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Araceli Sanz Martin, Ph.D.

e-mail: aracelisanz@yahoo.com
Full Professor-Researcher “B”
Psychophysiology of Memory Laboratory
Neuroscience Institute, CUCBA
University of Guadalajara

Dr. Sanz studied Psychology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico) (UNAM), where she obtained her undergraduate degree in 1997 with a study of the electroencephalographic changes associated with the presence of subjects’ partners; a study conducted at the Psychophysiology of Consciousness Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Jacobo Grinberg Zylberbaum. Upon finalizing that degree, she was awarded the Gabino Barreda Medal, which is given to the student with the highest grade point average in each generation. Her Master’s and Doctoral studies in the Behavioral Sciences (option Neuroscience) were undertaken at the Instituto de Neurociencias (Neuroscience Institute), Universidad de Guadalajara (University of Guadalajara). While studying for her Master’s, Dr. Sanz focused on the topic of sexual differences and the effect of the menstrual cycle on the recognition of emotions; a study with which she earned that degree and recognition as a “Distinguished Student” in the year 2000. As a Doctoral candidate, she continued her research into emotional processing, but now working with epileptic subjects after temporal lobectomies. She received her Ph.D. in 2004, the same year in which she was awarded a scholarship to attend a summer course on frontal lobes from the International Neuropsychology Society at the “Vivian Smith” Institute for Advanced Studies.

At present, Dr. Sanz holds the position of Full Professor-Researcher “B” at the Psychophysiology of Memory Laboratory. In the area of teaching, she has imparted seminars on the frontal lobes, the electroencephalogram, memory, and the relation between emotions and cognition at both the Master’s and Doctorate levels in the area of the Behavioral Sciences (option Neuroscience). She has also offered seminars and workshops at national congresses and in undergraduate and graduate programs at several universities in Mexico.

Dr. Sanz has studied the effect of alcohol on the functioning of the prefrontal cortex and the executive functions, and how this is modulated in women by the hormonal changes that occur during the menstrual cycle.

At present, her principal research interest focuses on the effects of early stress on the development of the central nervous system. More specifically, she is studying the relation between violence during infancy (for example, child abuse and bullying at school) and cerebral electrical activity, memory, motor inhibition, and the recognition of emotions. During these projects she has analyzed the differences in cognitive performance among children who have been victims of abuse during processing of emotional and neutral stimuli.

Dr. Sanz has co-authored 22 refereed articles (15 with international groups and 7 with national teams) as well as 13 book chapters. She is co-editor of 4 scientific books and has participated in 68 studies presented at national and international congresses, where she has been chosen to deliver “Keynote Addresses” on 6 occasions. Also, in 2006 and 2012, she received funding from CONACYT-Mexico to undertake her research projects. She has directed the theses of several students at the undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral levels.

In 1996, Dr. Sanz was chosen to join Mexico’s National System of Researchers (SNI, Level I). She has also been recognized as having a qualifying profile for the PROMEP program.