People who hear voices — both with and without a diagnosed psychotic illness — are more sensitive than other subjects to a 125-year-old experiment designed to induce hallucinations. And the subjects’ ability to learn that these hallucinations were not real may help pinpoint those in need of psychiatric treatment, suggests a new Yale-led study published Aug. 11 in the journal Science. The research has been carried out by Philip Corlett and Al Powers, Yale University, and Chris Mathys, SISSA.
Dr Rebecca Lawson and Professor Geraint Rees from UCL Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, and Dr Christoph Mathys from SISSA found that adults with autism were less surprised by unexpected images in a simple learning task than adults without autism, and those who were the least surprised had the most pronounced symptoms. The results suggests that differences in how people with autism build visual expectations may link to social difficulties. The study shed new light on our understanding of how people with autism see the world differently.
The SISSA Committee for the wellbeing (CUG) has organised a discussion event with Romana Frattini, Ca’ Foscari University, and Paolo Rossi, Pisa University, authors of the "Report on women in Italian Universities" (2012). The event will be held in English.
The Astrophysics and Astroparticle Groups at SISSA mourn the sudden loss of our collegue, Giovanni Bignami, a very significant figure for italian Astrophysics, in the National Institute for Astrophysics and the Italian Space Agency, which in particular shared with us substantial efforts and involvement in large cosmological observations.
“Sviluppo di un ecosistema computazionale per la progettazione idrodinamica del sistema elica carena” is the title of the event that will take place at Sala Bobi Bazlen in Trieste on Tuesday 30 May starting from 4.45 pm. The seminar will present the results of the OpenViewsShip project, in which industrial and academic partners contributed to the development of a methodology for the performance prediction of the hull-propeller system in operational conditions.
On Wednesday 2 May, SISSA and Campus Party will organize the Campus Day, an occasion aimed to present the international event on innovation and creativity that will be held in Milan for its first edition 20-23 July 2017. Campus Day is dedicated to all students who have an idea, often labeled as "impossible to accomplish"; each idea can be cultivated, encouraged, transformed and at the same time transform the future of the country.
Reading on screen or paper? That is the question. On Thursday 18 May, SISSA neuroscientist Davide Crepaldi will be one of the speakers of the event entitled “Paper or digital: the integration is in the facts”. The seminar is organized by "Salone Internazionale del Libro" (“International book fair”) from 18 to 22 May at “Lingotto fiere” in Turin. Crepaldi will present the scientific evidences coming up from research dedicated to reading on these two different media.
The XI edition of the Italian University Radio Festival will take place at the University of Verona from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 May. In the programme, rounds tables, workshops and interesting seminars to discuss opportunities and perspectives of this type of media.
AICA is the italian association whose activity focuses on informatics and automatic computation. A nonprofit association led by ITC experts, AICA's mission is spreading the digital culture as a fundamental action for the progress of society. AICA's website presents information, stories and projects. In the section dedicated to history of informatics in Italy, you can find an interesting text written by Antonio Lanza, the director of SISSA's Information Technology and Computing Services. In this article, Dr.
SISSA invites all undergraduate and graduate students to attend the Summer School on Atomistic Simulation Techniques in Trieste. The school, organized by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS Simulation Centre, will be held from 14 to 30 June 2017.
In 2017 the School will be entirely focused on quantum mechanics and in particular will be devoted to electronic properties of materials, chemical- and bio-molecules.
Started as a knee-jerk reaction to the new US administration's possible changes in science policy, the March for Science becomes a movement to defend and promote the role of science in society.
Nowadays many satellite marches in the US and across the world are scheduled for Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017.
The SISSA Open Access Policy has been approved and here you can find the full text. The Open Access Policy has to be applied to the new institutional "SISSA Digital Library", the open access repository established for the purpose of accommodating the School’s scientific research products through the IRIS - "Institu
On April 5th, 4pm - Budinich Hall
The speaker, Irene Giardina from La Sapienza University (Rome), will present an experimental and theoretical study of collective movements in animal groups.
On Thursday 12 April 2017, at 2.30 pm the Mathlab group will hold a seminar on "The Geometry and Mechanics of Growing Elastic Sheets".
During the seminar, Prof Eran Sharon from the Racah Institute of Physics - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will present experimental methods for the construction of “programmed” responsive sheets, discussing different types of self-shaping principles. In particular, the talk will focus on the connection of the topic to shape selection in chemical and biological systems.
Francesca Bonello, Elisa Valent, Valentina Gallo, Elena Maestrini, Lucrezia Borghi, Serena Saracino, Elisa Scarascia Mugnozza. These are the names of the seven Italian Erasmus students who died in the bus crash in Catalonia on 20 March 2016.
The vehicle was part of a convoy of five coaches that were returning to Barcelona from Valencia, where the students had attended the fireworks festival, the well-known Fiesta de las Fallas. The victims were thirteen, including two German girls and one each from Rumenia, Uzbekistan, France and Austria. All were between 19 and 25 years old.
The colloquium "Quantum technologies and quantum control" will be held at SISSA on 22 March 2017 at 4.30 pm. Professor Tommaso Calarco, who leads the Integrated Quantum Science and Technology centre at the Ulm and Stuttgart University in Germany, will talk about quantum technologies and their application in futuristic visions.
Congratulations to the four authors of the paper "Who Activates the Nucleophile in Ribozyme Catalysis? An Answer from the Splicing Mechanism of Group II Introns", published on the Journal of the American Chemical Society. One of the images associated to the paper has been selected during the night in the Biophysical Society competition "Art of Science 2017".
A SISSA study recently published on Perception shows that even neutral olfactory stimuli affect the processes underlying moral decisions, favouring deontological moral choices. According to the first author Cinzia Cecchetto and her colleagues this effect occurs when a neutral odour is presented below detection threshold, when compared to the same odor perceived either as positive or negative and it is reflected at the level of autonomic responses.
A lot of Scientific Societies and universities have signed a joint letter to take a position against the recent executive order on immigration issued by President Donald Trump on 27 January.
The US President restrictions are already having negative effects on the entry of scientists and students into the United States.