Esther Alonso Prieto


Esther Alonso is now a postdoctoral researcher at UBC, working in Jason Barton's lab.


Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying cognitive functions in general and face recognition in particular.

The questions I am more interested pursuing in the future are to determine the brain areas that are involved in face processing, especially those related to the generation of the scalp ERP N170, in both healthy individual and prosopagnosic patients. Going a step further, I would like to study the dynamical properties of the neural networks involved in face information coding.



Alonso-Prieto, E., Caharel, S., Henson, R.N., Rossion, B. (in press). Early (N170/M170) face-sensitivity despite right lateral occipital brain damage in acquired prosopagnosia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Alonso-Prieto, Esther, Palmero-Soler E., Dolan K., Hesselmann G., Mohlberg H., Malikovic A., Amunts, K., Zilles K., Niedeggen M., Tass P. Timing of V1/V2 and V5+ activations during coherent motion of dots: a MEG study. (Neuroimage, 2007 Oct 1; 37 (4): 1384-95).

Alonso-Prieto Esther, Michel-Esteban E, Trujillo-Matienzo C., Palmero-Soler E. Influence of levodopa on cognition of idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Neurologia 2004; 19 (10):710-718.

Alonso-Prieto Esther, Palmero-Soler E., Trujillo-Matienzo C., Cuspineda-Bravo E., Suarez-Luis I. Event-related potentials and the diagnosis of short-term verbal memory disorders in cerebrovascular disease. Rev Neurol 2004; 39 (6): 521-524.

Alonso-Prieto Esther, Palmero-Soler E., Cuspineda-Bravo E., Cordero A., Trujillo-Barreto N., Trujillo-Matienzo C., Fernandez-Concepcion O., Jimenez-Conde A. Cognitive diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease by event related potentials: anatomical sources that generate P300. Rev Neurol 2004; 38 (03): 229-233.

Alonso-Prieto Esther, Esteban E.M., Trujillo-Matienzo C., Lara-Fernandez G.E., Rousso-Viota T., Cordero-Eiriz A. Specific alterations in attention in the early stages of Parkinson's disease. Rev Neurol 2003; 36 (11):1015-1018.

Alonso-Prieto Esther, Alvarez-Gonzalez M.A., Fernandez-Concepción O., Jimenez-Conde A., Machado C. Usefulness of P300 as a tool for diagnosing alterations in sustained attention in ischemic cerebrovascular disease. Rev Neurol 2002, 34 (12): 1105-1109.

Alonso-Prieto Esther, Álvarez M.A., Reyes-Verazain A., Fernández-Concepción O., Barros-García E., Pando-Cabrera A. Use of event related potentials for the diagnosis and follow up of sub clinical disorders of sustained attention in ischemic cerebrovascular disease. Rev Neurol 2002, 34 (11): 1017-1021.

Álvarez M.A., Alonso-Prieto Esther. Attention and memory. in Health and Psychology. Ed. Nuñez de Villavicencio. Havana City. 2000.

Álvarez M.A., Alonso-Prieto Esther. Stress, an integral view. in Health and Psychology. Ed. Nuñez de Villavicencio. Havana City, 2000.

Alonso-Prieto Esther, Alvarez M.A., Reyes-Verazain A., Rojas E., Romero C., Pando A. Attention disorders in a sample of complex partial epileptic children. Rev Neurol 2000, 15 (1): 50-53.

Álvarez M.A., Machado C., Barroso E., Pando A., Fernández O., Mestre R., Alonso-Prieto Esther. Sub-clinical attention changes in transient ischemic attacks in the vertebrobasilar region. Rev Neurol, 1999, 29 (1): 20-22.