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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Open Position at the Brainlab: Early Stage Reseacher (predoctoral contract) in Affective Neuroscience

The Brainlab is seeking for a highly motivated Early Stage Resarcher (ESR; PhD student) to join our research group and the project entitled Study of the human subcortical pathway for auditory threat processing, financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science. The major goal of this project is to investigate the neural pathways underlying emotion encoding […]

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A new paper by Kamila Nowak and colleagues published in Neurobiology of Aging

The paper entitled Altered event-related potentials and theta oscillations index auditory working memory deficits in healthy aging, by, Nowak, K., Costa-Faidella, J., Dacewicz, A., Escera, C., and Szelag, E., has been published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. This paper is the outcome of a scientific collaboration between the Brainlab and the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, […]

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A new paper by Nadia Paraskevoudi and Iria SanMiguel published in Scientific Reports

The paper entitled Self-generation and sound intensity interactively modulate perceptual bias, but not perceptual sensitivity, by Paraskevoudi Nadia and SanMiguel Iria, has been published in the journal Scientific Reports. This paper is the outcome of a scientific study of the research line Predictive processes in Motor-Sensory interactions of the Brainlab that focuses on mechanisms underlying […]

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