Manuel Martín Loeches
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. His research topics have always focused on the brain and human cognition, both in healthy people and in patients with various pathologies, especially schizophrenia. The basic cognitive processes he has adressed in his researches comprise visual attention, working memory and, especially, human language
Much of his work has focused on the study of the evolution of the human mind and the human brain. He has contributed to this field with several essays on the role of the working memoy in the creation of the modern human mind, on the relationships between the brain’s shape and cognition as well as interactions between emotions and cognitive processes in order to study our mind and brain’s vulnerability to external factors, particularly social factors. In recent years, he has studied links between language and emotions, and notably, how emotions affect syntactic and semantic comprehension.
He is co-author of more than 100 scientific articles, 90 presentations at congresses, various courses and conferences, and author of books such as ¿Qué es la actividad cerebral? Técnicas para su estudio (Biblioteca Nueva, 2001), La mente del Homo sapiens. El cerebro y la evolución humana (Aguilar, 2008), La evolución del cerebro: la fascinante historia de nuestra mente (RBA, 2018) and El cerebro social: por qué estamos diseñados para conectar con los demás (RBA, 2019).