Dr Mario Parra Rodriguez

Lecturer

Psychology

Personal statement

Research interests: Mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal cognitive ageing. Cognitive and behavioural changes in neurodegenerative diseases, with emphasis on Alzheimer’s Disease. The investigation of functional brain changes (fMRI, EEG, ERP, Brain Connectivity) in the course of dementing illnesses and other brain disorders. Development of cognitive tests for the early detection of dementia with emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease. Development of technology-based intervention procedures to enhance functions of everyday life in older people who are experiencing cognitive decline. I also have an interest in the biopsychosocial mechanisms of abnormal behaviours (e.g., violence) in the context of social conflicts.  

Biography: I graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1993 and as a Clinical Neurophysiologist in 1997. I worked at the Cuban Neuroscience Centre and at different University Hospitals in Cuba and in Colombia. During my clinical work I focused on neuropsychological and neurophysiological aspects of dementia syndromes and other neurological disorders. I taught neuroscience related subjects in the field of medicine and psychology. My motivation for teaching and research led me to a major career change into academia. This started with my PhD in 2005 at the University of Edinburgh and continued with three Postdoctoral Fellowships and a position as a Clinical Studies Officer within the NHS Scotland. I was as an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 2015 until 2018. I am currently a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Publications

Network analysis through the use of joint-distribution entropy on EEG recordings of MCI patients during a visual short-term memory binding task
Josefsson Alexandra, Ibáñez Agustín, Parra Mario A, Escudero Javier
IET Healthcare Technology Letters Vol 6, pp. 27-31 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1049/htl.2018.5060
Refining memory assessment of elderly people with cognitive impairment : insights from the short-term memory binding test
Parra Mario A, Calia Clara, Frank García Ana, Olazarán-Rodrígue Javier, Hernandez-Tamames Juan Antonio, Alvarez-Linera Juan, Della Sala Sergio, Fernandez Guinea Sara
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics Vol 83, pp. 114-120 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2019.03.025
Predictors of performance in real and virtual scenarios across age
Parra Mario A, Kaplan Rini I
Experimental Aging Research Vol 45, pp. 180-198 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1080/0361073X.2019.1586106
Free recall of bound information held in short-term memory is unimpaired by age and education
Yassuda Mônica Sanches, Carthery-Goulart Maria Teresa, Cecchini Mario Amore, Cassimiro Luciana , Duarte Fernandes Katarina , Roque Baradel Roberta , Basso Garcia Ricardo , Nitrini Ricardo, Della Sala Sergio, Parra Rodriguez Mario
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology (2019)
Mapping the neuroanatomy of functional decline in Alzheimer's disease from basic to advanced activities of daily living
Slachevsky Andrea, Forno Gonzalo, Barraza Paulo , Mioshi Eneida, Delgado Carolina, Lillo Patricia , Henriquez Fernando , Bravo Eduardo , Farias Mauricio, Muñoz-Neira Carlos , Ibañez Agustín, Parra Mario A, Hornberger Michael
Journal of Neurology (2019)
Perspectives on ethnic and racial disparities in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias : update and areas of immediate need
, Babulal Ganesh M, Quiroz Yakeel T, Albensi Benedict C, Arenaza-Urquijo Eider, Astell Arlene J, Babiloni Claudio, Bahar-Fuchs Alex, Bell Joanne, Bowman Gene L, Brickman Adam M, Chételat Gaël, Ciro Carrie, Cohen Ann D, Dilworth-Anderson Peggye, Dodge Hiroko H, Dreux Simone, Edland Steven, Esbensen Anna, Evered Lisbeth, Ewers Michael, Fargo Keith N, Fortea Juan, Gonzalez Hector, Gustafson Deborah R, Head Elizabeth, Hendrix James A, Hofer Scott M, Johnson Leigh A, Jutten Roos, Kilborn Kerry, Lanctôt Krista L, Manly Jennifer J, Martins Ralph N, Mielke Michelle M, Morris Martha Clare, Murray Melissa E, Oh Esther S, Rissman Robert A, Roe Catherine M, Santos Octavio A, Scarmeas Nikolaos, Schneider Lon S, Schupf Nicole, Sikkes Sietske, Snyder Heather M, Sohrabi Hamid R, Stern Yaakov, Strydom Andre, Tang Yi, Parra Mario A
Alzheimer's and Dementia (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2018.09.009

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