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Gonzalo

de la Casa

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Gonzalo de la Casa was born in Seville (Spain). He received his education at Seville University. A three-month research period at Tel-Aviv University (Israel) under the mentorship of Dr. Robert E. Lubow was his first experience in psychology research.

Upon returning to Seville, he run several research projects at the Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience.

He has visited different laboratories in the United States, collaborating with relevant researchers in the field of comparative Psychology.

Juan Carlos

López

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Juan Carlos López is a senior research and professor in the Animal Behavior and Neuroscience Lab (Dpt. Experimental Psychology) at University of Sevilla (Spain).

Dr. Lopez has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Health Science Center of the University of Tennessee with Professor A. Reiner and the Dpt. of Anatomy and Neurobiology of University of Maryland with Professor P. O’Donnell.

His research is focused in neuroanatomical bases of attentional processes. His group works in the relationship between cortico-striatal networks and automatic and controlled processes.

Estrella

Díaz

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Dra. Estrella Díaz is a senior research and associate professor in the Animal Behavior and Neuroscience Lab (Dpt. Experimental Psychology) at University of Sevilla (Spain). Dra. Díaz was a pre-doctoral fellow of the training university teachers program (Spanish Education Ministry). She worked with Dr. Frank Baeyens at the University of Leuven where she ran several studies on evaluative conditioning field. Her research is oriented towards understanding cognitive and neural processes of conditioning learning.

Juan Pedro

Vargas

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Juan Pedro Vargas was born in Lebrija (Spain). His work focuses on the comparative study of learning systems and memory representation combining electrophysiological recording with behavioral analysis. After obtaining his PhD in Psychology, he received a Fulbright scholarship for postdoctoral studies at Bowling Green State University with Dr. Vern P. Bingman. In 2004 he joined the Tactile Perception and Learning Lab at the International School for Advances Studies (SISSA-ISAS) in Trieste, Italy, led by Dr. Mathew Diamond. In 2007, he became a researcher at the Ramon y Cajal program in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the Universidad de Sevilla.

Gonzalo de la Casa

Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
delacasa@us.es
https://investigacion.us.es/sisius/sis_showpub.php?idpers=417

Gonzalo de la Casa was born in Seville (Spain). He received his education at Seville University. A three-month research period at Tel-Aviv University (Israel) under the mentorship of Dr. Robert E. Lubow was his first experience in psychology research. Upon returning to Seville, he run several research projects at the Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience. He has visited different laboratories in the United States, collaborating with relevant researchers in the field of comparative Psychology as Prof. William Timberlake (Indiana University), Prof. Nestor Schmajuk (Duke University), or Mauricio Papini (Texas Christian University). He is currently interested in the study of classical conditioning processes, both in animals and humans. More specifically, in the study of the latent inhibition phenomenon -the retardation in the adquisition of learned response to a conditioned stimulus after repeated exposures without consequences to such stimulus- from several perspectives (including the effect of parametric variables such a delays, type of preexposed stimulus, and, more recently, the effect of motivational and emotional factors). He is also conducting research on the effects of context-drug associations on cerebral activity, the study of Startle response and sensory motor gating deficits in several pathologies (sepcially in schizophrenia), or the analysis of flavor preferences and aversion conditioning.

Research Summary:

I’m interested in the study of classical conditioning processes, both in animals and humans. More specifically, I have studied the latent inhibition phenomenon -the retardation in the adquisition of learned response to a conditioned stimulus after repeated exposures without consequences to such stimulus- from several perspectives (including the effect of parametric variables such a delays, type of preexposed stimulus, and, more recently, the effect of motivational and emotional factors). I’m also currently interested in the effects of context-drug associations on cerebral activity, the study of Startle response and sensory motor gating deficits in several pathologies (sepcially in schizophrenia), or the analysis of flavor preferences and aversion conditioning.

Recent Publications:

Diaz, E., Vargas, J.P., Quintero, E., De la Casa, L.G., O’Donnell, P. y López, J.C. (2014). The role of dorsal striatum in proactive interference processes suggest that latent inhibition could be due to failure retrieval of conditional learning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 111, 19-25.

De la Casa, L.G., Mena, A., & Puentes, A. (2014). Startle Response and Prepulse Inhibition Modulation by Positive- and Negative-Induced Affect. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 91, 73-79.

De la Casa, L.G. (2013). Food and Water Deprivation Disrupts Latent Inhibition with an Auditory Fear Conditioning Procedure. Behavioural Processes, 100, 54-57.

Mena, A. y De la Casa, L.G. (2013). Prepulse inhibition modulation by contextual conditioning of dopaminergic activity. Behavioural Brain Research, 252, 188-194.

De la Casa, L.G. y Díaz, E. (2013). Contextual Control of Flavor Neophobia. Physiology & Behavior, 118, 45-51.

De la Casa, L.G. Mena, A., Orgaz, A. y Fernández, A. (2013). Disentangling the effects of context change and context familiarity on Latent Inhibition with a Conditioned Taste Aversion procedure. Learning and Motivation, 44, 127-136.

Traverso, L.M., Ruiz, G. & De la Casa, L.G. (2012). Effect of the NMDA antagonist MK-801 on latent inhibition of fear conditioning. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, & Behavior, 102, 488-494.

De la Casa, L.G., Fernandez, A., Larrauri, J., Mena, A., Puentes, A., Quintero, E. y Schmajuk, N. (2012). Different effects of unexpected changes in environmental conditions on prepulse inhibition in rats and humans, Physiology & Behavior, 106, 542-547.

Traverso, L.M., Ruiz, G. & De la Casa, L.G. (2012). MK-801 induces a low intensity conditioned taste aversion. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, & Behavior, 100, 645-651.

Traverso, L.M., Camino, G., Ruiz, G. y De la Casa, L.G. (2012) . Eliminación del trazo gustativo tras la administración de MK-801. Psicologica, 33, 237-255

Quintero, E., Díaz, E., Vargas, J.P., Schmajuk, N., Lopez, J.C., & De la Casa, L.G. (2011). Effects of Context Novelty vs. Familiarity on Latent Inhibition with a Conditioned Taste Aversion Procedure. Behavioral Processes, 86, 242-249.

Quintero, E., Díaz, E., Vargas, J.P., De la Casa, L.G., & Lopez, J.C. (2011). Ventral Subiculum Involvement in Latent Inhibition Context Specificity. Physiology and Behavior, 108, 414-420

Díaz, E.y De la Casa, L.G. (2011). Extinction, Spontaneous Recovery and Renewal of Flavor Preferences Based on Taste-Taste Learning. Learning and Motivation , 42, 64-75

De la Casa, L.G., Traverso, L.M. y Marquez, R. (2010). Effect of a Retention Interval Between Pre-Exposure and Conditioning on Latent Inhibition in Humans Using a Blink Conditioning Procedure. Psicothema, 22,708-714.

Traverso, L.M. Quintero, E., Vargas, J.P., De la Casa, L.G., Lopez J.L. (2010). Taste Memory Trace Disruption by Ap5 Administration in Basolateral Amygdala. Neuroreport, 99-103

Traverso, L.M., Ruiz, G. Y De la Casa, L.G. (2010). Interrupción del Efecto de Inhibición Latente Por la Administración de Mk-801. Psicologica, 30, 245-270

Juan Carlos López

Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
jclopez@us.es
https://investigacion.us.es/sisius/sis_showpub.php?idpers=826

Juan Carlos López is a senior research and professor in the Animal Behavior and Neuroscience Lab (Dpt. Experimental Psychology) at University of Sevilla (Spain). Dr. Lopez has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Health Science Center of the University of Tennessee with Professor A. Reiner and the Dpt. of Anatomy and Neurobiology of University of Maryland with Professor P. O’Donnell. His research is focused in neuroanatomical bases of attentional processes. His group works in the relationship between cortico-striatal networks and automatic and controlled processes.

 

Recent Publications:

Diaz, E, Vargas, JP, Lopez, JC. (in press) The basal ganglia contribution to controlled and automatic processing. En J.J. Soghomonian (ed). The Basal Ganglia: Novel Perspectives on Motor and Cognitive Functions. Springer. New York, NY, U.S.A.

Vargas JP, Díaz E, Portavella, M. y Lopez JC. Animal Models of Maladaptive Traits: Disorders in Sensorimotor Gating and Attentional Quantifiable Responses as Possible Endophenotypes. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1-9.

Díaz E, Medellín, J., Sánchez, N. Vargas JP, y Lopez JC. Involvement of D1 and D2 dopamine receptor in the recovery processes of stimuli in latent inhibition. Psychopharmacology, 232, 4337-4346.

López, JC. Karlsson, RM. O’Donnell P (2015). Dopamine D2 Modulation of Sign and Goal Tracking in Rats. Neuropsychopharmacology, 40, 2096-102.

Díaz E, Vargas JP, Quintero E, Gonzalo de la Casa L, O’Donnell P y Lopez JC. (2014). Differential implication of dorsolateral and dorsomedial srtiatum in encoding and recovery processes of latent inhibition. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 111, 19-25

Quintero, E., Vargas, J.P. Diaz, E., Escarabajal, M.D., Carrasco, M. y López, J.C.  (2014). c-Fos positive nucleus reveals that contextual specificity of latent inhibition is dependent of insular cortex. Brain Research Bulletin, 108, 74-79.

Díaz, E. Lopez, JC. y Luque, C.(2012). Análisis de la atención sostenida en pacientes de Parkinson bajo tratamiento con precursores de dopamina. Revista de Neurología, 55, 257- 262

Vargas, JP, Lopez, JC, Portavella, M (2012). Amygdala and Emotional Learning in Vertebrates. A Comparative Perspective. En B. Ferry (ed). Amygdala. InTech. Rijeka, Croatia. pp. 1-32.

Lopez, JC. (2012). Sinapsis para recordar. Mente y Cerebro, 54, 42-48

Vargas, JP Portavella, M Quintero, E y López, JC (2011). Neural basis of the Spatial Navigation based on Geometric Cues. Behavioural Brain Research, 225, 367-372

Vargas, JP Quintero, E y López, JC (2011). Influence of distal and proximal cues in encoding geometric information. Animal Cognition, 14, 351-358.

Lopez, JC. (2011). De moléculas, redes y cognición. Alambique, 68, 8-18

Traverso, LM., Quintero, E., Vargas, JP., de la Casa, LG. y Lopez, JC. (2010) Taste memory trace disruption by AP5 administration in basolateral amygdala. Neuroreport, 21, 99-103

Vargas, J.P. López, J.C. y Portavella, M. (2009). What are the functions of fish brain pallium? Brain Research Bulletin, 79, 436-440.

Estrella Díaz Argandoña

Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
estredi@us.es
https://investigacion.us.es/sisius/sis_showpub.php?idpers=6519

Dra. Estrella Díaz is a senior research and associate professor in the Animal Behavior and Neuroscience Lab (Dpt. Experimental Psychology) at University of Sevilla (Spain). Dra. Díaz was a pre-doctoral fellow of the training university teachers program (Spanish Education Ministry). She worked with Dr. Frank Baeyens at the University of Leuven where she ran several studies on evaluative conditioning field. Her research is oriented towards understanding cognitive and neural processes of conditioning learning.

Selected publications:

Pérez-Díaz, F., Díaz, E., Sánchez, N., Vargas, J.P. Pearce, J. M., López, J.C. (under revision). Different involvement of dorso-lateral striatum in automatic and controlled processing of a future conditional stimulus.

Diaz, E, Vargas, JP, Lopez, JC. (in press) The basal ganglia contribution to controlled and automatic processing. En J.J. Soghomonian (ed). The Basal Ganglia: Novel Perspectives on Motor and Cognitive Functions. Springer. New York, NY, U.S.A.

Vargas JP, Díaz E, Portavella, M. y Lopez JC. (2016) Animal Models of Maladaptive Traits: Disorders in Sensorimotor Gating and Attentional Quantifiable Responses as Possible Endophenotypes. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1-9.

Díaz E, Medellín, J., Sánchez, N. Vargas JP, y Lopez JC (2015). Involvement of D1 and D2 dopamine receptor in the recovery processes of stimuli in latent inhibition. Psychopharmacology, 232, 4337-4346.

Díaz E, Vargas JP, Quintero E, Gonzalo de la Casa L, O’Donnell P y Lopez JC. (2014). Differential implication of dorsolateral and dorsomedial srtiatum in encoding and recovery processes of latent inhibition. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 111, 19-25

Quintero, E., Vargas, J.P. Diaz, E., Escarabajal, M.D., Carrasco, M. y López, J.C.  (2014). c-Fos positive nucleus reveals that contextual specificity of latent inhibition is dependent of insular cortex. Brain Research Bulletin, 108, 74-79.

De la Casa, G., y Díaz, E. (2013). Contextual control of flavour neophobia. Physiology and Behavior, 118, 45-51.

Díaz, E. Lopez, JC. y Luque, C.(2012). Análisis de la atención sostenida en pacientes de Parkinson bajo tratamiento con precursores de dopamina. Revista de Neurología, 55, 257- 262.

Quintero, E., Díaz, E, Vargas, JP., de la Casa, LG. y Lopez, JC. (2011) Ventral subiculum involvement in latent inhibition context specificity. Physiology and Behavior, 102, 414-420

Quintero, E., Díaz, E, Vargas, JP., Schmajuk, N, Lopez, JC. y de la Casa, LG. (2011) Effects of context novelty vs. familiarity on latent inhibition with a conditioned taste aversion procedure. Behavioural Processes. 86, 242-249.

Díaz, Estrella, De la Casa, Gonzalo (2011). Extinction, spontaneous recovery and renewal of flavor preferences. Learning and Motivation, 42, 64-75.

Díaz, E., Ruiz, G. y Baeyens, F.(2005). Resistance to extinction on human evaluative conditioning using a between-subjects desing. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 245-268.

Díaz Argandoña, Estrella, Casa Rivas, Luis Gonzalo (2002). Latent Inhibition in Human Affective Learning.  Emotion, 2, 242-250.

Juan Pedro Vargas

Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
vargas@us.es
https://investigacion.us.es/sisius/sis_showpub.php?idpers=6581

Juan Pedro Vargas is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the Universidad de Sevilla. His work focuses on the comparative study of learning systems and memory representation combining electrophysiological recording with behavioral analysis. During his doctoral studies he focused on the neural basis of spatial memory using a comparative approach, receiving extensive training in comparative neuroanatomy and behavioral methods. These works were awarded the Special Prize of Doctorate of the University of Seville in 2000. After obtaining his PhD in Psychology, he received a Fulbright scholarship for postdoctoral studies at Bowling Green State University with Dr. Vern P. Bingman. Dr. Bingman is a renowned scientist in the field of behavioral neuroscience, especially in comparative studies of spatial cognition. During this period, he used electrophysiological methods to reveal the involvement of the hippocampal formation of birds in memory processes, especially in the coding of geometric spatial information and detecting the geomagnetic field. After this period, he returned to the University of Seville for a year to study the involvement of the hippocampus in the temporal modulation and the context in latent inhibition processes. In October 2004 he joined the Tactile Perception and Learning Lab at the International School for Advances Studies (SISSA-ISAS) in Trieste, Italy, led by Dr. Mathew Diamond, to study the involvement of the somatosensory cortex in memory processes. This research group has studied for decades coding tactile stimuli in primary rat somatosensory cortex and this experience has generated the starting point of a new model to study the involvement of the somatosensory cortex in detecting and memory storage for stimuli tactile. In July 2007, he became a researcher at the Ramon y Cajal program in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Seville, leading a project funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation on the involvement of the hippocampus in encoding three-dimensional stimuli, correlating the recording of isolated neurons with behavioral parameter. During these years, he has worked in different laboratories with different approaches to a common theme: the neural representation of memory. The results of their research are published in more than 30 articles in journals indexed in Science Citation Index, as well as in national magazines, books and book chapters. The impact of their publications is reflected in the more than 1000 citations throws the database Science Citation Index. He has participated in various projects in several countries and is a reviewer for several international journals. Also, his research career has been possible thanks to funding from different Spanish, European, American and Italian banks. He has received certification for the purposes of Incentive Programme for the Incorporation and Intensification of Research (I3) Activity for the quality of production and scientific and technological activity involving an outstanding track record.

Recent Publications:

Vargas JP, Díaz E, Portavella M y Lopez JC (2016). Animals models of disadaptative personality traits. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 00206. DOI=10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00206

Diaz, E, Vargas, JP, Lopez, JC. The basal ganglia contribution to controlled and automatic processing. En J.J. Soghomonian (ed). The Basal Ganglia: Novel Perspectives on Motor and Cognitive Functions. Springer. New York, NY, U.S.A. (2016)

Díaz E, Medellín J, Sánchez N, Vargas JP y Lopez JC (2015). Involvement of D1 and D2 dopamine receptor in the retrieval processes in latent inhibition. Psychopharmacology, 232, 4337-4346.

Díaz E, Vargas JP, Quintero E, Gonzalo de la Casa L, O’Donnell P y Lopez JC. (2014). Differential implication of dorsolateral and dorsomedial srtiatum in encoding and recovery processes of latent inhibition. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 111, 19-25.

Quintero, E., Vargas, J.P. Diaz, E., Escarabajal, M.D., Carrasco, M. y López, J.C. (2014). c-Fos positive nucleus reveals that contextual specificity of latent inhibition is dependent of insular cortex. Brain Research Bulletin, 108, 74-79.

Vargas, JP Portavella, M Quintero, E y López, JC (2011). Neural basis of the Spatial Navigation based on Geometric Cues. Behavioural Brain Research, 225, 367-372

Vargas, JP Quintero, E y López, JC (2011). Influence of distal and proximal cues in encoding geometric information. Animal Cognition, 14, 351-358.

Quintero, E; Díaz, E; Vargas, JP; De la Casa, LG y López, JC (2011). Ventral subiculum involvement in latent inhibition context specificity. Physiology and Behavior, 102, 414-420.

Quintero, E; Díaz, E; Vargas, JP; Schmajuk, N; López, JC y De la Casa, LG (2011). Effects of context novelty vs. familiarity on latent inhibition with a conditioned taste aversion procedure. Behavioural Processes, 86, 242-249.

Almudena Serrano Barroso

PhD Student
Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
aserrano3@us.es
http://www.us.es/acerca/directorio/ppdi/personal_12516

Research Summary:

I am interested in the study of impulsivity and attentional disorders, both in animals and humans. Mainly, I am working in Autoshaping procedure (a classical Pavlovian conditioning where, the presentation of a cue is associated with the presentation of a reward and with repeated pairings the CS comes to elicit a conditional response) and its implications for addiction. I am also fascinated by the individual differences in the basic cognitive processes.

Currently, I am working with Brain Computer Interface Technology and brain signal processing in humans. I am also interested in the study of the human intelligence and clinical application developments for a new perspective on ADHD and other cognitive disorders.

Recent Publications:

Serrano-Barroso, Pérez-Diaz, Vargas, and López (2015). Variation of incentive salience processing during ontogenic development. XXVII Congreso Internacional de Psicología Comparada. Sevilla. España.

Márquez, Esber, Serrano-Barroso, López, and Diaz (2015). D1 and D2 dopaminergic receptor involvement in recovery of a CS with a latent inhibition procedure. XXVII Congreso Internacional de Psicología Comparada. Sevilla. España.

Serrano-Barroso, A., Vargas, J.P., Díaz,E., López, J.C. (2014) Phenotypic Differences in Responses to a Program for Extinction of Conditioned Fear. 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience. Milán. Italia.

Mena, A., Puentes-Alfonso, A., Ruiz-Salas, J.C., Quintero, E., Serrano-Barroso, A., Dorado-Siles, I., Ruiz-Veguilla, M., De la Casa., L.G. (2014) Analysis of startle magnitude and Prepulse Inhibition in acute and chronic schizophrenics. 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience. Milan. Italia.

Serrano-Barroso, A., Vargas, JP, Díaz, E. López, JC. (2014) Seguimiento de señal y de meta orientado al estudio diagnóstico de diferentes tipos de hiperactividad. VII Congreso Internacional y XII Nacional de Psicología Clínica. Sevilla. España

Mena, A., Serrano-Barroso, A., Puentes-Alfonso, A., Ruiz-Salas, J.C., Quintero, E., Dorado-Siles, I. Ruiz-Veguilla, M., López-García, J.C., De la Casa, L.G. Análisis de la respuesta de alerta y de la Inhibición Prepulso en pacientes con trastorno bipolar. VII Congreso Internacional y XII Nacional de Psicología Clínica. Sevilla. España.

Pérez, E. Quintero, A. Serrano-Barroso, E. Díaz, López J.C. (2014). Dorsal lateral striatum involvement in processing of future CS in latent inhibition. XXVI Meeting of the Spanish Society for Comparative Psychology. Braga. Portugal.

Serrano-Barroso, A., Mena-Peinado, Quintero, E., M.A., Revilla, P., Gómez-Sancho, L.E.,, Vargas, J.P., Díaz,E., López, J.C. (2013) Genetic Differences in Responses to a Program for Extinction of Conditioned Fear. Congreso Internacional Federación Europea de Neurociencia. The Neurobiology of Action. Stresa. Italia.

Gutiérrez-Ferre V., Serrano-Barroso, A., López J.C., Pellón R. (2013): Development of schedule induced polydipsia in goal- and sign tracker rats. Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Psicología Comparada. San Sebastián. España.

Quintero, E., Mena, A., Serrano-Barroso, A., Vargas, J.P., Díaz,E., López, J.C. (2012) Involvement of striatal dorsolateral in automatic control processes. XXIV Congreso Internacional de Psicología Comparada. Jaén. España.

Serrano-Barroso A. (2012) El impacto del diagnóstico de alta capacidad en padres y madres. Un estudio exploratorio en I Jornadas de Psicología y Psiquiatría Campo de Gibraltar. Algeciras. España.

Vargas, JP, Serrano-Barroso, A, Bovet, M. (2011) Representación neuronal de características tridimensionales del entorno en el sistema hipocámpico de ratas. XX Congreso Nacional de la Sociedad Española de Neurociencia. Salamanca. España.

M. Auxiliadora Mena Peinado

PhD Student
Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
mmena3@us.es
https://investigacion.us.es/sisius/sis_showpub.php?idpers=18911

Research Summary:

Prepulse Inhibition (PPI) and Latent inhibition (LI) are phenomena which are analysed in our lab. My aim is to study the relationship between contextual conditioning and dopaminergic activity in schizophrenic animal models. Moreover, I am interested in researching the brain development and its relation with sensory motor gating, PPI and IL. In the same way, we study with different pathologies as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In previous studies, my group and I were analysing the role of emotional and motivational manipulations on both phenomena.

Recent Publications:

De la Casa, L.G., Mena, A. & Ruiz-Salas, J.C. (2016). Effect of Stress and Attention on Startle Response and Prepulse Inhibition. Physiology & Behavior, in press.

De la Casa, L.G., Mena, A., & Puentes, A. (2014). Startle Response and Prepulse Inhibition Modulation by Positive- and Negative-Induced Affect. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 91, 73-79.

Mena, A. y De la Casa, L.G. (2013). Prepulse inhibition modulation by contextual conditioning of dopaminergic activity. Behavioural Brain Research, 252, 188-194.

De la Casa, L.G. Mena, A., Orgaz, A. y Fernández, A. (2013). Disentangling the effects of context change and context familiarity on Latent Inhibition with a Conditioned Taste Aversion procedure. Learning and Motivation, 44, 127-136.

De la Casa, L.G., Fernandez, A., Larrauri, J., Mena, A., Puentes, A., Quintero, E. y Schmajuk, N. (2012). Different effects of unexpected changes in environmental conditions on prepulse inhibition in rats and humans, Physiology & Behavior, 106, 542-547.

Florencio Rengel Borreguero

Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
frengel@us.es
http://www.florenciorengelborreguero.com

Investigación actual:

La investigación que estamos realizando, se centra en el inicio y desarrollo de la Psicología en la Universidad de Sevilla, centrándonos en el plano académico e investigador. La creación de los estudios formales de Psicología con rango de Licenciatura, sus antecedentes, los pioneros, su desarrollo posterior, hasta llegar al presente. Analizamos el contexto histórico en el que nacen los estudios, tanto en España como en Andalucía, sus antecedentes y la evolución que estos tienen. Se trabaja la relación con el Colegio de Psicología de Andalucía Occidental junto con la revista de Apuntes de Psicología. Las líneas de investigación, el desarrollo Departamental, la creación de la Facultad de Psicología, los planes de estudio para procurar comprender el devenir actual de la Psicología académica en Sevilla.

Inmaculada Dorado Siles

Head nurse of the Liaison Psychiatry Program
Mental health mentor.
University Hospital Virgen del Rocío
C/ Manuel Siurot, s/n
41013 Sevilla (Spain)
minmaculada.dorado.sspa@juntadeandalucia.es

Research Summary:

It becomes clear that attentional processes plays a fundamental role in the perceptual integration of the sensory data. An alteration of this processes, leads to personal, familiar, economic repercusions. Knowledge of these attentional deficits, as well as its evaluation and rehabilitation, is essential for the improvement of the healthcare of these patients.

My area of interest focuses on the identification and the analysis of the associations that contextual cues and Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics (LAI) responses, might establish.

Recent Publications:

Dorado Siles, I, Mena Peinado, A, Ruiz Salas, JC, Jiménez Casado, C, De la Casa Rivas, G. (2016). Evaluación de la atención en las personas con esquizofrenia. En: Las enfermeras de salud mental avanzando: retos y soluciones (pp. 1671-1711). Madrid: ANESM.

Pérez Moreno JJ, Dorado Siles MI, Salazar Gámez A, Romero García M y Devesa del Valle S. (2015). Calidad de vida en las personas con obesidad mórbida después de la cirugía bariátrica. En: Nuevos significados en los cuidados de enfermería de salud mental (pp. 1496-1509). Madrid: ANESM.

Dorado Siles MI, Pérez Moreno JJ, Martínez Cabello V, Ayala Gambín JA y Sarmiento González-Nieto V. (2015). Valoración y abordaje de las situaciones de riesgo autolítico en una unidad de quemados. En: Nuevos significados en los cuidados de enfermería de salud mental (pp. 2510-2523). Madrid: ANESM.

Garrido Torrecillas FJ, Álvarez-Tello M, Boza Reposo C, Carretié Warleta M, Dorado Siles I, Galindo Bas MD, Gutiérrez Nieto MD, Hervás de la Torre A, Martínez Angulo A, Martínez Rubio A, Sánchez Vázquez AR (Editores) (2014). Programa de salud infantil y adolescente de Andalucía (PSIA-A). Consejería de Igualdad, Salud y Políticas Sociales.

Dorado Siles, I., Fuentes Márquez, S., Granados Rodríguez, D., Mena Peinado, A., Romero García, M, Pérez Moreno, JJ. (2014). Experiencia de una intervención psicoeducativa grupal con familiares de personas con obesidad mórbida candidatas a cirugía bariátrica. En: Los cuidados enfermeros desde una aproximación relacional (pp. 1158-1166). Madrid: Editorial: ANESM.

Dorado Siles, I., Amuedo Rincón, M., Lechuga Correa, EM, Mena Peinado, A., Martínez Cabello, V., Devesa del Valle, S. (2014). Análisis de la demanda de intentos autolíticos en un programa de enlace de salud mental. En: Los cuidados enfermeros desde una aproximación relacional (pp. 1166-1174). Madrid: Editorial ANESM.

Fuentes Márquez, S., Dorado Siles, I. y Granados Rodríguez, D. (2013). Resultados obtenidos tras la intervención grupal con pacientes afectos de obesidad mórbida. En: 30 años de experiencia para mirar al futuro (pp. 2002-2011). Madrid: Editorial ANESM.

Sánchez Díaz, R.M. y Dorado Siles, M.I. (2011). Una experiencia en formación: la capacitación de instructores en soporte vital avanzado. Rev Enfermeriadeurgencias, 1(2): 28-32.

Muñoz Arteaga, D., Dorado Siles, I., Sánchez Díaz, R., Romero Nieva-Lozano, J., Pérez Santana, JM. (Coordinadores Técnicos) (2011). Sociedad Española de Enfermería de Urgencias y Emergencias. Cuidando con cuidado. Sevilla: Editorial: MAD, SL.

Dorado Siles, MI., Luengo González, R., Abad Sanz, C., Álvarez Tello, M. (2010). Propuesta de un plan de cuidados estandarizado para los niños con trastorno del espectro autista en una unidad de salud mental infantil. En: Hacia un futuro global para enfermería: desarrollar el lenguaje compartiendo conocimientos (pp. 1145-1150). Madrid: Editorial: AENTDE.

Muñoz Arteaga, D., Dorado Siles, I., Sánchez Díaz, R., Romero Nieva-Lozano, J. (Coordinadores Técnicos) (2010). Enfermería de Urgencias y Emergencias: Hacia un modelo universal de cuidados. Vol 1 y 2. Sevilla: MAD, SL.

Dorado Siles, I., Ruiz Gómez, E., Suárez Ramírez, N., Sánchez Díaz, R., Reina Sousa, C. (2010). Intervención de enfermería en los trastornos del espectro autista como elemento clave para una buena práctica clínica. Rev Paraninfo Digital, IV (8).

Guía de Práctica Clínica para el manejo de pacientes con Trastorno del Espectro Autista en Atención Primaria, Grupo de Trabajo de la Guía de Práctica clínica para el manejo de pacientes con trastornos del espectro autista en Atención Primaria (2009). Madrid: Plan Nacional para el SNS del MSC. Unidad de Evaluación de Tecnologías Sanitarias. Agencia Laín Entralgo.

Juan Carlos Ruiz Salas

Ph.D. Student
Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
juaruisal@gmail.com

Research Summary:

On the one hand, I’m interested in the study of evaluative conditioning (EC) in human participants, a kind of learning through which a neutral stimulus gets an affective value after pairing it with an unconditioned stimulus that has a hedonic value. The most studied feature of EC is its notable resistance to extinction. More specifically, I’m researching about some experimental procedures for get the extinction of the EC.

On the other hand, I’m studying the effect of motivational and emotional factors on the latent inhibition phenomenon -the retardation in the adquisition of learned response to a conditioned stimulus after repeated exposures without consequences to such stimulus. Likewise, I’m also interested in the effect of motivational and emotional factor on Startle response, prepulse inhibition phenomenon and sensory motor gating deficits in schizophrenic patients and in healthy participants.

Recent Publications:

De la Casa, L.G., Mena, A. & Ruiz-Salas, J.C. (2016). Effect of Stress and Attention on Startle Response and Prepulse Inhibition. Physiology & Behavior, in press.

Esperanza Quintero

Ph. D. Professor
Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
equintero@us.es
https://investigacion.us.es/sisius/sis_showpub.php?idpers=14189

Research summary:

My research focuses on the comparative study of learning and memory systems and neural bases. Specifically in the study of latent inhibition, their relationship with the context and the structures involved in modulating both learning and information retrieval phases. I also make my studies on the effect of several drugs in the modulation of this phenomenon (model among other disorders, schizophrenia), especially dopamine. I´m currently interested and I´m starting studies with serotonin modulators.

Publicaciones en Revistas

Quintero, E., Vargas, J.P., Díaz, E., Escarbaja, M.D., Carrasco, M. & López, J.C. (2014). c-Fos positive nucleus reveals that contextual specificity of latent inhibition is dependent os insular cortex. Brain Research Bulletin, 108, 74-79.

Díaz, E., Vargas, J.P., Quintero, E., De la Casa, L.G., O´Donnell, P. & López, J.C. (2014). Differential implication of dorsolateral and dorsomedial striatum inencoding and recovery processes of latent inhibition. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 111, 19-25.

De la Casa, L.G., Fernandez, A., Larrauri, J., Mena, A., Puentes, A., Quintero, E. y Schmajuk, N. (2012). Different effects of unexpected changes in environmental conditions on prepulse inhibition in rats and humans, Physiology & Behavior, 106, 542-547.

Quintero, E., Díaz, E., Vargas, J.P., Schmajuk, N., Lopez, J.C., & De la Casa, L.G. (2011). Effects of Context Novelty vs. Familiarity on Latent Inhibition with a Conditioned Taste Aversion Procedure. Behavioral Processes, 86, 242-249.

Quintero, E., Díaz, E., Vargas, J.P., De la Casa, L.G., & Lopez, J.C. (2011). Ventral Subiculum Involvement in Latent Inhibition Context Specificity. Physiology and Behavior, 108, 414-420.

Vargas, J.P., Portavella, M., Quintero, E., y López, J.C. (2011). Neural Basis of the spatial navigation based on geometric cues. Behavioural Brain Research, 225, 367-372.

Vargas, J.P., Quintero, E., y López, J.C. (2011). Influence of distal and proximal cues in encoding geometric information. Animal Cognition, 14, 351-358.

Luis Miguel Traverso Arcos, Esperanza Quintero Sánchez, Juan Pedro Vargas Romero, Luis Gonzalo de la Casa Rivas, Juan Carlos Lopez Garcia. (2010).Taste Memory Trace Disruption by Ap5 Administration in Basolateral Amygdala. Neuroreport, 99-103.

Luis Miguel Traverso Arcos

Ph. D. Researcher
Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
lmta@us.es
https://investigacion.us.es/sisius/sis_showpub.php?idpers=6533

Research Summary:

My main line of research is related to the associative and neurobiological basis of latent inhibition. Additionally, I am interested in others phenomena of learning as habituation to neophobia, conditioned taste aversion, potentiation of odor aversions by taste, conditioned emotional response, etc. I am researching the molecular and cellular mechanisms implied in these learning phenomena and how the structures and biochemical reactions modulate the associative processes in animals and humans.

To date, my main efforts have been directed to study the role of NMDA receptors in learning and memory. I pretend analyze if molecular structures as NMDA receptors have a specific function related to learning and memory, independently of brain regions where they are located, and independently of characteristics of information that the system is processing. In opposite direction, I am interested in the possible functional heterogeneity of these structures. In this sense, it is interesting to study possible subtypes of these biological structures and as their features and properties determine a different modulation of neural plasticity and cognitive processes.

To achieve these objectives, I disrupt the functional activation of molecular structures as NMDA receptors and I introduce different parametric manipulations in the behavioral design. In a short time, I pretend manipulate biochemical reactions that precede or are triggered by the activation of this type of receptors and to analyze their consequences. To this end, it’s possible use different methodological procedures including behavioral tests, systemic pharmacology, intracranial inoculation of pharmacologic agents, localized lesions of specific encephalic regions, quantification of neurotransmitters, analysis of biochemical processes and genetic expression, etc.

This type of studies are useful for a better understanding of the molecular, cellular and structural mechanisms of the neural system, and the electrophysiological pathways that interconnect different brain areas. Also, they contribute data relevant to the treatment of neuropathologies and neurodegenerative disorders. By last, they facilitate the study of the interrelation of neurophysiological mechanisms and psychological processes, and its functional and adaptative relevance from an evolutionary point of view.

Recent Publications:

Traverso, L.M., Ruiz, G., & De la Casa, L.G. (2012). Effect of the NMDA antagonist MK-801 on latent inhibition of fear conditioning. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 102, 488-494.

Traverso, L.M., Camino, G., Ruiz, G., & De la Casa, L.G. (2012). Eliminación del trazo gustativo tras la administración de MK-801. Psicológica, 33, 237-255.

Traverso, L.M., Ruiz, G., & De la Casa, L.G. (2012). MK-801 induces a low intensity conditioned taste aversion. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 100, 645-651.

De la Casa, L.G., Traverso, L.M., & Márquez, R. (2010). Effect of a retention interval between pre-exposure and conditioning on latent inhibition in humans using a blink conditioning procedure. Psicothema, 22, 708-714.

Traverso, L.M., Quintero, E., Vargas, J.P., De la Casa, L.G., & López, J.C. (2010). Taste memory trace disruption by AP5 administration in basolateral amygdala. Neuroreport, 21, 99-103.

Traverso, L.M., Ruiz, G., & De la Casa, L.G. (2009). Interrupción del efecto de inhibición latente por la administración de MK-801. Psicológica, 30, 245-270.

Traverso, L.M., Ruiz, G., Camino, G., & De la Casa, L.G. (2008). Ketamine blocks the formation of a gustatory memory trace in rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 90, 305-311.

Traverso, L.M. (2004). Efectos del MK-801 sobre la Inhibición Latente en la Aversión Condicionada al Sabor (PhD – thesis). http://fondosdigitales.us.es – University of Seville.

Traverso, L.M., Ruiz, G., & De la Casa, L.G. (2003). Latent inhibition disruption by MK-801 in a conditioned taste-aversion paradigm. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 80, 140-146.

Raúl Márquez Zamora

Universidad Isabel I
C/ Fernán Gonzalez, 76, 09003 (Burgos).
raul.marquez@ui1.es

Breve biografía:

Soy Doctor en Psicología con mención de Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado.

Mi labor profesional ha girado en torno a tres campos diferentes que se han relacionado sinérgicamente:

– Investigación: Disfruté un contrato posdoctoral en la Universidad del País Vasco y he realizado estancias de investigación en la Universidad de Granada y la Duke University (USA). Fui becario FPI del MEC, he participado en varios proyectos de investigación y tengo diversas publicaciones y asistencias a congresos en el campo del aprendizaje y la cognición.

– Docencia: Soy profesor adjunto y coordinador académico del grado en Psicología de la Universidad Isabel I. Estoy acreditado como Profesor de Universidad Privada por la ANECA y desde el año 2006 he sido profesor en diversos grados de la Universidad de Sevilla y de la Universidad Pablo de Olavide, y de un máster en la Universidad de Jaén.

– Profesional: He sido varios años director técnico y terapeuta del centro de día LIMAM (adicciones), psicólogo en el centro psicopedagógico ABEPA y formador para LARES Andalucía (mayores), DIDOP (psicología positiva) y centro CADIS (altas capacidades).

Publicaciones:

Rodriguez, G., Marquez, R., Gil, M., Alonso, G., Hall, G. (2014). The Hall-Rodriguez theory of Latent Inhibition: Further Assessment of Compound Stimulus Preexposure Effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and and Cognition, 40(4):425-30.

Rohlfs, P., Gámiz, F., Gil, M., Moreno, H.C., Márquez, R., Gallo, M., De Brugada, I. (2013). Providing Choise Increases Children´s Vegetable Intake. Food Quality and Preference, Volume 30, Issue 2, 108–113.

Márquez, R., Quintero, E. (2011). XXIII Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Psicología Comparada. Apuntes de Psicología, Vol. 29, nº 3, 515-520.

De la Casa, L.G, Traverso, L.M., Márquez, R. (2010). Effect of a retention interval between pre-exposure and conditioning on latent inhibition in humans using a blink conditioning procedure. Psicothema, Vol. 22, nº 4, 708-714.

De la Casa, L.G, Márquez, R., Lubow, R.E. (2009). Super-Latent Inhibition of Conditioned Taste Preference With a Long Retention Interval. Learning and Motivation, 40, 329-342.

Paola Revilla Sánchez

Técnico Especialista de Laboratorio
Personal de Administración y Servicios de la Universidad de Sevilla
Laboratorio de Conducta Animal y Neurociencia
Departamento de Psicología Experimental
C/Camilo José Cela s/n
41018 Sevilla (España)
paolarevilla@us.es

Competencias, funciones e intereses 

Las competencias y funciones propias de un técnico , aquellas que velan por el buen funcionamiento del laboratorio, apoyo a la investigación y docencia; así como, las buenas prácticas relacionadas con el bienestar animal.

Intereses, todos aquellos que conlleven al buen funcionamiento, enriquecimiento y mejora de los trabajos e investigaciones que se realizan en el laboratorio.

Aportaciones en calidad de técnico de laboratorio

Different sensibility to dopamine agonist and antagonist receptors across the maturate development. Auxiliadora Mena, Sandra López, Aarón Fernández, Paola Revilla and Juan Carlos López. Neuroscience and Animal Behavior Laboratory, Experimental Psychology. Dpt. University of Seville. XXVII International Congress of the Spanish Society for Comparative Psychology, 2015.

Phenotypic differences in responses to a program for extinction of conditioned fear. A.Serrano Barroso, E. Díaz, A. Mena, F.J. Pérez, P. Revilla, J.C. López. Experimental Psychology , University of Seville, Seville, Spain.

Tactile working memory in rats. Juan P. Vargas, Carla A. Carvalho, Paula Balea, Paola Revilla, Manuel Portavella. Experimental psychology. Laboratory of Neuroscience. University of Seville. First Joint Portuguese-Spanish Meeting on Comparative Psychology. XXVI Meeting of the Spanish Society for Comparative Psychology (SEPC)

A new procedure to induce latent inhibition with taste aversion conditioning in rats. Luis Gonzalo De la Casa, Auxiliadora Mena and Paola Revilla. Dpt. Experimental Psychology (SevilleUniversity, Spain)

Otros

Formadora en el curso Gestión del Conocimiento en el Ámbito de los Técnicos de Laboratorio de la Universidad de Sevilla. FORPAS 2016.

Participación en calidad de PAS, en la convocatoria para la Audiencia de la Comisión de Rama de Ciencias de la Salud (CS-USE-1) para la Renovación de la Acreditación del Título Máster Universitario en Estudios Avanzados en Cerebro y Conducta de la Universidad de Sevilla. 2016.

Participación en las ediciones XVII (2012), XVIII (2013), XX (2015), XXI (2016) Salón de Estudiante, organizado por el Área de Orientación y Atención a Estudiantes del Vicerrectorado de Estudiantes de la Universidad de Sevilla.

Aaron Fernández del Olmo

PhD Student
Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
aa_science@hotmail.es

Research Summary

My work in the laboratory is focused on prepulse inhibition and latent inhibition and how the context may be conditioned to modulate the effect that some types of drugs can have on these phenomena.This is important in the context of psychiatric illness such as schizophrenia.

Francisco J. Perez-Diaz

PhD Student
Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
fran.capea@gmail.com

Research Summary

I’m interested in the involvement of Dorsal striatum and Prefrontal cortex in a long or short presentations to a stimulus using a latent inhibition (LI) procedure, which allows testing the proactive interference between one stimulus and different consequences. I use a conditioned taste aversion paradigm to analyze the effect of inactivation or lesion in this area on the recovery phase using two conditions, long and short presentations to the future CS.
I have acquired skills in neurophysiological record, previous surgery to record, intracardiac perfusion, dissection of organs, tissue processing, and microscopy for research versed in analysis of the biological correlates of the behavior.

Inmaculada Márquez Noriego

PhD Student
Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Neuroscience
Dpt. Experimental Psychology.
C/ Camilo José Cela, s/n
41018 Sevilla (Spain)
inmamn.1990@gmail.com

Research Summary

I’m interested in the study of attentional factors in animal models. More specifically, I’ m studing with animals Model of Parkinson’s Disease in S-R (habits learning) and R-O (goals-directed learning) associations. Moreover, I’m researching about the latent Inhibition phemomenon – defined as the reduced conditioned response to a stimulus that has been preexposed before conditioning. We used a protocol that restores the salience of the preexposed stimulus and we study how the dopaminergic sistems is involve in LI efect.

Education:

University of Seville, Spain 2013- act.
“Studies of attentional factors involved in animal models of parkinson disease and latent inhibition with variation in the salience of the EC” with Dr. Juan Carlos López García, Dr. Estrella Díaz Argandoña, Dr Guillem Esber.

University of Jaén, 2008- 2012 (Phychology).