Social Neuroscience and Neuromodulation Lab

Division of Neuroscience, Research Center for Social Complexity (CICS), Universidad del Desarrollo.

Dr Ian Krajbich Visit to neuroCICS

On May 30 of this year, neuroCICS received the visit of Dr. Ian Krajbich, researcher in Neuroeconomics from the University of Ohio, USA, an activity that was managed by the Center for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) of the University of Santiago de Chile and the University of Oxford (Nuffield College). Read more

The first extended #neuroCICS laboratory meeting with our collaborators from the Clínica Alemana

On Monday, May 14th 2018, we held the first extended #neuroCICS laboratory meeting with our collaborators from the Clínica Alemana de Santiago. In this first meeting, the researcher and director of our division, Pablo Billeke B., presented our Social Negotiation research line. Read more

Soccer: Passion and social dilemma

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, El Mercurio published the research led by Dr. Francisco Zamorano Mendieta studying soccer fans on functional MRI scan (fMRI). One of the objectives of this ongoing study is to investigate the correlates of the fans' emotions when they see their team win or lose, and see how this can influence the decisions they make in social contexts.  See the full interview

Eight posters accepted for the OHBM Annual Congress in Singapore 2018

Between June 17 and 21, 2018, the Annual Congress of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) will be held in Singapore, where eight posters from our neuroCICS team were accepted...Read more

ECTRIMS Annual Congress in Paris 2017

In October 2017, researcher Alejandra Figueroa Vargas presented an ePoster on Working Memory in Multiple Sclerosis at the Annual Congress of ECTRIMS (European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis), held from 25 to 28 October in Paris, France. Read more

Compensatory strategies in children with ADHD

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have serious problems controlling response inhibition , also known as interference control. However, the functional brain activity that underlies this cognitive process is still not right defined. In a new reasearch of our Laboratory, Francisco Zamorano and collaborators discovered a prefrontal activity compensatory in children with this pathology ... Read more

Unraveling the neurobiological mechanisms of human behavior

The main objective of our laboratory is to establish the neural mechanisms that underlie complex human behaviors. For this we work with a multidisciplinary team using state of the art brain activity measurements and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.
Magnetic resonance imaging and surface electroencephalography allow us to evaluate the brain activity that correlates with specific human behaviors. These results are then used to determine causal mechanisms between neural correlates and behavior using non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation. mecansimos casuales subyacentes a la conducta.

Multimodal Tools

For the study of complex behaviors it is necessary to use multimodal tools. In neuroCICS, we used neuroimages based on Structural and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), as well as measurements of electrical brain activity by Electroencephalogram (EEG) and techniques of non-invasive brain stimulation by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

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Development and Pathology

In the study of the neurobiological mechanisms of social behaviors, we address the ontological dynamics characteristic of normal development and aging, as well as the alterations of these dynamics in neuropsychiatric disorders.


Selected Papers

Theta and Alpha Oscillation Impairments in Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reflect Working Memory Deficit

Scientific Reports 2017
Larrain-Valenzuela et. al.
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Lateral prefrontal activity as a compensatory strategy for deficits of cortical processing in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Scientific Reports 2017
Zamorano, Billeke, Kausell, et al.
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Your perspective and my benefit: multiple lesion models of self-other integration strategies during social bargaining.

Brain 2016
Melloni, Billeke, et. al.
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Paradoxical Expectation: Oscillatory Brain Activity Reveals Social Interaction Impairment in Schizophrenia.

Biological Psychiatry 2015
Billeke et al.
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neuroCICS in numbers

Our contribution since 2013



with a mean Impact factor of 4.6 



with a overall budget of $473.000.000 CLP




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