Memory and Language at JIFFI2

On the 17th, 18th and 19th of May 2017, some of the PhD students of the Memory and Language group came for the meeting 'Jornadas de Investigadores en Formación Fomentando la Interdisciplinariedad 2 (JIFFI2)' to disseminate their work.  

The JIFFI2 is an annual event organized by PhD students and the International Postgraduate School of the University of Granada which gathered PhD students of the University of Granada from different Doctoral Schools universities (Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science Engineering and Technology). The key point of the meeting was to create a platform of young researchers for promoting communication and interdisciplinary collaboration among different departments and research areas.

Through posters, short talks and round tables PhD students presented their own research and engaged in constructive discussions about the work of their peers. To this end, sessions were organized into broad related themes. For example, the ‘Health and Welfare’ session that some of us attended, brought together researchers from different disciplines like psychology, medicine, biology and sport sciences. This resulted in a great opportunity for us to receive useful feedback on our research in a friendly and constructive way, as well as learn emerging methods in another fields that can be applied in your own work.

The first day of the meeting, Ana Belén García, who is interested in language learning strategies in foreign language learning, presented interesting work about lexical vs.  semantic learning.

The second day, Ana Belén Cejudo, who explores neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying prospective memory development, spoked about the progress of the attentional component of prospective memory during childhood.

Following on, I (Tania Valle), spoke about memory accessibility as an influential factor for analogical transfer in creative thinking.

Later on, M. Jesús Maraver and other peers led a round table discussion on theoretical and practical issues about cognitive training.

The final day, Nuria Aguerre, who is working on cognitive control mechanisms and individual differences, explained us the relationship between persistence and reactive and proactive control.

In sum, the event fostered an important opportunity for early career researchers to share research findings, receive feedback, find out how other disciplines approach their research in the same field and foster communication and contact among researchers from different disciplines.