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Associate Professor

Education: Physics and Psychology Degree, Neuroscience PhD

Research interest: Action Monitoring, Reward Processing, Brain oscillations

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Ripollés, P., Marco-Pallarés, J., Hielscher, U., Mestres-Missé, A., Tempelmann, C., Heinze, H.J., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., Noesselt, T. (2014). The Role of Reward in Word Learning and Its Implications for Language Acquisition. Current Biology. 24(21):2606-11

Amengual, J., Münte, TF, Marco-Pallarés, J., Rojo, N., Grau-Sánchez, J., Rubio, F., Duarte, E., Grau, C., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2014). Overactivation of the supplementary motor area in chronic stroke patients. Journal of Neurophysiology. 112: 2251–2263

Padrăo, G., Penhune, V., de Diego-Balaguer, R., Marco-Pallares, R., Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2014). ERP evidence of adaptive changes in error processing and attentional control during rhythm synchronization learning. Neuroimage. 100:460–470

Miró, J., Ripollés, P., López-Barroso, D., Vilŕ-Balló, A., Juncadella, M., de Diego-Balaguer, R., Marco-Pallarés, J., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., Falip, M. (2014). Atypical language organization in temporal lobe epilepsy revealed by a passive semantic paradigm. BMC Neurology. 14:98

Mas-Herrero, E., Zatorre, R.J., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., Marco-Pallarés, J. (2014). Dissociation between musical and monetary reward responses in specific musical anhedonia. Current Biology. 24:699-704

Amengual, J., Münte, TF, Marco-Pallarés, J., Rojo, N., Grau-Sánchez, J., Rubio, F., Duarte, E., Grau, C., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2014). Overactivation of the supplementary motor area in chronic stroke patients. Journal of Neurophysiology. 112: 2251–2263

Soler, J., Vega, D., Elices, M., Feliu-Soler, A., Soto, A., Martín-Blanco, A., Marco-Pallarés, J., Torrubia, R., Pascual, J.C. (2014). Testing the reinforcement sensitivity theory in borderline personality disorder compared with major depression and healthy controls. Personality and Individual Differences. 61–62:43–46

Mas-Herrero, E., Marco-Pallarés, J. (2014). Frontal Theta Oscillatory Activity Is a Common Mechanism for the Computation of Unexpected Outcomes and Learning Rate. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 26(3):447-458


Mas-Herrero, E., Marco-Pallares, J., Lorenzo-Seva, U., Zatorre, R., Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2013). Individual differences in Music Reward experiences. Music Perception. 31(2):118-138

Amengual, J.L., Marco-Pallarés, J., Richter, L., Oung, S., Schweikard, A., Mohammadi, B., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., Münte, T.F. (2013). Tracking post-error adaptation in the motor system by transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neuroscience. 250:342-351

Amengual, J.L., Rojo, N., Veciana, M., Marco-Pallarés, J., Grau-Sánchez, J., Schneider, S., Vaquero, L., Juncadella, M., Montero, J., Mohammadi, B., Rubio, F., Rueda, N., Duarte, E., Grau, C., Altenmuller, E., Münte TF, Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2013). Sensorimotor Plasticity after Music Supported Therapy in Chronic Stroke Patients Revealed by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Plos ONE. 8(4):e61883

Fuentemilla, Ll., Cucurell, D., Marco-Pallarés, J., Guitart-Masip, M., Morís, J., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2013). Electrophysiological correlates of anticipating improbable but desired events. Neuroimage. 78:135–144

Padrăo, G., Mallorquí, A., Cucurell, D., Marco-Pallarés, J., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2012). Neurophysiological differences in reward processing in anhedonics. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience.


Lozano-Soldevilla, D., Marco-Pallarés, J., Fuentemilla, Ll., Grau, C. (2012). Common N1 and Mismatch Negativity neural evoked components are revealed by Independent Component Model-Based Clustering Analysis. Psychophysiology. 49(11):1622-1631

Hajihosseini, A., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., Marco-Pallarés, J. (2012). The role of beta-gamma oscillations in unexpected rewards processing. Neuroimage. Apr 15;60(3):1678-85

Cunillera, T., Fuentemilla, Ll., Periańez, J., Marco-Pallarčs, J., Krämer, U., Cŕmara, E., Münte, T.F., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2012). Brain oscillatory activity associated to task-switching and feedback processing. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. 12:1

Luque, D., Lopez, FJ., Marco-Pallares, J., Cŕmara, E. and Rodríguez-Fornells, A. Feedback-related Brain Potential Activity Complies with Basic Assumptions of Associative Learning Theory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 24(4):794–808

Ripollés, P., Marco-Pallarés, J., de Diego-Balaguer, R., Miró, J., Falip, M., Juncadella, M., Rubio, F., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2012). Analysis of automated methods for spatial normalization of lesioned brains. Neuroimage. Jan 28;60(2):1296-1306


Rojo, N., Amengual, J., Juncadella, M., Rubio, F., Camara, E., Marco-Pallares, J., Schneider, S., Veciana, C., Montero, J., Mohammadi, B., Altenmüller, E., Grau, C., Münte, T.F., Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2011). Music-supported therapy induces plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex in chronic stroke: a single-case study using multimodal imaging (fMRI-TMS). Brain Injury. 25(7-8):787-93

Marco-Pallarés, J., Cucurell, D., Strein, N., Münte, T.F., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2011). On the Number of Trials Needed for a Stable Feedback-Related Negativity. Psychophysiology. 48(6):852-60

Dońamayor, N., Marco-Pallarés, J., Heldmann, M., Schoenfeld, A., Münte, T.F. (In press) Temporal dynamics of reward processing: An MEG study. Human Brain Mapping. 32:2228–2240

Richter, S., Gorny, X., Marco-Pallares, J., Krämer, UM, Machts, J., Barman, A., Bernstein, H., Schüle, R., Schöls, L., Rodriguez-Fornells, A., Reissner, C., Wüstenberg, T., Heinze, HJ., Gundelfinger ED, Düzel, E., Münte, TF, Seidenbecher, CI and Schott, BH. (2011). A potential role for a genetic variation of AKAP5 in human aggression and anger control. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 5:175

Nager, W., Krauss, J.K., Heldmann, M., Marco-Pallarés, J., Capelle, H.H., Lütjens, G., Bolat, S., Dengler, R., Münte, T.F. 2011. Human hypothalamus shows differential responses to basic motivational stimuli--an invasive electrophysiology study. Neuroscience. 189:330-336


Marco-Pallarés, J., Nager, W., Krämer, U., Cunillera, T., Cŕmara, E., Cucurell, D., Schüle, R., Schöls, L., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., Münte, T.F. (2010). Neurophysiological markers of novelty processing are modulated by COMT and DRD4 genotypes. Neuroimage. 53(3):962-969

Marco-Pallarés, J., Krämer, U., Strehl, S., Schröder, A., Münte, TF. (2010). When decisions of others matter to me: an electrophysiological analysis. BMC Neuroscience. 11:86

Nager, W., Münte, TF., Marco-Pallarés, J., Heldmann, M., Dengler, R., Capelle, HH., Lütjens, G., Krauss, JK. (2010). Beta-oscillations in the posterior hypothalamus are associated with spontaneous cluster headache attack. Journal of Neurology. 257(10):1743-1744

Marco-Pallarés, J., Mohammadi, B., Samii, A., Münte, TF. (2010). Brain activations reflect individual discount rates in intertemporal Choice. Brain Research. 1320:123-129

Cŕmara, E., Krämer, U.M., Cunillera, T., Marco-Pallarés, J., Cucurell, D., Nager, W., Mestres-Missé, A., Bauer, P., Schüle-Freyer, R., Schöls, L., Tempelmann, C., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., Münte, T.F. (2010). The Effects of COMT (Val108/158Met) and DRD4 (SNP -521) Dopamine Genotypes on Brain Activations Related to Valence and Magnitude of Rewards. Cerebral Cortex. 20(8):1985-1996


Kramer, UM., Rojo, N., Schule, R., Cunillera, T., Schols, L., Marco-Pallares, J., Cucurrell, D., Camara, E., Rodriguez-Fornells, Munte, TF (2009). ADHD candidate gene (DRD4 exon III) affects inhibitory control in a healthy sample. BMC Neuroscience, 10:150

Marco-Pallarés, J., Cŕmara, E., Münte, T.F., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2009). Neuroimaging analysis (I): Electroencephalography. In Millsap, RE. and Maydeu-Olivares, A. Handbook of Quantitative Methods in Psychology. SAGE.

Cŕmara, E., Marco-Pallarés, J., Münte, T.F., Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2009). Neuroimaging analysis (II): Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In Millsap, RE. and Maydeu-Olivares, A. Handbook of Quantitative Methods in Psychology. SAGE.

Cunillera, T., Cŕmara, E., Manuel Toro, J., Marco-Pallares, J., Sebastián-Galles, N., Ortiz, H., Pujol, J., Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2009). Time course and functional neuroanatomy of speech segmentation in adults. Neuroimage. 48(3):541-553

Heinze, H.J., Heldmann, M., Voges, J., Hinrichs, H., Marco-Pallares, J., Hopf, J.M., Müller, U., Galazky, I., Sturm, V., Bogerts, B.,Münte, T.F. (2009). Counteracting incentive sensitization in severe alcohol dependence using deep brain stimulation of the Nucleus accumbens: clinical and basic science aspects. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 3:22.

Altenmüller E., Marco-Pallares J, Münte TF,Schneider S. (2009). Neural Reorganization Underlies Improvement in Stroke-induced Motor Dysfunction by Music-supported Therapy. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1169: 395–405

Fuentemilla, L., Camara, E., Münte, T.F., Krämer, U.M., Cunillera, T., Marco-Pallares, J., Tempelmann, K., Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2009). Individual differences in true and false memory retrieval are related to white matter brain microstructure. Journal of Neuroscience. 29(27):8698-703.

Marco-Pallarés, J., Cucurell, D., Cunillera, T., Krämer, UM, Cŕmara, E., Nager, W., Bauer P., Schüle R., Schöls L., Münte TF, & Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2009). Genetic Variability in the Dopamine System (DRD4, COMT) Modulates Neurophysiological Responses to Gains and Losses. Biological Psychiatry. 66(2):154–161

Fuentemilla Ll, Marco-Pallarés J, Gual A, Escera C, Polo MD, Grau C. (2009). Impaired theta phase-resetting underlying auditory N1 suppression in chronic alcoholism. Neuroreport. 20(3):337-42.


Digiacomo MR, Marco-Pallarés J, Flores AB, Gómez CM. (2008). Wavelet analysis of the EEG during the neurocognitive evaluation of invalidly cued targets. Brain Research. 1234:94-103

Fuentemilla, Ll., Marco-Pallarés, J., Münte, TF, Grau, C. (2008). Theta EEG oscillatory activity and auditory change detection. Brain Research. 1220:93-101

Marco-Pallares, J., Cucurell, D., Cunillera, T., García, R., Andres-Pueyo, A., Münte, T.F., Rodriguez-Fornells., A. (2008). Human oscillatory activity associated to reward processing in a gambling task. Neuropsychologia, 46, 241-248.

Münte, TF., Heldmann, M., Hinrichs, H., Marco-Pallarés, J., Krämer, U.M., Sturm, V., Heinze, H.J. (2008). Contribution of subcortical structures to cognition assessed with invasive electrophysiology in humans. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 2(1):72-78

Münte TF, Heldmann M, Hinrichs H, Marco-Pallarés J, Krämer UM, Sturm V, Heinze HJ. (2007) Nucleus accumbens is involved in human action monitoring: evidence from invasive electrophysiological recordings. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 1:11

Ruffini G, Dunne S, Fuentemilla Ll, Grau C, Farrés E, Marco-Pallarés J, Watts PCP, Silva SRP. (2008). First human trials of a dry electrophysiology sensor using a carbon nanotube array interface. Sensors and Actuators A. 144:275-279

Marco-Pallarés J, Ruffini G, Polo MD, Gual A, Escera C, Grau C. (2007). Mismatch negativity impairment associated with alcohol consumption in chronic alcoholics: A scalp current density study. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 65:51-57

Heldmann M, Münte TF, Krämer UM, Marco-Pallarés J, Klosterkötter J, Lenartz D, Sturm V, Heinze HJ, Hinrichs H. Ereignis-korrelierte lokale Feldpotenziale und Wavelet-Frequenzspektren zur Identifizierung von Handlungskontrollprozessen im Nucleus Accumbens. Klinische Neurophysiologie. 2008. 39:183-188


Münte TF, Heldmann M, Hinrichs H, Marco-Pallarés J, Krämer UM, Sturm V, Heinze HJ. (2007) Nucleus accumbens is involved in human action monitoring: evidence from invasive electrophysiological recordings. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 1:11

Krämer, U., Cunillera, T.,, Cŕmara, E., Marco-Pallarés, E., Cucurell, D., Nager, W., Bauer, P.,Schüle-Freyer, R., Schöls, L., Rodriguez-Fornells, A., Münte, TF.The impact of COMT and DRD4 genotypes on neurophysiological markers of performance monitoring. Journal of Neuroscience,27: 14190 –14198.

Grau C, Fuentemilla Ll, Marco-Pallarés J. (2007). Functional neural dynamics underlying auditory event-related N1 and N1 suppression response. Neuroimage. 36:522-531

Ray C, Ruffini G, Marco-Pallarés J, Fuentemilla Ll, Grau C. (2007). Complex networks in brain electrical activity. Europhysics Letters. 79:38004

Marco-Pallarés J, Muller SV, Muente TF. Learning by doing: an fMRI study of feedback-related brain activations. (2007). Neuroreport. 18:1423-1426


Fuentemilla Ll, Marco-Pallarés J, Grau C. (2006). Modulation of spectral power and of phase resetting of EEG contributes differentially to the generation of auditory event-related potentials. Neuroimage. 30:909-906

Ruffini G, Dunne S, Farrés E, Marco-Pallarés J, Ray C, Mendoza E, Silva R, Grau C. (2006). A dry electrophysiological electrode using CNT array. Sensors and Actuators A. 132:34-41

Gómez CM, Marco-Pallarés J, Grau C. (2006). Location of brain rhythms and their modulation by preparatory attention estimated by current density. Brain Research. 1107:151-160


Marco-Pallarés J, Grau C, Ruffini G. Combined ICA-LORETA analysis of mismatch negativity. (2005). Neuroimage. 25:471-477

Marco J, Fuentemilla Ll, Grau C. Auditory sensory gating deficit in abstinent chronic alcoholics. (2005).Neuroscience letters. 375: 174-177

Marco Pallarés J, Ruffini G, Ruffini L. Ionospheric tomography using GNSS reflections. (2005). IEEE T Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 43: 321-326


Gómez CM, Marco J, Grau C. (2003). Preparatory visuo-motor cortical network of the contingent negative variation estimated by current density. Neuroimage. 20: 216-224