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.


Agreement with UCMAS Print E-mail

The framework agreement between UIB and UCMAS Spain about scientific and technological collaboration was signed on 22th April 2013. EvoCog research group took on scientific and technical advice in the field of research and assessment of improvement in cognitive abilities as a result of specific training courses.

From that moment, EvoCog started to work on the review of scientific studies about the use of abacus as a tool to improve numerical abilities and other kind of cognitive abilities. A test battery was designed in order to perform a cognitive abilities screening. These cognitive abilities could be improving as a consequence of the abacus use.  This way, the test battery consists of 6 specific tests, which are based on numerical/mathematical operations, executive functions as high cognitive abilities, and visual representation of numerical information.

The battery was applied to sixth-grade primary and first year secondary students from the Centro Inglés in Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz). The primary students had attended the elementary level of the UCMAS courses, while the secondary students hadn’t attended any similar courses. The results indicate that the use of mental abacus (UCMAS program) increases the developmental pace of specific cognitive dimensions, especially those related to mathematical reasoning and the part A in the Trail Making Test (psychomotricity and attention).

Moral Mind Print E-mail

A new paper by Antonio Olivera La Rosa has been published in Pensando Psicología.

Olivera La Rosa, A. (2013). La mente moral corporizada: aproximación a la naturaleza "embodied" de la cognición moral . Pensando Psicología, 9(16), 101-106.

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