Brainvitge – Dynamics of memory formation

ORCID Research Profile


Position: Associate Professor

Research team


Ludovico Saint-Amour di Chanaz

Early stage researcher


Xiongbo Wu

Early stage researcher


Contact details


Dr. Lluís Fuentemilla

Department of Basic Psychology

Faculty of Psychology, Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron 171

08035 Barcelona (Spain)

+34 933125153

llfuentemilla (at) ub.edu


Research Interests


We want to understand how experiences are initially encoded, undergo further consolidation and are later retrieved. We use behavioural (including Eye movements), psychophysiological (Skin Conductance) and neural (fMRI, EEG, iEEG) measures to help us learn more about the cognitive and neural operations that contribute to episodic memory in humans. We further extend our investigation to neurological patients, in special those with lesions in medial temporal lobe regions.

Current Research Lines


  • Uncovering the neural mechanisms of how experiences are organized into memory units.
  • Neural mechanisms of memory consolidation.
  • Autobiographical memory for real life events.
  • Inferential learning and generalization.

Technologies / methods


  • Electroencephalography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Skin conductance, Eye Movements

Highlighted publications


· Sans-Dublanc A, Mas-Herrero E, Marco-Pallarés J, Fuentemilla L (2016) Distinct Neurophysiological Mechanisms Support the Online Formation of Individual and Across-Episode Memory Representations. Cereb Cortex. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhw231


· Fuentemilla, Ll., Barnes, G.R., Düzel, E., Levine, B. (2014). Theta oscillations orchestrate medial temporal lobe and neocortex in remembering autobiographical memories. Neuroimage. 85(2):730-737.


· Fuentemilla, Ll., Miró, J., Ripollés, P., Vilà-Balló, A., Castañer, S., Salord, N., Monasterio, C., Falip, M., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2013). Hippocampus-Dependent Strengthening of Targeted Memories via Reactivation during Sleep in Humans. Current Biology. 23(18):1769-1775.


· Fuentemilla, Ll., Penny, W.D., Cashdollar, N., Bunzeck, N., Düzel, E. (2010). Theta-coupled periodic replay in working memory. Current Biology. 20:606-612.


· Fuentemilla, Ll., Càmara, E., Münte, T.F., Krämer, U., Cunillera, T., Marco-Pallarés, J., Tempelmann, C., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2009). Individual differences in true and false memory retrieval are related to white matter brain microstructure. Journal of Neuroscience. 29(27):8698-703.