Bridging the Gap Between Cognition and Emotion



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Jo Martín Salguero Noguera, PhD. Email. ResearchGate

Ph.D. in Psychology (Doctoral Dissertation Award) and MSc in Intervention in Anxiety
and Stress at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Associate Professor at
University of Malaga and co-director of MindLab. His research is focused on emotion
regulation and psychopathology, from a transdiagnostic approach. His teaching includes
Psychological Treatment, Evaluation and Intervention on Emotional Disorders, and
Therapeutic Habilities.

Juan Ramos Cejudo, PhD.Email. ResearchGate

Ph.D. in Psychology and MSc in Intervention in Anxiety and Stress at Complutense
University of Madrid (UCM). Director of the laboratory of » Intelligence and
Videogames» (UCM) and co-director of MindLab, researching individual differences in emotion, cognition and emotion regulation with videogames and virtual reality.

Currently Assistant Professor in Differential Psychology at Complutense University of
Madrid (UCM) and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (California). He was also
Visiting Research Fellow at Nagoya University (Japan). Recently co-founder of Mind
Group, Ltd. (Spain)


Esperanza García Sancho, PhD. Email. ResearchGate

Ph.D. in Psychology and MSc in Health Psychology  (Máster en Psicología de la Salud and Máster en Psicología General Sanitaria) at University of Malaga, Spain. Doctoral Dissertation Award. Psychotherapist and Assistant professor at University of Cordoba (Spain). Her research focuses primarily on emotion regulation, emotional disorders and anger management.

Other research interests include emotional intelligence, therapy outcomes, cognitive schemas, and aggression behavior. The aim of her research is to understand and improve the psychology treatments.

José Luiz Zaccagnini Sancho, PhD. Email

Programmer of applications at Polytechnic University of Madrid. Ph.D in Psychology at Autonomous University of Madrid. Currently Associated Professor at University of Malaga. He has published several research in Cognitive Psychology and Psychology of Emotion.

Predoctoral Students

Ilyana Arbulu Franco de Saravia. Email

Psychologist. MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology at Complutense University of Madrid. Currently Ph.D candidate (Meta-emotional beliefs, emotion regulation and emotional disorders) at the same institution. Psychotherapist in Mind Group (Ltd). She has work as tutor of practical lessons with Master of General Health Psychology students, Criminology students and Psychology students.

As a researcher she has collaborated in several national and international projects with universities such as University of Malaga, University of Sunshine Coast (Australia) and University of Stanford. Her line of research focuses mainly on emotional disorders from a transdiagnostic perspective, metacognitive and meta-emotional beliefs and emotion regulation.

Julia Beatriz Cano López. Email

BSc in Psychology at University of Malaga, MSc in Health Psychology (Máster en Psicología General Sanitaria) at the same university.

Research Assistant

Celia Domínguo Gil. Email

College student of Sciences in Psychology at Complutense University of Madrid.

Scholarship in Departments Collaborations program by Ministry of education and professional training at Complutense University of Madrid.

Friends and Collaborators

James Gross, PhD. Stanford University. USA
Lee Kannis-Dymand, PhD. Sunshine Coast University. Australia
MindLab Photos: 2018 2019 2020

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Research Projects

Emotion Regulation in Depression: A testing of the impaired disengagement hypothesis

This research is funded by Spanish Minister of Science. Reference: PSI2017-83463-R.

The main goal of this project is to test the impaired disengagement model examining the specific role of metacognitive beliefs and cognitive control (updating, inhibition and attention shifting ability) in predicting rumination and depression symptoms.

Also, we aim to obtain prior evidence of the effectiveness of Cognitive Control Training in reducing rumination and emotional symptoms, and explore it’s effect in reducing metacognitive beliefs and enhancing the use of adaptive strategies (e.g., reappraisal).

Emotion Regulation, Anger and Aggression

This research is im part funded by the University of Sunshine Coast. Reference: RCG/002.

The mail goal of this project is to examine the role of angry rumination (and other emotional regulation strategies) in anger and agression. Using cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, this project aim to test the implications of emotion regulation in predicting anger and agression. 

Transdiagnostic Approach to Emotional Disorders

Based on the «General Model of Emotional Disorders» (Salguero, Ramos-Cejudo, & Estévez, 2014), this project aim to examined the role of different transdiagnostic factors (e.g., meta-emotional beliefs, meta-cognitive beliefs, cognitive control) in different anxiety and depressive disorders.A secondary goal is to translate results to improve treatments.

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MAIN Papers

Salguero, J.M., García-Sancho, E., Ramos-Cejudo, J., & Kannis-Dymand, L. (2020). Individual differences in anger and displaced aggression: The role of metacognitive beliefs and anger rumination. Aggresive Behavior. DOI: 10.1002/ab.21878.

Salguero, J.M., Ramos-Cejudo, J., García-Sancho, E. (2019). Metacognitive beliefs and emotional dysregulation have a specific contribution on worry and the emotional symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. International Journal of Cognitive therapy, 12(3), 179-190.

Ramos-Cejudo, J., & Salguero, J. M. (2017). Negative metacognitive beliefs moderate the influence of perceived stress and anxiety in long-term anxiety. Psychiatry Research, 250, 25-29

García-Sancho, E., Dhont, K., Salguero, J. M., & Fernández-Berrocal, P. (2017). The Personality Basis of Aggression: The Mediating Role of Anger and the Moderating Role of Emotional Intelligence. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. DOI:10.1111/sjop.12367.

Ramos-Cejudo, J., Salguero, J. M., Kannis-Dymand, L., García-Sancho, E., & Love, S. (2017). Anger Rumination in Australia and Spain: Validation of the Anger Rumination Scale. Australian Journal of Psychology. DOI:10.1111/ajpy.12154.

García-Sancho, E., Salguero, J. M., & Fernández-Berrocal, P. (2017). Ability emotional intelligence and its relation to aggression across time and age groups. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 58, 43–51. DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12331.

García-Sancho, E., Salguero, J. M., & Fernández-Berrocal, P. (2016). Angry rumination as a mediator of the relationship between ability emotional intelligence and various types of aggression. Personality and Individual Differences, 89, 143–147

García-Sancho, E., Salguero, J. M., Vasquez, E. A., & Fernández-Berrocal, P. (2016). Validity and reliability of the Spanish version of the Displaced Aggression Questionnaire: a pilot study. Psicothema, 28(1), 96-101. doi:10.7334/psicothema2015.222.

García-Sancho, E., Salguero, J. M., & Fernández-Berrocal, P. (2014). Relationship between emotional intelligence and aggression: A systematic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19, 584-591. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2014.07.007.

Ramos –Cejudo, J., Salguero, J.M. ,& Cano-Vindel, A. (2013). Spanish Version of the Meta-Cognitions Questionnaire 30 (MCQ-30). Spanish Journal of Psychology, 16, 1-8. DOI: 10.1017/sjp.2013.95.

Cabello, R., Salguero, José M., Fernández-Berrocal, P., y Gross, J. (2013). A Spanish Adaptation of the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 29, 234-240.

Salguero, José M., Extremera, N., y Fernández-Berrocal (2013). A meta-mood model of rumination and depression: Preliminary test in a non-clinical population. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 54,166-172.

Wood, C., Salguero, José M., Cano-Vindel, A., Galea, S. (2013). Perievent panic attacks and panic disorder after mass trauma: A 12-month longitudinal study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 338-344.

Castillo, R., Salguero, J. M., Fernández-Berrocal, P., & Balluerka, N. (2013). Effects of an emotional intelligence intervention on aggression and empathy among adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 883–892.

Salguero, José M., Extremera, N., y Fernández-Berrocal (2012). Emotional intelligence and depression: the moderator role of gender. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 29-32.

Ruiz Aranda, D., Salguero, José M. y Fernández-Berrocal, P. (2011). Emotional Intelligence and Acute Pain: The Mediating Effect of Negative Affect. The Journal of pain, 12, 1190-1196.

Salguero, José M., Fernández-Berrocal, P., Iruarrizaga, I., Cano-Vindel, A., y Galea, S. (2011). Major depressive disorder following terrorist attacks: A systematic review of prevalence, course and correlates. BMC Psychiatry, 11:96, 2–11.

Salguero, José M., Cano-Vindel, A., Iruarrizaga, I., Fernández-Berrocal, P. y Galea, S. (2011). Trajectory and predictors of depression in a 12-month prospective study after the Madrid March 11 terrorist attacks. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 1395 -1403.


Salguero, J.M., & Ramos-Cejudo, J. (2019). Terapia Metacognitiva. Madrid: Síntesis.

Estévez, A., Ramos-Cejudo, J., y Salguero, José M. (2015). Tratamiento Transdiagnóstico de los Desórdenes Emocionales. Madrid: Pirámide. ISBN: 9788490772201.

Zaccagnini, J.L. (2004): ¿Qué es Inteligencia Emocional?: Madrid, Biblioteca Nueva (2004).

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