VISCA Group – Functional organization and cognitive processing of the brain

ORCID Research Profile


Position: ICREA Senior Researcher

Contact details


Dr. Hans Supèr

Department of Basic Psychology

Faculty of Psychology, Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron 171

08035 Barcelona (Spain)


hans.super (at) icrea.cat


Research Interests


The understanding of the functional organization of the cerebral cortex that underlies cognitive behavior, and to implement the underlying principles in artificial systems drives my passion for research. I started my scientific journey by studying the ontogenetic and evolutionary development of the cerebral cortex to get a grasp of the immense complexity of the cortex. To learn about the functional organization of the neocortex, I continued my research studying system neurophysiology of the visual cortex in awake, behaving monkeys. Currently my group at the UB investigates the neural mechanism of recurrent neural interactions and the role of eye movements in visual cognitive processes, and we build bio-inspired computer models for simulating cognitive operations.

Current Research Lines


  • Neural networks
  • Role of eye movements in cognitive processing
  • Eye movements for detection of cognitive impairments
  • Monitoring cognitive vergence in infants

Technologies / methods


  • Eye tracking
  • Computational modeling
  • Machine learning
  • Psychophysics

Highlighted publications


· Solé Puig M, Pérez Zapata L, Puigcerver L, Esperalba Iglesias N, Sanchez Garcia C, Romeo A, et al. (2015) Attention-Related Eye Vergence Measured in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. PLoS ONE 10(12): e01452.


· Solé Puig M, Pérez Zapata L, Aznar-Casanova JA, Supèr H (2013) A Role of Eye Vergence in Covert Attention. PLoS ONE 8(1): e52955.


· H Supèr, A Romeo (2014) Approximate emergent synchrony in spatially coupled spiking neurons with discrete interaction. Neural Comput. 2014 Nov;26(11):2419-40.


· A Romeo, H Supèr  (2014) A feed-forward spiking model of shape-coding by IT cells. Front Psychol. 2014 May 27;5:481.


· Solé Puig M, Puigcerver L, Aznar-Casanova JA, Supèr H (2013) Difference in Visual Processing Assessed by Eye Vergence Movements. PLoS ONE 8(9): e72041.