Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Granada

HUM-379 Research Group


Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

We investigate both cognitive and brain mechanisms of development using different methodologies (speed and accuracy of responses, questionnaires, eye-tracking, EEG/ERPs, MRI).

Our research focuses on the study of attention and self-regulation from a multifaceted perspective.

We aim at understanding individual and maturational differences in self-regulation and the importance of this capacity for school competence.

We also work on the design and testing of training methods to improve children’s cognitive skills.

Representative publications

Abundis-Gutiérrez, A., Checa, P., Castellanos, C., & Rosario Rueda, M. (2014). Electrophysiological correlates of attention networks in childhood and early adulthood. Neuropsychologia, 57, 78-92.

Cómbita, L. M., Voelker, P., Abundis-Gutiérrez, A., Pozuelos, J. P., & Rueda, M. R. (2017) Influence of the SLC6A3-DAT1 gene on multifaceted measures of self-regulation in preschool children. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:26;

Conejero, A., Guerra, S., Abundis-Gutiérrez, A., & Rueda, M. R. (2018) Frontal theta activation associated with error detection in toddlers: Influence of familial socio-economic status. Developmental Science, 21: e12494; DOI: 10.1111/desc.12494

Conejero, A. & Rueda, M. R. (2018) Infant temperament and family socio-economic status in relation to the emergence of attention regulation. Scientific Reports, 8 (1), 11232; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-28831-x

Pozuelos, J.P., Cómbita, L.M., Abundis-Gutiérrez, A., Paz-Alonso, P.M., Conejero A., Guerra, S., & Rueda, M. R. (2019) Metacognitive scaffolding boosts cognitive and neural benefits following executive attention training in children. Developmental Science, e12756: 1-15; DOI: 10.1111/desc.12756.

Pozuelos, J. P., Paz-Alonso, P. M., Castillo, A., Fuentes, L. J., & Rueda, M. R. (2014). Development of attention networks and their interactions in childhood.Developmental psychology, 50(10), 2405-2415.

Rueda, M.R. (2018) Attention in the heart of intelligence. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 13: 26-33. DOI:

Rueda, M. R., Checa, P. & Cómbita, L. M. (2012) Enhanced efficiency of the executive attention network after training in preschool children: Immediate changes and effects after two months. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2S: S192-S204

Rueda, M. R., Fan, J., McCandliss, B. D., Halparin, J., Gruber, D., Pappert, L. & Posner, M. I. (2004) Development of attentional networks in childhood. Neuropsycologia, 42: 1029-1040.

Rueda, M. R., Rothbart, M. K., McCandliss, B. D., Saccomanno, L., & Posner, M. I. (2005). Training, maturation, and genetic influences on the development of executive attention. Proceedings of the national Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(41), 14931-14936.