We use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (tES) to explore the causal role of different brain regions in cognitive processes such as (but not exclusively) Attention and Consciousness.

In this line of research, we also explore the influence of white matter microstructure on neuromodulation effects, wherein we have demonstrated that individual differences in white matter properties modulate the effect of TMS.

Principal Investigators

Ana B. Chica
Senior Investigator
Juan Lupiáñez
Senior Investigator
Elisa Martín-Arévalo
Senior Investigator

Representative Publications

Bourgeois, A., Chica, A.B., Valero-Cabré, A., & Bartolomeo, P. (2013). Cortical control of inhibition of return: Causal evidence for task-dependent modulations by dorsal and ventral parietal regions. Cortex, 49 (8), 2229–2238.

Bourgeois, A., Chica, A.B., Valero-Cabré, A., & Bartolomeo, P. (2013). Cortical control of inhibition of return: Exploring the causal contributions of the left parietal cortex. Cortex, 49(10), 2927–2934.

Chica, A.B., Bartolomeo, P., & Valero-Cabré, A. (2011). Dorsal and ventral parietal contributions to spatial orienting in the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(22): 8143– 8149.

Chica, A.B., Valero-Cabré, A., Paz-Alonso, P.M., & Bartolomeo, P. (2014). Causal contribution of left Frontal Eye Field to spatial attention and conscious perception. Cerebral Cortex, 24(3), 745-53. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhs357.

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.

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, 117: 311-317, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2019.04.025

Martín-Signes, M., Pérez-Serrano, C. & Chica, A.B. (2017). Causal contributions of the Supplementary Motor Area to alertness and consciousness interactions. Cerebral Cortex, 1-9.

Ortiz-Tudela, J., Martín-Arévalo, E., Chica, A.B., & Lupiáñez, J. (2017). Semantic incongruity attracts attention at a pre-conscious level: evidence from a TMS study. Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2017.08.035.