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A special issue of Cortex coordinated by SISSA

Social cognitive neuroscience is a relatively young but promising field that stems from the encounter between cognitive neuroscience and social cognition studies. The journal Cortex is devoting a whole issue to the subject (available online on August 1 and in print on September 1), which has been coordinated by SISSA and the University of Oxford.

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Social Groups and Emotions

The semantic representation of social groups involves areas of the brain associated with processing emotions. So says a study at SISSA in collaboration with the University of Trieste and the University Hospital of Udine which was published in the journal Cortex. 

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Salute e ambiente: comunicare il rischio

26-28 ottobre 2015,

SISSA

La SISSA organizza la “Scuola in comunicazione del rischio per la salute e per l’ambiente”. Il corso è rivolto a diversi e operatori dell’informazione e permette di accedere ai crediti formativi previsti per la formazione continua dei giornalisti. Le iscrizioni si effettuano online alla pagina http://ics.sissa.it/comunicazionerischio/domanda-ammissione e resteranno aperte fino al 28 settembre alle 12.00

The Ends Count Starting at Birth

The cognitive system encodes better the first and last syllables of words. Researchers at SISSA, in collaboration with Udine Hospital (Azienda Ospedaliera di Udine), have demonstrated for the first time that this cognitive mechanism is present from birth. The study was published in the scientific review Developmental Science.

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Nuovi docenti, più inglese e social media

Sono ancora aperte le iscrizioni al Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico” (MCS) della SISSA di Trieste per il nuovo biennio 2015-2017. Intanto emergono alcune importanti anticipazioni: prima fra queste la partecipazione dello scrittore Paolo Giordano e del giornalista britannico Andy Ridgway.  È inoltre previsto un aumento delle ore di lezione in inglese e di quelle dedicate all’approfondimento dei social media. Le iscrizioni alle selezioni resteranno aperte fino al 29 settembre 2015, alle 12.00.

RNA Springs

A group of scientists at SISSA proposes a quick alternative for predicting the internal dynamics of RNA molecules (how the different parts move in relation to each other). This simple solution, which uses beads and springs, provides similar results to other, more complex and expensive techniques for analyzing molecules that are currently in use. The study was published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research.

A new strategy against spinal cord injuries

Patients, doctors and researchers look with great expectations to epidural electrostimulation, a medical technique that could alleviate the condition of subjects affected by paralysis due to spinal cord injury. Although still relatively rudimentary, the technique is constantly being improved thanks to research.

Prion Protein Protects against Epilepsy

In the most systematic and rigorous study conducted thus far in its field, the Prion Protein ( PrPC ) was clearly shown to play a role in preventing the onset of epileptic seizures. PrPC is perhaps best known in its "degenerate" form, the prion, and an infectious agent behind dangerous neurodegenerative diseases such as Mad Cow Disease. SISSA contributed to the study, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports (Nature group).

The Artificial Enzyme that “Acts” Natural

Certain genetic diseases arise from a deficit of specific genes. An enzyme that amplifies gene transcription could be a viable therapy in these cases, as long as genes are not stimulated to work on the wrong part of the body. SISSA scientists have created synthetic "intelligent" enzymes which are able to differentiate between active and inactive genes and selectively stimulate the former ones.

Nuova edizione del Premio Bassoli

È uscito il nuovo bando del premio SISSA/INFN dedicato a Romeo Bassoli, inserito nel progetto “Memorie di scienza”. Il premio finanzia con 3mila euro il miglior progetto per la raccolta di interviste e testimonianze orali in ambito scientifico. Tema di quest’anno sono le malattie infettive.

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