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Maite Crespo-Garcia
Research fellow (Newton Fellow)
01223 769767

I work as a postdoctoral Research Associate at Michael Anderson’s Memory Control Lab ( I am involved in two main projects: 1) “Voluntary Suppression of Unwanted Memories: The Medial Septal Pacemaker Hypothesis”. The goal of this multimodal (simultaneous EEG/fMRI) project is to investigate whether voluntarily stopping retrieval may be accomplished via the suppression of the medial septum, a critical pacemaker for hippocampal theta oscillations. 2) A TMS/EEG project to investigate the causal role of low beta oscillations in the suppression and forgetting of memories. Up to now, my research has been dedicated to investigate how neural oscillations mediate different memory processes in humans. I have specialized on noninvasive electrophysiological techniques such as EEG/MEG and the application of beamformers to infer the sources of oscillatory activity. This methodology is combined with time-frequency spectral analyses to determine changes in regional brain activation, as well as phase-locking methods to investigate long-distance communication between brain regions. During my first post-doctoral project, I had the opportunity to perform and analyse intracranial EEG (iEEG) recordings and a simultaneous iEEG-MEG recording in patients with epilepsy that were engaged in a virtual navigation task. More recently, I have combined fMRI with EEG measures as parametric modulators.


Crespo-García M, Wang Y, Jiang M, Anderson MC, Lei X. (2022) Anterior Cingulate Cortex Signals the Need to Control Intrusive Thoughts during Motivated Forgetting. J Neurosci. 42(21):4342-4359.

Ruzich E, Crespo-García M, Dalal SS, Schneiderman JF. (2019) Characterizing hippocampal dynamics with MEG: A systematic review and evidence-based guidelines. Hum Brain Mapp. 40(4):1353-1375.

Clausner T, Dalal SS, Crespo-García M. (2017) Photogrammetry-Based Head Digitization for Rapid and Accurate Localization of EEG Electrodes and MEG Fiducial Markers Using a Single Digital SLR Camera. Front Neurosci. 11:264. 

Crespo-García M, Zeiller M, Leupold C, Kreiselmeyer G, Rampp S, Hamer HM, Dalal SS. (2016) Slow-theta power decreases during item-place encoding predict spatial accuracy of subsequent context recall. Neuroimage. 142:533-543. 

Crespo-García M, Hartmann T. (2014) Does illusory flickering result from rhythmic sampling of visual stimuli? J Neurosci. 34(2):343-5. (Journal Club article)

Crespo-Garcia M, Pinal D, Cantero JL, Díaz F, Zurrón M, Atienza M. (2013) Working memory processes are mediated by local and long-range synchronization of alpha oscillations. J Cogn Neurosci. 25(8):1343-57.

Crespo-Garcia M, Cantero JL, Atienza M. (2012) Effects of semantic relatedness on age-related associative memory deficits: the role of theta oscillations. Neuroimage. 61(4):1235-48.

Gollo LL, Mirasso CR, Atienza M, Crespo-Garcia M, Cantero JL. (2011) Theta band zero-lag long-range cortical synchronization via hippocampal dynamical relaying. PLoS One. 6(3):e17756.

Atienza M, Crespo-Garcia M, Cantero JL. (2011) Semantic congruence enhances memory of episodic associations: role of theta oscillations. J Cogn Neurosci. 23(1):75-90.

Crespo-Garcia M, Cantero JL, Pomyalov A, Boccaletti S, Atienza M. (2010) Functional neural networks underlying semantic encoding of associative memories. Neuroimage. 50(3):1258-70. 

Crespo-Garcia M, Atienza M, Cantero JL. (2008) Muscle artifact removal from human sleep EEG by using independent component analysis. Ann Biomed Eng. 36(3):467-75.

CBSU publications
CRESPO GARCIA, M. , Wang, Y., Jiang, M., ANDERSON, M.C., Lei, X. (2022) Anterior Cingulate Cortex Signals the Need to Control Intrusive Thoughts During Motivated Forgetting, Journal of Neuroscience, 18 Apr 2022, 42(21):4342-4359 [Open Access]

Ruzich, E., CRESP O-GARCIA, M., Dalal, S.S., Schneiderman, J.F. (2019) Characterizing hippocampal dynamics with MEG: A systematic review and evidence-based guidelines, Human Brain Mapping, 40(4), 1353-1375 [Open Access]