Claudia Peñaloza



2016 – PhD in Psychology (Universitat de Barcelona)

2011 – MA in Clinical and Health Psychology-Specialized in Clinical Neurospychology (Universitat de Barcelona)

2002 – BA in Psychology (Universidad Católica Boliviana)

Research Interests

Bilingual aphasia rehabilitation

New word learning in aphasia

Memory processes and language learning

Predictors of aphasia treatment outcome

Brain plasticity and language recovery

Current Projects

My current work is focused on the rehabilitation of bilingual aphasia. Based on a previously validated computational model that simulates language recovery after bilingual aphasia rehabilitation (Grasemann et al., 2011; Kiran et al., 2013; Miikkulainen et al., 2009), we are now examining the ability of the model to predict the optimal language of treatment for English-Spanish bilinguals with aphasia. We are also interested in testing the ability of the model to identify the factors that account for within- and across-language generalization. The ultimate goal of this project is to further our current understanding on how language recovery takes place in bilingual aphasia rehabilitation and to inform currently available treatments on the best language to target in rehabilitation and how to maximize cross-language generalization outcomes.    


Peñaloza, C. & Kiran, S. (2017). Neuroimaging evidence in the treatment of bilingual/multilingual adults with aphasia. Perspectives ASHA SIGs, 2 (SIG 2), 126–131.

Ripollés, P., Biel, D., Peñaloza, C., Kaufmann, J., Marco-Pallares, J., Noesselt, T., & Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2017). Strength of temporal white matter pathways predicts semantic learning success. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(46), 11101-11113.

Peñaloza, C., Mirman, D., Cardona, P., Juncadella, M., Martin, N., Laine, M., & Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2017). Cross-situational word learning in aphasia. Cortex, 93, 12-27.

Tort-Merino, A., Valech, N., Peñaloza, C., Grönholm-Nyman, P., León, M., Olives, J., Estanga, A., Ecay, M., Fortea, J., Martínez-Lage, P., Molinuevo, J.L., Laine, M., Rodriguez-Fornells, A., Rami, L. (2017). Early detection of learning difficulties when confronted with novel information in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease stage 1. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 58(3), 855-870.

Peñaloza, C. (2017). Capacidad residual de aprendizaje de lenguaje en personas con afasia crónica. In: Roth, E. (Ed.), Hacia el Medio Siglo de la Psicología en Bolivia (pp. 57-88). La Paz: Plural Editores.

Peñaloza, C., Mirman, D., Tuomiranta, L., Benetello, A., Heikius, I. M., Järvinen, S., Majos, M.C., Cardona, P., Juncadella, M., Laine, M., Martin, N., & Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2016). Novel word acquisition in aphasia: Facing the word-referent ambiguity of natural language learning contexts. Cortex, 79, 14-31.

Peñaloza, C., Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J., Ferrer-García, M., Caqueo-Urízar, A., Reverter-Guimeso, A., Macías-Cajal, Y., Amela-Huemes, D., Perales-Josa, S. (2016). Cognitive mechanisms underlying Armoni: A computer-assisted cognitive training program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Anales de Psicología, 32(1), 115-124.

Peñaloza, C., Benetello, A., Tuomiranta, L., Heikius, I., Järvinen, S., Majos, M.C., Cardona, P., Juncadella, M., Laine, M., Martin, N., & Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2015). Speech segmentation in aphasia. Aphasiology, 29, 724-743.

Peñaloza, C., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., Rubio, F., De Miquel, M., & Juncadella, M. (2014). Language recovery and evidence of residual deficits after nonthalamic subcortical stroke: A 1 year follow-up study. Journal of neurolinguistics, 32, 16-30.



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