Consolider teams

The Consortium comprises a network of scientists able to combine the content and methods from different disciplines such as Developmental Psychology, Genetics, Cognitive Psychology, Information Technologies, Neuroscience and Education.

They are experts in the use of the new methods of cognitive neuroscience and have a solid professional background in the technologies of information, communications and digital learning. This synergistic research group combines research expertise from multiple disciplines to pursue the innovative challenge of discovering new advances in cognitive and brain sciences that can be applied to education.

Coordinator of the Consortium
Manuel Carreiras
Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain.

The consortium is structured in four teams.    

Research Group 1. Attention Processes in Cognition.

Principal Investigator: Luis Fuentes.
Universidad de Murcia

The researchers in this group are specialists in the cognitive neuroscience approach to attention, individual differences in development and functioning of the attentional system, and the implementation of attention training in school children. They address the study of attention through mental chronometry experiments with children, undergraduates and brain-damaged patients that show attention pathology, by using behavioural and modern neuro-imaging techniques (ERPs and fMRI). There is a close collaboration among the members of the group in terms of research projects and publications, although they work in different universities (Almeria, Birmingham, City Liberal Studies-U. Sheffield, Coruña, Granada, Oregon, Oxford, Murcia, and Santiago de Compostela) one hospital (Hospital Morales Meseguer) and a private company (Neocodex).

Research Group 2. Word Reading.

Principal Investigator: Manuel Carreiras.
Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language

This group is composed of specialists in language processing from different institutions:  Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, Centro de Neurociencias de Cuba, CICBiogune, Cornell University, CNRS, Harvard, Institute of Psychiatry of London, Universities of La Laguna, Oviedo, Valencia, University College of London, San Raffaele,  and Hospital Universitario de Canarias. It includes researchers with expertise in different subfields of word reading, mainly in reading with different populations such as children, adults, the elderly, the blind, deaf, and aphasic and dyslexic patients. They have expertise in using behavioural measures, ERPs and fMRI to investigate how the processes of visual word recognition and reading develop from a very early age until skillful reading is achieved.

Research Group 3. Text Comprehension

Principal Investigator: María Teresa Bajo.
Universidad de Granada

This group includes experts in sentence comprehension, problem solving, reasoning and text comprehension and working memory. They work in different institutions (Universities of Granada, Haifa, Jaen, La Laguna, Magdeburg, Oxford, Santiago de Compostela, Sevilla, and UNED). To address these issues they have used a wide range of behavioural and neuroimaging methods with children, adults and patients. The composition of this group enables the linking of working memory training with improvements in text comprehension, problem solving and reasoning.

Research Group 4. Special Educational Needs and New Technologies.

Principal Investigator: Juan E. Jimenez.
Universidad de La Laguna

The members of this research group are specialists in computer-assisted assessment and instruction in the field of Special Educational Needs. Additionally, they have been carrying out experimental research into learning disabilities such as dyslexia, as well as with gifted and talented youth. In particular, they have used the first-hand knowledge of the experimental results of their area of expertise to develop and test computer video games for the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. The group is composed of members from the universities of British Columbia, Georgia, La Laguna and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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