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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Beat the heat, heat the brain: IV Brainlab Workshop in liaison with Prof. MS Malmierca’s lab (Escaló, Lleida, July 9-12, 2018)

This last week, the Brainlab conveyed in Escaló (Catalan Pyrenees) to have its IV Brainlab Workshop, this time in collaboration with the Auditory Neurophysiology Lab (ANL) of the University of Salamanca (Spain) led by Prof. Manuel S. Malmierca. During the course of three days, several symposiums were organized which addressed current research and scientific inquiry […]

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El Brainlab participa en la IV Festa de la Ciència UB / The Brainlab joins the IV Festa de la Ciència UB

El proper divendres 11 de maig de 2018, la Universitat de Barcelona organitza la IV Festa de la Ciència, on es convidarà als assistents a participar en una sèrie d’activitats, jocs, tallers i demostracions científiques amb la intenció de donar a conèixer d’una forma lúdica la recerca que es porta a terme en aquesta institució […]

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PhD positions in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

The Brainlab invites applications for several 3-year PhD contracts (FI/FPU) commencing early 2019. Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Carles Escera As a part of our ongoing research program using EEG, MEG, TMS, fMRI and genetic analysis to investigate the neuronal mechanism of auditory perception, with an empahsis on subcortical processes, the Brainlab invites applications for PhD positions in two research projects: Project […]

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