Cognitive neuroscience research group

The Brainlab led by Carles Escera, belongs to the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona, and it is 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 perception, working memory and executive control. Also, we are interested in emotional and musical processing, and in cognitive dysfunction in a broad spectrum of neurological, neurodevelopment and psychiatric 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 complex Auditory Brainstem Response –cABR, the Middle Latency Response –MLR, or the Mismatch Negativity –MMN) and oscillatory brain activity (such as the gamma band response –GBR), 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 (Finland), the Fukushima Medical University (Japan), the University of Leipzig (Germany) or 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.

News

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Lenka Selinger defended her thesis last December 2nd, 2016

Last Friday December 2nd, 2016, at 12:00 at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona, Lenka Selinger defended her thesis entitled The modulation of auditory function by genetic and emotional factors. The thesis was together co-supervised by Dr. Imma Clemente-Lapena and Dr. Carles Escera, head of Brainlab. The thesis was carried out under the […]

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A new paper by Gorina-Careta and colleagues published in Scientific Reports

The journal Scientific Reports publishes online on November 17, 2016, another paper from the Brainlab. The paper is entitled Timing predictability enhances regularity encoding in the human subcortical auditory pathway, and co-authored by Natàlia Gorina-Careta, Katarzina Zarnowiec, Jordi Costa-Faidella and Carles Escera. Using the frequency-following response (FFR) as a proxy of subcortical auditory function, in this […]

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A new paper by Selinger and colleagues published in the Journal of Neuroscience

In its issue dated October 18th, 2016, The Journal of Neuroscience publishes a new paper from the Brainlab. The paper is entitled Involvement of the serotonin transporter gene in accurate subcortical speech encoding, and co-authored by Selinger, Zarnowiec, Via, Clemente, & Escera. In this paper we show that the frequency-following response (FFR), known as the biological […]

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