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Joaquin Fuster

Dr. Fuster is a pioneer of cognitive neuroscience at UCLA. For many years of his distinguished career he has endeavored to clarify the neural mechanisms of cognitive functions, especially attention, perception and memory. His research in neuroscience is not only basic but also translational. This research allows scientists to better understand deficits of cognition linked to many neurological and psychiatric disorders, including brain stroke, brain trauma, Alzheimer's dementia, and schizophrenia. He has conducted extensive investigations of cortical memory networks in the primate, with special emphasis on the mechanisms of working memory. Earlier in his career Fuster discovered “memory cells”; those are cortical neurons that retain information about associated stimuli of different sensory modalities (touch, vision and audition) for prospective action. That was a seminal discovery that inspired hundreds of studies throughout the world, particularly on the prefrontal cortex, by a diversity of methods. He has written a widely consulted book on the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropsychology of that part of brain, which is now on its 5th edition. He is currently conducting collaborative studies on the cognitive disorders resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and methods for cognitive rehabilitation after it. Dr. Fuster has endowed UCLA with a Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience (presently held by Professor Susan Bookheimer) and an Annual Lecture on the same topic. Furthermore, he was instrumental in the design and construction of the Fuster Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience (present Director, Professor Michele Basso).

Recent Publications

M.J. Wright, A.L. Wong, L.C. Obermeit, E. Woo, M. Schmitter-Edgecombe, 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, 102:608-628, 2014.

J.M. Fuster – The Prefrontal Cortex Makes the Brain a 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.

Wang. X. 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.

J.M. Fuster - Linguistic Neuroprogramming. Llengua, Societat i Comunicació (Language, Society & Communication) 13:12-21, 2015.

J.M. Fuster. - El hábito como herramienta para crear tu realidad. In: Voces Sabias, García Quevedo, E. (Barcelona: Paidós) pp. 21-42, 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, 28:379-401, 2016.

J.M. Fuster and J.A. Marina. - Diálogo entre neurociencia y educación. Participación Educativa, 4, 5-9, 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 – Remembering Walter 60 Years after our first encounter. Chaos and Complexity Letters. pp. 33-40, Vol. 11 – 1, 2017.

Hykin, S., Fuster,J.M., Findlay, D. and Fung, S. – Cognitive Risk Control for Physical Systems. Vol. 5-14664-14679, 2017.

J.M. Fuster – Prefrontal Executive Functions Predict and Preadapt. –In: Executive Functions in Health and Disease, Elkhonon Goldberg, (Ed) pp. 3-19 Chapter 1, Academic Press, New York. 2017.

J.M. Fuster – Cajal in Barcelona: From yesterday to today, from the neuron to the network.European Journal of Anatomy, 23 (S1) 39-47. 2019.

J.M. Fuster – The Prefrontal cortex in the neurology clinic. – In: The Frontal Lobes, Vol. 163 D’Esposito M and Grafman JH, (Eds) pp. 3-18 Section 1, Elsevier BV, San Diego, 2019.


J.M. Fuster. - Cerebro y Libertad. (Barcelona: Editorial Planeta, S.A.), 2015.

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