group.


The art of seeing Print E-mail

The art of seeing by Robert Pepperell, Professor of Fine Art (Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University), will take place on june 11, 2014 at 11:30h A.M. in the A15 classroom of the Guillem Cifre de Colonya building (Campus UIB).




In this talk I will present a body of research that combines artistic practice with scientific inquiry. The question of how to accurately depict visual space has fascinated artists, architects, scientists and philosophers for hundreds of years. Many scientists and mathematicians have argued that linear perspective, which is based on well-understood laws of optics and geometry, is the correct way to record visual space. Others, mainly artists, have argued that linear perspective projections fail to account for important features of visual experience, and have proposed various curvilinear, subjective, and hyperbolic forms of perspective instead. As an artist I aim to record the appearance of entire visual field in paintings and drawings. It turns out that what I record looks very different from the way reality is normally represented in photography, cinema, and computer graphics. It also turns out that other artists in history seem to have recorded these ’non-perspectival’ features of visual experience in similar ways.  To test the validity of these observations a colleague and I compared three sets of artistic depictions of real-world scenes to linear perspective versions (photographs) of the same scenes. They include a series of my paintings, a selection of landscape paintings by Paul Cézanne, and a set of drawings made as part of a controlled experiment by people with art training.  When comparing the artworks to linear perspective photographs depicting the same visual space we found consistent differences. In the artworks the part of the scene corresponding to the central visual field was enlarged compared to the photograph and the part corresponding to the peripheral field was compressed. I consider a number of factors that could explain these results and how they might help us understand the aesthetic properties of the artworks concerned.

Dance stimuli Print E-mail

New paper on dance stimuli in Perception.

Christensen, J.F., Nadal, M., Cela-Conde, C.J., & Gomila, A. (2014). A norming study and library of 203 dance movements. Perception, 43(2/3), 178-206. doi: 10.1068/p7581
Moral dilemma validation Print E-mail
Our moral dilemma validation paper has been published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology:
Christensen, J.F., Flexas, A., Calabrese, M., Gut, N.K., Gomila, A. (2014). Moral Judgment Reloaded: A Moral Dilemma validation study. Frontiers in Psychology, 5( 607). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00607
Ciència, literatura i humor radiofònic Print E-mail
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mallorca_creativaAlbert Flexas col·labora amb el programa Balears Fa Ciència d' IB3 Radio amb algunes historietes en clau d'humor. En la primera, emesa el 10 de maig de 2014 a les 13:45h, n'Albert dibuixa un relat sobre amor, literatura i una condició psicològica molt particular.

Social Neuroscience Seminar Print E-mail

Camilo J. Cela-Conde will talk about brain networks, superior cognitive processes, moral and aesthetics in the 5th session of the "Seminario sobre Neurociencia Social" organised by UAM-Iztapalapa. Meeting will take place at the Centro de Estudios Filosófico Políticos y Sociales Vicente Lombardo Toledano (Mexico) on may 22.


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