Francisco Ceric Garrido

Director, Associate Professor

Francisco Cerić is a biologist and Doctor in psychology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Currently he is Research Coordinator of the Faculty of Psychology at Universidad del Desarrollo and Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the Centro de Apego y Regulación Emocional.

His research area has been focused in neurobiological basis of cognitive processes. Specifically, his interest it is centered in studying how feelings regulate behavior from a neuroscientific comprehension.

Currently, he is a professor in neurobiological basis of behavior, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, methodology of investigation, investigation in psychology, affectivity and psychological processes.

Research areas

Neurobiological bases of cognitive processes. Specifically, his interest focuses on studying how emotions regulate behavior from the view of neuroscience.

Investigations projects

FONDECYT Regular Nº1212036, 2021-2024

Paying attention to interoception: electrophysiological and behavioral evidence for the role of interoceptive attention in emotional recognition. Responsable research: Francisco Ceric

FONDECYT Regular 1190610, 2019-2022

Neuromodulatory role of context in social perception. Responsable research: Alejandra Rossi (UDP), Co-research: Francisco Ceric. 

FONDECYT 2017-2020
“Well tempered executive functions: Electrophysiological and behavioral bases of the regulation of executive functions by emotions” Principal investigator: Francisco Ceric.

Developing human capital for 21st Century economies: Introducing Design Thinking to Chilean schools” Úrsula Bravo and Catalina Cortés, María Jesús Honorato and Maritza Rivera and Francisco Cerić.

FONDECYT 2014-2017
“Effects of preschool education, socioeconomic level and playing on the development of executive functions: a longitudinal study”. Principal investigator: Ricardo Rosas, Co-investigator: Francisco Cerić. School of Psychology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 

FONDECYT 2011-2013
¿Traditional test or invisible evaluation through games? New frontiers of cognitive evaluation. Principal investigator: Ricardo Rosas, Co-investigator: Francisco Cerić. School of Psychology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 

FONDECYT 2008-2011
Game and implicit learning in childhood with literacy delay: longitudinal evaluation on the impact over direct and indirect indicators of literacy skills. Principal investigator: Ricardo Rosas, Co-investigator: Francisco Cerić. School of Psychology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 

FONDECYT 2007-2008
Language skills on infants: comparison of premature babies of very low weight and full term babies. Principal investigator: Marcela Peña, Associated investigator: Francisco Cerić. School of Psychology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 


Vigil P, Riquelme R, Pinto E, Cerić F. (1999) Cervical secretion: relation between biochemical characteristics and sperm’s penetration. Rev. Chil. Obstetr. Ginecol. 64: 228-232. Scielo.

Vigil, P., F. Cerić & E. Pinto. (1999) Oestrogenic cervical mucus subtypes related to ovulation. Gynecological Endocrinology. 13 (2): 178. ISI

Morales P, Pizarro E, Kong M, Kerr B, Cerić F, Vigil P. (2000) Gonadotropin-releasing hormone-stimulated sperm binding to the human zona is mediated by a calcium influx. Biology of Reproduction. 2000 Aug; 63(2):635-42. ISI

Stehberg J, Acuna-Goycolea C, Cerić F, Torrealba F. (2001) The visceral sector of the thalamic reticular nucleus in the rat. Neuroscience. 106(4):745-55. ISI

Cerić F., Silva D., Vigil P. (2005) Ultrastructure of the human periovulatory cervical mucus. Journal of Electron Microcoscopy. 2005; 54: 479-484. ISI

Vigil P, Cerić F., Cortes M. and Klaus H. (2006) Usefulness of Monitoring Fertility from Menarche. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 19(3):173-9. ISI

Mora, P., Halm E., Leventhal, H. & Cerić, F. (2007) Elucidating the relationship between negative affectivity and symptoms: The role of illness-specific affective responses. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 34(1):77-86. ISI

Contreras M., Cerić F., Torrealba F. (2007) Inactivation of the interoceptive insula disrupts drug craving and malaise induced by Lithium. SCIENCE. 318 5850. ISI

Contreras M., Cerić F. Torrealba F. (2008) The negative side of emotions: addiction to drugs of abuse. Revista de Neurología. 2008. 47 (9): 471-476. ISI

Vigil P, Cortés ME, Zúñiga A, Riquelme R, Cerić F. (2008) Scanning electron and light microscopy study of the cervical mucus in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Bulletin Of The Ovulation Method Research And Reference Center Of Australia. 26(1):27-43. Other indexations.

Cornejo, C., Simonetti, F., Ibáñez, A., Aldunate, N., Cerić, F., López, V. Gesture and Metaphor: Electrophysiological evidence of N400 multimodal modulation. Brain and Cognition. 2009, 70(1):42-52. ISI

Vigil P., Zuñiga A., Riquelme J. Cerić F. and Cortes M.. Ultrastructure of cervical mucus in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Journal of Electron Microcoscopy. 2009 Jan; 58(1):21-7. ISI

R. Rosas, F. Cerić, M. Tenorio, C. Mourgues, C. Thibaut, E. Hurtado, M. T. Aravena and M. J. Valenzuela. (2010) ADHD performs better than normal children in a Artificial Grammar Implicit Learning Task: ERP and RT evidence. Consciousness and Cognition. 19(1): 341-51. ISI

Cereceda S, Pizarro I, Valdivia V, Cerić F, Hurtado E y Ibáñez A. (2010) Emotional recognition: neurocognitive study. PRAXIS. Revista de Psicología. 18:29-64. Other indexations.

Guex, R., Cerić, F., Hurtado, E., Navarro, A., Gonzalez, R. Manes, F. & Ibanez, A. (2011) Performance errors of ingroup/outgroup stimuli and valence association in the implicit association task: brain bias of ingroup favoritism. The Open Neuroscience Journal. 5: 16-23. Scopus

Martínez-Pernía D. and Cerić F. (2011) Introduction to a Theoretical Model Based on Embodied Cognition: A Pilot Study of the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hemiphobia. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 18(6):798-808. ISI 

Cerić, F. (2012) Fast route versus slow route: Electrophysiological and behavioural evidences of emotional processing pathways. Estudios de Psicología. 33(3), 385-388. ISI

Escobar, J. P., Tenorio, M., Cerić, F., & Rosas, R. (2014). Impact of education quality in intelligence test of children with lecture difficulties. Ciencias Psicológicas, VIII(1), 17-29. Scopus.

Rosas, R., Cerić, F., Aparicio, A., Arango, P., Arroyo, R., Benavente, C., Escobar, P., Olguín, P., Pizarro, M., Ramírez, M., Tenorio, M., & Véliz, S. (2015). ¿Traditional tests or invisible evaluation through game? New frontiers of cognitive evaluation. Psykhe, 24(1). Scopus

Quiñones, A., Cerić, F., & Ugarte, C. (2015). Information flux in subjective time zones: study of a successful psychotherapeutic process. Revista argentina de clínica psicológica, 24(3), 255-266. ISI

Márquez-Miranda, V., Peñaloza, J. P., Araya-Durán, I., Reyes, R., Vidaurre, S., Romero, V., Cerić F., Velázquez L. & Otero, C. (2016). Effect of Terminal Groups of Dendrimers in the Complexation with Antisense Oligonucleotides and Cell Uptake. Nanoscale research letters, 11(1), 1-13. ISI

Cortez-Carbonel, I. & Cerić, F. (2016). Emotion Recognition of Facial Expressions in Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Estudios de Psicología. En revision. ISI

Parada F., Rossi A., Love A., Latinus M., Cerić F. and Puce A (2016). Gamma Oscillations Index Perception of Gaze Changes in Real and Line-Drawn Faces: Evidence from Phase Synchrony and Machine Learning. Neuropsychologia, En Revision. ISI

Quiñones, Á., Ceric, F., Ugarte, C., & De Pascale, A. (2017). Psychotherapy and psychological time: a case study. Rivista di Psichiatria, 52(3), 109-116.

Escobar P., Ceric F. & Rosas R. (2018) The role of executive functions in the relation between socioeconomic level and the development of reading and maths. Cultura y Educación, 30:2, 368-392

Klein, R. A., Vianello, M., Hasselman, F., Adams, B. G., Adams Jr, R. B., Alper, S., Ceric, F…. & Batra, R. (2018). Many Labs 2: Investigating variation in replicability across samples and settings. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(4), 443-490.

Quiñones, Á., Ugarte, C., Ceric, F., Garcia, F., & Santibañez, P. (2019). Personal style of the therapist: comparison between post-rationalist cognitive and systemic therapists. Revista Argentina de Clínica Psicológica, 28(I), 48.

Rosas, R., Espinoza, V., Porflitt, F., & Ceric, F. (2019). Executive functions can be improved in preschoolers through systematic playing in educational settings: evidence from a longitudinal study. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 2024.

Rodríguez, M., Ceric, F., Murgas, P., Harland, B., Torrealba, F., & Contreras, M. (2020). Interoceptive Insular Cortex Mediates Both Innate Fear and Contextual Threat Conditioning to Predator Odor. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 13, 283.

Cortés-Rivera, C., & Cerić, F. (2020). Affective modulation of cognitive flexibility: a behavioural and electrophysiological study (Modulación afectiva de la flexibilidad cognitiva: un estudio conductual y electrofisiológico). Studies in Psychology, 41(3), 510-531.

Escobar, J. P., Porflitt, F., & Ceric, F. (2021). Evaluating the rapid automatized naming and arithmetical fluency relationship in Chilean first grade students. Educational Psychology, 1-19.

Rodríguez, M., Contreras, M., Domic-Siede, M., Ceric, F., & Torrealba, F. (2021). An Inescapable Cat Odor Exposure Protocol for Studying Innate and Contextual Threat Conditioning in Rats. JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments), (177), e63078.