David del Río

Senior researcher
Cognitive neuroscience of memory and language

Email: driogran@ucm.es
Phone number: (+34) 91 3364656 ext. 29011
ORCID: 0000-0002-1534-2607

David del Río is an Associate Professor at Complutense University of Madrid. His research interests encompass the many interfaces of working memory, cognitive control and language processing, and their applicability to better understand brain dysfunctions.

Main publications


  • Nevado A, Del Río D, Martín-Aragoneses MT, Prados JM, López-Higes R. Preserved semantic categorical organization in mild cognitive impairment: A network analysis of verbal fluency. Neuropsychologia. 2021 07; 157:107875. PubMed ID: 33930387.
  • Muñoz-Salgado M, Del Río D. [Object and action naming in a sentence context in people with Parkinson's disease free of dementia]. Rev Neurol. 2021 Apr; 72(7):223-230. PubMed ID: 33764491.
  • Pacios J, Caperos JM, Del Río D, Maestú F. Emotional distraction in working memory: Bayesian-based evidence of the equivalent effect of positive and neutral interference. Cogn Emot. 2021 Mar; 35(2):282-290. PubMed ID: 33143521. 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; 146(4):443-458. PubMed ID: 31033419. 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.
  • López-Higes R, Rodríguez-Rojo IC, Prados JM, Montejo P, Del-Río D, Delgado-Losada ML, Montenegro M, López-Sanz D, Barabash A. APOE ε4 Modulation of Training Outcomes in Several Cognitive Domains in a Sample of Cognitively Intact Older Adults. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017; 58(4):1201-1215. PubMed ID: 28550244. PDF file PDF file.
  • López-Higes R, Prados JM, Rubio S, Montejo P, Del Río D. Executive functions and linguistic performance in SCD older adults and healthy controls. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2017 Nov; 24(6):717-734. PubMed ID: 27841734.


  • 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 Jun; 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.


  • Lopez-Higes R, Prados JM, del Rio D, Galindo-Fuentes M, Reinoso AI, Lozano-Ibanez M. [Semantic verbal fluency of animals in amnesia-type mild cognitive impairment]. Rev Neurol. 2014 Jun; 58(11):493-9. PubMed ID: 24861224.


  • Maestu C, Cortes A, Vazquez JM, del Rio D, Gomez-Arguelles JM, del Pozo F, Nevado A. Increased brain responses during subjectively-matched mechanical pain stimulation in fibromyalgia patients as evidenced by MEG. Clin Neurophysiol. 2013 Apr; 124(4):752-60. PubMed ID: 23121899.


  • 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.
  • del Río D, López-Higes R, Martín-Aragoneses MT. Canonical word order and interference-based integration costs during sentence comprehension: the case of Spanish subject- and object-relative clauses. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove). 2012; 65(11):2108-28. PubMed ID: 22524672.


  • del Río D, Maestú F, López-Higes R, Moratti S, Gutiérrez R, Maestú C, del-Pozo F. Conflict and cognitive control during sentence comprehension: recruitment of a frontal network during the processing of Spanish object-first sentences. Neuropsychologia. 2011 Feb; 49(3):382-91. PubMed ID: 21147136.


  • López-Higes R, Rubio Valdehita S, Martín Aragoneses MT, Del Río D. Interindividual variability in vocabulary, sentence comprehension and working memory in the elderly: effects of cognitive deterioration. Span J Psychol. 2010 May; 13(1):75-87. PubMed ID: 20480679.


  • Abecasis D, Brochard R, Del Río D, Dufour A, Ortiz T. Brain lateralization of metrical accenting in musicians. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Jul; 1169:74-8. PubMed ID: 19673756.
  • Cela-Conde CJ, Ayala FJ, Munar E, Maestú F, Nadal M, Capó MA, del Río D, López-Ibor JJ, Ortiz T, Mirasso C, Marty G. Sex-related similarities and differences in the neural correlates of beauty. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Mar; 106(10):3847-52. PubMed ID: 19237562.


  • Campo P, Maestú F, Capilla A, Morales M, Fernández S, del Río D, Ortiz T. Temporal dynamics of parietal activity during word-location binding. Neuropsychology. 2008 Jan; 22(1):85-99. PubMed ID: 18211158.


  • Al-Hamouri F, Maestú F, Del Río D, Fernández S, Campo P, Capilla A, García E, González-Marqués J, Ortiz T. Brain dynamics of Arabic reading: a magnetoencephalographic study. Neuroreport. 2005 Nov; 16(16):1861-4. PubMed ID: 16237343.

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