Our main current research addresses the mechanisms by which the auditory system encodes the acoustic regularity that leads to conscious sound perception


Math anxiety and attention: Biased orienting to math symbols or less efficient attentional control?

Math anxiety and the shifting function: An event-related potential study of arithmetical task switching.

Corpus callosum-fastigium and tectal lengths in late-onset small fetuses. Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology (UOG)

Prenatal daily musical exposure is associated with enhanced neural representation of speech fundamental frequency: evidence from neonatal frequency-following responses.

Perinatal central nervous system dysfunction in large-for-gestational-age neonates revealed with frequency-following responses to speech.

Development and validation of the brief Math Anxiety Scale (BMAS) in a university sample.

Proactive attention in math anxious individuals.


Frequency specific gaze modulation of emotional face processing in the human amygdala.

Experimental enhancement of feelings of transcendence, tenderness and expressiveness by music in christian liturgical spaces.

Prestimulus amygdala spectral activity is associated with visual face awareness. Cerebral Cortex

Neural repetition suppression to vocal and non-vocal sounds.

Brain reactivity to emotion persists in NREM sleep and is associated with individual dream recall

Altered encoding of speech sounds in term neonates affected by fetal growth restriction.


Standard tone stability as a manipulation of precision in the oddball paradigm: Modulation of prediction error responses to fixed-probability deviants.

Altered event-related potentials and theta oscillations index auditory working memory deficits in healthy aging.

Self-generation and sound intensity interactively modulate perceptual bias, but not perceptual sensitivity

Processing of ordinal information in math-anxious individuals.

Neural encoding of voice pitch and formant structure at birth as revealed by frequency-following responses

Early detection of language categories in face perception.

Frequency-following response acquisition parameters with speech stimulus in infants: A systematic review.

Neural generators of the frequency-following response elicited to stimuli of low and high frequency: a magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study.

The Spatial-Numerical Association of Response Codes (SNARC) effect in highly math-anxious individuals: An ERP study.

Emergence of prediction error along the human auditory hierarchy.


Psychology meets archaeology: psychoarchaeoacoustics for understanding ancient minds and their relation to the sacred.

Math anxiety and perfectionistic concerns in multiple-choice assessment

Special report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical EEG and research and Consensus recommendations for the safe use of EEG

Effects of cTBS on the frequency-following response and other auditory evoked potentials.

Increased subcortical neural responses to repeating auditory stimulation in children with autism spectrum disorder.


Auditory brainstem responses.


Auditory frequency-following responses.


Phonological task enhances the frequency-following response to deviant task-irrelevant speech sounds

Spatial processing in a mental rotation task. Differences between high and low math-anxiety individuals.

Academic anxieties: Which factor contributes the most to low academic achievement in methodological courses?

The frequency-following response (FFR) in neonates: a normative dataset in a cohort fifty healthy cases.

Auditory predictions shape the neural responses to stimulus repetition and sensory change.

Number line estimation in highly math-anxious individuals.


Pattern-sensitive neurons reveal encoding of complex auditory regularities in the rat inferior colliculus.

Deviance detection and encoding acoustic regularity in the auditory midbrain.

The effects of aging on early stages of the auditory deviance detection system.

The potential use of Forbrain® in stuttering: a single-case study.


Dehydroepiandrosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate and emotional processing.

The potential effect of Forbrain® as an altered auditory feedback device.

Attentional gain is modulated by probabilistic feature expectations in a spatial cueing task: ERP evidence.


Neurons along the auditory pathway exhibit a hierarchical organization of prediction error.

Binaural Beat: A Failure to Enhance EEG Power and Emotional Arousal.

Selective entrainment of brain oscillations drives auditory perceptual organization.

Post-error response inhibition in high math-anxious individuals: Evidence from a multi-digit addition task


Interrelation of attention and prediction in visual processing: Effects of task-relevance and stimulus probability.

COMT and DRD/ANKK-1 gene-gene interaction account for resetting of gamma neural oscillations to auditory stimulus-driven attention.

The Role of the Auditory Brainstem in Regularity Encoding and Deviance Detection


Timing predictability enhances regularity encoding in the human subcortical auditory pathway.

Involvement of the serotonong transporter gene in accurate subcortical speech encoding.

Hormonal modulation of novelty processing: enhanced under working memory load with high DHEAS/DHEA ratios.

Differential deviant probability effects on two hierarchical levels of the auditory novelty system.

Sensory suppression of brain responses to selfgenerated sounds is observed with and without the perception of agency.


Functional dissociation between regularity encoding and deviance detection along the auditory hierarchy.

Early indices of deviance detection in humans and animal models.

Middle latency response correlates of single and double deviant stimuli in a multi-feature paradigm.


Bridging prediction and attention in current research on perception and action

Deviance-related responses along the auditory hierarchy: combined FFR, MLR and MMN evidence.


Attentional bias in high math-anxious individuals: evidence from an emotional Stroop task

Processing of multi-digit additions in high math-anxious individuals: Psychophysiological evidence.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and dehydroepiandrosterone-sulphate (DHEAS) and emotional processing – a behavioral and electrophysiological approach.

Individual differences in non-native phoneme discrimination relate to native perception: An MMN study on late bilinguals.

Math anxiety: A review on its cognitive consequences, psychophysiological correlates and brain bases.

Spatial auditory regularity encoding and prediction: human middle-latency and long-latency auditory evoked potentials.

Involvement of the human midbrain and thalamus in auditory deviance detection


Repetition suppression and repetition enhancement underlie auditory memory‐trace formation in the human brain: an MEG study


Efficiency of arithmetic procedures modulates the problem-size effect in subtraction.


Less precise representation of numerical magnitude in high math anxious individuals: An ERP study of the size and distance effects.


The Relationship Between Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), Working Memory and Distraction – a Behavioral and Electrophysiological Approach.


Encoding of nested levels of acoustic regularity in hierarchically organized areas of the human auditory cortex.


Neuronal adaptation, novelty detection and predictive coding in audition.


EEG delta oscillations index inhibitory control of contextual novelty to both irrelevant distracters and relevant task-switch cues.


Deviance detection based on regularity encoding along the auditory hierarchy: electrophysiological evidence in humans.


The auditory novelty system: An attempt to integrate human and animal research.


Stratified medicine for mental disorders.


Two sequential processes of change detection in hierarchically ordered areas of the human auditory cortex.

Reactive recruitment of attentional control in math anxiety: an ERP study of the numerical conflict monitoring and adaptation.

The Single-Item Math Anxiety Scale (SIMA): An alternative way of measuring mathematics anxiety


Regularity encoding and deviance detection of frequency modulated sweeps: human middle- and long-latency auditory evoked potentials.


The impact of early bilingualism on controlling a lately learnt language: An ERP study.


Phasic boosting of auditory processing by visually induced emotion.

Simple and complex acoustic regularities are encoded at different levels of the auditory hierarchy.

Electrophysiological index of acoustic temporal regularity violation in the middle latency range.

The perception of dynamic and static facial expressions of happiness and disgust investigated by ERPs and fMRI constrained source analysis – an exploratory approach.

A Spanish version of the short Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale (sMARS).

The Single-Item Math Anxiety Scale (SIMA): An alternative way of measuring mathematics anxiety.

Mathematical anxiety effects on simple arithmetic processing efficiency: An ERP study.

Abnormal error monitoring in math anxious individuals: Evidence from error-related brain potentials.

Auditory Evoked Brainstem Responses.

Auditory Event Related Potentials.


The effects of foreknowledge and task-set shifting as mirrored in cue- and target-locked event-related potentials.

Detection of simple and pattern regularity violations occurs at different levels of the auditory hierarchy.

Early processing of pitch in the human auditory system.

Is fast auditory change detection feature-specific? An electrophysiological study in humans.

Spectrotemporal processing drives fast access to memory traces for spoken words.

Specific neural traces for intonational discourse categories as revealed by human evoked potentials.

Auditory deviance detection revisited: Evidence for a hierarchical novelty system.

Phase re-setting of gamma neural oscillations during novelty processing in an appetitive context.

Novelty detection in the human auditory brainstem.

Ultrafast tracking of sound location changes as revealed by human auditory evoked potentials.

The Mismatch Negativity (MMN) – A unique window to disturbed central auditory processing in aging and different clinical conditions.

Processing false solutions in additions: Differences between high- and lower skilled arithmetic problem solvers.


Fast detection of unexpected sound intensity decrements as revealed by human evoked potentials.

Interactions between “what” and “when” in the auditory system: temporal predictability enhances repetition suppression.

Impaired preparatory re-mapping of stimulus-response associations and rule-implementation in schizophrenic patients – the role for differences in early processing.

The mismatch negativity: An index of cognitive decline in neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases and in aging.

COMT and ANKK1 gene–gene interaction modulates contextual updating 6 of mental representations.

Multiple time scales of adaptation in the auditory system as revealed by human evoked potentials.

Electrophysiological evidence for the hierarchical organization of auditory change detection in the human brain.

Individual differences in arithmetical ability reflected in event-related brain potentials.


The role of DAT1 gene on the rapid detection of task novelty.

Early change detection in humans as revealed by auditory brainstem and middle-latency evoked potentials.

Attention capture by novel sounds: Distraction versus facilitation.

On the functional significance of Novelty-P3: Facilitation by unexpected novel sounds.

Dopamine transporter regulates the enhancement of novelty processing by a negative emotional context.

The role of the Dopamine Transporter DAT1 genotype on the neural correlates of cognitive flexibility.

Tuning the brain for novelty detection under emotional threat: The role of increasing gamma phase-synchronization.


Impaired theta phase-resetting underlying auditory N1 suppression in chronic alcoholism.

Emotional context enhances auditory novelty processing in superior temporal gyrus.

Mental rotation of mirrored letters: Evidence from event-related brain potentials.


Brain potentials reveal the origin of individual differences in learning the sounds of a second language.

Emotional context enhances auditory novelty processing: behavioural and electrophysiological evidence.

Electrophysiological and behavioral evidence of gender differences in the modulation of distraction by the emotional context.

Effects of sound location on visual task performance and electrophysiological measures of distraction.

Reduced novelty-P3 associated with increased behavioral distractibility in schizophrenia.

When loading working memory reduces distraction: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence from an auditory-visual distraction paradigm.

Negative emotional context enhances auditory novelty processing.

The cognitive locus of auditory distraction by acoustic novelty in the cross-modal oddball task.

Abnormal ERPs and high frequency bands power in multiple sclerosis.

Effects of training on the arithmetic problem-size effect: an event-related potential study.


The mismatch negativity (MMN) thirty years later: How far have we come?

Role of mismatch negativity and novelty-P3 in involuntary auditory attention.

Individual differences in sequence learning: The role of auditory pattern sensitivity as revealed with evoked potentials.

Mismatch negativity impairment associated with alcohol consumption in chronic alcoholics: A scalp current density study.

Effects of rule violation on arithmetical sequence processing.

Spatiotemporal imaging during involuntary attention switching: A combined fMRI and ERP study.

Attentional bias towards threatening emotional face expressions.


Task switching and novelty processing activate a common neural network for cognitive control.

The effect of age on the involuntary capture of attention by irrelevant sounds: a test of the frontal hypothesis of aging.

Impaired duration mismatch negativity in developmental dyslexia.

Problem size effect and processing strategies in mental arithmetics.


Abnormal speech sound representation in developmental stuttering.

A kind of auditory “primitive” intelligence already present at birth.

Effects of dynamic rotation on event-related brain potentials.

Auditory event-related potentials as a function of abstract change magnitude.

Electrophysiological evidence of enhanced distractibility in ADHD children.

Problem size effect in additions and substractions: An ERP study.

Problem size effect in additions and substractions: An event-related potencial study.

N400 and category-exemplar associative strength.


Effects of auditory distraction on electrophysiological brain activity and performance in children aged 8 – 14 years.

P600 related to rule violation in an arithmetic task.


Attention capture by auditory significant stimuli: semantic analysis follows attention switching.

Spatiotemporal dynamics of the auditory novelty-P3 event-related brain potential.

Effects of temporal encoding on auditory object formation: a mismatch negativity study.

Electrophysiological evidence of abnormal activation of the cerebral network of involuntary attention in alcoholism.

The distraction potential (DP), an electrophysiological tracer of involuntary attention control and its dysfunction.

Event-related potential indices of involuntary attention to auditory stimulus changes.


An electrophysiological and behavioral investigation of involuntary attention towards auditory frequency, duration and intensity changes.

ERP and behavioural indices of long-term preattentive and attentive deficits after closed head injury.


Activation of the brain network of involuntary attention as a function of auditory frequency change.


The H1-receptor antagonist dextro-Chlorpheniramine impairs selective auditory attention in the absence of subjective awareness of this impairment.

Brain activity indices of distractibility in healthy children of school age.

Auditory information processing during human sleep as revealed by event-related brain potentials.

Electrical responses reveal the temporal dynamics of brain events during involuntary attention switching.

Cerebral mechanisms underlying orienting of attention towards auditory frequency changes.

Effects of acoustic noise of functional magnetic resonance imaging on the processing of auditory stimuli and change as reflected by event-related brain potentials.

Shorter duration of auditory sensory memory in chronic alcoholics.


Acute and chronic effects of alcohol on pre-attentive auditory processing.

The accuracy of sound duration representation in the human brain determines the accuracy of behavioural perception.

Mismatch negativity (MMN): Clinical and other applications.

Involuntary attention and distractibility as evaluated with event-related brain potentials.

The individual replicability of mismatch negativity at short and long inter-stimulus intervals.


Mismatch negativity and auditory sensory memory in chronic alcoholics.

Event-related potentials reveal covert distractibility in closed head injuries.


Combined mapping of human auditory EEG and MEG responses.

Processing of novel sounds and frequency changes in the human auditory cortex: Magnetoencephalographic recordings.

Mismatch Negativity and auditory sensory memory evaluation: A new faster paradigm.

Neural mechanisms of involuntary attention to acoustic novelty and change.


Effects of involuntary auditory attention on visual task performance and brain activity.

Nuevas aplicaciones clínicas de los potenciales evocados: Mismatch Negativity.


Effects of ethanol and auditory distraction on forced choice reaction time.

The H1-receptor antagonist chlorpheniramine decreases the ending phase of the mismatch negativity of the human auditory event-related potentials.

Short-term replicability of the mismatch negativity.


Ultradian rhythms in gross motor activity of adult humans.


Ultradian rhythms in selective auditory attention performance.


Persistence of ultradian rhythms in 5 out of 15 minutes of unrestrained mobility.


Ultradian rhythms in cognitive operations: Evidence from de P3 component of the ERPs.


Ultradian rhythms in human mobility.