Gustavo Deco

Gustavo Deco

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Engineering Sciences

Gustavo Deco is Research Professor at ICREA and Professor (CatedrĂ¡tico) at the Pompeu Fabra University where he leads the Computational Neuroscience group. He is Director of the Center of Brain and Cognition (UPF). In 1987 he received his PhD in Physics for his thesis on Relativistic Atomic Collisions. In 1987, he was a postdoc at the University of Bordeaux in France. From 1988 to 1990, he was postdoc of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Giessen in Germany. From 1990 to 2003, he lead the Computational Neuroscience Group at Siemens Corporate Research Center in Munich, Germany. He obtained in 1997 his Habilitation (maximal academical degree in Germany) in Computer Science (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) at the Technical University of Munich for his thesis on Neural Learning. In 2001, he received his PhD in Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. He was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant and recently with a second ERC Synergy

Research interests

Perceptions, memories, emotions, and everything that makes us human, demand the flexible integration of information represented and computed in a distributed manner. Normal brain functions require the integration of functionally specialized but widely distributed brain areas. The main aim of my research is to elucidate precisely the computational principles underlying higher brain functions and their breakdown in brain diseases. My research allows us to comprehend the mechanisms underlying brain functions by complementing structural and activation based analyses with dynamics. We integrate different levels of experimental investigation in cognitive neuroscience (from the operation of single neurons and neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuroimaging and neuropsychology to behaviour) via a unifying theoretical framework that captures the neural dynamics inherent in the computation of cognitive processes.

Selected publications

- Kringelbach ML, Perl YS, Tagliazucchi E & Deco G 2023, 'Toward naturalistic neuroscience: Mechanisms underlying the flattening of brain hierarchy in movie-watching compared to rest and task', Science Advances, 9, 2, eade6049.
- Deco G, Sanz Perl Y, Ponce-Alvarez A, et al. 2023, 'One ring to rule them all: The unifying role of prefrontal cortex in steering task-related brain dynamics', Progress In Neurobiology, 227, 102468.
- Ponce-Alvarez A, Kringelbach ML & Deco G 2023, 'Critical scaling of whole-brain resting-state dynamics', Communications Biology, 6, 1, 627.
- Deco G, Liebana Garcia S, Sanz Perl Y, et al. 2023, 'The effect of turbulence in brain dynamics information transfer measured with magnetoencephalography', Communications Physics, 6, 1, 74.
- Schirner M, Deco G & Ritter P 2023, 'Learning how network structure shapes decision-making for bio-inspired computing', Nature Communications, 14, 1.