The new academic and research exchange agreement between the Unidad Central del Valle (UCEVA) and the Universidad Externado begins.

Within the framework of the agreement, the research entitled: 'Expressions of emotional contagion and social cognition in political interactions in social networks of young university students of Valle del Cauca during the electoral contest for the presidency of the republic in 2022' will be developed.

The formal start of the exchange agreement took place with the academic visit of Professor Jorge Martinez Cotrina, Director of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Sciences and Human Processes (LINCIPH), to the Unidad Central del Valle (UCEVA) located in the city of Tulua Valle del Cauca.

The signing of the act of initiation of the research was presided over by Juan Carlos Urriago Fontal, rector of the UCEVA, who was accompanied by the Vice-Rector of Research Alexander Romero Sánchez, the Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Humanistic Sciences María del Pilar García Valdéz, and the Coordinator of the Psychology Program Gustavo Gutiérrez Puerta.

The agreement signed by the two universities aims to establish the basis for cooperation and support between the UCEVA and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Sciences and Human Processes of the Universidad Externado de Colombia for the development of academic research in the area of social neuroscience. The research aims to study the possible relationships that exist between political content, emotional contagion and social cognition of young university students between 18 and 25 years old from the interactions that occur in the digital social network Facebook.

During the visit of Professor Martinez to the UCEVA, other academic activities were also developed as exchange on design and assembly of social neuroscience laboratories in the Valle del Cauca area, socialization of the research results Political interactions of young university students in the digital social network Facebook during the electoral race for mayor of Bogota in 2019: a perspective from social neuroscience, research conducted by the LINCIPH team, and working meetings were held with professors and researchers of the UCEVA.