BRAIN PLASTICITY AND CONNECTIVITY: LANGUAGE, MEMORY AND REWARD

Principal Investigators

Laura Bosch

Associate Professor

Precursors to language: attention, speech perception and word learning skills

Toni Cunillera

Associate Professor

Cognitive basis underlying eating behavior

Ruth de Diego-Balaguer

ICREA Researcher

Brain mechanisms of language learning

Lluis Fuentemilla

Full professor

Dynamics of memory formation

Mireia Hernandez

Ramon y Cajal Researcher (Assistant Professor)

Neurolinguistics, Multilingualism and Cognition

Josep Marco-Pallares

Full Professor

Brain mechanisms of learning and reward

Ferran Pons

Associate Professor

Language acquisition and cognitive development

Antonio Rodriguez-Fornells

ICREA Researcher

Learning and Brain Plasticity

Research team

 

Marta Ramon

Assistant Professor

 

Joan Birules

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Ernest Mas

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Alexis Perez

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Marc Ballestero

Early Stage Researcher

 

Barbara Braida

Early Stage Researcher

 

Josue Garcia

Early Stage Researcher

 

Alba Gomez

Early Stage Researcher

 

Paula Lopez

Early Stage Researcher

 

Marta Marques de Almeido e Silva

Early Stage Researcher

 

Berta Nicolas

Early Stage Researcher

 

Stella Nicolaou

Early Stage Researcher

 

Ludovico Saint-Amour di Channaz

Early Stage Researcher

 

Carlota Saumell

Early Stage Researcher

 

Joan Tarrida

Early Stage Researcher

 

Xiongho Wu

Early Stage Researcher

 

David Cucurell

Others

 

Jessica Sanchez

Others

 

Emma Segura

Others

 

Joan Rodriguez

Others

Research Interest

 

This programme focuses on studying the nervous system’s structural and functional reorganisation capacity, and its role in development, neurological injuries, learning, memory, neurorehabilitation and/or interventional processes. The research is carried out by combining neuroimaging techniques with specific experimental paradigms in order to understand the mechanisms of plastic changes in the brain and behaviour. The research interests include language learning and its dysfunctions, the dynamics of memory formation and reward processing, and motivation. Understanding the mechanisms and limits of neuroplasticity in adults’ and children’s cognitive functions through basic research will lead to improvements in intervention programs that ameliorate the sequelae induced by neurological diseases and improve cognitive capacities in healthy individuals.

Technologies & Methods

 

  • Electroencephalography
  • Magnetic Resonance
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • iEEG
  • Eye tracking

Featured Projects

 

    • Atendiendo al ritmo: predicción temporal y atención selectivaen el aprendizaje del lenguaje. Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. BFU2017-87109-P. Ruth de Diego-Balaguer

 

    • Event Structured Cognition. MICINN. PID2019-111199GB-I00. Lluis Fuentemilla

 

    • Información y Curiosidad como fuentes de recompensa en humanos: Mecanismos oscilatorios y neuronales. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PGC2018-098032-B-I00. Josep Marco-Pallares

 

    • La influencia de la información probabilística sobre estructura argumental en el procesamiento de verbos y comprensión de oraciones. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PGC2018-094891-A-I00. Mireia Hernandez Pardo

 

    • La inhibición de respuestas y el control atencional en la restricción dietética. Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad. PSI2016-79678-P. Toni Cunillera

 

    • Motivación y recompensa intrinsica asociada a la acquisición del conocimiento: evidencias neuronales. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PGC2018-099859-B-I00. Antonio Rodriguez-Fornells

 

    • Playing and Singing for the Recovering Brain: Efficacy of Enriched Social-Motivational Musical Interventions in Stroke Rehabilitation. Fundació La Marató de TV3. 201729.30. Antonio Rodriguez-Fornells

 

    • The Adapting Brain – Preparing for parenthood. Bial Foundation. Lluis Fuentemilla

 

    • Variabilidad en el procesamiento audiovisual del habla en la infancia: rol de la experiencia lingüística, maduración neurológica y capacidad sensorial. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PGC2018-097487-B-I00. Ferran Pons i Laura Bosch

Featured Publications

 

    • Francois, C., Rodriguez-Fornells, A., Teixido, M., Agut, T., & Bosch, L. (2021). Attenuated brain responses to speech sounds in moderate preterm infants at term age. Developmental Science, 24(1). https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12990

 

    • Ballestero-Arnau, M., Moreno-Sanchez, M., & Cunillera, T. (2021). Food is special by itself: Neither valence, arousal, food appeal, nor caloric content modulate the attentional bias induced by food images. Appetite, 156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2020.104984

 

    • Nicolas, B., Sala-Padro, J., Cucurell, D., Santurino, M., Falip, M., & Fuentemilla, L. (2021). Theta rhythm supports hippocampus-dependent integrative encoding in schematic/semantic memory networks. NeuroImage, 226. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117558

 

    • Calabria, M., Hernández, M., Cattaneo, G., Suades, A., Serra, M., Juncadella, M., Reñé, R., Sala, I., Lleó, A., Ortiz-Gil, J., Ugas, L., Ávila, A., Ruiz, I. G., Ávila, C., & Costa, A. (2020). Active bilingualism delays the onset of mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologia, 146, 107528. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2020.107528

 

 

    • Birules, J., Bosch, L., Brieke, R., Pons, F., & Lewkowicz, D. J. (2019). Inside bilingualism: Language background modulates selective attention to a talker’s mouth. Developmental Science, 22(3). https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12755

 

 

 

    • Assaneo, M. F., Ripolles, P., Orpella, J., Lin, W. M., de Diego-Balaguer, R., & Poeppel, D. (2019). Spontaneous synchronization to speech reveals neural mechanisms facilitating language learning. Nature Neuroscience, 22(4), 627+. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-019-0353-z

 

    • Martínez-Molina, N., Mas-Herrero, E., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., Zatorre, R. J., & Marco-Pallarés, J. (2019). White Matter Microstructure Reflects Individual Differences in Music Reward Sensitivity. Journal of Neuroscience, 39(25), 5018–5027. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2020-18.2019