First week of Research Camp ends with DCCS students showcasing advanced research projects

The Research Camp of the Center for Research in Social Complexity and the PhD in Complexity Sciences is taking shape. And so, this week, on the second day of “We help you with your problem” held on Wednesday, January 13, seven students made their research presentations.

With the presence of researchers and academics Alex Godoy, Carlos Rodríguez, Francisco Zamorano, Jorge Fábrega, Mauricio Apablaza, Pablo Billeke, Patricia Soto-Icaza and Ricardo Guzmán, the remaining presentations began.


Yerka Freire
Yerka Freire, a student of the class of 2016, made her presentation on the measurement and classification of Chilean attitudes towards immigration using social networks, specifically Twitter. Currently, she is working on the analysis of binary attitudes: positive and negative. And, in this second stage of the research, they are trying to find those factors that are behind the formation of these attitudes.

Diego Tapia
Diego Tapia, from the 2017 generation, spoke about exposure to atmospheric pollutants in different municipalities. More specifically, how long it takes for people to attend medical centers after being confronted with a pollution shock, taking data mostly from DEIS, SINCA and the Census. One of the hypotheses points out that the manifestation of diseases is conditioned by the socioeconomic, demographic and environmental environment in the national population. Here, we seek to describe population clusters that present a high degree of similarity in the prevalence of diseases, which can be explained by exogenous factors.

Yessica Herrera
Meanwhile, Yessica Herrera, a student of the generation that entered in 2018, presented “Network metrics describe gender inequalities in ballet collaborations”, which seeks to investigate patterns of collaboration in ballet. Currently, she is working with four dance academies, and the doctoral student is in search of knowing what are the network structures that cause gender inequality. The important thing is to see who are the creators of what is seen on stage in ballet, and that is where she is looking for bias.

María Paz Raveau
María Paz Raveau followed, who also joined the DCCS in 2018, whose research is focused on the cabildos and the 2016 constituent process, using networks to extract linguistic concepts from the clusters. A semantic analysis is being performed and an argumentative one is added for further definition of results.

Eduardo Méndez
The student of the 2017 generation, Eduardo Méndez, is conducting an analysis of the current constituent process. However, he has had some obstacles when it comes to the generation of databases from information delivered by the Internet, i.e., he seeks the incorporation of web scraping procedures.

Nicolás Ferrer
Nicolás Ferrer, who is part of the 2017 generation, seeks to address the modeling of behavioral data in subjects who have played a distributive game (Ultimatum game, Trust game, Dictator game). It seeks to analyze the rate of adaptation or learning of the subjects throughout their performance in the task. In the same way, the student wants to analyze the effect separately and jointly of the different treatments or conditions, in order to be able to contrast the effect of learning of the subjects in their performance in the task, together with the modulation caused by the modeled condition.

Víctor Márquez
Returning to the 2018 generation, we meet Victor Marquez, whose research title was “Mathematical modeling behind the physiological mechanisms of working memory” and, in his case, seeks the identification of parameters. The methodology he is using is literature review; the design of mechanistic mathematical modeling; the exploration of different dynamic behaviors; and the validation of the model, using previously collected experimental data.

Joselina Davyt
In 2019, Joselina Davyt enters the DCCS and, in this opportunity, she presented “Design of an experimental and methodological strategy of Social Neuroscience”. Here, the student seeks to know the influence of the opinions of others in long-term decision making. So, “what task should be performed for behavioral analysis and neural analysis”, is the question she seeks to elucidate. The participants, both researchers and students, suggest a personality study and the choice of variables that can be studied in the laboratory.

Patricio Carvajal
Patricio Carvajal, Joselina Davyt’s classmate, presented “Cognitive control associated with decision making in soccer”. With the premise that “soccer flows in society and society flows in soccer”, the student seeks to contribute to the generation of knowledge that will help the competition and the formation of soccer.

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