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File041 - Luminous dancing fairies in weightlessness: How gravity shapes conscious experiences

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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-2020
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-041
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
041 - Luminous dancing fairies in weightlessness: How gravity shapes conscious experiences
Researcher(s): Elisa Ferre
Institution(s): Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project hasn't started yet
Author: Ferrè, E.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Gravity / Floatation tank / Vestibular system / Psychotic-like experiences / Psychophysiology

DocumentCognition in zero gravity: Effects of non-terrestrial gravity on human behaviour2022

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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-2020
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-041
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
041 - Luminous dancing fairies in weightlessness: How gravity shapes conscious experiences
Researcher(s): Elisa Ferre
Institution(s): Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project hasn't started yet
Author: Ferrè, E.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Gravity / Floatation tank / Vestibular system / Psychotic-like experiences / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-041.02
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Cognition in zero gravity: Effects of non-terrestrial gravity on human behaviour
Publication year: 2022
URL:
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/17470218221113935?rfr_dat=cr_pub++0pubmed&url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org
Abstract/Results: Abstract
As humanity prepares for deep space exploration, understanding the impact of spaceflight on bodily physiology is critical. While the effects of non-terrestrial gravity on the body are well established, little is known about its impact on human behaviour and cognition. Astronauts often describe dramatic alterations in sensorimotor functioning, including orientation, postural control, and balance. Changes in cognitive functioning as well as in socio-affective processing have also been observed. Strikingly, no comprehensive theoretical model exists to outline the impact of non-terrestrial gravity on behaviour. Here, we have reviewed the key literature across the last 10 years and explored the impact of non-terrestrial gravity across three key functional domains: sensorimotor functioning, cognition, and socio-affective processing. We have proposed and preliminary validated a neurocognitive model to account for the effects of non-terrestrial gravity in these domains. Understanding the impact of non-terrestrial gravity on human behaviour has never been timelier and it will help mitigate against risks in both commercial and non-commercial spaceflight.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Arshad, I.
Secondary author(s):
Ferré, E.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Arshad, I. & Ferré, E. (2022). Cognition in zero gravity: Effects of non-terrestrial gravity on human behaviour. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. doi: 10.1177/17470218221113935
2-year Impact Factor: 2.138|2021
Impact factor notes: Impact factor not available yet for 2022
Times cited: 0|2022-10-12
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q3
Keywords: Spaceflight / Gravity / Sensorimotor functioning / Cognition / Social and affective processing / Extreme environments

DocumentVisuo-vestibular conflicts within the roll plane modulate multisensory verticality perception2023

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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-2020
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-041
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
041 - Luminous dancing fairies in weightlessness: How gravity shapes conscious experiences
Researcher(s): Elisa Ferre
Institution(s): Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project hasn't started yet
Author: Ferrè, E.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Gravity / Floatation tank / Vestibular system / Psychotic-like experiences / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-041.03
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Visuo-vestibular conflicts within the roll plane modulate multisensory verticality perception
Publication year: 2023
URL:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304394022005249?via%3Dihub
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The integration of visuo-vestibular information is crucial when interacting with the external environment. Under normal circumstances, vision and vestibular signals provide corroborating information, for example regarding the direction and speed of self-motion. However, conflicts in visuo-vestibular signalling, such as optic flow presented to a stationary observer, can change subsequent processing in either modality. While previous studies have demonstrated the impact of sensory conflict on unisensory visual or vestibular percepts, here we investigated whether visuo-vestibular conflicts impact sensitivity to multisensory percepts, specifically verticality. Participants were exposed to a visuo-vestibular conflicting or non-conflicting motion adaptor before completing a Vertical Detection Task. Sensitivity to vertical stimuli was reduced following visuo-vestibular conflict. No significant differences in criterion were found. Our findings suggest that visuo-vestibular conflicts not only modulate processing in unimodal channels, but also broader multisensory percepts, which may have implications for higher-level processing dependent on the integration of visual and vestibular signals.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Notes:
Vestibular SystemVisionMultisensory IntegrationVerticalitySignal Detection Theory
Author: Arshad, I.
Secondary author(s):
Gallagher, M., Ferrè, E. R.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Arshad, I., Gallagher, M., & Ferrè, E. R. (2023). Visuo-vestibular conflicts within the roll plane modulate multisensory verticality perception. Neuroscience Letters, 792: 136963. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2022.136963
Indexed document: Yes
Keywords: Self-motion / Vestibular system / Vision / Multisensory integration / Verticality / Signal detection theory

Visuo-vestibular conflicts within the roll plane modulate multisensory verticality perception

Visuo-vestibular conflicts within the roll plane modulate multisensory verticality perception

DocumentA spontaneous gravity prior: newborn chicks prefer stimuli that move against gravity2023

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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-2020
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-041
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
041 - Luminous dancing fairies in weightlessness: How gravity shapes conscious experiences
Researcher(s): Elisa Ferre
Institution(s): Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project hasn't started yet
Author: Ferrè, E.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Gravity / Floatation tank / Vestibular system / Psychotic-like experiences / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-041.04
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
A spontaneous gravity prior: newborn chicks prefer stimuli that move against gravity
Publication year: 2023
URL:
https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rsbl.2022.0502?rfr_dat=cr_pub++0pubmed&url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
At the beginning of life, inexperienced animals use evolutionary-given preferences (predispositions) to decide what stimuli to attend and approach. Stimuli that contain cues of animacy, such as face-like stimuli, biological motion and changes in speed, are particularly attractive across vertebrate taxa. A strong cue of animacy is upward movement against terrestrial gravity, because only animate objects consistently move upward. To test whether upward movement is spontaneously considered attractive already at birth, we tested the early preferences of dark-hatched chicks (Gallus gallus) for upward- versus downward-moving visual stimuli. We found that, without any previous visual experience, chicks consistently exhibited a preference to approach stimuli that move upward, against gravity. A control experiment showed that these preferences are not driven by avoidance of downward stimuli. These results show that newborn animals have a gravity prior that attracts them toward upward movement. Movement against gravity can be used as a cue of animacy to orient early approach responses in the absence of previous visual experience.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Bliss, L.
Secondary author(s):
Vasas, V., Freeland, L., Roach, R., Ferrè, E. R., Versace, E.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Bliss, L., Vasas, V., Freeland, L., Roach, R., Ferrè, E. R., & Versace, E. (2023). A spontaneous gravity prior: newborn chicks prefer stimuli that move against gravity. Biology Letters, 19(2), 20220502. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2022.0502
Indexed document: Yes
Keywords: Animacy / Chicks / Gravity / Precocial species / Predispositions / Upward movement

A spontaneous gravity prior: newborn chicks prefer stimuli that move against gravity

A spontaneous gravity prior: newborn chicks prefer stimuli that move against gravity