I am a cognitive neuroscientist working at University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). Psychology Department. Also collaborating with University College London (Institute of Neurology) and the Max Plank (Human Cognition) | E: a.galvez-pol@uib.es Brief bio:

  • 2019: Visiting researcher and lecturer (Max Plank Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Univ. Balearic Islands; UIB).
  • 2017: Research associate (University College London, Institute of Neurology)
  • 2017: PhD in cognitive Neuroscience (City, University of London)
  • 2013: Master in Evolution and Human Cognition (UIB)
  • 2012: BSc Psychology (UIB and Univ. California State Northridge)

Currently I’m working on 2 matters:
(a) How do we remember others’ bodies? –the mechanisms allowing encoding and memory processing of visually perceived bodily information. (b) What is the effect of our inner bodily organs upon cognition? (Interoception).  I examine these questions by examining electrophysiology and behaviour (somatosensory, motor-cortical potentials, ECG, GSR, respiration, etc.). 

Research Interests

  • Interoception, Sensorimotor processing, Working memory, Neuroaesthetics, Oscillatory bodily rythms, Electrophysiology


  • Palser, E., Galvez-Pol, A., Palmer, C., Ricci, H., Fotopoulou, K., Pellicano, E., & Kilner, J. (2021). Reduced differentiation of emotion-associated bodily sensations in autism. Autism [paper]
  • Galvez-Pol, A., Calvo-Merino, B., & Forster, B. (2020). Probing the neural representations of body-related stimuli: a reply to Tame & Longo’s commentary. Cortex. [paper
  • Galvez-Pol, A., Antonie, S., Li, C., & Kilner, J. (2020) Direct perception of other people’s heart rate. PsyArXiv [preprint
  • Galvez-Pol, A., Forster, B., & Calvo-Merino, B. (2020). Beyond action observation: neurobehavioral mechanisms of memory for visually perceived bodies and actions. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. [paper
  • Galvez-Pol, A., Calvo-Merino, B., & Forster, B. (2020). Revealing the body in the brain: An ERP method to examine sensorimotor activity during visual perception of body-related information. Cortex, 125. [Paper]
  • Galvez-Pol, A., McConnell, R., & Kilner, J. (2020). Active sampling in visual search is coupled to the cardiac cycle. Cognition, 196. [Paper]
  • Arslanova, I., Galvez-Pol, A., Calvo-Merino, B., & Forster, B. (2019). Searching for bodies: ERP evidence for independent somatosensory processing during visual search for body-related information. Neuroimage, 195, 140-149 [paper
  • Galvez-Pol, A., McConnell, R., & Kilner, J. (2018). Voluntary visual search is modulated by the cardiac cycle. bioRxiv. [preprint]
  • Galvez-Pol, A., Calvo-Merino, B., Capilla, A., & Forster, B. (2018). Persistent recruitment of somatosensory cortex during active maintenance of hand images in working memory. NeuroImage, 174, 153-163. [paper
  • Palser, E., Palmer, C., Galvez-Pol, A., Ricci, H., & Kilner, J. (2018). Alexithymia mediates the relationship between interoceptive sensibility and anxiety. Plos one 13(9) e0203212 [paper]
  • Galvez-Pol, A., Calvo-Merino, B., & Forster, B. (2018). Modulation of motor cortex activity in a visual working memory task of hand images. Neuropsychologia, 117,75-83. [paper
  • Galvez-Pol, A. (2017). Revealing mnemonic representations of the body in the brain. Doctoral thesis. City, University of London. [take a look
  • Galvez-Pol, A. (2017) De fotones a cognición: percepción, memoria y arte en el cerebro. In Schwartz & Bermúdez (Eds.). Nodos. Pamplona: Next Doors Publishers. [Take a look]
  • Nadal, M., Gomila, A & Galvez-Pol, A (2014). A history for Neuroaesthetics. In J. O. Lauring (Ed.), An Introduction to Neuroaesthetics: The neuroscientific approach to aesthetic experience, artistic creativity, and arts appreciation. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 3-49. [paper]
  • Galvez, A., Darriba, A., Villacampa, J., Martorell, R., Prada, L., & Barcelo, F. (2013). Effects of aging and executive control on the flexible shifting of stimulus-response mappings in bi-field visuomotor task with increasing cognitive demands. Journal of Psychophysiology, 27, 54-54.
  • Nadal, M., Flexas, A., Galvez, A., & Cela-Conde, C. J. (2012). Neuroaesthetics: Themes from the past, current issues, and challenges for the future. Rendiconti Lincei – Scienze Fisiche e Naturali. [paper] 

Current Collaborators:

  • James Kilner (University College London)
  • Bettina Forster (City, University of London)
  • Beatriz Calvo-Merino (City, University of London)
  • Luigi Tame (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Eleanor Palser (University of San Francisco, USA)
  • Mathew Longo (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Julia Christensen (Max Planck, Germany)
  • Michael Gaebler (Max Planck, Germany)
  • Sven Ohl (Humboldt University, Germany)

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