Jordi Costa-Faidella

Interim Associate Professor. PI: Cerebellum and audio-motor interaction

I am an interim associate professor at the Psychology faculty of the University of Barcelona (UB), at the department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, and research fellow at the Institute of Neurosciences (UB) and the Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu (IRSJD). I received my PhD degree from the UB in 2011, under the supervision of Dr. Carles Escera, after completing my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master in Neuroscience. I completed a post-doctoral research project funded by the European Marie Curie FP7 IOF program with an outgoing phase in the USA (Nathan S. Kline Institute, NY; PI: Dr. Charles Schroeder), and a return phase at the UB (Brainlab; PI: Dr. Carles Escera).

My research interests focus on audition. Particularly, on how the auditory system manages to encode acoustic regularity aiding predictions in both content and time. I am also interested in speech, music, sensorimotor learning, working memory and practically everything that has to do with sound perception. My technical expertise is in electrophysiology, both human and animal. My current line of research explores the role of the cerebellum in controlled production of pitched sounds.

A list of my publications is available in Google Scholar.



Ribas-Prats, T., Arenillas-Alcón, S., Lip-Sosa, D. L., Costa-Faidella, J., Mazarico, E., Gómez-Roig, M. D., & Escera, C. (2022). Deficient neural encoding of speech sounds in term neonates born after fetal growth restriction. Developmental Science, 25, e13189.

Arenillas-Alcón, S., *Costa-Faidella, J., Ribas-Prats, T., Gómez-Roig, M. D., & *Escera, C. (2021). Neural encoding of voice pitch and formant structure at birth as revealed by frequency-following responses. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 6660. (*Corresponding Author)

Nowak, K., *Costa-Faidella, J., Dacewicz, A., Escera, C., & Szelag, E. (2021). Altered event-related potentials and theta oscillations index auditory working memory deficits in healthy aging. Neurobiology of Aging, 108, 1–15. (*Corresponding Author)

Orczyk, J. J., Barczak, A., Costa-Faidella, J., & Kajikawa, Y. (2021). Cross Laminar Traveling Components of Field Potentials due to Volume Conduction of Non-Traveling Neuronal Activity in Macaque Sensory Cortices. The Journal of Neuroscience, 41(36), 7578.

*SanMiguel, I., *Costa-Faidella, J., Lugo, Z. R., Vilella, E., & Escera, C. (2021). Standard Tone Stability as a Manipulation of Precision in the Oddball Paradigm: Modulation of Prediction Error Responses to Fixed-Probability Deviants. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 15, 734200. (*1st Author)

Font-Alaminos, M., Cornella, M., Costa-Faidella, J., Hervás, A., Leung, S., Rueda, I., & Escera, C. (2020). Increased subcortical neural responses to repeating auditory stimulation in children with autism spectrum disorder. Biological Psychology, 149, 107807.

Cacciaglia, R., Costa-Faidella, J., Zarnowiec, K., Grimm, S., & Escera, C. (2019). Auditory predictions shape the neural responses to stimulus repetition and sensory change. NeuroImage, 186, 200–210.

Ribas-Prats, T., Almeida, L., Costa-Faidella, J., Plana, M., Corral, M. J., Gómez-Roig, M. D., & Escera, C. (2019). The frequency-following response (FFR) to speech stimuli: A normative dataset in healthy newborns. Hearing Research, 371, 28–39.

Costa-Faidella, J., Sussman, E. S., & Escera, C. (2017). Selective entrainment of brain oscillations drives auditory perceptual organization. NeuroImage, (159), 195–206.

Zoefel, B., Costa-Faidella, J., Lakatos, P., Schroeder, C. E., & VanRullen, R. (2017). Characterization of neural entrainment to speech with and without slow spectral energy fluctuations in laminar recordings in monkey A1. NeuroImage, 150, 344–357.

Gorina-Careta, N., Zarnowiec, K., Costa-Faidella, J., & Escera, C. (2016). Timing predictability enhances regularity encoding in the human subcortical auditory pathway. Scientific Reports, 6, 37405.

Alho, K., Grimm, S., Mateo-León, S., Costa-Faidella, J., & Escera, C. (2012). Early processing of pitch in the human auditory system. European Journal of Neuroscience, 36(7), 2972–2978.

Borràs-Comes, J., Costa-Faidella, J., Prieto, P., & Escera, C. (2012). Specific neural traces for intonational discourse categories as revealed by human-evoked potentials. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Tavano, A., Grimm, S., Costa-Faidella, J., Slabu, L., Schröger, E., & Escera, C. (2012). Spectrotemporal processing drives fast access to memory traces for spoken words. NeuroImage.

Costa-Faidella, J., Baldeweg, T., Grimm, S., & Escera, C. (2011). Interactions between “what” and “when” in the auditory system: temporal predictability enhances repetition suppression. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(50), 18590–18597.

Costa-Faidella, J., Grimm, S., Slabu, L., Díaz-Santaella, F., & Escera, C. (2011). Multiple time scales of adaptation in the auditory system as revealed by human evoked potentials. Psychophysiology48(6), 774–783.

Grimm, S., Escera, C., Slabu, L., & Costa-Faidella, J. (2011). Electrophysiological evidence for the hierarchical organization of auditory change detection in the human brain. Psychophysiology, 48(3), 377–384.

Slabu, L., Escera, C., Grimm, S., & Costa-Faidella, J. (2010). Early change detection in humans as revealed by auditory brainstem and middle-latency evoked potentials. European Journal of Neuroscience, 32(5), 859–865.

Costa, A., Hernández, M., Costa-Faidella, J., & Sebastián-Gallés, N. (2009). On the bilingual advantage in conflict processing: Now you see it, now you don’t. Cognition, 113(2), 135–149.

Book chapters and non indexed journals  

Arenillas-Alcón, S., *Costa-Faidella, J., Ribas-Prats, T., Gómez-Roig, M. D., & *Escera, C. (2021). Neural Encoding of Vocalic Sounds in Newborns. The Hearing Journal, 74(7), 10-11. (*Corresponding Author)

Gorina-Careta, N., Ribas-Prats, T., Costa-Faidella, J., & Escera, C. (2019). Auditory Frequency-Following Responses. In D. Jaeger & R. Jung (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience, 1–13. New York, NY: Springer New York.

*Costa-Faidella, J., *Escera, C. (2012). Anticipando el próximo sonido: supresción por repetición y el papel de la previsibilidad temporal. Mente y Cerebro, 55, 50-51. (*1st Author)



 Costa-Faidella, J. (2011). Regularity encoding in the auditory brain as revealed by human evoked potentials. University of Barcelona. Director: Carles Escera.