— Motivated Cognition Lab

In collaboration with Laura Battelli’s lab, first time we’ve used a stimulation technique…

van Koningsbruggen, Ficarella, Battelli, & Hickey (in press). Transcranial random noise stimulation potentiates value-driven attentional capture. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Reward feedback following visual search causes the visual characteristics of targets to become salient and attention-drawing, but little is known about the mechanisms underlying this value-driven capture effect. Here we use transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) to demonstrate that such reward potentiation involves induced plasticity in visual cortex. Human participants completed a feature-search reward-learning task involving the selection of a red or green colored target presented among distractors of various color. Each correct trial garnered reward and the magnitude of reward was determined by the color of the target. Three groups completed this task: two groups received tRNS over either occipital or frontal cortex, and the third group received sham stimulation as a control. In a subsequent test phase of the experiment participants searched for a unique shape presented among colored distractors. During the test phase no tRNS was applied and no reward was available. However, in some trials a single distractor had color matching that associated with reward during training. Search for the target was impacted by the presence of such reward-associated distractors in the occipital stimulation group, demonstrating that plasticity in visual cortex contributes to value-driven attentional capture.

 

 

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May 17th, 5:15pm
Session: Attention: Reward, emotion, motivation

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The call for applications to the cimec PhD school has been released.

Deadline is May 10th, 2016, at 4pm.

If you are interested in applying, feel free to email Clayton with questions.

 

 

 

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Hanna Kadel is visiting from the University of Marburg, where she is completing her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Anna Schubö. Hanna will spend about 3 months in Rovereto. Welcome Hanna!hanna

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The deadline for applications is Friday March 11, 2016 at midday.

We anticipate a second call for EU citizens and non-EU residents of Italy with deadline on Friday July 8, 2016 at midday, if places are still available.

 

Application link: http://www5.unitn.it/Apply/en/Web/Home/master

Summary of the Call in English

Please, find attached a pdf version of the poster advertising the selection call should you want to hang it up in your department/research center.

 

The CIMeC, the Master’s program and UNITN in numbers:

–          CIMeC ranked 1st in Italy for Quality of Research 2013

–          2015-2016 UNITrento ranks 3rd in Italy in the rankings of THE – Times Higher Education

–          Courses are given in English

–          2 tracks: Cognitive Neuroscience and Language & Multimodal Interaction

–          40 positions, 20 reserved to non-EU students

–          Possibility of funding (scholarship and tuition fee exemption) with Opera Universitaria

–          Joint study programs and other international opportunities

–          According to our recent internal survey, 77% of our graduates are currently employed, 74% of them by pursuing a PhD

–          Why choose UNITRENTO

 

Please feel free to browse our website www.mcs.unitn.it for further information or contact the Master’s Secretariat at mcs@unitn.it

 

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Recognition as a ‘rising star‘ from the Association for Psychological Science.

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2015 – 2016 Times Higher Education University Rankings

The University of Trento ranks 198th in the world in the THE 2015-2016 rankings and as the top University in Italy*.

test*  Kudos to the  Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (462 students) and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (729 students), ranking 112th and 180th respectively. The majority of students at these special institutes are completing doctoral work. The University of Trento has about 18k students, the vast majority completing undergraduate programs. 

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Christina Lavallee has joined the lab as postdoctoral fellow. Christina recently completed her PhD at the University of Oldenburg, DE, and will be investigating selective attention using concurrent EEG and MRI.

Poppy Sharp has joined the lab as PhD student. Poppy finished her MA at the Donders Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL, and will be working on temporal integration in perception using MEG.

Welcome Christina!                       Welcome Poppy!

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