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The group is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the generation and execution of behavior. Our approach is multi-level, ranging from molecular, cellular and circuit to the ecological and evolutionary factors that may have influenced the expression of the current form of behavior.
From the scientific perspective , the group's activity has historically focused on the physiology of the oculomotor system, in which has characterized the different types of eye movements that occur during different brain states and the activity of different motor and premotor neuronal groups involved in controlling these eye movements.

The main current research fields are the following:

  • The study of the neural system generating eye movements.
  • Analysis of the neurotransmitters that are involved in the processing of oculomotor signals at different neurofunctional states.
  • The study of the phasic components during sleep, especially those that occur during the phase of rapid eye movements.
  • The detection and characterization of the ocular micro-movements and the relationship of these with normal and abnormal brain functional state.

From a technology perspective, the group handles special techniques for the characterization of behavioral, electrophysiological, histological, histochemical and mathematical modeling. From that perspective, the group has produced several different research equipment and specific software for the analysis of biological signals.

Technological Capabilities:  

  • Screening and early detection of diseases and brain disorders by analysis of EEG and eye movements.
  • Physiological characteristics of sleep and its relationship to the functional state of the brain.
  • Motion analysis and recognition of abnormal motor patterns.
  • Psychophysiological assessment.
  • Man-machine interaction.
  • Automatic evaluation of visual perception in advertising, process control and learning.
  • Neuromarketing and e-Learning capabilities.

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