Psicothema was founded in Asturias (northern Spain) in 1989, and is published jointly by the Psychology Faculty of the University of Oviedo and the Psychological Association of the Principality of Asturias (Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos del Principado de Asturias).
We currently publish four issues per year, which accounts for some 100 articles annually. We admit work from both the basic and applied research fields, and from all areas of Psychology, all manuscripts being anonymously reviewed prior to publication.

  • Director: Laura E. Gómez Sánchez
  • Frequency:
         February | May | August | November
  • ISSN: 0214-9915
  • Digital Edition:: 1886-144X
  • Address: Ildelfonso Sánchez del Río, 4, 1º B
    33001 Oviedo (Spain)
  • Phone: 985 285 778
  • Fax: 985 281 374

Executive functioning in obese individuals waiting for clinical treatment

Fátima Gameiro1, Maria Victoria Perea2, Valentina Ladera2, Beatriz Rosa1 and Ricardo García2

1 Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and
2 Universidad de Salamanca

Background: Executive functions have an important role in human behavioural regulation and can be a determinant of eating behaviour. Our aim was to study the different components of executive functions in obese individuals waiting for clinical treatment, comparing them with normoweight subjects with similar socio-demographic characteristics. Method: A total of 114 adults (76 obese and 38 normoweight) completed a neuropsychological battery that included tasks of conceptualization and abstraction, motor programming, response maintenance, inhibition and resistance, problem solving, cognitive flexibility, and verbal fluency. Results: There was a statistically significant difference between groups for all the dimensions of the executive functions evaluated, with the obese group showing poorer performance compared to normoweight. Conclusions: Obese individuals demonstrated poorer executive functions than normoweight individuals.

Funcionamiento ejecutivo en sujetos obesos en espera de tratamiento clínico. Antecedentes: las funciones ejecutivas tienen un papel importante en la regulación del comportamiento humano y pueden ser un determinante en la conducta alimentaria.  El objetivo fue estudiar diferentes componentes de las funciones ejecutivas en individuos obesos en espera de tratamiento clínico, comparándolos con individuos con normopeso con características sociodemográficas similares. Método: participaron 114 adultos (76 obesos y 38 con normopeso) que completaron una batería neuropsicológica que incluyó tareas de conceptualización y abstracción, programación motora, manutención de respuesta, control inhibitorio, resolución de tareas, flexibilidad cognitiva y fluencia verbal. Resultados: existen diferencias estadísticamente significativas entre los grupos en todas las tareas del funcionamiento ejecutivo evaluadas. El grupo de los obesos obtuvo puntuaciones más bajas que el grupo con normopeso. Conclusiones: los individuos sujetos obesos revelan peor funcionamiento ejecutivo que los con normopeso.


Impact factor 2022:  JCR WOS 2022:  FI = 3.6 (Q2);  JCI = 1.21 (Q1) / SCOPUS 2022:  SJR = 1.097;  CiteScore = 6.4 (Q1)