Projects per year
Research interests: Mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal cognitive ageing. Cognitive and behavioural changes in neurodegenerative diseases, with emphasis on Alzheimer’s Disease. The investigation of functional brain changes (fMRI, EEG, ERP, Brain Connectivity) in the course of dementing illnesses and other brain disorders. Development of cognitive tests for the early detection of dementia with emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease. Development of technology-based intervention procedures to enhance functions of everyday life in older people who are experiencing cognitive decline. I also have an interest in the biopsychosocial mechanisms of abnormal behaviours (e.g., violence) in the context of social conflicts.
Biography: I graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1993 and as a Clinical Neurophysiologist in 1997. I worked at the Cuban Neuroscience Centre and at different University Hospitals in Cuba and in Colombia. During my clinical work I focused on neuropsychological and neurophysiological aspects of dementia syndromes and other neurological disorders. I taught neuroscience related subjects in the field of medicine and psychology. My motivation for teaching and research led me to a major career change into academia. This started with my PhD in 2005 at the University of Edinburgh and continued with three Postdoctoral Fellowships and a position as a Clinical Studies Officer within the NHS Scotland. I was as an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 2015 until 2018. I am currently a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Master of Teaching and Learning, University of Edinburgh
10 Sep 2009 → 15 Jul 2013
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
1 Aug 2005 → 7 Jul 2009
Master in Science, Superior Institute of Medical Science, Cuban Neuroscience Centre
1 Sep 1993 → 20 Oct 1997
Bachelor of Medicine, Superior Institute for Medical Science
1 Aug 1988 → 7 Jul 1993
- Cognitive Neuroscience
Research Output per year
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Clustering executive functions yields MCI profiles that significantly predict conversion to AD dementiaJunquera, A., García-Zamora, E., Parra, M. A. & Fernández-Guinea, S., 14 Jul 2019. 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster
Activities per year
Activity: Other activity types › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
Detecting Alzheimer's and Enhancing Memory: towards novel assessments and technology-driven interventionsMario Parra Rodriguez (Invited speaker)
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk