Javier Pacios is Assistant Professor in the Dep. Experimental Psychology, School of Psychology, Complutense University of Madrid. His main research interest focuses on the interactions between cognitive control and memory. In particular, he is interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms that allow us to optimise our memory, dealing with emotional distractors and intrusive thoughts. To address this issue, he uses both behavioural experiments and MEG recordings in combination with functional connectivity analysis, in healthy volunteers and patients

Main publications


  • Nevado A, Del Rio D, Pacios J, Maestú F. Neuropsychological networks in cognitively healthy older adults and dementia patients. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2021 Aug; In press. PubMed ID: 34415217. PDF file PDF file.
  • Villalobos D, Pacios J, Vázquez C. Cognitive Control, Cognitive Biases and Emotion Regulation in Depression: A New Proposal for an Integrative Interplay Model. Front Psychol. 2021; 12:628416. PubMed ID: 33995183. PDF file PDF file.
  • 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.
  • Villalobos D, Caperos JM, Bilbao Á, López-Muñoz F, Pacios J. Cognitive predictors of self-awareness in patients with acquired brain injury along neuropsychological rehabilitation. Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2021 Jul; 31(6):983-1001. PubMed ID: 32325009. PDF file PDF file.


  • Villalobos D, Caperos JM, Bilbao Á, Bivona U, Formisano R, Pacios J. Self-Awareness Moderates the Association Between Executive Dysfunction and Functional Independence After Acquired Brain Injury. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2020 Aug; In press. PubMed ID: 32743646. PDF file PDF file.
  • 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; 146(4):443-458. 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 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.


  • 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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