Roberto holds a Master’s in Linguistics from the University of Concepcion and a Ph.D. in Psychology from York University, UK. He is currently the Head of the Department and Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages (soon to be renamed Department of Language and Literature Sciences) of the Faculty of Education at the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción (UCSC) where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in the areas of neurolinguistics, cognitive neuroscience and methods of research and statistics.
Roberto is a Principal Investigator of a Fondecyt Initiation Project (11130678) that aims to investigate word processing and word learning in bilingual speakers using behavioral methods, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG).
Within the framework of this project, Roberto implemented a psycholinguistics laboratory where he works mainly with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as research assistants. On the other hand, Roberto has been invited as a visiting researcher three times, twice at the University College London (UCL) and another at the Donders Institute of Brain, Cognition and Behavior in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. At UCL Roberto carried out an fMRI study that investigated the neural correlates of the new words in Spanish L1 and English L2 in collaboration with Professor Gabriella Vigliocco and Dr. David Vinson of the Psychology Department of the UCL. In his last postdoctoral stay, he conducted an EEG study on learning the semantic characteristics of words in a second language. He worked in collaboration with Prof. Ton Dijkstra, who is a prominent figure in the study of bilingualism.
Finally, Roberto is the author of prominent publications in high impact journals (Q1) such as Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and Brain & Language.