Cognitive neuroscience research group

The Brainlab, led by Carles Escera, belongs to the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona and the Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu. We are located at the Faculty of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology.


We are a small, multinational, interdisciplinary group, including psychologists, biologists, engineers, and physicists. We seek to unravel the brain mechanisms of cognitive functions, including attention, auditory and speech perception, motor-sensory interactions, and executive control. Also, we are interested in emotional and musical processing, and in cognitive dysfunction in a broad spectrum of neurological, neurodevelopment and mental disorders.

To achieve our goals, we combine the recording of the human electroencephalogram (EEG) to analyze evoked and event-related brain potentials (such as the Frequency-Following Response – FFR, the Middle Latency Response –MLR, or the Mismatch Negativity –MMN) and oscillatory brain activity, with magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and neurogenetic analysis. Part of our research is conducted in collaboration with labs located worldwide, such as the University of Helsinki and University of Jyväskylä (Finland), the Fukushima Medical University (Japan), the University of Leipzig (Germany) and the University of Salamanca (Spain). We are committed to higher-education training, at Master (Neuroscience and Behavior and Cognition programs) and PhD (Biomedicine/Neurosciences) levels.


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Brainlab team members Natàlia Gorina-Careta, Fran López-Caballero and Carles Escera travel to Canada to participate in the 58th SPR Annual Meeting.

Last October 3-7, 2018, Brainlab team members Natàlia Gorina-Careta, Fran López-Caballero and Carles Escera traveled to Quebec City (Canada), to participate in the 58th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR). During the course of almost one week, several symposiums and plenary talks were organized, aiming at the presentation and discussion of original […]

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Another paper from our collaboration with the Auditory Neurophysiology Lab (Malmierca’s lab) accepted for publication in Neuroimage

The paper entitled Pattern-sensitive neurons reveal encoding of complex auditory regularities in the rat inferior colliculus, co-authored by Carles Escera and carried out in collaboration with Prof. Manuel S. Malmierca and his team at the University of Salamanca (Spain), has been published in Neuroimage. In this further study from the ongoing collaboration between the Brainlab […]

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Experimento sobre predicción sensorial de sonidos autogenerados BrainLab busca participantes para un experimento conductual, cuyo objetivo es investigar los mecanismos predictivos sensoriales involucrados en el procesamiento de los sonidos autogenerados. Qué tenéis que hacer? El experimento incluye dos tareas que consistirán en escuchar sonidos o generar los sonidos presionando botones. Durante la sesión estaréis cómodamente […]

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