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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A new paper by Ribas-Prats and colleagues published online in Hearing Research

The paper entitled The frequency-following response (FFR) to speech stimuli: a normative dataset in healthy newborns, by Ribas-Prats, Almeida, Costa-Faidella, Plana, Corral, Gómez-Roig, & Escera has just been published in the journal Hearing Research. This is the first paper that comes out from the collaboration between our Brainlab at the University of Barcelona and the […]

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Would you like to join the Brainlab for your PhD?

You can now apply for an INPhINIT doctoral fellowship! The Institute of Neurosciences is a Maria de Maeztu excellence center and you can join us both under the Incoming and Retaining modalities. You can find our project for the Incoming modality in the finder searching by project title: “Temporal coding in the neural representation of auditory […]

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A new paper by Cacciaglia and colleagues published in Neuroimage

The paper entitled Auditory predictions shape the neural responses to stimulus repetition and sensory change, by Cacciaglia, Costa-Faidella, Zarnowiec, Grimm, & Escera has just been published in the journal Neuroimage. In this functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) study, we used a so-called “roving standard paradigm” to show a) that deviance-related activation in superior temporal gyrus […]

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