20181011 Lucia Vasquez 025

To date, my work has been mainly focused on the use of structural neuroimaging methods for studying neuroplasticity associated to auditory-cognitive trainings (such as music and language). Also, I have worked and I am as well interested in functional neuroimaging, neurorehabilitation through cognitive and physical activity approaches, neurodegeneration and dementia, brain effects of drug abuse, and cognitive and neural consequences of cancer and cancer-treatments. Nowadays, my main focus at the Laboratory of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience is to integrate the expertise of this group in managing neurophysiological and functional-connectivity data with my knowledge in structural connectivity methods in order to study healthy and pathological ageing, especially in relation to the potential neuroprotective effect of music training.

Other research interests

Main publications


  • Ramírez-Toraño F, García-Alba J, Bruña R, Esteba-Castillo S, Vaquero L, Pereda E, Maestú F, Fernández A. Hypersynchronized Magnetoencephalography Brain Networks in Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome. Brain Connect. 2021 Jun; In press. PubMed ID: 33858203.
  • Vaquero L, Ramos-Escobar N, Cucurell D, François C, Putkinen V, Segura E, Huotilainen M, Penhune V, Rodríguez-Fornells A. ARCUATE FASCICULUS ARCHITECTURE IS ASSOCIATED WITH INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN PRE-ATTENTIVE DETECTION OF UNPREDICTED MUSIC CHANGES. Neuroimage. 2021 Jan; In press. PubMed ID: 33454403.


  • Vaquero L, Rodríguez-Fornells A, Pera-Jambrina MÁ, Bruna J, Simó M. Plasticity in Bilateral Hippocampi after a 3-month Physical Activity Program in Lung Cancer Patients. Eur J Neurol. 2020 Dec; In press. PubMed ID: 33296534.
  • Vaquero L, Rousseau PN, Vozian D, Klein D, Penhune V. What you learn & when you learn it: Impact of early bilingual & music experience on the structural characteristics of auditory-motor pathways. Neuroimage. 2020 Feb; 213:116689. PubMed ID: 32119984.


  • Elmer S, Hänggi J, Vaquero L, Cadena GO, François C, Rodríguez-Fornells A. Tracking the microstructural properties of the main white matter pathways underlying speech processing in simultaneous interpreters. Neuroimage. 2019 05; 191:518-528. PubMed ID: 30831314.


  • Vaquero L, Ramos-Escobar N, François C, Penhune V, Rodríguez-Fornells A. White-matter structural connectivity predicts short-term melody and rhythm learning in non-musicians. Neuroimage. 2018 11; 181:252-262. PubMed ID: 29929006.
  • Simó M, Gurtubay-Antolin A, Vaquero L, Bruna J, Rodríguez-Fornells A. Performance monitoring in lung cancer patients pre- and post-chemotherapy using fine-grained electrophysiological measures. Neuroimage Clin. 2018; 18:86-96. PubMed ID: 29387526.
  • Havas V, Taylor J, Vaquero L, de Diego-Balaguer R, Rodríguez-Fornells A, Davis MH. Semantic and phonological schema influence spoken word learning and overnight consolidation. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove). 2018 Jun; 71(6):1469-1481. PubMed ID: 28856956.
  • Simó M, Rifà-Ros X, Vaquero L, Ripollés P, Cayuela N, Jové J, Navarro A, Cardenal F, Bruna J, Rodríguez-Fornells A. Brain functional connectivity in lung cancer population: an exploratory study. Brain Imaging Behav. 2018 Apr; 12(2):369-382. PubMed ID: 28290076.


  • Vaquero L, Rodríguez-Fornells A, Reiterer SM. The Left, The Better: White-Matter Brain Integrity Predicts Foreign Language Imitation Ability. Cereb. Cortex. 2017 08; 27(8):3906-3917. PubMed ID: 27461123.
  • Vaquero L, Cámara E, Sampedro F, Pérez de Los Cobos J, Batlle F, Fabregas JM, Sales JA, Cervantes M, Ferrer X, Lazcano G, Rodríguez-Fornells A, Riba J. Cocaine addiction is associated with abnormal prefrontal function, increased striatal connectivity and sensitivity to monetary incentives, and decreased connectivity outside the human reward circuit. Addict Biol. 2017 May; 22(3):844-856. PubMed ID: 26786150.


  • Simó M, Vaquero L, Ripollés P, Gurtubay-Antolin A, Jové J, Navarro A, Cardenal F, Bruna J, Rodríguez-Fornells A. Longitudinal Brain Changes Associated with Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation in Lung Cancer. J Thorac Oncol. 2016 Apr; 11(4):475-86. PubMed ID: 26804637.
  • Ripollés P, Rojo N, Grau-Sánchez J, Amengual JL, Càmara E, Marco-Pallarés J, Juncadella M, Vaquero L, Rubio F, Duarte E, Garrido C, Altenmüller E, Münte TF, Rodríguez-Fornells A. Music supported therapy promotes motor plasticity in individuals with chronic stroke. Brain Imaging Behav. 2016 12; 10(4):1289-1307. PubMed ID: 26707190.
  • Vaquero L, Hartmann K, Ripollés P, Rojo N, Sierpowska J, François C, Càmara E, van Vugt FT, Mohammadi B, Samii A, Münte TF, Rodríguez-Fornells A, Altenmüller E. Structural neuroplasticity in expert pianists depends on the age of musical training onset. Neuroimage. 2016 Feb; 126:106-19. PubMed ID: 26584868.
  • Simó M, Vaquero L, Ripollés P, Jové J, Fuentes R, Cardenal F, Rodríguez-Fornells A, Bruna J. Brain damage following prophylactic cranial irradiation in lung cancer survivors. Brain Imaging Behav. 2016 Mar; 10(1):283-95. PubMed ID: 26015269.


  • Simó M, Ripollés P, Fuentemilla L, Vaquero L, Bruna J, Rodríguez-Fornells A. Studying memory encoding to promote reliable engagement of the medial temporal lobe at the single-subject level. PLoS ONE. 2015; 10(3):e0119159. PubMed ID: 25803273.
  • Havas V, Waris O, Vaquero L, Rodríguez-Fornells A, Laine M. Morphological learning in a novel language: A cross-language comparison. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove). 2015; 68(7):1426-41. PubMed ID: 25396284.
  • Simó M, Root JC, Vaquero L, Ripollés P, Jové J, Ahles T, Navarro A, Cardenal F, Bruna J, Rodríguez-Fornells A. Cognitive and brain structural changes in a lung cancer population. J Thorac Oncol. 2015 Jan; 10(1):38-45. PubMed ID: 25325778.


  • Amengual JL, Rojo N, Veciana de Las Heras M, Marco-Pallarés J, Grau-Sánchez J, Schneider S, Vaquero L, Juncadella M, Montero J, Mohammadi B, Rubio F, Rueda N, Duarte E, Grau C, Altenmüller E, Münte TF, Rodríguez-Fornells A. Sensorimotor plasticity after music-supported therapy in chronic stroke patients revealed by transcranial magnetic stimulation. PLoS ONE. 2013; 8(4):e61883. PubMed ID: 23613966.

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