Short CV/Education and training

  • After my Degree in Psychology I specialised at the University of Barcelona (UB) in Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience during my PhD. After my PhD, I did a three year post-doc at the INSERM U955 (Université Paris Est, Créteil, UPEC) where I studied the involvement of the striatum for learning new rules in language. I also was maître de conferences (tenured) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. After an ICREA Researcher period, I am currently an ICREA Research Professor at the UB. My research is mainly focused on the cognitive functions and neural circuits engaged in the extraction of grammatical rules while learning a new language.

Selected publications

  • López-Barroso, D., Catani, M., Ripollés, P., Dell'Acqua, F., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., De Diego-Balaguer, R. (2013). Word learning is mediated by the left arcuate fasciculus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(32):13168-73. IF: 9.809

  • López-Barroso D., De Diego-Balaguer R., Cunillera T., Camara E., Münte T.F., Rodríguez-Fornells A. (2011) Language Learning under Working Memory Constraints Correlates with Microstructural Differences in the Ventral Language Pathway. Cerebral Cortex, 21(12): 2742-2750. IF: 8.305

  • De Diego-Balaguer R., Fuentemilla L., Rodríguez-Fornells A. (2011) Brain dynamics sustaining rapid rule-extraction from speech. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 23(10): 3105-20. IF: 4.687

  • De Diego-Balaguer R., Couette M., Dolbeau G., Dürr A., Youssov K., Bachoud-Lévi A.-C. (2008) Striatal Degeneration impairs Language Learning: Evidence from Huntington's Disease. Brain, 131 (11), 2870-2881. IF: 10.226

  • De Diego-Balaguer R, Toro JM, Rodríguez-Fornells A, Bachoud-Lévi A (2007) Different Neurophysiological Mechanisms Underlying Word and Rule Extraction from Speech. PLoS ONE, 2(11): e1175. IF: 3.534

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC Starting Grant (2013-2017). Tuning Attention during Language Learning. Grant agreement no.: 313841. PI: Ruth de Diego Balaguer

  • Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN, I+D+i, 2011-2014). A multimodal neuroimaging approach to delineate emotional, motor and cognitive cortico-striatal pathways. Ref.: PSI2011-23624. PI: Ruth de Diego-Balaguer

  • Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN, I+D+i, 2008-2011). Cognitive mechanisms and neural bases of rule learning from language. Ref.: PSI2008-03885/PSIC. IDIBELL. PI: Ruth de Diego-Balaguer

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Spanish agencies:

  • Ramon y Cajal scientific board (2009 call)

  • Scientific board for the I+D projects of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion (2010, 2014)

  • ANEP project reviewer for I+D (since 2008) and FIS (since 2014) projects.

Referee for:

  • Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO);

  • Wallenberg academy fellowship (Sweeden);

  • Fundació "La Caixa" Post-graduate Fellowships


  • PNAS, Scientific Reports, Brain, Cerebral Cortex, Cortex, Neuroimage, Movement Disorders, PloS One, Brain Research, Applied Psycholinguistics, Psychophysiology, Language and Cognitive Processes, J of Experimental Psychology: HPP; Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Language Learning and Development; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Editorial Board:

  • Bilingualism: Language and Cognition; Associate Editor: Frontiers in Psychology: Language


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