Dr Laura Moreno-López

Laura Moreno-López

University position

Research Associate


Department of Medicine


Division of Anaesthesia



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Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


I am interested in the study of the neural basis of the cognitive, emotional and behavioural impairments associated with traumatic brain injury, substance addiction and obesity.

I am currently working in two projects aimed to study the neurobiological basis of depression following traumatic brain injury using a combination of structural and functional MRI and Neuroimaging biomarkers for risk and clinical outcome prediction of Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (BioCog)

Research Focus





Functional/structural connectivity


Clinical conditions


Traumatic brain injury


Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing



Emmanuel Stamatakis


Carles Soriano-Mas Web: http://cibersam.es/cibersa...

Antonio Verdejo-García Web: http://monash.edu/researc...

Associated News Items



    Moreno-López L, Manktelow AE, Sahakian BJ, Menon DK, Stamatakis EA (2017), “Anything goes? Regulation of the neural processes underlying response inhibition in TBI patients” Eur Neuropsychopharmacol.


    Moreno-López L, Albein-Urios N, Martínez-González JM, Soriano-Mas C, Verdejo-García A (2016), “Neural correlates of impaired self-awareness of apathy, disinhibition and dysexecutive deficits in cocaine-dependent individuals” Addict Biol.

    Moreno-Lopez L, Contreras-Rodriguez O, Soriano-Mas C, Stamatakis EA, Verdejo-Garcia A (2016), “Disrupted functional connectivity in adolescent obesity” Neuroimage Clin.

    Moreno-López L, Sahakian BJ, Manktelow A, Menon DK, Stamatakis EA (2016), “Depression following traumatic brain injury: A functional connectivity perspective” Brain Inj.


    Moreno-López L, Albein-Urios N, Martinez-Gonzalez JM, Soriano-Mas C, Verdejo-García A (2014), “Prefrontal Gray Matter and Motivation for Treatment in Cocaine-Dependent Individuals with and without Personality Disorders.” Front Psychiatry 5:52 Details

    Moreno-López L, Perales JC, van Son D, Albein-Urios N, Soriano-Mas C, Martinez-Gonzalez JM, Wiers RW, Verdejo-García A (2014), “Cocaine use severity and cerebellar gray matter are associated with reversal learning deficits in cocaine-dependent individuals.” Addict Biol Details


    Albein-Urios N, Martinez-Gonzalez JM, Lozano Ó, Moreno-López L, Soriano-Mas C, Verdejo-Garcia A (2013), “Negative urgency, disinhibition and reduced temporal pole gray matter characterize the comorbidity of cocaine dependence and personality disorders.” Drug Alcohol Depend 132(1-2):231-7 Details

    Moreno-López L, Fernández-Serrano MJ, Stamatakis EA, Gómez-Río M, Rodríguez-Fernández A, Pérez-García M, Verdejo-García A (2013), “[Differential association between the regional metabolism of the prefrontal cortex and limbic structures, and the time of abstinence in substance dependent individuals].” Adicciones 25(4):348-55 Details


    Caracuel A, Verdejo-García A, Fernández-Serrano MJ, Moreno-López L, Santago-Ramajo S, Salinas-Sánchez I, Pérez-García M (2012), “Preliminary validation of the Spanish version of the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale (FrSBe) using Rasch analysis.” Brain Inj 26(6):844-52 Details

    Fernández-Serrano MJ, Cesar Peraleslópez J, Moreno-López L, Santos-Ruiz A, Pérez-García M, Verdejogarcía A (2012), “[Impulsivity and compulsivity in cocaine dependent individuals].” Adicciones 24(2):105-13 Details

    Fernández-Serrano MJ, Perales JC, Moreno-López L, Pérez-García M, Verdejo-García A (2012), “Neuropsychological profiling of impulsivity and compulsivity in cocaine dependent individuals.” Psychopharmacology (Berl) 219(2):673-83 Details

    Moreno-López L, Catena A, Fernández-Serrano MJ, Delgado-Rico E, Stamatakis EA, Pérez-García M, Verdejo-García A (2012), “Trait impulsivity and prefrontal gray matter reductions in cocaine dependent individuals.” Drug Alcohol Depend 125(3):208-14 Details

    Moreno-López L, Soriano-Mas C, Delgado-Rico E, Rio-Valle JS, Verdejo-García A (2012), “Brain structural correlates of reward sensitivity and impulsivity in adolescents with normal and excess weight.” PLoS One 7(11):e49185 Details

    Moreno-López L, Stamatakis EA, Fernández-Serrano MJ, Gómez-Río M, Rodríguez-Fernández A, Pérez-García M, Verdejo-García A (2012), “Neural correlates of hot and cold executive functions in polysubstance addiction: association between neuropsychological performance and resting brain metabolism as measured by positron emission tomography.” Psychiatry Res 203(2-3):214-21 Details

    Moreno-López L, Stamatakis EA, Fernández-Serrano MJ, Gómez-Río M, Rodríguez-Fernández A, Pérez-García M, Verdejo-García A (2012), “Neural correlates of the severity of cocaine, heroin, alcohol, MDMA and cannabis use in polysubstance abusers: a resting-PET brain metabolism study.” PLoS One 7(6):e39830 Details


    Fernández-Serrano MJ, Moreno-López L, Pérez-García M, Viedma-Del Jesús MI, Sánchez-Barrera MB, Verdejo-García A (2011), “Negative mood induction normalizes decision making in male cocaine dependent individuals.” Psychopharmacology (Berl) 217(3):331-9 Details