The UNED1 Consolidated Research Group (G33E59) “Studies on Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases” http://www.agingandcognitionlab.com/ is coordinated by Prof. Soledad Ballesteros, Director of the Master in Gerontology since 2001 and former Director of the Department of Basic Psychology II (June 2010-September 2017). The main goal of the UNED group is to investigate the cognitive and brain changes that occur in normal and pathological aging using behavioral methods along with electrophysiological recordings and functional magnetic resonance imaging. The group has experience on conducting randomized controlled trials (RCT) designed to mitigate cognitive decline in aging. Since 2009 our Laboratory is a Collaborator Center of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG). Several FPI and FPU granted students obtained their European and International Ph.D. degrees in our group, and several post-docs researchers have worked in projects financed by the European Community (FP6, FP7, H2020). Five of our Doctoral students obtained Graduated Awards (Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado) and are now Associated Professors and Research Assistant Professors in several Universities. Professor José Manuel Reales has a great expertise in Experimental Design, Methodology, Programming and Data Analysis.
JOSÉ M. REALES AVILÉS is working as a full profesor at UNED. He teachs several topics about methodology applied to Psychology (inferential statistics, neural networks, formal modeling and signal analysis) at UNED and he has achieved three sexenios by his published research in topics about memory, haptic perception, music, aging and methodology, amont others. He is a research follow in the SAND Research Group-Studies on Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases (UNED).
SOLEDAD BALLESTEROS JIMÉNEZ, obtained her Graduate Degree in Psychology in 1972 with the Highest Honor of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and was First National Prize in Psychology, and the Ph.D degree in 1979 at the same university. She is Emeritus Professor of Basic (Experimental) Psychology at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Director of the Master degree in Gerontology, Ph.D. Honours Program “Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases”, and coordinates the Consolidated Research Group Studies in Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases. She was Director of the Department of Basic Psychology II (June 2010-September 2017). Her research interests focus on the cognitive neuroscience of aging, attention, executive control and long-term memory processes in young adults, healthy older adults and pathological aging, cross-modal priming, and haptic and visual perception. She has authored more than 260 scientific publications and has been principal investigator in 44 research projects awarded by the European Community (AGNES: FP7; SOMAPS: FP6; sustAGE: H2020), IMSERSO, DGICYT, MINECO and the Madrid Community, Research in Biomedicine. She has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (USA), The Beckman Institute (UIUC, USA), Oxford University (UK), the University of Texas Dallas (USA), The University of California Berkeley (USA) and CNRS La Salpetriére (Paris, France). She has evaluated research projects for the European Commission (EC) Research Executive Agency (H2020-SC1-PM-2017; H2020-FET OPEN-2014/2015; HORIZON 2020 - Health, demographic change and wellbeing; EC Future Emerging Technologies; FET PROACT 2 – 2014: Knowing, doing, being: cognition beyond problem solving, EC, H-2020 - Health, demographic change and wellbeing; EC – FET Proactive; FP7 call 9, Neuro-Bio-Inspired Systems, 2012; FP6 2002-2006; Marie Curie Actions-EIF Panel Life Sciences; ERC Panel Evaluator Starting Grants: Ideas Specific Programme (ERC-2007-StG); EC RTD/S/2- Management of the IDEAS Programme; Research Talent 2012 grants, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); Member Expert Panel Professorship Accreditation Commission; Evaluator, National Research Projects, Spanish National Agency since 2002; President Social Science Evaluation Committee (CSJ4), ACAP Madrid Universities; Member of the Assessment Commission Programmes Ramón y Cajal and Juan de la Cierva; Member Social Sciences Commission (ANECA) and Mention of Excellence Ph.D. Programmes, among others. She is member of several journals editorial boards and acted as reviewer for more than 40 journals.
PILAR TORIL BARRERA,Received her PhD’s degree at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in 1993. In line with the research topic of her doctoral thesis, she has developed different works in the field of "neuropsychology and neurophysiology of schizophrenia" using Brain Neuroimaging Techniques (Brain Cartography and SPECT). During a research stay in the UNED, she carried out different works in the line of research: "Stress and illness: Psychological Factors". After joining the Department of Basic Psychology II of the UNED, where she is a professor, she is developing her research activity in the field of emotional processing and the interaction of cognition and emotion.
JULIA MAYAS ARELLANO, during the last 8 years I have been working as assistant professor of Psychology in the department of Basic Psychology at the UNED. Teaching orientation as well as research interest have been focused on attentional mechanisms and memory systems during lifespan. I have a large experience in neuropsychological assessment and intervention with healthy and pathological aging and I have collaborated with expertise in this research area during the last 10 years. I have participated in numerous projects, some of them related with the effect of cognitive training during the lifespan and I have published many papers in international journal of high impact.
MARIA DEL PILAR JIMÉNEZ, Received her PhD’s degree at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in 1993. In line with the research topic of her doctoral thesis, she has developed different works in the field of "neuropsychology and neurophysiology of schizophrenia" using Brain Neuroimaging Techniques (Brain Cartography and SPECT). During a research stay in the UNED, she carried out different works in the line of research: "Stress and illness: Psychological Factors". After joining the Department of Basic Psychology II of the UNED, where she is a professor, she is developing her research activity in the field of emotional processing and the interaction of cognition and emotion.
ANTONIO PRIETO LARA, during the last 4 years I have been working in my doctoral thesis supported by a Doctoral fellowship from MECD (FPU13/05914) in the department of Basic Psychology at the UNED. My research interest has been focused on the behavioral and neurophysiological correlates of perceptual grouping in vision and touch, with special interest in how the attentional mechanisms and memory processes are influenced by perceptual organization. I have a large experience in the use of electrophysiological tools (EEG) and experimental methods in young and elderly populations. Finally, I have participated in different projects, some of them devoted to assess the effect of cognitive training during the lifespan and published several papers in international journals related to this topic.
JENNIFER A. RICKER, I am a PhD student in Psychology, and research fellow working in the SAND Research Group-Studies on Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases, at the National Distance Education University (UNED) in Madrid, Spain. I'm interested in cognitive neuroscience of aging and executive-control processes. Particularly, I investigate the effects of proxies, such as multidomain training and bilingualism, on the executive functioning of older adults, and their linkage to a delay or prevention of age-related cognitive decline.
MOST RELEVANT FINANCED PROJECTS
La profesora Ballesteros y su grupo de investigación han contado siempre con proyectos financiados a nivel Europeo, Nacional y de la Comunidad de Madrid. A continuación se indican algunos de estos proyectos financiados: