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.

News

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A new paper by Marzecová and colleagues published in Biological Psychology

The paper entitled Interrelation of attention and prediction in visual processing: Effects of task-relevance and stimulus probability, co-authored by A. Marzecová, A. Widmann, Iria SanMiguel and Erich Schröger, has been published online in Biological Psychology. The full abstract reads as follows: The potentially interactive influence of attention and prediction was investigated by measuring event-related potentials (ERPs) […]

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A new paper by Garcia-Garcia and colleagues published in PLOS ONE

The journal PLOS ONE has published online on February 21st, 2017, another paper from the Brainlab. The paper is entitled COMT and DRD/ANKK-1 gene-gene interaction account for resetting of gamma neural oscillations to auditory stimulus-driven attention, and co-authored by Manuel Garcia-Garcia. Marc Via, Katarzyna Zarnowiec, Iria SanMiguel, Carles Escera and Immaculada Clemente.   Using a […]

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The newest SHAR volume features a chapter by Carles Escera

The newests volume of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research: The Frequency Following Response: A Window into Human Communication, edited by Nina Kraus, Samira Anderson, Travis White-Schwoch, Richard R. Fay, and Arthur N. Popper, is now available by January 2017. The book features a chapter authored by Carles Escera, entitled “The Role of the Auditory […]

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