The ‘Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology’ research group is part of the University Institute for Health Sciences Research at the University of the Balearic Islands. Its PI is Pedro J. Montoya Jiménez, Professor of Biological Psychology.
The group’s two main areas of interest are anxiety disorders and chronic pain. These interests have given rise to different lines of research: the analysis of brain activity in patients with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis, paying special attention to possible alterations in the somatosensory processing of pain-related stimuli; the study of electrical activity synchronisation in remote regions of the brain during therapeutic change processes in patients with anxiety disorders; the study of the importance behind variability and complexity or entropy of heart rate in anxiety disorders and their treatment among the child-youth and adult populations; and the risk factors and prevention of anxiety problems in childhood and adolescence.
Lines of research:
Assessment and treatment of anxiety and affective disorders
Neuropsychological assessment of chronic pain
Applying nonlinear models to psychophysiological variables