Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells

Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells

Universitat de Barcelona

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

- Grau-Sanchez, Jennifer; Muente, Thomas F.; Altenmueller, Eckart; Duarte, Esther; Rodriguez-Fornells, Antoni 2020, 'Potential benefits of music playing in stroke upper limb motor rehabilitation', Neuroscience And Biobehavioral Reviews, 112, 585 - 599.

- Francois, Clement; Rodriguez-Fornells, Antoni; Teixido, Maria; Agut, Thais; Bosch, Laura 2020, 'Attenuated brain responses to speech sounds in moderate preterm infants at term age', Developmental Science, , e12990.

- Sierpowska, Joanna; Leon-Cabrera, Patricia; Camins, Angels; Juncadella, Montserrat; Gabarros, Andreu; Rodriguez-Fornells, Antoni 2020, 'The black box of global aphasia: Neuroanatomical underpinnings of remission from acute global aphasia with preserved inner language function', Cortex, 130, 340 - 350.

- Miró J, Ripollés P, Sierpowska A, Santurino M, Juncadella M, Falip M, Rodríguez-Fornells A 2020, 'Autobiographical memory in epileptic patients after temporal lobe resection and bitemporal hippocampal sclerosis', Brain Imaging and Behavior, 14, 4, 1074 - 1088.

- Gomez-Andres, A., Grau-Sanchez, J., Duarte, E., Rodriguez-Fornells, A., Tajadura-Jimenez, A. 2020. 'Enriching footsteps sounds in gait rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients: a pilot study'. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1467(1), 48-59.

- Coran, Monica; Rodriguez-Fornells, Antoni; Ramos-Escobar, Neus; Laine, Matti; Martin, Nadine 2020, 'Word Learning in Aphasia Treatment Implications and Structural Connectivity Analyses', Topics In Language Disorders, 40, 1, 81 - 109.

- Vega, D., Torrubia, R., Marco-Pallares, J., Soto, A., Rodriguez-Fornells, A. 2020. 'Metacognitive monitoring of daily self-regulation processes in borderline personality disorder patients'. Journal of Affective Disorders, 267, 243-250.