Expression of Interest

Contact Person/Scientist in Charge

  • Name and surname: Carmen Torres Bares
  • Email: mctorresSPAMFILTER@ujaen.es

UNIVERSIDAD DE JAÉN

Department / Institute / Centre

  • Name: UNIVERSIDAD DE JAÉN - Psychology
  • Address: Campus Las Lagunillas s/n, 23071, Jaén
  • Province: Jaén

Research Area

  • Life Sciences (LIF)

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Jaén (UJA) is an EHEA medium-sized Spanish public university (some 16000 students and almost 1000 lecturers) that was established in 1993 and is organized into 6 main Schools/Faculties (Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Work, Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and two Schools of Engineering). In addition to its 124 research groups, the University of Jaén is proud of its 4 Advanced Research Centers (Earth Sciences, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Olive Oil Research and Development, and Computational Sciences) and of its Institute on Iberian Archaeology Research. Moreover, UJA is integrated into a university network recognized as Campus of International Excellence in the fields of Agrifood (CEIA3), Climate Change (CamBio) and Historical Heritage (PatrimoniUN10).

UJA permanently welcomes new foreign research proposals as part of a conscious effort to increase its international profile and widen both its knowledge and its horizons.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group (including URL if applicable):

The research group HUM-642 was funded in 2002, focused on the study of the mechanism of learning and retrieval of the information in human and nonhuman animals. The incorporation of senior scientists has lead the research group to include new lines of research on the influence of attention on learning and retrieval of the information, the analysis of psychological processes involved in tasting, and the analysis of the psychobiological processes and structures involved on the emotions associated to the experiences of loss. The results of all these areas of research have been published in first-class journals such as the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and cognition, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Experimental Psychology, Food Quality & Preference, Journal of Sensory Analysis, Neurocience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Physiology and Behavior, Behavioural Brain Research, etc. Additionally, the research group has an important international projection, with stable collaborations with the University of Vermont, Boston College, and the Texas Christian University (all of them in USA), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, Mexico), and the Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany), aside the stable collaborations within Spain with the University of Granada, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and the University of the Basque Country.

Project description:

Our research activity is currently structured into three main lines of work in the field of experimental psychology and neurosciences:

Analysis of the psychological variables involved in virgin olive oil tasting, developing of methodological tools that allow for isolating the psychological processes involved in tasting, and its influence on the judgments given by professional tasters and consumers.

Analysis of basic processes of learning in human and nonhuman animals from a comparative perspective. Aside the study of basic learning processes, we are particularly interested in the role of ambiguity and attention in learning and retrieval of the information.

Evolution of learning. We are interested in the study of basic processes of learning in invertebrates (earthworms and lepidoptera) in order to extend the data already found in other species in the field of Comparative Psychology, to explore the evolution of associative learning, to simplify learning models to evaluate the associative theories, to lay the foundations for the study of the biological function of learning, and to standardize the research with invertebrates.    

 Psychobiology of emotions of loss and addiction. This research line focuses on the influence of reward loss experience in the onset of alcohol and anxiolytics consumption in rats. To this goal, behavioral, hormonal, psychogenetic and brain lesions studies are being conducted. In addition, recent humans studies will allow us to develop experimental reward loss tasks designed to induce psychological pain and explore its relationship and interactions with physical pain.

Applications

CV, Motivation letter and Summary of project proposal (250 words) by 15th June 2018

 

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