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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Experimental Psychology

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    01/09/2021 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Julio Santiago de Torres from the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) in 2021 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information about the 2020 call: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV, the 2021 call is not yet open).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6.000 staff. UGR offers a total of 89 degrees, 110 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes through its 123 departments and 27 centers. Consequently, the UGR offers one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.

The UGR has awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (http://sl.ugr.es/0bsW). The UGR is amongst the 201-300 first universities of the world, between 2nd-5th position of Spanish universities and number 1 in the Andalusian Region in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking. Specialties at UGR that stand out are Library & Information Science (position 32) and Food Science & Technology (position 36). Moreover, the UGR is also situated amongst the first 100 universities in Mining & Mineral Engineering between (76th-100th position), in Mathematics (between 76th-100th position) and in Hospitality & Tourism Management (between 76th-100th position). The edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 201-300th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research.

Additionally, the UGR has 8 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in Computer Sciences & Engineering (position 101-150). It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i), being positioned at 43th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe.

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 118 projects with total funding around 29.115 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The Grounded Cognition Lab at the University of Granada (http://www.groundedcognitionlab.com) aims at advancing the understanding of the grounded, embedded, embodied, situated, extended, and dynamic nature of the human mind. Central questions are: 1) What are the roles played in human thought by its main contexts of interaction: body, language, co-actors and culture? 2) How can we think of abstract concepts such as time, number, power, trustworthiness, or the good and the bad? How are they grounded in modality-specific interactions with context in its broadest sense? 3) How does communication arise in the multimodal interaction between interlocutors? 4) How is thought scaffolded by material anchors provided by culture and education? 5) How are communicative systems motivated and constrained by the grounded mind?

The Grounded Cognition Lab is a member of the Research Group on Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Granada, Spain (http://neurocog.ugr.es). The whole group is located at the Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre (Centro de Investigación Mente, Cerebro y Comportamiento - CIMCYC; http://cimcyc.ugr.es). The centre is endowed with fully equipped labs for behavioural neuroscientific research with both animals and humans, including brain physiology, electroencephalography, and functional resonance imaging.

Project description:

There are two currently active research projects. We welcome posdocs in both of them.

1) The Role of the Motor System in Language Comprehension. Does the motor system take part in language comprehension? If so, what role does it play? Short ago, most experts would answer that the motor system plays no role whatsoever in understanding the meaning of words and sentences. However, recent studies suggest otherwise. Studies from our lab have shown that the meaning construed from sentences describing an action (e.g., "to stomp on grapes") change qualitatively if there is a concurrent motor task using the same effector, such as tapping on the ground with the feet in a rhythmic way. In these experiments participants read a sentence such as "to stomp on grapes" and choose between two possible interpretations: a more concrete one ("to crush grapes with the feet") and a more abstract one ("to make wine"). Depending on the time that elapses between sentence and interpretations, the motor task biases the choice toward one or the other interpretation. This proves the involvement of the motor system in building the meaning of words and sentences. The present project aims to deepen our understanding of the role of the motor system in language comprehension by tracing its time course in detail, the dynamics of activation and inhibition between the representations of different effectors, and the underlying neural substrate. This project will play a central role in the change toward a vision of language understanding as the result of wide processing systems and cortical structures which go well beyond the ones traditionally considered to be involved in this task.

2) Temporal thought: relation to attention, space, emotion and decision making across individuals, cultures, and religions. The aim of this project is to carry out an exploration of several dimensions of the human conceptualization of time: spatial location, distance, evaluation, economic decision making, self-continuity, and depth both toward the past and the future. These dimensions are expected to vary consistently depending on temporal focus, the attention paid to the past versus the future. The project has two strands: cross-cultural and within-culture. At the cross-cultural level, we will measure cultural temporal focus and religiosity across several cultures, and assess how these cultural differences covary with the temporal dimensions of interest. We selected two Western cultures (Spain and USA), two Middle-Eastern cultures (Morocco and Turkey), and one Far-Eastern culture (Taiwan). Two specific contrasts are also included in order to test effects of religion without confoundings from language, socioeconomic class and many other social and cultural variables: in the USA, we will compare American Orthodox Jews with non-Jew Americans. In Bosnia & Herzegovina, we will compare Serbians (Orthodox Christian), Croatians (Catholic Christians), and Bosnians (Muslim). At the within-culture level, we will carry out several experiments at the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Center of the University of Granada. The behavioral experiments will manipulate temporal focus and emotion and will assess their effects on measures of the relevant temporal dimensions. A brain imaging experiment will test whether brain areas related to valuation are activated by past and future temporal distance and predict intertemporal economic decisions for past and future events. All in all, the present project constitutes one of the most ambitious undertakings in the history of research about psychological time, and promises to advance significantly current knowledge. The potential findings may also have important applied consequences for the fields of cross-cultural communication, promotion of saving and healthy behaviors, control of risky behaviors, management, and marketing, as well as in clinical settings.  

Research Area:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to ProfessorJulio Santiago de Torres (santiago@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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