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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Join the Brainlab for your Masters thesis

The Brainlab participates in Master+UB Grant Programme to attract new enrolments in University Master’s Degrees and to promote integration with research groups for the pursuit of scientific vocations (Academic year 2019-2020). If you are highly motivated and talented bachelor students that want to get enrolled in Brain and Cognition Master’s, consider to apply to the […]

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Jose Valenzuela joins the Brainlab to launch our role in the Artsoundscapes ERC Advanced project

We are very pleased to welcome back Jose Valenzuela, PhD, to our Brainlab team. Jose used to work early in his career as laboratory engineer with us (2008-2011). He is an electronic and automatics engineer, with a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering, and MBA, a Master’s in Literacy Creation and a PhD degree in Humanities from […]

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Congratulations to Natàlia Gorina-Careta for her recent PhD degree

Last Monday January 28th, 2019, at 11:00 at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Barcelona, Natàlia Gorina-Careta defended her thesis entitled Contribution of the subcortical auditory pathway to the perception and processing of sounds. The thesis was supervised by Dr. Carles Escera, head of Brainlab, and carried out in part in collaboration with […]

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