Constantino Méndez-Bértolo

About

I have been involved with neurosciences since 2008. My main interests are emotion and perception as global processes as much as their functional and temporal dynamics. I am specialized in electrophysiology.

Hola! I am PhD in Neuroscience with a psychological background, though as you know this is a rather ‘multidisciplinar’ field so we researchers end up becoming a chimera of sorts: psychology, physiology, programming skills and the heart of an engineering are primarily required (as much as stubbornness) :)

I started a new Phd Project when I was almost at the last square of another Thesis. My main purpose was learning and acquiring more skills and I don’t regret it, I grew a lot at both stages of my PhD. My main area is Affective Neuroscience, but Emotions are not just like your regular cognitive process, one usually study them through their interaction with other processes, of which visual perception and language and been my motivation. I had worked a lot with EEG and MEG plus intracranial EEG recordings. I regularly use Matlab among other suites and I am keen of knowing or being able to implement several techniques and analysis approaches. As researcher, one ends up summing several hours of data analysis and lab duties but I like more social aspects of science too like lecturing. I think a good research always needs collaboration and team-working but a good researcher should be able to operate at all the stages of an experiment besides analysis (design, implementation, and communication) which require heterogeneus skills and sometimes an out-of-the-box mindset.

 

Publications

Méndez-Bértolo, C., Moratti, S., Toledano, R., Lopez-Sosa, F., Martínez-Álvarez, R., Mah, Y., Vuilleumier, P., Gil-Nagel, A., Strange, B.A., (pending publication). A fast pathway for fear in human amygdala.

Moratti, S., Giménez-Fernández, T., Méndez-Bértolo, C., Vicente-Pérez, F., (under review). Conditioned inhibition and excitation of sensory gain in visual cortex in fear conditioning.  Psychological Science.

Moratti, S., Méndez-Bértolo, C., Del-Pozo, F., & Strange, B. A. (2014). Dynamic gamma frequency feedback coupling between higher and lower order visual cortices underlies perceptual completion in humans. Neuroimage, 86, 470-479.

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Aguado, L., Diéguez-Risco, T., Méndez-Bértolo, C., Pozo, M. A., & Hinojosa, J. A. (2013). Priming effects on the N400 in the affective priming paradigm with facial expressions of emotion. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 13(2), 284-296.

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Hinojosa JA, Méndez-Bértolo C, Pozo MA. (2012) High arousal words influence subsequent processing of neutral information: evidence from event-related potentials. International Journal of Psychophysiology: official journal ot the International Organization of Psychophysiology  [Epub ahead of print].

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Méndez-Bértolo C, Pozo MA, Hinojosa JA. (2011) Early effects of emotion on word immediate repetition priming: electrophysiological and source localization evidence. Cognitive, affective and behavioural neuroscience 11(4):652-65.

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Méndez-Bértolo C, Pozo MA, Hinojosa JA. (2011) Word frequency modulates the processing of emotional words: convergent behavioral and electrophysiological data. Neuroscience letters   2;494(3):250-4. Epub 2011 Mar 22.

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Hinojosa JA, Méndez-Bértolo C, Carretié L, Pozo MA. (2010) Emotion modulates language production during covert picture naming. Neuropsychologia 48(6):1725-34. Epub 2010 Feb 24.

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Hinojosa JA, Méndez-Bértolo C, Pozo MA. (2010) Looking at emotional words is not the same as reading emotional words: Behavioral and neural correlates. Psychophysiology  1;47(4):748-57. Epub 2010 Feb 11.

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Hinojosa JA, Carretié L, Valcárcel MA, Méndez-Bértolo C, Pozo MA. (2009) Electrophysiological differences in the processing of affective information in words and pictures. Cognitive, affective and behavioural neuroscience 9(2):173-89.

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Hinojosa JA, Carretié L, Méndez-Bértolo C, Míguez A, Pozo MA.  (2009) Arousal contributions to affective priming: electrophysiological correlates. Emotion (Washington, DC.) 9(2):164-71.

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Hinojosa, J. A., Carretié, L., Valcárcel, M. A., Méndez-Bértolo, C., & Pozo, M. A. (2009). Electrophysiological differences in the processing of affective information in words and pictures. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 9(2), 173-189.

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