Juan Verdejo

Electrical Engineer, MsC in ICT applied to Biomedical Engineering and in Psychobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience, and PhD in Psychology. Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher (Juan de la Cierva-Formación) in the Laboratory of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience.
To date, my main research interest has been the study of neural substrates linked to several pathologies and social problems such as drug and behavioral addictions, consequences of excess weight during the whole lifespan and intimate partner violence against women. Now, I am interested in the relationship between structural and functional connectivity in healthy and pathological ageing

Main publications


  • Marín-Morales A, Bueso-Izquierdo N, Hidalgo-Ruzzante N, Pérez-García M, Catena-Martínez A, Verdejo-Román J. "Would You Allow Your Wife to Dress in a Miniskirt to the Party"? : Batterers Do Not Activate Default Mode Network During Moral Decisions About Intimate Partner Violence. J Interpers Violence. 2020 Jun; In press. PubMed ID: 32529936.
  • de Frutos-Lucas J, Cuesta P, López-Sanz D, Peral-Suárez Á, Cuadrado-Soto E, Ramírez-Toraño F, Brown BM, Serrano JM, Laws SM, Rodríguez-Rojo IC, Verdejo-Román J, Bruña R, Delgado-Losada ML, Barabash A, López-Sobaler AM, López-Higes R, Marcos A, Maestú F. The relationship between physical activity, apolipoprotein E ε4 carriage, and brain health. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2020 04; 12(1):48. PubMed ID: 32331531.
  • Fernández-Alcántara M, Verdejo-Román J, Cruz-Quintana F, Pérez-García M, Catena-Martínez A, Fernández-Ávalos MI, Pérez-Marfil MN. Increased Amygdala Activations during the Emotional Experience of Death-Related Pictures in Complicated Grief: An fMRI Study. J Clin Med. 2020 Mar; 9(3):. PubMed ID: 32245009.


  • de Aquino MPB, Verdejo-Román J, Pérez-García M, Pérez-García P. Different role of the supplementary motor area and the insula between musicians and non-musicians in a controlled musical creativity task. Sci Rep. 2019 09; 9(1):13006. PubMed ID: 31506553.
  • Verdejo-Román J, Björnholm L, Muetzel RL, Torres-Espínola FJ, Lieslehto J, Jaddoe V, Campos D, Veijola J, White T, Catena A, Nikkinen J, Kiviniemi V, Järvelin MR, Tiemeier H, Campoy C, Sebert S, El Marroun H. Maternal prepregnancy body mass index and offspring white matter microstructure: results from three birth cohorts. Int J Obes (Lond). 2019 10; 43(10):1995-2006. PubMed ID: 30518826.
  • Verdejo-Román J, Bueso-Izquierdo N, Daugherty JC, Pérez-García M, Hidalgo-Ruzzante N. Structural brain differences in emotional processing and regulation areas between male batterers and other criminals: A preliminary study. Soc Neurosci. 2019 08; 14(4):390-397. PubMed ID: 29804504.


  • Moreno-Padilla M, Verdejo-Román J, Fernández-Serrano MJ, Reyes Del Paso GA, Verdejo-García A. Increased food choice-evoked brain activation in adolescents with excess weight: Relationship with subjective craving and behavior. Appetite. 2018 12; 131:7-13. PubMed ID: 30165099.


  • Verdejo-Román J, Fornito A, Soriano-Mas C, Vilar-López R, Verdejo-García A. Independent functional connectivity networks underpin food and monetary reward sensitivity in excess weight. Neuroimage. 2017 02; 146:293-300. PubMed ID: 27856313.
  • Verdejo-Román J, Vilar-López R, Navas JF, Soriano-Mas C, Verdejo-García A. Brain reward system's alterations in response to food and monetary stimuli in overweight and obese individuals. Hum Brain Mapp. 2017 02; 38(2):666-677. PubMed ID: 27659185.


  • Bueso-Izquierdo N, Verdejo-Román J, Contreras-Rodríguez O, Carmona-Perera M, Pérez-García M, Hidalgo-Ruzzante N. Are batterers different from other criminals? An fMRI study. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2016 05; 11(5):852-62. PubMed ID: 26884544.


  • Verdejo-Garcia A, Clark L, Verdejo-Román J, Albein-Urios N, Martinez-Gonzalez JM, Gutierrez B, Soriano-Mas C. Neural substrates of cognitive flexibility in cocaine and gambling addictions. Br J Psychiatry. 2015 Aug; 207(2):158-64. PubMed ID: 26045346.
  • Verdejo-García A, Verdejo-Román J, Rio-Valle JS, Lacomba JA, Lagos FM, Soriano-Mas C. Dysfunctional involvement of emotion and reward brain regions on social decision making in excess weight adolescents. Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 Jan; 36(1):226-37. PubMed ID: 25168709.

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