My main research interest focuses on interactions between cognitive control and memory. In particular, I am interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms that allow us to optimize our memory, dealing with powerful distracters such as emotional stimuli. To address this issue, I use both behavioural experiments and MEG recordings in combination with functional connectivity analysis, in healthy volunteers and patients

Main publications


  • Villalobos D, Bilbao A, López-Muñoz F, Pacios J. [Self-awareness as a key process for rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury: a systematic review]. Rev Neurol. 2020 Jan; 70(1):1-11. PubMed ID: 31845750. PDF file PDF file.


  • Echaide C, Del Río D, Pacios J. The differential effect of background music on memory for verbal and visuospatial information. J Gen Psychol. 2019 Apr; :1-16. PubMed ID: 31033419. PDF file PDF file.
  • López-Muñoz F, Tracy DK, Povedano-Montero FJ, Breedvelt J, García-Pacios J, Fernández-Martín MP, Rubio G, Álamo C. Trends in the scientific literature on atypical antipsychotic drugs in the United Kingdom: a bibliometric study. Ther Adv Psychopharmacol. 2019; 9:2045125318820207. PubMed ID: 30800284. PDF file PDF file.


  • Villalobos D, Bilbao Á, Espejo A, García-Pacios J. Efficacy of an intervention programme for rehabilitation of awareness of deficit after acquired brain injury: A pilot study. Brain Inj. 2018; 32(2):158-166. PubMed ID: 29206059. PDF file PDF file.


  • García-Pacios J, Garcés P, Del Río D, Maestú F. Tracking the effect of emotional distraction in working memory brain networks: Evidence from an MEG study. Psychophysiology. 2017 Nov; 54(11):1726-1740. PubMed ID: 28649710. PDF file PDF file.


  • Aurtenetxe S, García-Pacios J, Del Río D, López ME, Pineda-Pardo JA, Marcos A, Delgado Losada ML, López-Frutos JM, Maestú F. Interference Impacts Working Memory in Mild Cognitive Impairment. Front Neurosci. 2016; 10:443. PubMed ID: 27790082. PDF file PDF file.


  • García-Pacios J, Garcés P, Del Río D, Maestú F. Early detection and late cognitive control of emotional distraction by the prefrontal cortex. Sci Rep. 2015; 5:10046. PubMed ID: 26067780. PDF file PDF file.
  • García-Pacios J, Del Río D, Villalobos D, Ruiz-Vargas JM, Maestú F. Emotional interference-based forgetting in short-term memory. Cognitive inhibition of pleasant but not unpleasant biologically relevant distractors. Front Psychol. 2015; 6:582. PubMed ID: 25999894. PDF file PDF file.


  • García-Pacios J, Gutiérrez R, Solesio E, Moratti S, Ruiz-Vargas JM, López-Frutos JM, Lorenzo-López L, Del-Pozo F, Maestú F. Early prefrontal activation as a mechanism to prevent forgetting in the context of interference. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Jun; 21(6):580-8. PubMed ID: 23388623. PDF file PDF file.


  • del Río D, Cuesta P, Bajo R, García-Pacios J, López-Higes R, del-Pozo F, Maestú F. Efficiency at rest: magnetoencephalographic resting-state connectivity and individual differences in verbal working memory. Int J Psychophysiol. 2012 Nov; 86(2):160-7. PubMed ID: 22940641. PDF file PDF file.

Other publications

Villalobos D, Bilbao A, López-Muñoz F, Pacios J. Improving Self-awareness After Acquired Brain Injury Leads to Enhancements in Patients’ Daily Living Functionality. Brain Impairment, 2019; 20: 268-275

Gordillo F, Pacios J. Fundamentos de la memoria como base explicativa del testimonio. In: Manzanero AL y Petisco JM. (Eds) Memoria de testigos y detección de engaños. Colección Criminología y Criminalística. Delta Publicaciones 2019: 35-55.

López-Muñoz F, Povedano-Montero J, Chee KY, Shen WW, Fernández-Martín P, García-Pacios J, Rubio G, Álamo C. A Bibliometric Analysis of Scientific Production on Second-Generation Antipsychotic Drugs in Malaysia. The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, 2018; 25(3):40-55

Castellanos NP, Rodríguez-Toscano E, García-Pacios J, Garcés P; Paúl N, Cuesta P, Bajo R, García-Prieto J, del-Pozo F, Maestú F. Traumatic Brain Injury: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. In: Leisman G and Merrick J. (Eds) Neuroplasticity in Learning and Rehabilitation. Nova Science Publisher. 2016: 121-131

García-Pacios J, Aurtenetxe S, Ruiz-Vargas JM, López-Sanz D, López-Frutos JM, Solesio E, Maestú, F. Redes funcionales del control cognitivo de la memoria. In: Maestú F, Pereda E, del Pozo F. (Eds) Conectividad funcional y anatómica en el cerebro humano: métodos y aplicaciones en Neurociencia. Elsevier. 2015: 171-182

Castillo-Parra G, García-Pacios J. Bases biológicas de la conducta. In: Delgado M.L. (Ed.) Fundamentos de Psicología para Ciencias Sociales y de la Salud. Editorial Médica Panamericana. 2015: 31-56

García-Pacios J, Del Río D, Maestú F. State anxiety in healthy people can increase their vulnerability to neutral but not to unpleasant distraction in working memory. Clínica y Salud. 2015;  25(3):181-185

Castellanos NP, Rodríguez-Toscano E, García-Pacios J, Garcés P, Paúl N, Cuesta P, Bajo R, García-Prieto J, del-Pozo F, Maestú F. Restoring of Brain Entropy and Complexity after Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury. Funct Neurol Rehabil Ergon. 2012; 2 (3):203-214

García-Pacios J, De Ramón I, Del Río D, González-Marqués J, Ortiz T, Maestú F. Dynamics of cortical language plasticity by means of Magnetoencephalography. Audiol Med. 2009 Jan; 7 (1): 65-67

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