Pablo Ripollés Vidal

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Human beings show an astounding capacity to learn new words throughout their entire lifespan, and they do so even when a new word co-occurs with multiple meanings in the same context. Therefore, an important question arises: when presented with multiple words and multiple meanings, how do humans assign correct meaning to an unknown word? And more importantly, how are these new words stored in the human brain? Are lexical representations stored locally, or there is some sort of lexical interface that links representations of word forms with other kind of cortically distributed semantic and syntactic knowledge? My research aims at gaining a better understanding of these questions by bridging the gap between language and other general domain processes such as memory, reward or music. For this purpose, I use a combination of neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, DTI, MEG) and experimental psychology.




  1. Ripollés, P., Marco-Pallares, J., Alicart, H., Tempelmann, C., Rodriguez-Fornells, A. & Noesselt, T. (2016) Intrinsic monitoring of learning success facilitates memory encoding via the activation of the SN/VTA-Hippocampal loop. eLife.
  2. Sihvonen, A.J., Ripollés, P., Leo, V., Rodriguez-Fornells, A., Soinila, S. & Sarkamo, T. (2016) Neural Basis of Acquired Amusia and Its Recovery after Stroke. The Journal of Neuroscience, 36(34):8872-8881
  3. Ripollés, P., Rojo, N., Grau-Sanchez, J., Amengual, J.L., Camara, E., Marco-Pallares, J., Juncadella, M., Vaquero, L., Rubio, F., Duarte, E., Garrido, C., Altenmuller, E., Munte, T.F. & Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2016) Music supported therapy promotes motor plasticity in individuals with chronic stroke. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 10:1289-1307.
  4. Lopez-Barroso, D., Ripollés, P., Marco-Pallares, J., Mohammadi, B., Munte, T.F., Bachoud-Levi, A-C., Rodriguez-Fornells, A. & Diego-Balaguet, R. (2015) Multiple brain networks underpinning word learning from fluent speech revealed by independent component analysis. NeuroImage, 110:182-193
  5. Ripollés, P., Marco-Pallares, J., Hielscher, U., Mestres-Misse, A., Tempelmann, C., Heinze, H-J., Rodriguez-Fornella, A. & Noesselt, T. (2014) The Role of Reward in Word Learning and Its Implications for Language Acquistion. Current Biology, 24:2606 –12611