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 in Developmental Science

The paper entitled Deficient neural encoding of speech sounds in term neonates born after fetal growth restriction, by Ribas-Prats, Arenillas-Alcón, Lip-Sosa, Costa-Faidella, Mazarico, Gómez-Roig, & Escera has just been published in the journal Developmental Science. This papers consolidates the collaboration between our Brainlab at the University of Barcelona and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of […]

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Comienza un nuevo experimento

¡Escucha música electrónica a cambio de dinero! ¿Qué tienes que hacer? En este experimento deberás escuchar música electrónica y realizar varias tareas cognitivas mientras medimos tu actividad cerebral y ritmo cardíaco. Contando el tiempo de preparación, el experimento no dura más de 2 horas y media. ¿Qué ganas al hacer este experimento? Conocerás de primera […]

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A new paper by Iria SanMiguel, Jordi Costa-Faidella and colleagues published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

The paper entitled Standard Tone Stability as a Manipulation of Precisions in the Oddball Paradigm: Modulation of Predicion Error Responses to Fixed-Probability Deviants by SanMiguel, I.; Costa-Faidella, J.; Lugo, Z.R.; Vilella, E. and Escera, C. has been published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. This paper is the outcome of a collaboration between the Brainlab and […]

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