ICREA Academia

Lluís Fuentemilla Garriga

ICREA Academia 2018

Universitat de Barcelona · Social & Behavioural Sciences

Lluís Fuentemilla is an Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona (UB) where he leads the Dynamics of Memory Formation group. In 2007 he received the PhD in Psychology for his thesis of how neural oscillatory activity supports auditory sensory memory. He then moved to the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London) as a postdoctoral researcher, a time that helped him crystallize his deep interest in the understanding of the brain underpinnings of human learning and memory.  In 2010, he was awarded by a Ramon y Cajal programme to create and establish his own research group at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute and at the UB. In 2015, he joined the UB as an Associate Professor, where he combines research and teaching as one at the group leaders of the Institute of Neuroscience (UB).  

Research interests

My research focusses on the cognitive neuroscience of memory, a field that studies the neural mechanisms and cognitive processes that support human memory. I lead the Dynamics of Memory Formation group, who uses behavioural, neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques that, combined with advanced analytical approaches, help us set out work emphasizing the critical role that neural replay exerts on memory. Our research covers studies on healthy population and neurological patients to guide and document the relevance of memory reactivation during working memory maintenance, memory recollection and sleep consolidation. Our findings have an impact on the field as they provide insights of the neural mechanisms that underlie fundamental memory processes, such as how experiences are integrated and transformed into long-term memory traces by the brain. 


Episodic memory, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, neural replay