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Bats use maps

Nachum Ulanovsky

March 31, 2014 - 12 am

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Via Bonomea, 265 - Trieste

Studying the echolocation mechanisms of bats, scientists have discovered how two- and three-dimensional spatial maps are formed in their brain.

String Field Theory

SFT2014 Conference

July 28 - August 1,2014

SISSA - Room 128

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

The conference was devoted to the latest results in SFT as well as in related fields, such as higher spin theories and double field theory. It was the sixth in the series.

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Previous SFT conferences:

SCoNE 2014

July 21- August 1, 2014

SISSA, Big Meeting Room (7th floor)

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

Social Cognitive Neuroscience is an emerging field with an interdisciplinary vision on human behavior in a social context. This perspective, built on the confluence of neurological, cognitive, and social sciences, addresses fundamental questions about the interaction between the mind/brain and the social world.

The pain of social exclusion

The distress caused by social stimuli (e.g., losing a friend, experiencing an injustice or more in general when a social bond is threatened) activates brain circuits related to physical pain: as observed in a study conducted by SISSA, this also applies when we experience this type of pain vicariously as an empathic response (when we see somebody else experiencing it).

Informare sulle staminali

14 marzo 2014

SISSA, Aula Magna

Via Bonomea, 265, Trieste

Il 14 marzo si è tenuta alla SISSA una conferenza aperta agli studenti delle scuole superiori e ai cittadini, con lo scopo di stimolare "apprendimento, confronto e discussione" sul tema della ricerca medica sulle staminali e delle sue applicazioni terapeutiche. La conferenza è stata l'evento regionale previsto nell'ambito della manifestazione nazionale UniStem Day che si è svolta lo stesso giorno in una quarantina di atenei italiani.

La vita di Majorana sul “palco” della SISSA

21 febbraio 2014 - ore 17.00

SISSA – Aula Magna

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

Anche quest'anno si è svolto alla SISSA il "Progetto teatro", promosso dalla scuola media Guido Corsi di Trieste. "La scomparsa di Majorana", spettacolo tratto dal testo di Leonardo Sciascia, è stato rappresentato dagli studenti della scuola media con l'aiuto di alcuni giovani ricercatori della SISSA, il 21 febbraio, nell'Aula Magna della Scuola.


GAeL, Géométrie Algébrique en Liberté, is a conference organised by and for researchers in Algebraic Geometry at the beginning of their scientific career. The conference gives PhD students and post-docs the opportunity to lecture, often for the first time, in front of an international audience. In addition, selected international experts deliver mini-courses on topics at the cutting-edge of important new developments in Algebraic Geometry.  This year the conference will be held in Trieste, at the International School for Advanced Studies, SISSA (June 23-27, 2014). 

Animate, inanimate, but also social

Social groups (the "rich", the "police", the "elderly"...) constitute a special group for the brain, one that is distinct from other groups, such as animate and inanimate objects. This is the main finding of a neuropsychological study conducted on patients with cognitive impairment.

The first authors of the study are Raffaella Rumiati of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste, and Andrea Carnaghi of the University of Trieste.

Concorso fotografico “De Rerum Natura”

"De Rerum Natura" è il titolo del nuovo concorso fotografico promosso dal Laboratorio Interdisciplinare della SISSA. Un richiamo alla natura, ma anche alla scienza: è infatti anche il titolo del famoso poema di Lucrezio, dove lo stupore e la meraviglia per la natura si intrecciano allo sguardo analitico dello scienziato. Per raccontare la natura e la scienza, le immagini sono uno strumento fondamentale e proprio per questo la SISSA chiede al pubblico dei fotografi amatoriali di proporre una fotografia che rappresenti un fenomeno naturale o un momento della ricerca scientifica.

Molecules as circuits

The progressive miniaturization of electronic devices requires the creation of increasingly small circuits. With traditional technology, this miniaturization is hampered by the limits imposed by physics, but some have thought of using molecules as circuits.

If molecules are to be able to do this efficiently, they need to improve their poor conduction ability. In a study published in PNAS, a team of researchers featuring Ryan Requist, Erio Tosatti and Michele Fabrizio of SISSA shows how the Kondo effect can improve the conductivity of some magnetic molecules.

The brain’s RAM

Thousands of times a day, the brain stores sensory information for very short periods of time in a working memory, to be able to use it later. A research study carried out with the collaboration of SISSA has shown, for the first time, that this function also exists in the brain of rodents, a finding that sheds light on the evolutionary origins of this cognitive mechanism.

Easier said than done

"Moral" psychology has traditionally been studied by subjecting individuals to moral dilemmas, that is, hypothetical choices regarding typically dangerous scenarios, but it has rarely been validated "in the field". This limitation may have led to systematic bias in hypotheses regarding the cognitive bases of moral judgements.

A study relying on virtual reality has demonstrated that, in real situations, we might be far more "utilitarian" than believed so far.