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Paths and Spaces of Language

A “three-handed” project which has the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste collaborating with the University of Tel Aviv and the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris has been awarded a program grant by the Human Frontier Science Program for over a million dollars. The funding will be used to study “analogical processes” at the foundation of human language, a largely unexplored field. 

“I care for you”, says the autistic moral brain

“Autistic people are cold and feel no empathy.” True? It is a pervasive stereotype, but when analyzed through the lens of science, reality turns out to be quite different. According to a study at SISSA, carried out in collaboration with the University of Vienna, when autistic people are placed in "moral dilemma" situations, they show an empathic response similar to the general population.

“Neuro-fantascienza” al Revoltella

Quattro gli appuntamenti proposti dalla Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste per la “Settimana del Cervello”: si parlerà di neuro-fantascienza, si esploreranno gli effetti del sonno su mente e corpo, si visiteranno i laboratori di ”Neuroscienze e società” della SISSA e infine si scoprirà il “Cervello delle cose”. Non perdete il primo appuntamento con la fantascienza al Museo Revoltella il 14 marzo.

Donne e sport (e scienza)

Le donne nello sport, viste con gli occhi della scienza: è questo l’argomento premiato da Soroptimist Club di Trieste, nell’ambito del concorso “Donne e scienza”. Per questa iniziativa Soroptimist, l’organizzazione internazionale che supporta le donne (con particolare attenzione alle comunità locali), ha collaborato con il Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico” (MCS) della SISSA di Trieste e con Wired Italia. Il premio è stato assegnato da Martina Di Ciano, studentessa di MCS, che vedrà il suo lavoro pubblicato su Wired.it.

Language and music

For a while now, neuroscientists have been wondering whether the distortions in the way we perceive foreign languages related to our knowledge of our mother tongue also characterize how we perceive non-linguistic sounds (e.g., music). A new SISSA study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, shows that, despite many clues seemingly pointing in that direction, speakers of languages with a different rhythm do not differ in their perception of non-linguistic sound sequences.

Two New Italian ERC Winners at SISSA (Plus One)

When it comes to European Research Council (ERC) funding, SISSA has every reason to be proud, especially in recent months. Of the 13 ERC consolidator grants announced in Brussels last Friday for Italy, one is already at the school and another will arrive shortly. Adding to this rich “bounty”  is another ERC starting grant which was awarded to a SISSA instructor last November for a total of 15 projects approved since 2008, making SISSA one of the European schools with the highest number of grants in relation to the number of instructors.

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