E029 – Cognitive Neuroscience

Objectives and lines of research


The group was interested in the neural bases of both cognitive and affective processes in normal populations of different ages and in clinical populations (impaired cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, alcoholism, fibromyalgia) and risk (abusive alcohol consumption in youth), with the ultimate intention of Transfer knowledge to the health and social sphere.
For this, he uses behavioral, cognitive, neuropsychological, psychophysiological (EEG, evoked potentials,…), structural (NMR) and functional (fMRI) neuroimaging techniques; as well as non-invasive transcranial neuromodulation techniques (EMT, EET).

Lines of research

1) Cognitive and neurocognitive correlates of the healthy aging process and those with mild cognitive impairment and dementia (particularly Alzheimer’s disease);
2) Neurocognitive consequences of intensive alcohol consumption (binge drinking) in young people.
3) Neuropsychological, psychophysiological and neuroimaging evaluation, patients with fibromyalgia;

Research team
Díaz Fernández, Fernando

Researchers (established or associate)
Amenedo Losada, Elena
Cadaveira Mahía, Fernando
Carrillo de la Peña, María Teresa
Corral Varela, Montserrat
Doallo Pesado, Sonia
Facal Mayo, David
Galdo Álvarez, Santiago
Juncos Rabadán, Onésimo
Lindín Novo, Mónica
López Caneda, Eduardo Guillermo
Pazo Álvarez, Paula
Pereiro Rozas, Arturo Xosé
Pinal Fernández, Diego
Rodríguez Álvarez, Marina
Rodríguez Holguín, Socorro
Rodríguez Salgado, Dolores
Zurrón Ocio, Montserrat

Postdoctoral staff
Cespón González, Jesús
Cid Fernández, Susana
Correa Jaraba, Kenia
Darriba Domínguez, Álvaro
González Villar, Alberto Jacobo
Gutiérrez Domínguez, Francisco Javier
Lojo Seoane, Cristina

External collaborator
Triñanes Pego, Yolanda


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  • Campos-Magdaleno, M., Pereiro, A., Navarro-Pardo, E., Juncos-Rabadán, O., Facal, D. Dual-task performance in old adults: cognitive, functional, psychosocial and socio-demographic variables. Aging Clin Exp Res (2021). doi: 10.1007/s40520-021-02002-x
  • Fernández, A., Pinal, D, Díaz, F., Zurrón, M. (2021). Working memory load modulates oscillatory activity and the distribution of fast frequencies across frontal theta phase during working memory maintenance. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 183 (2021) 107476. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2021.107476 
  • Gerra, M. C., González-Villar, A., Arendt-Nielsen, L., Pedersen, I. S., Triñanes, Y., Donnini, C., … & Carrillo-de-la-Peña, M. T. A family-based study to identify genetic biomarkers of fibromyalgia: consideration of patients’ subgroups. Clin Exp Rheumatol, 2021, 39(130), S144-S152.
  • López Vilaret, K.M., Cantero, J.L., Fernández-Álvarez, M., Calero, M., Calero, O., Lindín, M., Zurrón, M., Díaz, F., & Atienza, M. (2021). Insulin resistance and hyperglycemia moderate the crosstalk between adipose tissue, brain and cognition in aging. Aging 2021, 13, 21, 23936- 23952
  • Pereiro, A. X., Valladares-Rodriguez, S., Felpete, A., Lojo-Seoane, C., Campos-Magdaleno, M., Mallo, S. C., Facal, D., Anido-Rifón, L., Belleville, S., & Juncos-Rabadán, O. (2021). Relevance of Complaint Severity in Predicting the Progression of Subjective Cognitive Decline and Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Machine Learning Approach. Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, 82, 1229–1242. doi: 10.3233/JAD-210334
  • Samartin-Veiga, N., Pidal-Miranda, M., González-Villar, A. J., Bradley, C., Garcia-Larrea, L., O’Brien, A. T., & Carrillo-de-la-Peña, M. T. (2021). Transcranial direct current stimulation of three cortical targets is no more effective than placebo as treatment for fibromyalgia: a double-blind sham-controlled clinical trial. PAIN, 23 Sep 2021. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002493; PMID: 34561393
  • Busto-Miramontes, A., Moure-Rodríguez, L., Mallah, N., Díaz-Geada, A., Corral, M., Cadaveira, F., y Caamaño-Isorna, F. (2021). Alcohol Consumption among Freshman College Students in Spain: Individual and Pooled Analyses of Three Cross-Sectional Surveys (2005, 2012 and 2016). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 2548. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18052548