Miriam Cornella defended her PhD thesis on December 18th, 2015

Last Friday December 18th, 2015, at 12 o’clock at the Faculty of Medicine, Miriam Cornella defended her thesis entitled Auditory regularity encoding in the human brain: cortical and subcortical mechanisms. The thesis was supervised by Dr. Carles Escera, and the panel was chaired by Dr. David Pérez-González, from the University of Salamanca (Spain), and included Dr. Judith Domínguez-Borràs from University of Geneve (Switzerland) and Iria SanMiguel from University of Barcelona.

The thesis was submitted as a compilation of four studies as follows:

1. Cornella, M., Leung, S., Grimm, S. & Escera, C. (2012). Detection of simple and pattern regularity violations occurs at different levels of the auditory hierarchy. PLoS ONE, 7(8):e43604.

2. Cornella, M., Leung, S., Grimm, S., Escera, C. (2013). Regularity encoding and deviance detection of frequency modulated sweeps: human middle- and long-latency auditory evoked potentials. Psychophysiology, 50, 1275-1281.

3. Cornella, M., Bendixen, A., Grimm, S., Leung, S., Schröger, E., & Escera, C. (2015). Spatial auditory regularity encoding and prediction: human middle-latency and long-latency auditory evoked potentials. Brain Research, 1626, 21-30.

4. Cornella M, Costa‐Faidella J, Hervas M, Leung S, Rueda I, Escera C (2015). Atypical subcortical repetition suppression relates to auditory hypersensitivities in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (submitted).

After a very nice presentation by Miriam and an insighful discussion and defence, the thesis was awarded the maximum grade of Excellent.


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