My research builds in the field of human neurophysiology and cognitive neuroscience:
brain executive functions: how we plan, perform and monitor complex cognitive tasks
externally and internally directed attention: how voluntary attention (visuo-spatial, semantic, motor) and self-focused attention (mind-wondering and self-centered thoughts) interact
role of neuromodulatory systems on cognition
brain functional and dynamic connectivity
I am interested in studying these brain processes in health and pathology by means of brain imaging techniques (fMRI, EEG).
I am part of the Cognitive NeuroGenetics group led by Thomas Espeseth. We employ different psycho-physical tasks to study the associated behavior, the physiological responses and the neural basis.
Ph.D. University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Project title: “Study of neuronal networks related to spontaneous brain processes, attention and motor planning in healthy subjects and neurological patients using functional magnetic resonance imaging.” Workplace: FLENI Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thesis director: Ramón Leiguarda.
fMRI and EEG data analysis collaboration with the Behavioral Neurology Research Unit, Department of Neurosciences and Rehabilitation, Tampere University Hospital.
- Expósito, Verónica; Castro, M.; Olmos, L; Leiguarda, R & Villarreal, M (2016). Modulation of the default-mode network and the attentional network by self-referential processes in patients with disorder of consciousness. Neuropsychologia. ISSN 0028-3932. . doi: doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.01.022