Neuropsychology – Neurodevelopmental disorders

ORCID Research Profile


Position: Professor with Tenure

Research team


Xavier Caldu Ferrus

Associate Professor

xcaldu (at)

Contact details


Dr. Josep M Serra-Grabulosa

Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology

Faculty of Psychology, Pg. de la Vall d’Hebron, 171

08035 Barcelona (Spain)

+34 93 312 50 51

jmserra (at)

Research Interests


Our focus of interest is centred in understanding cerebral development. We use a multidisciplinary approach, by combining medical, neuropsychological and magnetic resonance imaging data. Actually we are working in the following projects:

  • Cerebral substrate of developmental amnesia: a MRI approach
  • Neuropsychologic and morphological differences of the brain between pure developmental dyscalculia and with comorbid dyslexia
  • Cognitive and behavioral profile on nonverbal learning disability (NLD), and magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of its neural basis
  • Cerebral plasticity induced by intensive phonological remediation in children with reading difficulties. A MRI study
  • Cerebral plasticity induced by intensive remediation in children with mathematical difficulties. A MRI study
  • Development of digital learning systems of mathematics
  • Study of neural basis of gifted children using neuropsychological and neuroimaging data. GIFT.

Current Research Lines


  • Dyscalculia
  • Dyslexia
  • Developmental amnesia
  • Gifted children

Technologies / methods


  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Neuropsycological tests

Highlighted publications


· Mañeru, C., Serra-Grabulosa, J.M., Junqué, C., Salgado-Pineda, P., Bargalló, N., Olondo, M., Botet-Mussons, F., Tallada, M. & Mercader, J.M. (2003). Residual hippocampal atrophy in asphyxiated term neonates. Journal of Neuroimaging, 13:68-74.


· Serra-Grabulosa, J.M., Junque, C., Verger, K., Salgado-Pineda, P., Mañeru, C., Mercader, J.M. (2005). Cerebral correlates of declarative memory dysfunctions in early traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 76(1):129-131.


· Ariza, M., Serra-Grabulosa, J.M., Junqué, C., Ramírez, B., Mataró, M., Poca, A., Bargalló, N., Sahuquillo, J. (2006). Hippocampal head atrophy after traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychologia, 44(10):1956-1961.


· Serra-Grabulosa JM, Adan A, Pérez-Pàmies M, Lachica J, Membrives S. (2010).cNeural bases of numerical processing and calculation. Rev Neurol, 50(1):39-46.


· Serra-Grabulosa JM, Adan A, Falcón C, Bargalló N. (2010). Glucose and caffeine effects on sustained attention: an exploratory fMRI study. Hum Psychopharmacol, 25(7-8):543-552.