Paola Crespo-Bojorque

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PhD Student 55.120

I am a Psychology graduate (Universidad del Azuay [UDA], 2009 - Ecuador) with a Master degree in Neuroscience (Universitat de Barcelona [UB], 2011). During the master period I got a one-year fellowship from the UB to collaborate with the Animal Experimentation Unit (School of Pharmacy) as a research assistant. At the same time I got an accreditation from the UB on the Use of Animals for Experimentation and Other Scientific Purposes. In 2011, I obtained a FPI fellowship by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain Goverment) to work in a cognitive neuroscience project directed by Juan M. Toro at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). In October 2011 I became a member of the Language and Comparative Cognition group at the UPF and enrolled the PhD program in Biomedicine.

For many years now I have been strongly interested in how cognitive functions are produced by the brain. My research project is focused on the biological bases of higher human capacities such as language and music. One approach to this issue is through comparative work, which I am currently undertaking. Test to what extent the mechanisms that enable language and musical abilities are present or not in other species would deepen in the understanding of this issue.