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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A new paper by Costa-Faidella and colleagues published in Neuroimage

The paper entitled Selective entrainment of brain oscillations drives auditory perceptual organization, co-authored by Jordi Costa-Faidella, Elyse Sussman and Carles Escera has been published online in Neuroimage. In this study, we address how humans, while facing ambiguous soundscapes perceive unitary multistable organizations. Our results show that brain oscillations concurrently entrain to the rate of all competing […]

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Eurolife

The Brainlab spotted in Eurolife, the Network of European Universities in Life Sciences

Eurolife is a network of nine prestigious academic institutions across Europe that facilitates collaborative research, joint postgraduate training and education, the exchange of researchers and students and the building of joint research projects, in the areas of Immunology and Infection, Oncology, and Neurosciences. Eurolife dates back to 1999 and its Eurolife Collaboration Agreement entered into […]

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PhD call 2017

PhD scholarship in Cognitive Neuroscience

The Brainlab – Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group seeks candidates for a 3-year Early Stage Research PhD position (FI/FPU) commencing during the fall 2017. The PhD project focuses on the genetic determinants of subcortical speech encoding and is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Knowledge (project icCOGNITION – Subcortical contributions to auditory cognition; PSI201-63664-P).  (Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Carles Escera). The successful […]

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