NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Principal Investigators

Ana Adan

Full professor

Addiction and dual disorders

David Bartres-Faz

Full professor

Brain health and neuromodulation

Maria Angeles Jurado

Associate Professor

Obesity and neuroimaging

Maria Mataro

Full professor

Healthy ageing and cerebrovascular disease

Roser Pueyo

Associate Professor

Cerebral palsy and neuroimaging

Josep M Serra-Grabulosa

Associate Professor

Neural basis of learning difficulties

Research team

 

Xavier Caldu

Associate Professor

 

Isabel Garcia

Associate Professor

 

Julia Ballester-Plane

Assistant Professor

 

Julia Miralbell

Assistant Professor

 

Juan Jose Soriano

Assistant Professor

 

Kilian Amadeus Abellaneda

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Mar Ariza

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Cristina Sanchez

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Lidia Vaque

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Adria Bermudo

Early Stage Researcher

 

Montse Blasco

Early Stage Researcher

 

Maria del Rocio Cabello

Early Stage Researcher

 

Alba Castells

Early Stage Researcher

 

Maria Garcia-Galant

Early Stage Researcher

 

Noemi Lamonja

Early Stage Researcher

 

Sandra Luis

Early Stage Researcher

 

Juan Pablo Martin

Early Stage Researcher

 

Lidia Mulet

Early Stage Researcher

 

Ruben Perellon

Early Stage Researcher

 

Xavier Prats

Early Stage Researcher

 

Anna Prunell

Early Stage Researcher

 

Francesca Roig

Early Stage Researcher

 

Laura Rio

Technician

 

Olga Laporta-Hoyos

Others

Research Interest

 

This programme focuses on how a person’s cognition and behaviour are related to the brain and the rest of the nervous system. We develop experimental and clinical studies that seek to characterise functional and structural networks to understand how brain functions affect behaviour and cognition. We are also interested in the effectiveness of interventions and treatments (e.g., phonological remediation, physical exercise, cognitive training) for improving cognitive functions, daily functioning, or quality of life.

With neuropsychology at the core, the programme investigates these phenomena in the health continuum, from healthy people to a wide range of disorders or altered health conditions (e.g., cerebral palsy, cerebrovascular diseases, dual diagnosis, learning difficulties, mild cognitive impairment, obesity) combining different methods (e.g., biomarkers, medical records, neuroimaging, neuropsychological scales, non-invasive brain stimulation).

Technologies & Methods

 

  • MRI-related data analyses software and procedures (SPM, fsl, freesurfer, matlab)
  • Neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) coupled with imaging data
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation for behavioural studies and coupled with fMRI acquisitions
  • Integrated ambulatory recording system of circadian rhythm (Kronowise KW5)
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Structural neuroimaging analysis
  • Functional neuroimaging analysis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

Featured Projects

 

    • Ajut per incentivar i consolidar la recerca d’excel·lència ja existent a les universitats públiques de Catalunya. Programa ICREA Academia 2019. Fundació Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats. David Bartres-Faz

 

    • Ajut per incentivar i consolidar la recerca d’excel·lència ja existent a les universitats públiques de Catalunya. Programa ICREA Academia 2018. Fundació Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats. Maria Mataro

 

    • Entrenamiento ejecutivo en parálisis cerebral: participación, calidad de vida y conectividad cerebral. Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad. PSI2016-75979-R. Roser Pueyo

 

    • Executive function training in childhood obesity: food choice, quality of life and brain connectivity (TOuCH). Fundació La Marató de TV3. 201616-10. Maria Angeles Jurado Luque

 

    • Healthy minds from 0-100 years: Optimising the use of European brain imaging cohorts (Lifebrain). European Union. 732592. David Bartres-Faz

 

    • Psicobiología de la patología dual. Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad. PSI2015-65026-P. Ana Adan

Featured Publications

 

    • Prunell-Castañé, A., Jurado, M. Á., & García-García, I. (2021). Clinical binge eating, but not uncontrolled eating, is associated with differences in executive functions: Evidence from meta-analytic findings. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 13, 100337. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2020.100337

 

    • Sanchez-Castañeda, C., Luis-Ruiz, S., Ramon-Krauel, M., Lerin, C., Sanchez, C., Miró, N., Martínez, S., Garolera, M., & Jurado, M. A. (2021). Executive Function Training in Childhood Obesity: Food Choice, Quality of Life, and Brain Connectivity (TOuCH): A Randomized Control Trial Protocol. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 9, 58. https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2021.551869

 

    • Macià, D., Cattaneo, G., Solana, J., Tormos, J. M., Pascual-Leone, A., & Bartrés-Faz, D. (2021). Meaning in Life: A Major Predictive Factor for Loneliness Comparable to Health Status and Social Connectedness. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 627547. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.627547

 

    • Prat, G., Marquez-Arrico, J. E., Río-Martínez, L., Navarro, J. F., & Adan, A. (2021). Premorbid functioning in schizophrenia spectrum disorders with comorbid substance use: A systematic review. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 110, 110310. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2021.110310

 

    • Adan, A., & Torrens, M. (2021). Special Issue: Diagnosis and Management of Addiction and Other Mental Disorders (Dual Disorders). Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10 (6). https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10061307

 

    • Roig-Coll, F., Castells-Sánchez, A., Lamonja-Vicente, N., Torán-Monserrat, P., Pera, G., García-Molina, A., Tormos, J. M., Montero-Alía, P., Alzamora, M. T., Dacosta-Aguayo, R., Soriano-Raya, J. J., Cáceres, C., Erickson, K. I., & Mataró, M. (2020). Effects of Aerobic Exercise, Cognitive and Combined Training on Cognition in Physically Inactive Healthy Late-Middle-Aged Adults: The Projecte Moviment Randomized Controlled Trial. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 12, 590168. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2020.590168

 

    • Luis-Ruiz, S., Caldú, X., Sánchez-Castañeda, C., Pueyo, R., Garolera, M., & Jurado, M. Á. (2020). Is cognitive training an effective tool for improving cognitive function and real-life behaviour in healthy children and adolescents? A systematic review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 116, 268–282. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.06.019

 

    • Castells-Sánchez, A., Roig-Coll, F., Lamonja-Vicente, N., Torán-Monserrat, P., Pera, G., Montero, P., Dacosta-Aguayo, R., Bermudo-Gallaguet, A., Bherer, L., Erickson, K. I., & Mataró, M. (2020). Sex Matters in the Association between Physical Activity and Fitness with Cognition. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Publish Ahead of Print, 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002570. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000002570

 

    • García-Galant, M., Blasco, M., Reid, L., Pannek, K., Leiva, D., Laporta-Hoyos, O., Ballester-Plané, J., Miralbell, J., Caldú, X., Alonso, X., Toro-Tamargo, E., Meléndez-Plumed, M., Gimeno, F., Coronas, M., Soro-Camats, E., Boyd, R., & Pueyo, R. (2020). Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial of home-based computerized executive function training for children with cerebral palsy. BMC Pediatrics, 20(1), 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-019-1904-x

 

    • Bartrés-Faz, D., Arenaza-Urquijo, E., Ewers, M., Belleville, S., Chételat, G., Franzmeier, N., Gonneaud, J., de Echevarri, J., Okonkwo, O., Schultz, S., Valenzuela, M., Stern, Y., & Vemuri, P. (2020). Theoretical frameworks and approaches used within the Reserve, Resilience and Protective Factors professional interest area of the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment. Alzheimer’s & Dementia (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 12(1), e12115. https://doi.org/10.1002/dad2.12115