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.



Research Assistant / PhD positions in Cognitive Neuroscience available in Barcelona

The Brainlab – Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group invites applications for a 1-year research assistant position with the possibility to extend into a 3-year PhD contract starting in early 2018. The candidate will have the opportunity to enter the PhD Program in Biomedicine (Area of Neurosciences) of the University of Barcelona, and will join the research […]

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Por la ciencia y por 25€ ¿Qué tengo que hacer? El ejercicio que te propondremos es una tarea de memoria. Básicamente tendrás que mirar una pantalla, pulsar un botón, escuchar sonidos y contestar un par de preguntas. En total dura unas tres horas. ¡Fácil! ¿Qué me ofreces a cambio? Te ofrecemos conocer de primera mano […]

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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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