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TI:"Spontaneous beta band rhythms in the predictive coding of natural stimuli"
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DocumentSpontaneous beta band rhythms in the predictive coding of natural stimuli2020

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018
Location: BF-GMS
2018 Grants
Start date: 2019-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-361
Location: BF-GMS
361 - When style matters: Do oculomotor fingerprint and brain dynamics explain visual exploration and memory strategies?
Duration: 2019-04 - 2023-11
Maurizio Corbetta, Andrea Zangrossi
Institution(s): Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine - VIMM, Fondazione per la Ricerca Biomedica Avanzata, Padova (Italy); Padova Neuroscience Center – PNC, Università di Padova (Italy)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Corbetta, M.
Secondary author(s):
Zangrossi, A.
Number of reproductions:
Inter-individual variability / Memory / Visual exploration / Brain dynamics / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-361.02
Location: BF-GMS
Spontaneous beta band rhythms in the predictive coding of natural stimuli
Publication year: 2020
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The regularity of the physical world and the biomechanics of the human body movements generate distributions of highly probable states that are internalized by the brain in the course of a lifetime. In Bayesian terms, the brain exploits prior knowledge, especially under conditions when sensory input is unavailable or uncertain, to predictively anticipate the most likely outcome of upcoming stimuli and movements. These internal models, formed during development, yet still malleable in adults, continuously adapt through the learning of novel stimuli and movements.
Traditionally, neural beta (ß) oscillations are considered essential for maintaining sensorimotor and cognitive representations, and for temporal coding of expectations. However, recent findings show that fluctuations of ß band power in the resting state strongly correlate between cortical association regions. Moreover, central (hub) regions form strong interactions over time with different brain regions/networks (dynamic core). ß band centrality fluctuations of regions of the dynamic core predict global efficiency peaks suggesting a mechanism for network integration. Furthermore, this temporal architecture is surprisingly stable, both in topology and dynamics, during the observation of ecological natural visual scenes, whereas synthetic temporally scrambled stimuli modify it. We propose that spontaneous ß rhythms may function as a long-term “prior” of frequent environmental stimuli and behaviors.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Betti, V.
Secondary author(s):
Penna, S. D., de Pasquale, F. , Corbetta, M.
Document type:
Number of reproductions:
Betti, V., Penna, S. D., de Pasquale, F., & Corbetta, M. (2020). Spontaneous beta band rhythms in the predictive coding of natural stimuli. The Neuroscientist.
2-year Impact Factor: 7.519|2020
Times cited: 30|2024-02-13
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Neural oscillations / Beta band / Priors / Spontaneous activity / Natural vision

Spontaneous beta band rhythms in the predictive coding of natural stimuli

Spontaneous beta band rhythms in the predictive coding of natural stimuli