The ICREAs

ICREA research professors form a vibrant community of scientists and researchers in all areas of knowledge that contribute to the advancement of humankind by exploring, interpreting and questioning. Have a look and learn about their amazing discoveries and findings here:

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  • Benet Martínez, Verònica

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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    Benet Martínez, Verònica

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Social & Behavioural Sciences

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    Research interests

    I am a psychologist interested in understanding how cultural and psychological processes reinforce each other. Using correlational and experimental research designs and different types of data (survey, behavioral, social network) I examine the following issues: ACCULTURATION/MULTICULTURALISM: Dynamics of managing two or more cultural affiliations and identities; Individual differences in bicultural identity structure; Biculturalism and social-networks; Consequences of biculturalism (social, cognitive, and adjustment-related). CULTURE AND SELF-CONCEPT: Identification and measurement of culture-specific and -general personality constructs; Interplay of cultural values and personality in predicting well-being; Multilingualism and self-schemas. CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH METHODS: Cultural/linguistic issues in the development and adaptation of psychological scales and tests; Combined emic-etic methodology

    Key words

    Cross/Cultural Psychology; Social Psychology; Personality Psychology;

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-3352-9731

    RESEARCHER ID

    : B-5398-2011

  • Biegert, Jens

    Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)

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    Biegert, Jens

    Research Professor at
    Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

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    Research interests

    The aim of our research is the investigation of ultrafast events that are caused by electrons inside atoms, molecules and solids. The power of attoscience and ultrafast optics lies in the incredible time resolution to observe the triggering events that cause electronic rearrangement and ultimately lead, to molecular dissociation, chemical reactions, excitonic energy transfer or even biological function. Our research is diverse and includes pioneering development of new light sources that are key enablers for coherent soft-X-ray generation across the water window (300-500 eV) and attosecond emission below the atomic unit of time (24 as). In 2016, we took the first snapshots of how a bond breaks and how a proton gets ejected. Moreover, we established the first source of isolated attosecond soft X-ray pulses which achieves real-time measurements of electronic synamics on the attosecond scale in combination with the element selectivity. 

    Key words

    attoscience, ultrafast dynamics, strong field physics, atomic and molecular physics, laser science, nonlinear optics, parametric interaction, soft X-ray, electron ion spectroscopy

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-7556-501X

    RESEARCHER ID

    : D-2243-2009

  • Bijnens, Bart

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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    Bijnens, Bart

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Engineering Sciences

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    Research interests

    Translational Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, focussing on assessing cardiac function and understanding changes induced by disease and how treatment can modulate this remodelling. This is approached by integrating information handling and processing, combined with basic pathophysiology knowledge in order to advance clinical sciences. This implies an approach from basic understanding of disease towards a clinical study; selecting/designing appropriate investigational tools to assess relevant clinical parameters; quantifying diagnostic information (from clinical information to imaging data) to extract pertinent information and interpreting results and relate them to pathophysiology.

    Recent projects include the combination of computational modelling with machine learning in order to find interpretable and easy to implement/deploy techniques for the identification of patients at risk for adverse events, especially mothers and fetuses in lower-income countries.

    Key words

    Cardiac Imaging, Cardiovascular Dynamics, Cardiac Function and Deformation

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-3130-6937

    RESEARCHER ID

    : C-2955-2008

  • Block Allen, David M.

    Universitat de Lleida (UdL)

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    Block Allen, David M.

    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Lleida (UdL)
    Humanities

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    Research interests

    I have published articles, chapters and books on a variety of topics in applied and socio linguistics.. At present, I am drawing on political economy to develop frameworks for understanding globalization, internationalisation, multiculturalism, bi/multilingualism, identity and social movements. In my most recent work I have focussed on neoliberalism as the dominant ideology/rationality in contemporary societies, inequality in 21st century societies, and class as a key dimension of being in the world. This orientation is reflected in three books, Neoliberalism and Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2012; co-authored, with John Gray and Marnie Holborow), Social Class in Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2014) and Political Economy in Sociolinguistics (Bloomsbury, 2018), as well as  numerous articles and book chapters. I am currenlty working on a book entitled Post-truth, Ignorance and Corrupt Discourses for Palgrave Macmillan. 

    Key words

    political economy, social class, identity, globalization, migration, ethnography

    ORCID

    : orcid.org/0000-0003-0783-3083

  • Boeckx, Cedric

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

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    Boeckx, Cedric

    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
    Humanities

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    Research interests

    My current research focuses on developing new ways of advancing the biolinguistic program, a growing interdisciplinary enterprise seeking to uncover the biological foundations of the human language faculty, a critical part of 'human cognitive biology'. My graduate training and early career were in theoretical linguistics, but my more recent work has a more explicit biological orientation. My current projects are all intended to facilitate integration among disciplines (linguistics, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and genetics), and lead to better experimental testing of theoretical hypotheses, as well as to more solid interpretations of experimental findings. I also seek to exploit the full pluralism characteristic of the life sciences to force a rethinking of long-held assumptions in theoretical linguistics and other domains of cognitive science.

    Key words

    biolinguistics, theoretical and comparative linguistics, cognitive sciences

    ORCID

    : 0000-0001-8882-9718

    RESEARCHER ID

    : F-4781-2016

  • Bonatti, Luca

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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    Bonatti, Luca

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Social & Behavioural Sciences

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    Research interests

    I am fascinated by thinking, by the very fact that we conceive structured states of mind that can be true or false, that can be imaginary or real. I am fascinated by how pervasively thinking populates our mental life. We reason when we read, or when we speak, but also when we walk around, or when we dream. Indeed, thinking is at the roots of the unique cognitive place humans have in the animal kingdom. I investigate its early structure, finding ways to describe the potential primitives of the scaffoldings supporting the combinatorial structure of human thought. I try to reveal bits and pieces of the representations underlying our abilities to come to conclusions, to form expectations, or to find what happens next.

    When time allows, I also work on how infants and adults find linguistic structure in speech, and how we can pack so much conceptual information inside those tiny and odd bits of sounds that we call words.

    Key words

    Language acquisition, Cognition, Infant cognition, Probabilistic Reasoning, Deductive Reasoning