Alfonso Caracuel

Alfonso Caracuel
University of Granada | UGR · Brain Mind and Behavior research center & Developmental and Educational Psychology department

Psychology PhD

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October 2012 - present
The Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Center CIMCYC
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  • University of Granada
February 2009 - September 2012
Institute of Neurosciences
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  • University of Granada
November 2008 - present
University of Granada
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (66)
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Background and Aims Substance use disorders (SUD) are associated with cognitive deficits that are not always addressed in current treatments, and this hampers recovery. Cognitive training and remediation interventions are well suited to fill the gap for managing cognitive deficits in SUD. We aimed to reach consensus on recommendations for developin...
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Background: The available treatments for people with excess weight have shown small effects. Cognitive training has shown promising results, but most of the research focused on normal-weight university students and reported immediate results after a single training session. This parallel group, randomized, controlled trial aims to study the effica...
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Video games have been postulated as an emerging field for studying the cognition-expertise relationship. Despite this, some methodological practices hinder scientific advance (e.g., heterogeneous samples, an ambiguous definition of expertise, etc.). League of Legends (LOL) is a massively played video game with a moderately defined structure that me...
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Participation has been shown to be a protective factor for cognition in older adults, but instruments to assess it are limited. The main objective was to determine the validity of two scoring systems (direct vs transformed) for the Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools-Objective (PART-O) by applying structural equation modeling to the rela...
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Objective: The aim was to develop and establish the psychometric properties of the Pandemic-Related Pregnancy Stress Scale (PREPS) in European Spanish speaking pregnant women in Spain. Design: A cross section design using a non-random sample of 206 women completed the questionnaire during the first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown from April to June 202...
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Objectives The main objective was to determine the efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in improving the cognitive function of older adults (healthy adults or adults with mild cognitive impairment). Methods A search was conducted in 4 databases. The effect sizes were extracted to perform a meta-analysis of the cognitive functions, as well a...
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Evidence suggests an association between unemployment and general cognitive ability. Factors such as changes in environmental stimulation and the effects of stress may act as mediators in this relationship. We conduct a qualitative review and meta-analysis to determine whether an association between unemployment and general cognitive ability exists...
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The study of the affective dimension of transversal competences is essential for the development of responsible behaviors and maintaining attitudes committed to sustainable development. The importance attributed to each of these factors can predict behavior implementation and awareness of values for sustainable development that reflect the acquisit...
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Objective: Postpartum posttraumatic stress disorder (PP-PTSD) affects 3.1-6.3% of women after childbirth. The City Birth Trauma Scale (City-BiTS) is a questionnaire designed to evaluate and diagnose this disorder, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.) criteria, including the following groups of symptoms c...
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Retirement has been associated with cognitive decline. However, the influence of specific job characteristics like occupational complexity on post-retirement cognitive outcomes is not well understood. Data from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study were used to examine occupational complexity in relation to cognitive performance and cognit...
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Purpose The main aim was to evaluate the measurement properties of the Family Needs Questionnaire-Revised (FNQ-R) in family members of individuals living with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Methods A total of 309 family members of individuals with severe TBI from Colombia, Denmark, Mexico, Norway and Spain participated. Rasch analysis of the...
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Lack of motivation for the treatment of drug addiction is associated with dropout and relapses. Further, personality disorders (PD) have traditionally been linked to low motivation and therapeutic failure. Thus, the present study aims to analyze the structure of the Motivation for Treatment Questionnaire (MTQ–8), as well as to determine differences...
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This study aimed to determine the psychometric properties of the Theory of Mind assessment scale in children (ToMas-child). Two hundred and fifty-two Spanish children from 3 to 7 years were assessed in school settings. Rasch analysis showed the ToMas-child is a unidimensional scale valid for the assessment of the main components of the ToM in child...
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El objetivo del estudio fue determinar la relación entre la salud mental y la calidad de vida de cuidadores de personas con TCE de Barranquilla, Colombia. Se entrevistó a 50 cuidadores de individuos con TCE, utilizando la escala de satisfacción con la vida, el Patient Health Questionary-9, la escala de sobrecarga de Zarit, la escala de au-toestima...
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La teoría de la mente (ToM) es la capacidad para reconocer los estados mentales de otras personas y de uno mismo para así poder actuar en consecuencia. Los objetivos fueron determinar si la adquisición de los ítems que sirven para evaluar la ToM entre los 5 y 6 años sigue una estructura jerárquica y cuáles son sus relaciones con otros factores. Mét...
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The main purpose of the current study was to develop a 50-item personality scale in Turkish and Spanish based on Big Five Model of Personality and to assess its construct validity and reliability. We also compared the personality of pre-service teachers enrolled in the department of elementary education in Turkey and Spain. The participants were 55...
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El liderazgo educativo ha llegado a ser un factor clave en la mejora de la calidad educativa. El objetivo de este estudio fue adaptar la escala de liderazgo pedagógico VAL-ED (Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education) a población española (adaptación cross-cultural y validación), y obtener sus características psicométricas mediante análisis...
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Personal assistants using emerging technologies are showing a great potential to provide an important impact in different aspects of daily human life currently and during the near future. They are usually intended to help people with especial needs. The one presented in this chapter, called VIRTRAEL, is especially designed to assess, stimulate and...
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Objective: To generate normative data for the Concentration Endurance Test (d2) test in Spanish-speaking pediatric populations. Method: The sample consisted of 4,373 healthy children from nine countries in Latin America (Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Puerto Rico) and Spain. Each participant was administer...
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Objective: To examine the prevalence of perceived ethical misconduct in clinical practice, teaching, and research in the field of neuropsychology in Spain. Method: Two hundred and fifteen self-identified mental health professionals who engage in neuropsychology practice in Spain completed an online survey from July to December of 2013. In the et...
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Background: Substance dependence is associated with deficits in several areas of executive functioning, such as planning and multitasking. Traditional tests of executive functioning have been criticized for their low ecological validity. Shallice and Burgess (1991) developed the Multiple Errands Test (MET), where participants are required to perfo...
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Background: The aim was to examine the validity of a new measure, Te Waka Kuaka, in assessing the cultural needs of Māori with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Methods: Māori from around Aotearoa, New Zealand were recruited. 319 people with a history of TBI, their whānau (extended family members), friends, work associates, and interested community mem...
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Objective: To examine the current status of professional neuropsychology in Spain, with particular focus on the areas of professional training, current work situation, evaluation and diagnostic practice, rehabilitation, teaching, and research. Methods: Three hundred and thirty-nine self-identified professionals in neuropsychology from Spain comp...
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Este artículo realiza un recorrido por los pioneros de la neuropsicología de finales del siglo XIX, las contribuciones de profesionales españoles del siglo XX y las influencias de autores internacionales que ayudaron a conformar el panorama actual de la rehabilitación neuropsicológica en España. Para ofrecer una visión de la rehabilitación neuropsi...
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Working Memory (WM) is a fundamental system to allow the execution of many cognitive functions (learning, reasoning, reading, language comprehension, calculation, etc.) involved in daily activities. WM declines with aging but can be improved with training programs, including computer-based ones. This paper presents a free and open source web platfo...
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The objective of the study was to identify the potential target and effect size of goal management training (GMT) enhanced with life-logging technology compared with standard GMT on a range of possible primary outcomes reflecting cognitive and ecological aspects of executive functioning and quality of life. Sixteen patients with acquired brain inju...
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to use actor-partner interdependence modeling (APIM) to examine the simultaneous effects of both acquired brain injury (ABI) patient and caregiver ratings of patient impairments on both patient and caregiver ratings of caregiver psychosocial dysfunction. Method: A sample of 968 individuals with ABI and th...
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Background: We have previously shown that Goal Management Training+Mindfulness Meditation (GMT+MM) improves executive functions in polysubstance users enrolled in outpatient treatment. The aim of this study was to establish if GMT+MM has similar positive effects on executive functions in polysubstance users in residential treatment, and if executi...
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the main purpose of this study was to examine the validity of the teacher Intentions to Integrate technology in education Scale using pre-service teacher samples from three countries on three continents-turkey, Spain and the united States. Study participants were 550 pre-service teachers from three universities in turkey, Spain and the uSa (219, 20...
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Background: Polysubstance use is associated with alterations in different components of executive functioning such as working memory and response inhibition. Nevertheless, less attention has been given to executive planning skills, which are required to benefit of low structured interventions. This study examines the association between severity o...
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Resumen: Antecedentes: Conceptos como empatía y Teoría de la Mente (ToM) han resurgido en educación gracias a la evidencia sobre su importancia en la vida de las personas. Objetivo: Estudiar la relación entre los diferentes componentes de la ToM y determinar la relación de variables sociodemográficas y educativas en el desarrollo de la ToM en alumn...
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Este artículo dentro del monográfico titulado Rehabilitación Integral del Paciente con Daño Cerebral de la Revista Neuropsicología, Neuropsiquiatría y Neurociencias, Vol. 16 (1) realiza un recorrido por los pioneros de la neuropsicología de finales del siglo XIX, las contribuciones de profesionales españoles del siglo XX y las influencias de autore...
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Objective: The objective of this study was to explore differences by country in the importance of family needs after traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as differences in met/unmet needs. Method: Two hundred and seventy-one family members of an individual with TBI in Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Denmark, and Norway completed the Family Needs Quest...
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Objetivo: Determinar si existe una relación entre la percepción que tiene el cuidador de los síntomas que presentan los pacientes con traumatismos craneoencefálicos (TCE) y su salud mental. Participantes: Se entrevistó a 50 cuidadores de individuos con TCE de la ciudad de Barranquilla, Colombia, a quienes se les aplicó la escala de satisfacción con...
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Objective: To determine the system of connections between mental health and symptoms perception of caregivers of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Barranquilla, Colombia. Participants: 50 caregivers of individuals with TBI completed the Satisfaction with Life Scale, PHQ-9 (depression), Zarit Burden Interview, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Sc...
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In this study, we developed the Brief Moral Decision-Making Questionnaire (BrMoD) as a standardized brief form of the dilemmas compiled by Greene and colleagues (Greene, Sommerville, Nystrom, Darley, & Cohen, 2001). An initial Rasch analysis was conducted over responses to 60 dilemmas to retain the most appropriate items. The psychometric propertie...
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This paper presents the development of an m-Health platform for supporting the rehabilitation process of patients with acquired brain injury. A six-step methodology for neuro-rehabihtation was supported by the platform called CloudRehab. This cloud- supported home-based rehabilitation platform includes a mobile application and a web application. Th...
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Background Computer-based cognitive stimulation applications can help the elderly maintain and improve their cognitive skills. In this research paper, our objectives are to verify the usability of PESCO (an open-software application for cognitive evaluation and stimulation) and to determine the concurrent validity of cognitive assessment tests and...
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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to explore differences by country in the importance of family needs after traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as differences in met/unmet needs. METHOD: Two hundred and seventy-one family members of an individual with TBI in Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Denmark, and Norway completed the Family Needs Question...
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Los procesos neuropsicológicos subyacentes al juicio moral son objeto de novedosas investigaciones en el ámbito de la cognición social. El objetivo de este estudio es adaptar a la población española la batería de dilemas morales de Moore. Esta batería plantea una serie de dilemas morales entre una elección utilitarista (asumir una conducta emociona...
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Cloud Computing and mobile technology have become an integral part of society, changing how we interact with devices and each other. In this context, users are able to connect with other users/devices anywhere and any-time, taking advantage of endless possibilities in different areas. One of these areas is healthcare, where cloud features can cover...
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The"dysexecutive syndrome" is composed of a range of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral deficits that are difficult to evaluate using traditional neuropsychological tests. The Multiple Errands Test (MET) was originally developed to systematize the assessment of the more elusive manifestations of the dysexecutive syndrome. The aims of this study w...
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Currently, brain injury rehabilitation programs aid patients to regain their daily living skills. In these programs, each patient has to repeatedly perform a wide range of rehabilitation exercises under the in situ supervision of health professionals, normally, in a medical center or (unusually) at home, during training sessions. This model entails...
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This paper describes a web-accessible platform that is being developed right now for contributing to active healthy aging. The so called platform VIRTRA-EL (Virtual Training in Elderly people) has the main aim of support performing exercises for cognitive and functional stimulation. All designed tasks will be planned and supervised by a therapist....
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The aim of this study was to explore the effects of a multidisciplinary behavioral intervention including cognitive behavioral therapy, structured physical activity, and dietary counseling on impulsive personality and cognitive skills and subsequent BMI loss in excess weight adolescents. Forty-two adolescents with excess weight (14 males and 28 fem...
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To explore the construct validity of the Spanish version of the Frontal Systems Behavioral Scale (FrSBe) using Rasch modelling. Item responses of 245 Spanish subjects were analysed using Rasch analysis: self-rating of 65 participants with TBI or stroke (sample A), family-rating of the same 65 participants (sample B) and self-rating of 115 healthy i...
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Early definitions of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) excluded the presence of functional impairment, with preservation of a person's ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) as a diagnostic criterion. However, recent studies have reported varying degrees of functional impairment associated with MCI. Hence, we aimed to test the potential...
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The Rasch model is increasingly used in the field of rehabilitation because it improves the accuracy of measurements of patient status and their changes after therapy. To determine the long-term effectiveness of a holistic neuropsychological rehabilitation program for Spanish outpatients with acquired brain injury (ABI) using Rasch analysis. Eighte...
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This paper presents a game that is integrated into a computer-based training program for several cognitive tasks in the elderly. People with Age-Associated Cognitive Decline (AACD) and people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) are its target population. The game, which is specially intended to improve or maintain executive functioning, requests u...
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Uno de los principales objetivos de las sociedades actuales es mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas mayores, promoviendo proyectos, actividades y acciones que ayuden al mantenimiento de las habilidades cognitivas que ralenticen el proceso involutivo de la persona. En este trabajo se presenta un programa informático de estimulación cognitiva d...
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To explore the factor structure of the European Brain Injury Questionnaire and to assess the cross-cultural and construct validity of this questionnaire by using Rasch analysis. A total of 366 individuals with traumatic brain injury or stroke were recruited from 3 different countries: Spain (116 participants), the United Kingdom (110 participants),...
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El Trastorno por déficit de atención con hiperactividad (TDAH) es una de las causas más frecuentes de fracaso escolar y de problemas sociales en la edad infantil. Además, hay un gran número de conductas y trastornos en la infancia que pueden presentar síntomas similares a los del TDAH. En este sentido, la detección precoz de este tipo de trastornos...
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This paper presented by Alfonso arose from a visiting scholarship I enjoyed hosting at OZC. It contains some really helpful slides to illustrate how we were developing our thinking about neuropsychological assessment
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There are an increasing number of tests available for detecting malingering. However, these tests have not been validated for using in Spanish speakers. The purpose of this study is to explore the value of three specific malingering tests in the Spanish population. This study used a known-groups design, together with a group of analog students. The...
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Patients with acquired brain injury affecting the frontal cortex and individuals with substance use disorders share a range of behavioral problems, including apathy, poor self-control, and executive dysfunction. The Frontal Systems Behavioral Scale (FrSBe) is a self-report instrument designed to measure behavioral problems resulting from damage to...
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English: Specialization within Psychology is a broadly acknowledged need, given the increasing demand for higher-quality and more effective clinical attention. However, Spanish Health Professions Regulation Act has overlooked important clinical-healthcare specialties,such as Neuropsychology. This article argues strongly, from an epistemological poi...
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La especialización dentro del ámbito de la Psicología es una necesidad ampliamente reconocida, debido a la creciente demanda de servicios que gocen de una progresiva mayor calidad y eficacia. Sin embargo, la Ley de Ordenación de Profesiones Sanitarias ha obviado el reconocimiento sanitario a importantes especialidades de marcado carácter clínico-as...
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Very few studies have examined the neuropsychological differences between the two types of aneurysm treatment, and these studies come from different countries. The purpose of this study is to compare the neuropsychological differences between surgical treatment and endovascular treatment in a Spanish sample of patients who have experienced an aneur...
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According to previous studies, the quality of life is usually substantially altered in patients who have suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage of an aneurysmal origin. Some studies have attempted to find out which factors predict the deterioration in quality of life. Our study will try to describe the quality of life of these patients and discover whi...