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Joaquin Fuster

Dr. Fuster's lab is interested in elucidating the neural mechanisms of cognition, research that may allow scientists to better understand cognition disorders linked to many neurological and psychiatric disorders, including brain stroke, brain trauma, Alzheimer's dementia, and schizophrenia. Specific projects include, 1) Studies of cortical memory networks in the primate, with special emphasis on the mechanisms of working memory, 2) “Memory cells” that retain information about associated stimuli of different sensory modalities (touch, vision and audition), 3) Active memory networks investigated by the joint application of electrical and brain-imaging methods—notably NIRS, and near infrared spectroscopy, 4) Oscillatory patterns of cortical activity correlated with the temporary retention of visual information (color and position of visual stimuli) in working memory, 5) Conducting collaborative studies on the cognitive disorders resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and methods for cognitive rehabilitation after it, 6) Collaborative computational aspects of frontal lobe functions.

Recent Publications

J.M. Fuster - Upper processing stages of the perception―action cycle. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8: 143-145, 2004.

Y-D. Zhou and J.M. Fuster - Somatosensory cell response to an auditory cue in a haptic memory task. Behavioural Brain Research., 153: 573-578, 2004.

J.M. Fuster– The cortical substrate of general intelligence. Cortex , 41: 228-229, 2005.

J.M. Fuster, M. Guiou, A. Ardestani, A. Cannestra, S. Sheth, YD Zhou, A. Toga, and M. Bodner. - Near-Infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in cognitive neuroscience of the primate brain.

NeuroImage, 26: 215-220, 2005.

M. Bodner, M. Shafi, YD Zhou, and J.M. Fuster Patterned firing of parietal cells in a haptic working memory task. European Journal of Neuroscience, 21: 2338-2546, 2005.

G. Deco, A. Ledberg, R. Almeida, and J.M. Fuster. - Neural dynamics of cross-modal and cross-temporal associations. Experimental Brain Research, 166: 325-336, 2005.

J.M. Fuster - Prefrontal cortex. The International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. R.F. Thompson and J.L. McCelland (Eds.), Elsevier, London, 2008.

J.M. Fuster – The Cognit: A network model of cortical representation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 60: 125-132, 2006.

J.M. Fuster – Jackson and the frontal executive hierarchy. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 64: 106-107, 2007.

J.M. Fuster – Cortical Memory. Scholarpedia, p.11609, 2007.

M. Shafi, Y.D. Zhou, J. Quintana, C. Chow, J.M. Fuster, and M. Bodner. – Variability in neuronal activity in primate cortex working memory tasks. Neuroscience, 146: 1082-1108, 2007.

Y.D. Zhou, A. Ardestani, and J.M. Fuster – Distributed and associative working memory. Cerebral Cortex 17:77-i87, 2007.

J.M. Fuster – Cajal y la neurociencia cognitiva cien años más tarde. Quark, 39-40: 59-65, 2007.

J.M. Fuster - Cortex and memory: emergence of a new paradigm. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 21: 2047-2072, 2009.

S. Verduzco-Flores, M. Bodner, B. Ermentrout, J.M. Fuster ,and Y. Zhou. - Working memory cells' behavior may be explained by cross-regional networks with synaptic facilitation. PLoS One. 4:e6399, 2009.

J.M. Fuster - The reticular paradigm of cortical memory. Rev Neurol. 3:50 Suppl 3:S3-10. (Spanish), 2010.

J.M. Fuster – Functional neuroanatomy of executive process. The Handbook of Clinical Neuropsychology Second Edition J.M Gurd, U. Kischka and J.C. Marshall (Eds.), Oxford University Press, pp. 822-833, 2010.

J.M. Fuster – Hayek in today’s cognitive neuroscience. Hayek in Mind: Hayek’s Philosophical Psychology. L. Marsh (Ed.) Bingley, UK., Emerald Group pp. 3-11, 2011.

J.M. Fuster and S.L. Bressler – Cognit activation: a mechanism enabling temporal integration in working memory. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16:207-218, 2012.

J.M. Fuster – Anatomía del Córtex Prefrontal. In: Viaje a la Complejidad. Nicolás Chaparrós y Rafael Cruz Roche (Eds). Madrid Biblioteca Nueva. pp 246-254, pp 265-282, 2012.

J.M. Fuster – Cognitive functions of the prefrontal cortex. In: Principles of Frontal Lobe Functions: Second Edition. D.T. Stuss and R.T. Knight (Eds.) Oxford University Press, pp. 11-22, 2013.

M.J. Wright, A.L. Wong, L.C. Obermeit, E. Woo, M. Schmitter-Edgecombe, and J.M. Fuster - Memory for performed and observed activities following traumatic brain injury. J. of Clin. Exp. Neuropsychol. 36:268-277, 2014.

S. Haykin and J.M. Fuster - On Cognitive Dynamic Systems: Cognitive Neuroscience and Engineering Learning from Each Other. Proceedings of the IEEE, 102:608-627, 2014.

J.M. Fuster – The Prefrontal Cortex Makes the Brain Preadaptive System. Proceedings of the IEEE, 102: 417-425, 2014.

J.M. Fuster and S.L Bressler – Past makes future: Role of pFC in prediction. J. Cogni. Neuroscience, 27: 639-654, 2015.

X. Wang, Li, S.S. Hsiao, F. Lenz, M. Bodner, YD, Zhou, and J.M. Fuster. - Differential roles of delay-periods neural activity in monkey dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in visual-haptic crossmodal working memory. PNAS 112, E214-E219, 2015.

A. Ardestani, W. Shen, F. Darvas, A.W. Toga and J.M. Fuster - Modulation of Frontoparietal Neurovascular Dynamics in Working Memory. J. Cogni. Neuroscience, (1-23 electronic), 2015.

J.M. Fuster – Prefrontal cortex in decision-making: the perception-action cycle. In: Decision Neuroscience, an Integrative Perspective. (Dreher and Tremblay, eds.) Academic Press, London pp. 95–105, 2017.


J.M. Fuster -The Prefrontal Cortex (Fourth Edition), Academic Press, London, 2008.

J.M. Fuster – The Neuroscience of Freedom and Creativity. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

J.M. Fuster. - Cerebro y Libertad. Editorial Planeta, Barcelona, 2015.

J.M. Fuster -The Prefrontal Cortex (Fifth Edition), Academic Press, London, 2015