Carolina Diaz-Piedra, PhD

Associate Professor

Mind, Brain, and Behavior Research Center-CIMCYC

Campus de Cartuja s/n

18071 Granada – Spain




Applied Psychology, Chronic conditions, Fatigue, Health Psychology, Military Psychology, Neuropsychology, Patient safety, Performance, Psychophysiology, Road safety, Sleep health


2014 – 2016
Postdoctoral Scholar at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA
2008 – 2013
International PhD in Psychology.
Faculty of Psychology, University of Granada, Spain.
2007 – 2008
MSc in Research Designs and Applications in Health and Psychology.
Faculty of Psychology, University of Granada, Spain.


2002 – 2007
BSc in Psychology.
Faculty of Psychology, University of Granada, Spain.


Di Stasi, L. L., Gianfranchi, E., Pérez-García, M., & Díaz-Piedra, C. (2022). The influence of unpleasant emotional arousal on military performance: An experimental study using auditory stimuli during a shooting task. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics89, 103295.

Di Stasi, L. L., Angioi, F., Bassani, M., Díaz-Piedra, C., & Megias-Robles, A. (2022). The effect of traffic light spacing and signal congruency on drivers’ responses at urban intersections. Transportation Engineering, 8, 100113.

Díaz-Piedra, C., Gianfranchi, E., Catena, A & Di Stasi, L.L. (2022). Electrophysiological correlates of the reverse Stroop effect: Results from a simulated handgun task. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 175, 32-42.

Sebastián, M., Navascués, M., Otal, A., Ruiz, C., Idiazábal, M., Di Stasi, L. L. & Díaz-Piedra, C. (2021). Fractal Dimension as Quantifier of EEG Activity in Driving Simulation. Mathematics, 9(11), 1311.

Diaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro, H., & Di Stasi, L. L. (2021). Monitoring army drivers’ workload during off-road missions: An experimental controlled field study. Safety science, 134, 105092.

Di Stasi L.L. & Diaz-Piedra C. (2021). Re-examining the Pioneering Studies on Eye Movements in Aviation: Connecting the Past to the Present. The International Journal of Aerospace Psychology, 1-13.

Diaz-Piedra, C., Sebastián, M.V., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2020). EEG theta power activity reflects workload among army combat drivers: an experimental study. Brain sciences10(4), 199

Di Stasi, L.L., Diaz-Piedra, C., Morales, J. M., Kurapov, A., Tagliabue, M., Bjärtå, A.,Megias, A., Bernhardsson, J., Paschenko, S., Romero, S., Cándido A. & Catena, A. (2020). A cross-cultural comparison of visual search strategies and response times in road hazard perception testing. Accident Analysis & Prevention148, 105785

Diaz-Piedra, C., Gomez-Millan, E., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2019). Nasal skin temperature reveals changes in arousal levels due to time on task: an experimental thermal infrared imaging study. Applied Ergonomics, DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2019.06.001.

 Díaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro,H., Cherino, A., Fuentes, L., Catena, A., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2019). The effects of flight complexity on gaze entropy: an experimental study with fighter pilots. Applied Ergonomics, 77, 92-99.

Morales, J.M., Diaz-Piedra, C., Rabelo-Ruiz, J.F., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2019). Detecting mental workload in surgical teams using a wearable single-channel electroencephalographic device. Journal of Surgical Education, 30(4).

Di Stasi L.L. & Diaz-Piedra, C. (2019). Eye movements research in aviation: Past, present, and future. In M. Vidulich and P. Tsang (Eds.), Improving aviation performance through applying engineering psychology. Advances in Aviation Psychology (Volume 3) (Chapter 7th). Taylor and Francis: London, UK.

Vera, J., Diaz-Piedra, C., Jiménez, R., Sanchez-Carrion, J.M., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2018). Intraocular pressure increases after complex simulated surgical procedures in residents: an experimental study. Surgical endoscopy, 33, 1-9. DOI:

Caparros-Gonzalez, R.A., de la Torre-Luque, A., Diaz-Piedra, C., Vico, F.J., Buela-Casal, G., Dowling, D., & Thibeau, S. (2018). Listening to Relaxing Music Improves Physiological Responses in Premature Infants. Advances in Neonatal Care18(1), 58-69. DOI:

Morales, J.M., Diaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro, H., Roca-González, J., Romero, S., Catena, A., Fuentes, L., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2017). Monitoring driver fatigue using a single-channel electroencephalographic device: A validation study by gaze-based, driving performance, and subjective data. Accident Analysis & Prevention109, 62-69.

Tercedor, P., Villa-González, E., Ávila-García, M., Díaz-Piedra, C., Martínez-Baena, A., Soriano-Maldonado, A., … & Huertas-Delgado, F.J. (2017). A school-based physical activity promotion intervention in children: rationale and study protocol for the PREVIENE Project. BMC Public Health17, 748. DOI:

Catena, A., Martínez-Zaldívar, C., Diaz-Piedra, C., Torres-Espínola, F.J., Brandi, P., Pérez-García, M., … & Campoy, C. (2017). On the relationship between head circumference, brain size, prenatal long-chain PUFA/5-methyltetrahydrofolate supplementation and cognitive abilities during childhood. British Journal of Nutrition, 1-9.

de la Torre-Luque, A., Díaz-Piedra, C., & Buela-Casal, G. (2017). Effects of preferred relaxing music after acute stress exposure: A randomized controlled trial. Psychology of Music, 45, 795-813. DOI:

Di Stasi, L.L., Díaz-Piedra, C., Ruiz-Rabelo, J.F., Rieiro, H., Carrion, J.M.S., & Catena, A. (2017). Quantifying the cognitive cost of laparo-endoscopic single-site surgeries: Gaze-based indices. Applied Ergonomics65, 168-174.

Diaz-Piedra, C., Sanchez-Carrion, J.M., Rieiro, H., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2017). Gaze-Based Technology as a Tool for Surgical Skills Assessment and Training in Urology. Urology, 107, 26-30. DOI:

Di Stasi, L., Diaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro, H., Ruiz-Rabelo, J., Cardenas, D., Cherino, A., … & Catena, A. (2016). Gaze-entropy as a task load index for safety-critical operators: military pilots and surgeons. Journal of Vision16, 1341-1341.

Diaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro, H., Suárez, J., Rios-Tejada, F., Catena, A., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2016). Fatigue in the military: towards a fatigue detection test based on the saccadic velocity. Physiological measurement37, N62-N75.

Vera, J., Diaz-Piedra, C., Jiménez, R., Morales, J.M., Catena, A., Cardenas, D., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2016). Driving time modulates accommodative response and intraocular pressure. Physiology & behavior164, 47-53.

Di Stasi, L.L., Diaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro, H., Carrión, J.M.S., Berrido, M.M., Olivares, G., & Catena, A. (2016). Gaze entropy reflects surgical task load. Surgical endoscopy30, 5034-5043.

*Diaz-Piedra, C., Guzman, M.A., Buela-Casal, G., & Catena, A. (2016). The impact of fibromyalgia symptoms on brain morphometry. Brain imaging and behavior10, 1184-1197.

Catena, A., Muñoz-Machicao, J.A., Torres-Espínola, F.J., Martínez-Zaldívar, C., Diaz-Piedra, C., Gil, A., … & Koletzko, B. (2016). Folate and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation during pregnancy has long-term effects on the attention system of 8.5-y-old offspring: a randomized controlled trial. The American journal of clinical nutrition103, 115-127.

*Diaz-Piedra, C., Catena, A., Sánchez, A.I., Miró, E., Martínez, M.P., & Buela-Casal, G. (2015). Sleep disturbances in fibromyalgia syndrome: the role of clinical and polysomnographic variables explaining poor sleep quality in patients. Sleep medicine16, 917-925.

Di Stasi, L.L., Diaz‐Piedra, C., Suárez, J., McCamy, M. B., Martinez‐Conde, S., Roca‐Dorda, J., & Catena, A. (2015). Task complexity modulates pilot electroencephalographic activity during real flights. Psychophysiology52, 951-956.

Diaz-Roman, A., Megias, A., Diaz-Piedra, C., Catena, A., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2015). Seeing red on road. Perception, 44, 87-92.

*Diaz-Piedra, C., Di Stasi, L.L., Baldwin, C.M., Buela-Casal, G., & Catena, A. (2015). Sleep disturbances of adult women suffering from fibromyalgia: a systematic review of observational studies. Sleep medicine reviews21, 86-99.

Del Rio-Bermudez, C., *†Diaz-Piedra C, Catena, A., Buela-Casal, G., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2014). Chronotype-dependent circadian rhythmicity of driving safety. Chronobiology international31, 532-541.

*Diaz-Piedra, C., Catena, A., Miro, E., Martinez, M.P., Sanchez, A.I., & Buela-Casal, G. (2014). The impact of pain on anxiety and depression is mediated by objective and subjective sleep characteristics in fibromyalgia patients. The Clinical journal of pain30, 852-859.

Martínez, M.P., Miró, E., Sánchez, A.I., Díaz-Piedra, C., Cáliz, R., Vlaeyen, J.W., & Buela-Casal, G. (2014). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia and sleep hygiene in fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of behavioral medicine37, 683-697.

Soler, X., Diaz-Piedra, C., Bardwell, W.A., Ancoli-Israel, S., Palinkas, L.A., Dimsdale, J.E., & Loredo, J.S. (2013). Sleep quality among Hispanics of Mexican descent and non-Hispanic whites: results from the Sleep Health and Knowledge in US Hispanics Study. Open Journal of Respiratory Diseases3, 97.

Soler, X., Diaz-Piedra, C., & Ries, A.L. (2013). Pulmonary rehabilitation improves sleep quality in chronic lung disease. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease10, 156-163.

Sánchez, A.I., Díaz-Piedra, C., Miró, E., Martínez, M.P., Gálvez, R., & Buela-Casal, G. (2012). Effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia on polysomnographic parameters in fibromyalgia patients. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology12.

Di Stasi, L.L., *Díaz-Piedra, C., Catena, A., & Buela-Casal, G. (2012). Risk behaviour among patients with obstructive sleep apnea: An exploratory study using complex and dynamic simulated traffic situations. Revista de Patología Respiratoria, 15, 78-84.

Miró, E., Lupiáñez, J., Martínez, M.P., Sánchez, A.I., Díaz-Piedra, C., Guzmán, M.A., & Buela-Casal, G. (2011). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia improves attentional function in fibromyalgia syndrome: a pilot, randomized controlled trial. Journal of Health Psychology16, 770-782.

Quevedo-Blasco, R., Diaz-Piedra, C., & Guglielmi, O. (2010). Analysis of the Iberoamerican publications on drug dependency in the clinical psychology and psychiatry journals idexed in the Journal Citation Reports. Salud Mental33, 133-143.

Fernández-Méndez, R., Peñas Maldonado, M., & Diaz-Piedra, C. (2007). Older adults self-perceived well-being and autonomy levels and their relationships with the place of residence. Metas de Enfermería, 10, 65-71.

*: corresponding author; : co-first author

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