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Research Interests

Syntactic processing and ambiguity resolution
An important part of our research involves the investigation of how people process the syntactic structure of sentences. The research on syntactic processing has investigated the different types of linguistic information that people use when resolving ambiguities.
The prosody-syntax relationship in sentence processing
The attachment of relative clauses with two antecedent nouns as potential hosts is a widely studied research topic in psycholinguistics. Previous research in Spanish shows a preference for high attachment in sentences of this kind. We are currently examining the contribution of prosody to the processing of ambiguous and unambiguous sentences of this type.


  • Campo, P., Poch C., Toledano, R, Igoa, J. M., Belinchón, M., García-Morales, I., & Gil-Nagel, A. (2013). Anterobasal temporal lobe lesions alter recurrent functional connectivity within the ventral pathway during naming. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(31), 12679-12688.
  • Igoa, J. M., Belinchón, M., & Marulanda, E. (2011). Pragmática. En F. Cuetos (ed.), Neurociencia del lenguaje. Madrid: Ed. Médica Panamericana (pp. 111-135).
  • Igoa, J. M. (2010). Sobre las relaciones entre la música y lenguaje. Epistemus (revista electrónica), 1, 97-125.
  • Igoa, J. M. (2009). Procesamiento del léxico. En E. De Miguel (ed.), Panorama de la lexicología. Barcelona: Ariel (pp. 405-434).
  • Carretié, L.; Hinojosa, J.A.; Albert, J.; López-Martín, S.; De La Gándara, B.; Igoa,J.M.; Sotillo,M. (2008). Modulation of ongoing cognitive processes by emotionally intense words. Psychophysiology, 45, 188?196.
  • Teira, C.; Igoa, J.M. (2007). Relaciones entre la prosodia y la sintaxis en el procesamiento de oraciones. Anuario de Psicología, 38, 45-69.
  • Igoa, J.M. (2003). Las paradojas de la modularidad. Anuario de Psicología, 34, 529-535.
  • Sánchez-Casas, R.; Igoa, J.M.; García-Albea, J.E. (2003). On the Representation of Inflections and Derivations: Data from Spanish. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 32, 621-668.
  • García-Albea, J.E. e Igoa, J.M. (2002). Sobre las nociones de significado y representación en psicología y psicolingüística. Estudios de Psicología, 23, 135-151.
  • Igoa, J.M. (2001). The Decade 1989-1998 in Spanish Psychology: An Analysis of Research in Basic Psychological Processes, History of Psychology, and Other Related Topics. The Spanish Joumal of Psychology, 4, 123-150.
  • Igoa, J.M.; García-Albea, J.E.; Sánchez-Casas, R. (1999). Gender-number dissociations in sentence production in Spanish. Rivista di Linguistica, 11.1, 163-196.
  • Igoa, J.M.; Carreiras, M.; Meseguer, E. (1998). A Study on Late Closure in Spanish : Principle-grounded vs. Frequency-based Accounts of Attachment Preferences. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 51A (3), 561-592.
  • del Viso, S., Igoa, J.M., and García-Albea, J.E. (1991). On the autonomy of phonological encoding: Evidence from slips of the tongue in Spanish. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 20, 161-185.
  • García-Albea, J.E., del Viso, S., and Igoa, J.M. (1989). Movement errors and levels of processing in sentence production. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 18, 145-161.
  • Igoa, J.M.; García-Albea, J.E. (1988). Procesamiento sintáctico en la comprensión y la producción de oraciones en una tarea de traducción oral simultánea. Cognitiva, 1(2), 123-152.