A study by the UJI advances in the personalization of psychological treatments for chronic pain

A study by the University Jaume I (UJI) will enable to advance in the design of the most effective personalized psychological treatments for chronic pain. Researchers from the Laboratory of Psychology and Technology (LabPsiTec) have analysed the relationship between catastrophism and the health of patients with chronic pain. The study has shown that its usefulness is not as generic as it was thought: its success might depend on the patients’ individual circumstances.

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UCC+i Universitat Jaume I. October 2017

New nanoplatelets improve the brightness of LEDs, lasers and LCD screens

Researchers at Universitat Jaume I (UJI) have shown that new semiconductor nanoplatelets synthesized in laboratories can improve the brightness of LEDs, lasers and LCD screens of computers or televisions because they allow to minimize energy losses compared to current semiconductor materials. The findings of the research developed by the UJI Quantum Chemistry Group, in collaboration with the Technical University of Berlin and the State University of Belarus, have just been published in Nature Nanotechnology and Nano Letters journals.

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UCC+i Universitat Jaume I. October 2017

New system of efficient production, storage and safe transportation of hydrogen

A group of researchers from the Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, the University of Zaragoza and the Institute of Chemical Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de València-CSIC, coordinated by Professor José Antonio Mata of the UJI, have developed and patented a new procedure of efficient production, storage and safe transport of hydrogen for their use in fuel cells through the use of chemical reagents. The technology is based on the use of so-called liquid hydrogen organic carriers (LOHC).

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UCC+i Universitat Jaume I. June 2017

Playing a musical instrument improves audio-motor connectivity in the brain

Playing a musical instrument throughout life improves the connection between the hearing area and the motor zone, as revealed by the study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex by researchers from the Neuropsychology and Functional Neuroimaging group of the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) and the McGill University of Canada. The research, performed through the analysis of the brain of musicians and non-musicians in resting state using functional magnetic resonance, has also revealed that musicians who play an instrument that requires both hands have greater autonomy between them.

The cognitive neuroscience study “Modulation of Functional Connectivity in Auditory-Motor Networks in Musicians Compared with Non-musicians” has focused on music to understand how brain function and structure can be modified through learning.
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UCC+i UJI. July 2017

Scientific vocabulary: political neuromarketing

Daniel Pallarés, researcher at the Ethics and Democracy Group of the Universitat Jaume I, describes the concept of political neuromarketing.

This video is included within the category “scientific vocabulary” made up of short videos in which Universitat Jaume I research staff provides the definition of scientific terms related to their area of expertise.

UCC+i UJI. June 2017

Video in Spanish with subtitles in English, Catalan and Spanish. #Multilingual and #accessible for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

“Sonreír es divertido”

Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I, the Universitat Politècnica de València and the University of Valencia have developed a self-administered Internet programme for the prevention and treatment of emotional disorders. “Sonreír es divertido” [“Smiling is fun”] combines the most effective existing procedures for controlling anxiety and stress with techniques to promote emotional regulation, coping skills and resilience.
The tool incorporates new strategies to improve positive mood with the objective of reducing the incidence of emotional disorders through prevention and early treatment, attending those people who are at high risk of developing this type of disorders. The programme trains the user in adaptive ways to face problems and overcome them without prior preparation. More information.

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UCC+i Universitat Jaume I. June 2017

A UJI study warns of the need for more transparency and control of political neuromarketing to avoid voter manipulation

A UJI study warns of the need for more transparency and control of political neuromarketing to avoid voter manipulation
Researchers from the Ethics and Democracy Group at the Universitat Jaume I warn in a study about the need to increase transparency and control in the application of political neuromarketing techniques to avoid the risk of manipulation of the voter. This novel discipline studies the brain bases on which the political language of the human being is based in order to connect in a deeper way with the emotional level of the voter in order to capture electors. In the article “Debates éticos en torno al neuromarketing político: el avance tecnológico y su potencial incidencia en la formación de la opinión pública” [“Ethical debates around political neuromarketing: technological progress and its potential impact on the formation of public opinion”] published in the journal Veritas, the researchers from the Ethics and Democracy Group at the UJI Ramón Feenstra and Daniel Pallarés-Domínguez warn of how discoveries in the field of neurosciences and their application in the field of marketing and political communication today arouse suspicions about the possible ability to activate the “vote button” in voters, putting at risk the principle of autonomy on which democracy is based.
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UCC+i UJI. June 2017

Hydraulic flour mills in Les Coves de Vinromà

Ruta dels Molins from Aramac Audiovisuals on Vimeo.

The work “Estudio de los molinos harineros hidráulicos del término municipal de Les Coves de Vinromà” [“Study of the hydraulic flour mills in the municipal district of Les Coves de Vinromà”] carried out by Albert Cifre Colomer, student of the Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Architecture at the Universitat Jaume I, compiles and analyses the historical, architectural and construction data of the 17 hydraulic flour mills known in the municipality of Les Coves de Vinromà (Castelló, Spain) from the 13th to the 20th century. “The main objective — explains the author — was to explain, from the field of architecture, an important time for the economy of the village where I was born, to relate it to the families that lived there and to provide a different view of this type of constructions.”

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Scientific vocabulary: transmedia

Esteban Galán, researcher at the group of Applied Technologies in Audiovisual Communication (ITACA), describes the concept of transmedia.

This video is included within the category “scientific vocabulary”, which is made up of short videos where Universitat Jaume I research staff provides the definition of scientific terms related to their area of expertise.

UCC+i UJI. May 2017

BECAD evaluates the characteristics and difficulties of a person in the relevant activities of life

A research team from the Department of Basic and Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology from the Universitat Jaume I, led by the lecturer Micaela Moro Ipola, has developed a new technology called “BECAD”. This tool aims to evaluate the degree of autonomy of a person in different areas of human functioning with an objective point of view applicable in the assessment of dependency and disability.

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UCC+i Universitat Jaume I. May 2017

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