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Welcome to LPEN

March 20, 2012

Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (LPEN) is couched in a vast research network centered around the Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (INCyT) and supported by the Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), the Institute of Cognitive Neurology (INECO) Foundation, and the Neuroscience Institute at Favaloro University.

The laboratory has three missions: (i) conducting high-impact neuroscientific research; (ii) training students, grantees, and researchers; and (iii) spreading knowledge on neurocognitive processes and disorders among the general public.

Our main lines of research aim to characterize the neurofunctional bases of language, social cognition, embodied cognition, and interoception. In addition to our studies on neurotypical populations, we investigate these domains in various psychiatric and neurological disorders, with an emphasis on the detection of early, disease-specific markers.

Our methodological toolkit includes electrophysiological techniques (e.g., event-related potentials), electrocorticography, eye-tracking, peripheral measures (e.g., vagal tone, skin conductance, cardiac recordings), and structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging methods (voxel-based morphometry, cortical thickness, brain diffusion and functional connectivity).

We have produced over 200 scientific papers, including several publications in top journals such as Brain, JAMA Neurology, Journal of Neuroscience, World Psychiatry, Brain Structure & Function, Nature Reviews, Neurology, NeuroImage, and Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. Thanks to these and other achievements, the LPEN has asserted itself as an international referent in the neuroscientific study of language and social cognition.

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