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.


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A new paper by Escera and colleagues just published online in Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research

The paper entitled The Potential Effect of Forbrain as an Altered Auditory Feedback Device, co-authored by Escera, López-Caballero and Gorina-Careta has just published online in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. In this study, Escera and colleagues demonstrated with a double-blind controlled design that Forbrain modifies the input voice according to a Baxandall equalizer […]

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El Brainlab participa en el Saló de l’Ensenyament / The Brainlab joins the Saló de l’Ensenyament

The Brainlab joins the Saló de l’Ensenyament   Del dimecres 14 al diumenge 18 de març el Recinte Montjuïc acull un any més el Saló de l’Ensenyament. Un espai reservat a l’orientació i informació de les diferents propostes educatives existents en l’actualitat a Catalunya: batxillerat, graus universitaris, estudis superiors, complementaris, de formació, professional, art i […]

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The Brainlab is involved in a paper published in Nature Communications

The paper entitled Neurons along the auditory pathway exhibit a hierarchical organization of prediction error, 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 Nature Communications. In this study, born out of a long standing collaboration with our […]

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