Antoni Rodríguez Fornells

Antoni Rodríguez Fornells

Universitat de Barcelona

Social & Behavioural Sciences

I got my PhD at the University of Barcelona (UB, 1996) and afterwards, I worked at the University of Magdeburg (Germany, 1999-2002) as a post-doctoral researcher. My main topics of research are language learning, executive functions and the brain correlates of error and reward monitoring. In 2002, I got a "Ramón y Cajal" research position 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. Recently I was a visitant resercher at Columbia University (2018-2019).

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 the 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 preserved learning mechanisms in aphasic people. We explored also 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

- Vavra P, Sokolovič L, Porcu E, Ripollés P, Rodriguez-Fornells A & Noesselt T 2023. 'Entering into a self-regulated learning mode prevents detrimental effects of feedback removal on memory'. Science of Learning.8, 1, 2.
- Gomez-Andres A, Cerda-Company X, Cucurell D, Cunillera T & Rodríguez-Fornells A 2023, 'Decoding agency attribution using single trial error-related brain potentials.', Psychophysiology, ,e14434.
- Olive G, Penaloza C, Vaquero L, Laine M, Martin N & Rodriguez-Fornells A 2023, 'The right uncinate fasciculus supports verbal short-term memory in aphasia', Brain Structure & Function, 228, 875-893.

- Mas-Herrero E, Ferreri L, Cardona G, et al. 2023. 'The role of opioid transmission in music-induced pleasure'. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences1520, 1, 105-114.

- Elmer S, Besson M, Rodriguez-Fornells A & Giroud N 2023, 'Foreign speech sound discrimination and associative word learning lead to a fast reconfiguration of resting-state networks', Neuroimage, 271, 120026.
- Gurtubay-Antolin A, Bruña R, Collignon O & Rodríguez-Fornells, A. 2023, 'Tactile expectancy modulates occipital alpha oscillations in early blindness'. Neuroimage, 265, 119790.
- Navarrete-Orejudo L, Cerda-Company X, Olivé G, Martin N, Laine M, Rodríguez-Fornells A & Peñaloza C 2023, 'Expressive recall and recognition as complementary measures to assess novel word learning ability in aphasia' Brain and Language, 243, 105303.