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Prof. Ana Vivas


Academic Position

Professor in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology


International Faculty Principal Ethics Contact

Academic Qualifications

PhD in Experimental Psychology, University of Almeria, Spain
Research Training Fellowship, University of Almeria, Spain
BSc in Psychology, University of Almeria, Spain

Office Strategakis Building, 6th floor
Office Hours

Open Door Policy

Telephone 2310 224421 (etx. 114)
Email vivas@citycollege.sheffield.eu
Skype ana.vivas4

I had a research training fellowship as a postgraduate student, and taught psychology courses at the University of Almeria in Spain. As part of my research training I also visited and conducted research at the Neuropsychology center of the University of Birmingham (Uk), and the Center for Perception and Motor Control of the University of Wales (Bangor, UK). In 2000, I joined the Psychology Department at the University of Sheffield International Faculty, and since I have continued to teach and conduct research in collaboration with many Universities of prestige in the World (e.g., North Dakota State University, Brain Science Institute –RIKEN- in Japan, the InHolland University, South China Normal University, etc). I have received funds from several multidisciplinary European research projects, and co-organised research events such as the ESCoP summer school for PhD students and the International meeting of Applied Neuroscience. I have supervised successfully 4 PhD students, and currently supervise 2 PhD students. I am member of the Advisory Council of the International Association for the Study of Attention & Performance, Greek local officer of the European Society of Cognitive Psychology, reviewer of research projects for the Agencia Nacional de Evaluacion y Prospectiva (ANEP, Spanish Ministry of Science and Education), regular reviewer for international journals, and regular external examiner of PhD examinations.


Contemporary & Applied Issues in Attention, UG and PG research supervision

Research Interests

My main focus of research is the study of attentional processes in healthy adults and neurological patients. I am particularly interested in how we deal with irrelevant informacion (inhibitory processes), and the contribution of the parietal lobe and certain neurotransmitters to these processes.

In the last years I am also interested in designing and testing methods to train these processes so as to slow down or prevent cognitive decline with aging.

A third line of research deals with neurophysiological correlates of emotional processing in healthy people and neurological patients, and its application to develop adaptive human computer interfaces to be used both as diagnostic tools as well as a means for improving quality of life of the citizens.

Finally, I collaborate with Dr Estevez to investigate the efficacy of  paring a unique reward with a specific stimulus  (the Differential Outcome Procedure) to enhance discriminative learning and memory performance in several populations (children, patients with Alzheimer disease, people with Down Syndrome etc)


Full list of publications

Esteban, L., Vivas, A.B., Fuentes, L.J., &Estévez, A.F. (In Press). Spatial recognition memory enhancement in children: The differential outcomes effect.  Scientific Reports .

Bamidis, P.D., Fissler, P, Papageorgiou, S.G., Zilidou, V., Konstantinidis, E.I., Billis, A.S., Romanopoulou, E., Karagianni, M., Grigoriadou, E., Ladas, A., Kyrillidou. A., Tsolaki, A., Frantzidis, F., Sidiropoulos, E., Siountas, A., Bearatis. I., Tsapanou, A., Tsilikopoulou, Matsi, S., Papatriantafyllou, J., Margioti, E., Nika, A.,Schlee, W., Elbert, T., Tsolaki, M., Vivas, A.B., & Kolassa, I., (2015). Computerized cognitive and physical training to improve cognition in the elderly: a dose effect? Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Kalogeropoulou, F., Woodruff, P.W., & Vivas, A.B. (2015). Inhibition of return is not impaired but masked by increased facilitation in schizophrenia patients. Neuropsychology29(1), 10. DOI: 10.1037/neu0000092. 

Ladas, A., Carroll, D., &  Vivas, A.B., (2015). Attentional processes in low-SES bilingual children: Are they modulated by the amount of bilingual experience. Child Development, ( 86:2),  557–578.  

Frantzidis, C.A., Vivas, A.B., Tsolaki, A., Klados, M.A., Tsolaki, M., & Bamidis, P.D (2014). Functional Disorganization of Small-World Brain Networks in mild Alzheimer’s Disease and amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment: An EEG Study using Relative Wavelet Entropy (RWE). Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience., 6, URL=http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/Abstract.aspx?s=18&name=aging_neuroscience&ART_DOI=10.3389/fnagi.2014.00224 ,Impact Factor: 5.2 August 2014

Esteban, L., Vivas, A.B., & Estévez, A.F. (2014). Visual recognition memory enhancement in children through differential outcomes.  Acta Psychologica, 150,  146–152.

Esteban, L., Plaza, V.,  López-Crespo, G., Vivas, A.B., & Estévez, A.F. (2014). Differential outcomes training improves face recognition memory in children and in adults with Down syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35 , 1384–1392.

González-Palau, F., Franco, M., Bamidis, P., Losada, R., Parra, E., Papageorgiou, S., & Vivas, A.B. (2014). The effect of a computer-based cognitive and physical training program in a healthy and mild cognitively impaired aging sample. Aging & Mental Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2014.899972

Bamidis, P.D., Vivas, A.B., Styliadis, C., Frantzidis, C., Klados, M., Schlee, W., & Papageorgiou, S.G. (2014). A review of cognitive and physical interventions in aging. Neuroscience & Biobehavioural Reviews, 44, 206-220. DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.03.019.

Frantzidis, C., Ladas, A.,Vivas, A.B., Tsolaki, M., & Bamidis, P.D. (2014). A synchronization based neurophysiological evaluation of age-related cognitive and physical training: The case of the Long Lasting Memories (LLM) project. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 93, 1–11. Impact Factor: 2.144

Wang, P., Fuentes, L.J., Vivas, A.B., & Chen, Q. (2013). Behavioural and neural interaction between spatial inhibition of return and the Simon effect. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, xxx-xxx. RL=http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/Abstract.aspx?s=537&name=human_neuroscience&ART_DOI=10.3389/fnhum.2013.00572 

Ladas, A., Frantzidis, C, Bamidis, P., & Vivas, A.B. (2013). Eye Blink Rate as a biological marker of Mild Cognitive Impairment. International Journal of Psychophysiology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2013.07.010

Vivas, A.B., Estevez, A.F., Moreno, M., Panagis, G., and Flores, P. (2012). Use of cannabis enhances anttentional inhibition. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimenta, 27(5), 464-469. Impact Factor: 2.607

Ypsilanti, A. & Vivas, A.B. (2011). Cognitive ageing in older workers and its impact on lifelong learning In Working and ageing: Guidance and counselling for mature learners. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

Fuentes, L. J., Vivas, A.B., Langley, L., Chen, Q., & Gonzales-Salinas, C. (2011). Inhibitory mechanisms in the attentional Networks: A multidisciplinary approach. In Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention (2nd ed). New York, NY, USA: The Guilford Press.

Frantzidis, C., Bratsas, C., Klados, M., Konstantinidis, E., Lithari, C., Vivas, A., et al. (2010). On the classification of emotional biosignals evoked while viewing affective pictures: An integrated data mining based approach for healthcare applications. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, 14(2), 309–317.

Vivas, A.B., Liaromati, I., Masoura., E. & Chatzikallia, K (2010). Re-examining the contribution of working memory to IOR. Psychological Research, 74, 524–531. Impact Factor: 2.47

Lithari, C., Frantzidis, C., Papadelis, C., Vivas, A.B.. Manousos, K. Kourtidou-Papadeli,, C., Ioannidis, A.A., & Bamidis, P. (2010) Are females more sensitive to emotional stimuli? A neurphysiological study across arousal and valence dimensions. Brain Topography, 23, 27-40. Impact Factor: 3.46

Estevez, A., Fuentes, L., Lopez-Crespo G., & Vivas A.B. (2010).  Consequencias diferenciales: De la teoria a la practica. In M.A. Romero-Ramirez  (Ed.) Aportaciones psicoeducativas al aprendizaje escolar. Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Mexico. ISB: 978-607-482-071-3

Klados, M.A, Frantzidis, C., Vivas, A.B., Papadelis, C., Lithari, C., Pappas, C., & Bamidis, P.D., (2009). A Framework Combining Delta Event-Related Oscillations (EROs) and Synchronisation Effects (ERD/ERS) to Study Emotional Processing. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, Article ID 549419, 16 pages, oi:10.1155/2009/549419

Triarhou, L. C, & Vivas, A. B. (2009). Poetry and the brain: Cajal's conjectures on the psychology of writers. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 52(1), 80-89.

Tsapkini, K., Vivas, A. B., & Triarhou, L. C. (2008). Does Broca’s area exist? Christofredo Jakob’s 1906 response to Pierre Marie’s holistic stance. Brain and Language, 105(3), 211-219.

Vivas, A. B., Humphreys, G. W., & Fuentes, L. J. (2008). Object-based inhibition of return in patients with parietal lobe damage. Neuropsychology, 22(2), 169-76.

Frantzidis, C. A, Bamidis, P.D., Vivas, A. B., Papadelis, C., & Ioannides, A. A. (2007). Non linear analysis of skin conductance and EEG data. International Journal of Bioelectromagnetism, 6, xx - xx.

Vivas, A. B., Tsapkini, K., Triarhou, L. C. (2007). Anatomo-biological considerations on the centers of language: An Argentinian contribution to the 1906 Paris debate on aphasia. Brain & Development, 29, 455-461.

Triarhou, L.C., & Vivas, A.B. (2007). A pioneering work in clinical criminology by Argentinean psychiatrist-philosopher Jose Ingenieros (1877-1925). In F. Columbus Ed., Criminology-Research Focus. Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Vivas, A. B., Fuentes, L. J., Estιvez, A. F., & Humphreys, G. W. (2007). Inhibitory tagging in inhibition of return: Evidence from flanker interference with multiple distractor features. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 320-6.

Bamidis, P. D., Luneski, A., Vivas, A., Papadelis, C., Maglaveras, N., & Pappas, C. (2007). Multi-channel physiological sensing of human emotion: Insights into emotion-aware computing using affective protocols, avatars and emotion specifications. Medinfo, 12, 1068-1072.

Langley, L. K., Fuentes, L. J., Vivas, A. B., & Saville, A. L. (2007). Aging and temporal patterns of inhibition of return. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 62B, 71-77.

Estevez, A. F., Vivas, A. B., Alonso, D., Marν-Beffa, P., Fuentes, L. J., & Overmier, J. B. (2007). Enhancing challenged students’ recognition of mathematical relations through differential outcomes training. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60(4), 572-580.

Vivas, A.B., Humphreys, G. W., & Fuentes, L. J. (2006). Abnormal inhibition of return: A review and new data on patients with parietal lobe damage. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 23(7), 1049-1064.

Fuentes, L. J., Langley, L. K., & Vivas, A. B. (2006). Effects of brain lesions, psychopathology, and ageing on inhibitory processing: Evidence from attention orienting tasks. In S. Ballesteros (Ed.), Ageing, cognition and neuroscience (pp.31-33). Madrid: UNED. ISBN: 84-362-5257-8

Vivas, A. B., & Fuentes, L. J. (2006). Procesamiento inhibitorio en la atenciσn visuoespacial: Etiquetado inhibitorio en la inhibiciσn de retorno. In M.J. Contreras, J. Botella, R. Cabestrero y B. Gil (Coords.) Lecturas de Psicologνa Experimental (pp. 147-153). Madrid: UNED

Langley, L., Vivas, A. B., Fuentes, L. J., & Bagne, A. (2005). Differential age effects on attention based inhibition: Inhibitory tagging and inhibition of return. Psychology and Aging, 20(2), 358-360.

Bamidis, P., Papadelis, C., Kourtidou-Papadeli, C., Pappas, C., & Vivas, A. (2004). Affective computing in the era of contemporary neurophysiology and health informatics. Interacting with Computers, 16(2), 715-721.

Vivas, A. B., Humphreys, G. W., & Fuentes, L. J. (2003). Inhibitory processing following damage to the parietal lobe. Neuropsychologia, 41, 1531-1540.

Vivas, A. B., & Fuentes, L. J. (2001). Stroop interference is affected by inhibition of Return. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 8(2), 315-323.

Fuentes, L. J., & Vivas, A. B. (2000). The Global Precedence effect is not affected in inhibition of return. The European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 12(4), 472-488.

Fuentes, L. J., Boucart, M., Vivas, A. B., Alvarez, R., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2000). Inhibitory Tagging in inhibition of return is affected in Schizophrenia: Evidence from the Stroop task. Neuropsychology 14, 134-140.

Fuentes, L. J. Boucart, M., Alvarez, R., Vivas, A. B., & Zimmerman, M. A. (1999). Inhibitory processing in visuospatial attention in healthy adults, medicated schizophrenics and non-medicated schizophrenic patients. Schizophrenia Research, 40, 75-80.

Fuentes, L. J., Vivas, A. B., & Humphreys, G. W. (1999). Inhibitory tagging of stimulus properties in inhibition of return. Effects on semantic priming and flanker interference. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 52�(1), 149-164.

Fuentes, L. J., Vivas, A. B., & Humphreys, G. W. (1999). Inhibitory mechanisms of attentional networks: Spatial and semantic inhibitory processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 25, 1114- 1126.

Vivas, A.B., Fuentes, L.J. & Catena, A. (1996). Inhibitory mechanisms of visuospatial attention: Inhibition of return [in spanish]. Revista de la Facultad de Humanidades de Jaen, vol. IV-V, 67-84.

Other Information

Administrative Duties

I am member of UREC (University of Sheffield Research Ethics Committee), IFEB (International Faculty Executive Board), and International Faculty QSEC (Quality Strategy and Enhancement Committee).

Current PhD supervision

  • Marianna Tsatali, Self-conscious emotions in Parkinson patients.
  • Giorgos Pavlidis, The SoFa Code study: Social factors that influence cognitive decline with aging.
  • Yanni Grabiilidis, Self-conscious emotions in older adults.