Main Research Areas
- Machine learning
- Computational modeling of cognition
2012 – 2017
Licenciatura degree in Psychology with a focus on Neuroscience (5.5 year plan, equivalent to Bachelor + Master’s degree). Favaloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009 – 2010
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP)
Ph.D student, Department of Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
2017 - 2018
Researcher, Laboratory of Consciousness, Culture and Complexity, Physics Department, University of Buenos Aires & School of Science and Technology, National University of General San Martin (UNSAM)
2015 - 2017
Research Intern, Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (LPEN), Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (INCyT). Project:The bilingual brain
Pallavicini, C.*, Vilas, M. G.,* Villarreal, M., Zamberlan, F., Muthukumaraswamy, S., Nutt, D., Tagliazucchi, E. (2019). Spectral signatures of serotonergic psychedelics and glutamatergic dissociatives. NeuroImage.
M.G. Vilas, M. Santilli, E. Mikulan, F. Adolfi, M. Martorell Caro, F. Manes, E. Herrera, L. Sedeño, A. Ibáñez, A. M. García (2019).Shakespearean tropes and the non-native reader: Age of L2 acquisition modulates neural responses to functional shifts. Neuropsychologia, 124, 79-86.
F. Cavanna*, M.G. Vilas*, M. Palmucci*, E. Tagliazucchi (2017). Dynamic functional connectivity and brain metastability during altered states of consciousness. Neuroimage, 180.
M. Santilli*, M.G. Vilas*, E. Mikulan, M. Martorell Caro, E. Muñoz, L. Sedeño, A. Ibáñez, A.M. García (2018). Bilingual memory, to the extreme: Lexical processing in simultaneous interpreters. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 22(2).
* (authors contributed equally to this work)
Awards & Grants
|2017 - 2018||PhD. Fellowship from National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)|
2016, 2014, 2013
Academic Excellence Scholarship from Favaloro University
Academic Merit Award from Santander Rio Bank
- Studying the neurocognitive processes behind the flow of consciousness
To create a continuous conscious percept, our brain is concurrently carrying out multiple tasks: sampling sensory information, predicting upcoming events, storing long-term memories, maintaining and reactivating information from the past, ...
- Inferential and episodic predictive processes: tracking their unfolding during visual narrative perception
Our brain not only processes incoming information from the environment, but also continuously predicts upcoming events. These predictions can be based on different representational structures in the brain: some originate from abstract models of ...
- The structure of subjective experience
Consciousness is one of the most fascinating yet least understood aspects of human nature, or perhaps nature at large. Our lives dwell in our conscious experiences: this is where we experience love, we feel the ‘chills’ with a good piece of ...