Interoception, Exercise and Cognition

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

Related publications:

  1. 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
  2. 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. In press
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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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