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Body maps inside the brain

This month Claudia Vargas and Maria Luiza Rangel published the text titled "Os mapas do corpo no cérebro" (Body maps inside the brain) at the "Museu do Amanhã" official website. Vargas is the technical consultant of the museum's exhibition "Sport & Brain", which can be seen until October 2. Vargas is also a NeuroMat co-principal investigator, one of FAPESP's Research, Innovation and Dissemination centers, hosted by the University of São Paulo (USP). Text by Claudia Domingues Vargas & Maria Luiza Rangel, 08/2016. (In Portuguese.)

NeuroMat hosts first-ever Wikipedian-in-residence in Brazil

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) has hosted David Alves as their Wikipedian-in-residence since April. He has received a grant from the São Paulo Research Foundation to establish a practice of scientific dissemination through Wikipedia in NeuroMat, a top-tier research center at the University of São Paulo. Report by Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Blog, 7/15/2016.

What the frontier of science has to do with Wikipedia

Two months ago a task force with journalists and scientists officially began to improve the content of the mathematical theory of the brain in the Portuguese Wikipedia. This is an initiative of "wiki scientific dissemination", developed in NeuroMat, one of FAPESP's Research, Innovation and Dissemination centers, hosted by the University of São Paulo (USP). Report by Célio Costa Filho, ARede Educa, 6/13/2016. (In Portuguese.)

Experiment sheds new light to learning processes

The time that each of us takes to make a decision increases proportionally to the number of alternatives available to us. How so? This is actually just partially true, according to results from an experiment led by André Helene , professor of the Institute of Biosciences (IB) of USP and researcher at the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat). Report by Tabita Said, Jornal da USP, 6/6/2016. (In Portuguese.)

Neuromathematics Research Center works with Wikipedia to boost science diffusion

Wikipedia, the open-content, online encyclopedia produced by the collaborative efforts of a worldwide community, is one of the most frequently visited websites, yet some say that many of its entries lack a sound scientific basis. To improve the platform’s content in its particular knowledge area, the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RDIC-NeuroMat), one of the RIDCs funded by FAPESP, has set up a task force of journalists and scientists to edit Wikipedia entries and to add new information. Report by Diego Freire, Agência FAPESP, 5/25/2016.

During the Wikipedia Year of Science, a center at USP improves entries on brain theory

The Wikipedia has knowingly attracted a vast audience and henceforth has had a major impact on disseminating science. In order to improve the content of this electronic encyclopedia, the Wiki Education Foundation --a nonprofit organization which works on filling content gaps on Wikipedia-- launched in 2016 the "Year of Science" on the encyclopedia. This effort was exclusive to North America. Yet, the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat), at USP, launched its own "Year of Science" on Wikipedia. Report by Tabita Said, Jornal da USP, 5/30/2016. (In Portuguese.)

NeuroMat investigates how much time a brain takes to make a decision

On May 15, the member of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat) André Frazão Helene and colleagues published "On Sequence Learning Models: Open-loop Control Not Strictly Guided by Hick’s Law", on Scientific Reports, a journal of Nature's group. "The meaning is that the nervous system, relying on past experiences, generates predictions on what will happen in the future," the researcher explained. Report by Tabita Said, Jornal da USP, 5/23/2016. (In Portuguese).

Research Center on Neuromathematics collaborates with Wikipedia to disseminate science

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat), one of FAPESP's RIDCs, has launched a task force to improve content on Wikipedia pertaining to brain science. The task force brings together journalists and scientists who collaborate to edit entries and add up-to-date information on Neuromathematics. Report by Diego Freire, Agência FAPESP, 5/9/2016. (In Portuguese).

Using mathematics to translate the brain

The creation of mathematical models to represent how complex networks work and to predict their behavior is a major challenge for scientists in several fields. Generally speaking, such models can be classified as part of random graph theory. “Scientists around the world are using random graph models to study how the brain works, but the mathematical basis for those models isn’t as sound as it could be. We aim to develop a new mathematics language to address the problems in neurobiology,” said Antonio Galves, a professor at the University of São Paulo’s Mathematics & Statistics Institute (IME-USP) in Brazil and head of the Neuromathematics Research, Innovation & Dissemination Center (NEUROMAT), one of the Research, Innovation & Dissemination Centers (RIDCs) supported by FAPESP. Report by Karina Toledo, Agência FAPESP, 12/16/2015.

Translating the brain with mathematics

To create mathematical models that represent the dynamics of complex networks, and predict their behavior, is a major challenge for scientists from different fields. In a broader conceptual framework, these models are part of what is called the theory of random graphs. "There is a worldwide effort to use this type of tool in modeling brain function, but the mathematical basis for this endeadvor is still weak. Our goal is to develop a new mathematics, that would serve as a language to express the problems of neurobiology," said Antonio Galves, professor at the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, University of São Paulo (IME-USP) and coordinator of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat), one of the RIDCs that are supported by FAPESP. Report by Karina Toledo, Agência FAPESP, 12/1/2015. (In Portuguese)

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