Our research aims to better understand the mechanisms underpinning attention, memory, executive functions

We are a research group within the Department of Psychology of the University of the Balearic Islands, the University's Research Institute for Health Sciences (iUNICS), and part of the newly created Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Palma (IdISPa).

Our work involves experimental and neuropsychological approaches to cognition across the life span. While part of our research focuses on fundamental core mechanisms and processes, we are also interested in factors susceptible to affect these, positively or negatively. These include the effect of certain neurological and psychological disorders, emotions, physical activity and cognitive reserve.

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Andrés, P., Vico., H., & Amer, G. Herramientas para el diagnóstico temprano de la demencia y cómo afectan los estilos de vida y el bilingüismo en los primeros síntomas. (60000 EUR). Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Palma (IdISPa) [2015-2018]

Andrés, P. La actividad física como factor protector del envejecimiento cognitivo. Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (90750 EUR). [2011-2014]

Parmentier, F. B. R., Schröger, E., Verbruggen, F., & Pacheco-Unguetti, A. P.. Toward a more integrative understanding of distraction by unexpected sounds. Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (181500 EUR). [2015-2018]

Parmentier, F. B. R., Andrés, P., García Toro, M., García Campayo, J., & Gili, M.. A study of the relationship between mindfulness, distraction and brain stimulation. Bial Foundation (47500 EUR). [2015-2017]

Parmentier, F. B. R.. An empirical study of behavioral distraction by auditory novelty: Towards a new theoretical model. Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (173756 EUR). [2010-2013]

Ljungberg, J. K., Parmentier, F. B. R., Jones, D. M., Neely, G., & Agren, A.. Warning! Investigating what auditory alarms affect attention and performance in complex settings (Grant 2011-0505). Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (Forskningsrådet för arbetsliv och socialvetenskap) (4418000 SEK). [2012-2016]


We're a small but enthusiastic group including senior and younger researchers and keen to get undergraduate students involved in our projects. We love what we do and we have fun doing it together!


You've got a background in cognitive psychology or cognitive neuroscience and would like to do a PhD? You have completed your PhD and would like to join us as a post-doctoral researcher? We supervise research on the cognitive mechanisms of attention and memory. If you'd like more information about the sort of topics we cover, please check our list of publications. For more information, including about potential sources of funding in Spain, contact us.

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