Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells

Universitat de Barcelona & Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge

Social & Behavioural Sciences

I got my PhD at the University of Barcelona (UB, 1996) about individual differences in impulsiveness. Afterwards, I worked at the University of Magdeburg (Germany, 1999-2002) as a post-doctoral researcher. My main topics of research were bilingual language processing, executive functions and the brain correlates of error monitoring. In 2002, I got a "Ramón y Cajal" research position from the Spanish Government and afterwards I joined ICREA as a Research Professor. Since then, I have created a interdisciplinar research group (Cognition and Brain Plasticity Unit, CDBU), at ICREA-IDIBELL-UB devoted to the study of learning process and brain plasticity effects in healthy and brain damaged patients. The group is located at the Hospital of Bellvitge – IDIBELL biomedical institute. Our research is inherently interdisciplinary and requires expertise in interfacing research fields as brain plasticity, brain development and learning and memory mechanisms.

Research interests

My recent interests have been on the cognitive neuroscience of language learning and error monitoring. I have tried to combine the use of different neuroimaging techniques (electrophysiological – magnetic resonance imaging), crucial to better understand human cognitive functions. Recently, my research has been focused on t/he investigation of the neural mechanisms involved when adults and infants learn a new language (an specially its interface with executive functions and the reward system). This approach has been recently applied to understand the preserved learning mechanisms in aphasic people. We recently explored the inherent relationship between brain structure and brain function (to which extent individual differences in white-matter connectivity constraint cognitive processing). Finally, we have focused on the possible neurorehabilitation effects of learning specific skills (music training) in stroke patients.

Selected publications

– Ripollés P, Ferreri L, Mas-Herrero E, Alicart H, Gómez-Andrés A, Marco-Pallarés J, Antonijoan RM, Noesselt T, Valle M, Riba J & Rodríguez-Fornells A 2018, ‘Intrinsically regulated learning is modulated by synaptic dopamine signaling’eLife, 7, pii: e38113.

– Grau-Sanchez J, Duarte E, Ramos-Escobar N, Sierpowska J, Rueda N, Redon S, de Las Heras MV, Pedro J, Serkamo T & Rodriguez-Fornells A 2018, ‘Music-supported therapy in the rehabilitation of subacute stroke patients: a randomized controlled trial’, Annals Of The New York Academy Of Sciences, 1423, 1, 318 – 328.

– Vaquero L, Ramos-Escobar N, Francois C, Penhune V & Rodriguez-Fornells A 2018, ‘White-matter structural connectivity predicts short-term melody and rhythm learning in non-musicians‘, Neuroimage, 181, 252 – 262.

– Gurtubay-Antolin A, León-Cabrera P & Rodríguez-Fornells A 2018, ‘Neural evidences of hierarchical cognitive control during haptic processing: an fMRI study‘, eNeuro, 0295-18.

– Sierpowska J, Fernandez-Coello A, Gomez-Andres A, Camins A, Castaner S, Juncadella M, Gabarros A & Rodriguez-Fornells A 2018, ‘Involvement of the middle frontal gyrus in language switching as revealed by electrical stimulation mapping and functional magnetic resonance imaging in bilingual brain tumor patients’, Cortex, 99, 78 – 92.

– Mas-Herrero E, Karhulahti M, Marco-Pallares J, Zatorre RJ & Rodriguez-Fornells A 2018, ‘The impact of visual art and emotional sounds in specific musical anhedonia‘, Progress in Brain Research, 237, 399 – 413.

– Simo M, Gurtubay-Antolin A, Vaquero L, Bruna J & Rodriguez-Fornells A 2018, ‘Performance monitoring in lung cancer patients pre- and post-chemotherapy using fine-grained electrophysiological measures’, Neuroimage-clinical, 18, 86 – 96.