Cristian Andrés Cortés Rivera

Ph.D in Developmental Science and Psychopathology, Universidad del Desarrollo - 2017 Generation


  • PhD in Developmental Science and Psychopathology, Universidad del Desarrollo.
  • Master in Developmental Science and Psychopathology, Universidad del Desarrollo.
  • Diploma in Undergrade Teaching, Universidad del Desarrollo.
  • Biochemistry, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.


Contact information

Research areas

  • Affective Neuroscience and Cognition: I am interested in determining to what extent cognition can be modulated according to the affective characteristics of stimuli and contexts linked to human beings.
  • Executive Functions: I study this construct as an approach to high order cognitive processing linked to human beings.
  • Psychobiology and Behavior: I examine behaviors in human and non-human animals with the aim of determining changes in cognition (e.g., attentional processes, memory and learning) linked to modifications or alterations in central nervous system structures and peripheral variables.

Research in progress

  • Thesis Project: “ROLE OF EMOTION IN NEUROCOGNITIVE PROCESSING: A multilevel approach to the modulation of executive functions by emotions.
  • Inter-faculty Research Project: “Evaluation of the therapeutic effect of endovenous administration of mesenchymal stem cells on the recovery of cognitive function in rats subjected to chronic alcohol consumption”.

Publication and Research participation

  • Cerić, F., Luis E.O., Cortés-Rivera, C. and Orón, J.V. (2019). Behavioral and Electroencephalographic Differences of a Dual Empathic Decision in Emotional Context. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. Submitted.
  • Santos, J. L., Cataldo, L. R., Cortés-Rivera, C., Bravo, C., Díaz-Casanova, L., Martínez, J. A., … & Galgani, J. (2019). Plasma lactate and leukocyte mitochondrial DNA copy number as biomarkers of insulin sensitivity in non-diabetic women. Journal of physiology and biochemistry, 1-13.
  • Herreros, E., Morales, S., Cortés, C., Cabaña, M., P Penaloza, J., Jara, L., … & Fernández-Ramires, R. (2014). Advances in nanomedicine towards clinical application in oncology and immunology. Current pharmaceutical biotechnology, 15(9), 864-879.
  • Doctoral thesis student: Research Grant FONDECYT Regular Nº 1171064. “WELL TEMPERATED EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS: Electrophysiological and behavioral bases of the regulation of executive functions”. (PI: Francisco Cerić G.).