Pedro M. Paz-Alonso

Pedro M. (Kepa) Paz-Alonso

Staff Scientist
Ramon y Cajal Fellow 2016-2020


Functional and Structural MRI, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Development, Episodic Memory, Cognitive Control

Tel.: +34 943 309 300 (ext: 218)


  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Navalpotro-Gomez, I., Boddy, P., Dacosta-Aguayo, R., Delgado-Alvarado, M., Quiroga-Varela, A., Jimenez-Urbieta, H., Carreiras, M., & Rodriguez-Oroz, M.C., ( In Press ) Functional inhibitory control dynamics in impulse control disorders in Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders.
  • Navalpotro-Gomez, I., Kim, J., Paz-Alonso, P.M., Delgado-Alvarado, M., Quiroga-Varela, A., Jimenez-Urbieta, H., Carreiras, M., Strafella, A.P., & Rodriguez-Oroz, M.C., ( 2020 ) Disrupted salience network dynamics in Parkinson’s disease patients with impulse control disorders. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 70, 74-81. Doi:10.1016/j.parkreldis.2019.12.009
  • Branzi, F.M., Martin, C.D., Carreiras, M., & Paz-Alonso, P.M., ( 2020 ) Functional connectivity reveals dissociable ventrolateral prefrontal mechanisms for the control of multilingual word retrieval. Human Brain Mapping, 41:1, 80–94. Doi: 10.1002/hbm.24788
  • Martín-Signes, M., Paz-Alonso, P.M., & Chica, A.B. , ( 2019 ) Connectivity of frontoparietal regions reveals executive attention and consciousness interactions. Cerebral Cortex, 29:11, 4539–4550. Doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhy332
  • Gurunandan, K., Carreiras, M., & Paz-Alonso, P.M. , ( 2019 ) Functional plasticity associated with language learning in adults. NeuroImage, 201. Doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116040
  • Pozuelos, J.P., Combita, L.M., Abundis, A., Paz-Alonso, P.M., Conejero, A., Guerra, S., & Rueda, M.R., ( 2019 ) Metacognitive scaffolding boosts cognitive and neural benefits following executive attention training in children. Developmental Science. 22:e12756. Doi:10.1111/desc.12756
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Oliver, M., Quiñones, I., & Carreiras, M., ( 2019 ) Neural basis of monolingual and bilingual reading. In G.I. de Zubicaray & N.O. Schiller (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Neurolinguistics. New York: Oxford University Press. Doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190672027.013.24
  • Iglesias, J.E., Insausti, R., Lerma-Usabiaga, G., Bocchetta, M., Van Leemput, K., Greve, D.N., van der Kouwe, A., Fischl, B., Caballero-Gaudes, C., & Paz-Alonso, P.M., ( 2018 ) A probabilistic atlas of the human thalamic nuclei combining ex vivo MRI and histology. NeuroImage, 183, 314–326. Doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.08.012
  • Lerma-Usabiaga, G., Carreiras, M., & Paz-Alonso, P.M., ( 2018 ) Converging evidence for functional and structural segregation within the left ventral occipitotemporal cortex in reading. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(42), E9981-E9990. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1803003115
  • Soto, D., Theodoraki, M., & Paz-Alonso, P.M., ( 2018 ) How the human brain introspects about one’s own episodes of cognitive control. Cortex, 107, 110-120. Doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2017.10.016
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Oliver, M., Lerma-Usabiaga, G., Caballero-Gaudes, C., Quiñones, I., Suárez-Coalla, P., Duñabeitia, J.A., Cuetos, F., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2018 ) Neural correlates of phonological, orthographic and semantic reading processing in dyslexia. NeuroImage:Clinical, 20, 433–447. Doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2018.08.018
  • Chica, A.B., Thiebaut de Schotten, M., Bartolomeo, P., & Paz-Alonso, P.M., ( 2018 ) White matter microstructure of attentional networks predicts attention and consciousness functional interactions. Brain Structure and Function, 223(2), 653-668. Doi: 10.1007/s00429-017-1511-2
  • Oliver, M., Carreiras, M., & Paz-Alonso, P.M., ( 2017 ) Functional dynamics of dorsal and ventral reading networks in bilinguals. Cerebral Cortex, 27(12), 5431-5443. Doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw310.
  • Iglesias, J.E., Lerma-Usabiaga, G., Garcia-Peraza-Herrera, L., Martinez, S., & Paz-Alonso, P.M., ( 2017 ) Retrospective head motion estimation in structural brain MRI with 3D CNNs. Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2017, Part II, LNCS 10434, 314-322. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-66185-8_36.
  • Lerma-Usabiaga, G., Iglesias, J.E., Insausti, R., Greve, D.N., & Paz-Alonso, P.M., ( 2016 ) Automated Segmentation of the Human Hippocampus Along Its Longitudinal Axis. Human Brain Mapping, 37:9, 3353–3367. Doi: 10.1002/hbm.23245
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., & Goodman, G.S., ( 2016 ) Developmental Differences across Middle Childhood in Memory and Suggestibility for Negative and Positive Events. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 34: 30–54. Doi: 10.1002/bsl.2239
  • Chica, A.B., Bayle, D.J., Botta, F., Bartolomeo, P., & Paz-Alonso, P.M., ( 2016 ) Interactions between phasic alerting and consciousness in the fronto-striatal network. Scientific Reports, 6, 31868. Doi: 10.1038/srep31868
  • Iglesias, J.E., Paz-Alonso, P.M., Lerma-Usabiaga, G., Insausti, R., Miller, K., & Caballero-Gaudes, C., ( 2016 ) Simultaneous Bayesian correction of slab boundary artifacts and bias field for high resolution ex vivo MRI. IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI), 1384-1387. Doi: 10.1109/ISBI.2016.7493525
  • Lizarazu, M.*, Lallier, M.*, Molinaro, N.*, Bourguignon, M., Paz-Alonso, P.M., Lerma-Usabiaga, G., & Carreiras, M., ( 2015 ) Developmental evaluation of atypical auditory sampling in dyslexia: Functional and structural evidence. Human Brain Mapping, 36(12), 4986-5002. DOI:10.1002/hbm.22986 *Equal contribution, corresponding authors.
  • Rueckl, J.G., Paz-Alonso, P.M., Molfese, P.J., Kuo, W-J., Bick, A., Frost, S.J., Hancock, R., Wu, D.H., Mencl, W.E., Duñabeitia, J.A., Lee, J-R., Oliver, M., Zevin, J.D., Hoeft, F., Carreiras, M., Tzeng, O., Pugh, K.R., & Frost, R., ( 2015 ) Universal brain signature of proficient reading: Evidence from four contrasting languages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(50), 15510-15515. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.1509321112
  • Molinaro*, N., Paz-Alonso*, P.M., Duñabeitia, J.A., & Carreiras, M., ( 2015 ) Combinatorial semantics strengthens angular-anterior temporal coupling. Cortex, 65, 113-127. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2015.01.004. *Equal contribution
  • Duñabeitia, J.A., Lallier, M., Paz-Alonso, P.M., & Carreiras, M. , ( 2015 ) The impact of literacy on position uncertainty. Psychological Science, 26(4), 548–550. doi: 10.1177/0956797615569890.
  • Chica, A.B., Valero-Cabre, A., Paz-Alonso, P.M., & Bartolomeo, P., ( 2014 ) Causal contributions of the left frontal eye field to conscious perception. Cerebral Cortex, 24(3), 745-753. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhs357.
  • Pozuelos, J.P., Paz-Alonso, P.M., Castillo, A., Fuentes, L.J., & Rueda, M.R., ( 2014 ) Development of Attention Networks and Their Interactions in Childhood. Developmental Psychology, 50, 10, 2405–2415. doi: 10.1037/a0037469.
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Bunge, S.A., & Ghetti, S., ( 2014 ) Emergence of higher cognitive functions. Oxford Handbooks Online. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935291.013.003
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Bunge, S.A., & Ghetti, S. , ( 2014 ) Emergence of higher cognitive functions: Reorganization of large-scale brain networks during childhood and adolescence. In K. Ochsner & S. Kosslyn (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935291.013.003
  • Goodman, G.S., Ogle, C.M., McWilliams, K., Narr, R.K., & Paz-Alonso, P.M. , ( 2014 ) Memory development in the forensic context. In P. Bauer and R. Fivush (Eds.), Handbook on the development of children's memory. Wiley-Blackwell Pub.
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Goodman, G.S., & Ibabe, I., ( 2013 ) Adult eyewitness memory and compliance: Effects of post-event misinformation on memory for a negative event. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 31(5), 541–558. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.2081.
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Gallego, P., & Ghetti, S., ( 2013 ) Age differences in hippocampus-cortex connectivity during true and false memory retrieval. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 19(10), 1031-1041. doi:10.1017/S1355617713001069.
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Ogle, C.M., & Goodman, G.S., ( 2013 ) Children’s memory in scientific case studies of child sexual abuse: A review. In B.S. Cooper, D. Griesel, & M. Ternes (Eds.), Applied issues in investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, and credibility assessment (pp. 143-171). New York: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-5547-9_6.
  • Rueda, M.R., & Paz-Alonso, P.M., ( 2013 ) Executive function and emotional development. In R. E. Tremblay, M. Boivin, & R. D. Peters (Eds.), Encyclopedia on early childhood development (pp. 1-6). Montreal, QC: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on ECD.
  • Chica*, A. B., Paz-Alonso*, P.M., Valero-Cabre, A., & Bartolomeo, P. , ( 2013 ) Neural bases of the interactions between spatial attention and conscious perception. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 1269-1279. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhs087. *Equal contribution.
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Ghetti, S., Ramsay, I., Solomon, M., Yoon, J., Carter, C.S., & Ragland, J.D., ( 2013 ) Semantic processes leading to true and false memory formation in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 147, 320–325. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2013.04.007.
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Bunge, S.A., Anderson, M. C., & Ghetti, S., ( 2013 ) Strength of coupling within a mnemonic control network differentiates those who can and cannot suppress memory retrieval. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33 (11), 5017–5026. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3459-12.2013.
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Ghetti, S., Matlen, B. J., Anderson, M. C., & Bunge, S. A. , ( 2009 ) Memory suppression is an active process that improves over childhood. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 3, 24, 1-6.
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Larson, R., Castelli, P., Alley, D., & Goodman, G. S. , ( 2008 ) Memory development: Emotion, Stress, and Trauma. In M. L. Courage & N. Cowan (Eds.), The development of memory in infancy and childhood (2nd Edition). Hove, England: Psychology Press.
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Ghetti, S., Donohue, S. E., Goodman, G. S., & Bunge, S. A. , ( 2008 ) Neurodevelopmental correlates of true and false recognition. Cerebral Cortex, 18, 2008-2016.
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M. & Goodman, G.S., ( 2008 ) Trauma and memory: Effects of post-event misinformation, retrieval order, and retention interval. Memory, 16 (1), 58-75
  • Paz-Alonso, P.M., Chae, Y., & Goodman, G. S. , ( 2007 ) Children’s testimony. In B. L. Cutler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of psychology and law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Castelli, P., Goodman, G. S., Edelstein, R., Mitchell, E., Paz-Alonso, P.M., Lyons, K., & Newton, J. , ( 2006 ) Evaluating eyewitness testimony in adults and children. In A. K. Hess & I. B. Weiner (Eds.), The handbook of forensic psychology (3rd Ed.). New York: Wiley.
  • Goodman, G. S., & Paz-Alonso, P.M. , ( 2006 ) Trauma and Memory: Normal versus special memory mechanisms. In B. Uttl, N. Ohta, A. L. Siegenthaler (Eds.), Memory and emotion: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Blackwell Publishing.
  • Sarasqueta, C., Gabaldon, O., Iza, I., Beland, F., & Paz-Alonso, P.M. , ( 2005 ) Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the NASS outcomes instrument in Spanish patients with low back pain. European Spine Journal, 14, 586-594.