In collaboration with Daniel Sanabria and the Psychology, Ergonomy and Physical Activity lab at the University of Granada, we explore the relationship between neurophysiological indices of interoception, exercise, and cognition. In previous studies, examining  brain and heart physiological measures separately, we uncovered novel autonomic markers of enhanced attention in athletes. We currently aim to investigate how brain-heart physiological coupling can mediate the cognitive benefits associated with regular physical activity, meditation and contemporary dance.

Related publications:

  1. Ciria, L., Luque‐Casado, A., Sanabria, D. Holgado, D., Ivanov, P., Perakakis, P. (2019). Oscillatory brain activity during acute exercise: Tonic and transient neural response to an oddball task. Psychophysiology, e13326.
  2. Bailon, C., Damas, M., Pomares, H., Sanabria, D., Perakakis, P., Goicoechea, C., Baños, O. (2018). Intelligent Monitoring of Affective Factors Underlying Sport Performance by Means of Wearable and Mobile Technology. Proceedings, 2, 19, pp. 1202.
  3. Ciria, L., Perakakis, P., Luque-Casado, A., Sanabria, D. (2018). Physical exercise increases overall brain oscillatory activity but does not influence inhibitory control in young adults. NeuroImage, 181, pp. 203–210.
  4. Holgado, D., Zandonai, T., Zabala, M., Hopker, J., Perakakis, P., Luque- Casado, A., Ciria, L., Guerra-Hernandez, E., Sanabria, D. (2017). Tramadol effects on physical performance and sustained attention during a 20-min indoor cycling time-trial: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21, pp. 654–660.
  5. Ciria, L., Perakakis, P., Luque-Casado, A., Morato, C., Sanabria, D. (2017). The relationship between sustained attention and aerobic fitness in a group of young adults. Peerj, 5, e3831.
  6. Perakakis, P. Luque-Casado, A., Ciria, L., Ivanov, P., Sanabria, D. (2017). Neural Responses to Heartbeats of Physically Trained and Sedentary Young Adults.  bioRxiv 156802.
  7. Luque-Casado, A., Perakakis, P., Ciria, L.F., Sanabria, D. (2016). Transient autonomic responses during sustained attention in high and low fit young adults. Scientific Reports 6, 27556.
  8. Luque-Casado, A., Perakakis, P., Hillman, C.H., Kao, S.C., Llorens, F., Guerra, P., Sanabria, D. (2016). Differences in Sustained Attention Capacity as a Function of Aerobic Fitness. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 48 (5), pp. 887–895.

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