Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

UJA Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships Hosting Offer 2019 (LIFE SCIENCES)

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    14/06/2019 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Jaén
    Universidad de Jaén
    HUM-642 Comparative Psychology - Learning, Attention and Memory

Description of Hosting Institution (UJA – Spain)

Jaén University (UJA) was created in 1993 and is in the Top 50 of the world’s best young universities according to THE (Times Higher Education). This ranking analyzes aspects such as teaching, research work, the university’s international outreach, or integration into industry. Besides, the UJA has received the distinction of Campus of International Excellence in the fields of Agrifood (CEIA3) and Climate Change (CamBio), plus it also leads the Andalusian CEI project on historical heritage PatrimoniUN10.

Jaén University has five faculties (Social and Legal Sciences; Humanities and Education Sciences; Health Sciences; Experimental Sciences and Social Work) and two higher polytechnic schools for engineering (Linares and Jaén). In turn, these centers are organized into 35 departmentsIt also has three Postgraduate educational centers (Doctorate School, Advanced Study Center in Modern Languages and Postgraduate Study Center).

In regards to its research, there are five specialized centers at Jaén University. Besides, the full picture of the over 100 UJA groups covers the following research fields of expertise (https://www.ujaen.es/servicios/ofipi/uja-ri-expertise): Agrifood (AGR); Biology (BIO); Health (CTS); Social Sciences, Business, Law (SEJ); Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (FQM); Humanities (HUM); Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (RNM); Information and Communications Technology (TIC); and Engineering Production Technology (TEP).

As far the UJA hosting offer is concerned, Prof. MARÍA JOSÉ FERNÁNDEZ ABAD (mjabad@ujaen.es) would be willing to host post-doctoral researchers that are eventually funded through the H2020 MSCA-IF 2019 call for applications to be part of the following research team:


UJA hosting research group (https://bit.ly/2U9LUAh)

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.
  • Comprehensive analysis of the hybrid territory between psychology and art, with cinema, music and pictures as fundamental tools of work and focusing on issues such as mental illness, perception and construction of identity.


Application procedure

CV, Motivation letter and Summary of project proposal (250 words) by 14th June 2019 to ofipi@ujaen.es. Further information regarding the application requirements can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en & https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/msca-if-2019.


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