We consider Attention as a system with three functions (Alertness -or selection in time-, Orienting -or selection in perception-, and Control -or selection in action and memory-), which can be exerted either in a stimulus driven manner or under top-down control.

Research in this line focuses on the investigation of these three attentional functions, with the goal to understand how they work in an interactive way to modulate behaviour,as well as their neural basis.

We have developed tasks to measure the functioning of each attentional network and their interactions (ANTI-Vea, ANTI, Child-ANTI, ANTI-Vigilance).

More specific lines of research are carried out on each attentional network and their interactions in different populations, and contextual situations.

Principal Investigators

Fabiano Botta
Senior Investigator
M. Grazia Capizzi
Senior Investigator
Ana B. Chica
Senior Investigator
Juan Lupiáñez
Senior Investigator
Andrea Marotta
Senior Investigator
Elisa Martín-Arévalo
Senior Investigator
Javier Ortiz-Tudela
Senior Investigator

Representative Publications

Bartolomeo, P., Thibeaut de Schotten, M., & Chica, A.B. (2012). Brain networks of visuospatial attention and their disruption in visual neglect. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 6:110. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2012.00110.

Botta, F., Martín-Arévalo, E., Lupiáñez, J., & Bartolomeo, P. (2019). Does spatial attention modulate sensory memory? PLoS ONE, 14(7).

Chica, A.B., Bartolomeo, P, & Lupiáñez, J. (2013). Two cognitive and neural systems for endogenous and exogenous spatial attention. Behavioural Brain Research, 237, 107–123.

Chica, A. B., Martín-Arévalo, E., Botta, F., & Lupiáñez, J. (2014). The spatial orienting paradigm: How to design and interpret spatial attention experiments. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 40, 35-51.

Luna, F. G., Marino, J., Roca, J., Lupiáñez, J. (2018) Executive and arousal vigilance decrement in the context of the attentional networks: The ANTI-Vea task, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Volume 306, 2018, Pages 77-87.

Luna, F. G., Román-Caballero, R., Barttfeld, P., Lupiáñez, J., & Martín-Arévalo, E. (2020). A High-Definition tDCS and EEG study on attention and vigilance: Brain stimulation mitigates the executive but not the arousal vigilance decrement. Neuropsychologia, In Press(March). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2020.107447

Marotta, A., Lupiáñez, J., Román-Caballero, R., Narganes-Pineda, C., Martín-Arévalo, E. (2019) Are eyes special? Electrophysiological and behavioural evidence for a dissociation between eye-gaze and arrows attentional mechanisms, Neuropsychologia, Volume 129, 2019, Pages 146-152.

Martín-Arévalo, E., Chica, A. B.*, & Lupiáñez, J.* (2015). No single electrophysiological marker for facilitation and inhibition of return: A review. Behavioural Brain Research, 300: 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2015.11.030

Martín-Arévalo, E., Lupiáñez, J., Narganes-Pineda, C., Marino, G., Colás, I., Chica, A. B. (2019) The causal role of the left parietal lobe in facilitation and inhibition of return, Cortex, Volume 117, 2019, Pages 311-322.

Ortiz-Tudela, J., Milliken, B., Jiménez, L. & Lupiáñez, J. (2018). Attentional influences on memory formation: A tale of a not-so-simple story. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-017-0784-2

Román-Caballero, R., Martín-Arévalo, E., & Lupiáñez, J. (2020). Attentional networks functioning and vigilance in expert musicians and non‑musicians. Psychological Research, (0123456789).