Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Granada

HUM-379 Research Group


Emotion and Social Cognition

The aim of this line of research is to clarify the relations between attention, cognitive control, personality, and emotion.

Central questions are:

-What attentional mechanisms are mediated by anxiety?
-How the different types of anxiety (state, trait, clinical) modulate attention?
-What are the relations between cognitive control and emotional regulation?

Representative publications

Beffara,B., Wicker, B., Vermeulen, N., Ouellet, M., Bret, A., Funes, M.J., & Mermillod, M. (2015). Reduction of Interference Effect by Low Spatial Frequency Information Priming in an Emotional Stroop Task. Journal of Vision, 15(6):16, 1-9.

González-García, C., García-Carrión, B., López-Benítez, R., Sobrado, A., Acosta, A., & Ruz, M. (in press) Induced affective states do not modulate effort avoidance. Psychological Research. doi: 10.1007/s00426-020-01300-9.

López-Benítez, R., Acosta, A., Lupiáñez, J., & Carretro-Dios, H.(2018). High trait cheerfulness individuals are more sensitive to the emotional environment. Journal of Happiness Studies,19, 1589-1612.

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.

Marotta, A., Pasini, A., Ruggiero, S., Maccari, L., Rosa, C., Lupiáñez, J., & Casagrande, M. (2013). Inhibition of return in response to eye gaze and peripheral cues in young people with Asperger’s syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(4).

Pacheco-Unguetti, A. P., Acosta, A., Callejas, A., & Lupiáñez, J. (2010). Attention and anxiety different attentional functioning under state and trait anxiety. Psychological Science, 21, 298-304.

Pérez-Dueñas, C., Acosta, A., & Lupiáñez, J. (2014). Reduced habituation to angry faces: increased attentional capture as to override inhibition of return. Psychological research, 78, 196-208.

Ruz, M. & Tudela, P. (2011) Emotional conflict in interpersonal interactions. NeuroImage, 54, 1685-91.

Silvert, L. & Funes M.J. (2016). When do fearful faces override inhibition of return? Acta psychologica, 163:124-34

Soto, D., Funes, M. J., Guzmán-García, A., Warbrick, T., Rotshtein, P., & Humphreys, G.W. (2009). Pleasant music overcomes the loss of awareness in patients with visual neglect. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS),106(14), 6011-6016.

Telga, M., de Lemus, S., Cañadas, E., Rodríguez-Bailón, R., & Lupiáñez, J. (2018). Category-based learning about Deviant outgroup members hinders performance in trust decision making. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(JUN), 1–18.

Torres-Quesada, M., Korb, F.M., Funes, M.J., Lupiáñez, J., Egner, T. (2014). Comparing neural substrates of emotional vs. non-emotional conflict modulation by global control context. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, Nº66

Zorza, J.P., Marino, J., & Acosta, A. (2019). Predictive influence of executive functions, effortful control, empathy, and social behavior on the academic performance in early adolescents. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 39, 253-279.