Brainlab – Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group

ORCID Research Profile


Position: Full Professor

Research team


I. Concepcion Clemente Lapena

Associate Professor

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Maria Jose Corral Lopez

Associate Professor

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Marc Via Garcia

Assistant Professor

mvia (at)


Miriam Cornella Griful

Assistant Professor

mcornella (at)


Jordi Costa Faidella

Assistant professor

jcostafaidella (at)


Jose Valenzuela Ruiz

Experienced researcher

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Natàlia Gorina Careta

Early stage researcher

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Fran López Caballero

Early stage researcher

franlopezc (at)


Anne Lenka M. Selinger

Early stage researcher

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Teresa Ribas Prats

Early stage researcher

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Contact details


Prof. Carles Escera

Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology

Faculty of Psychology, P. Vall d’Hebron 171

08035 Barcelona (Catalonia-Spain)

+3493 31 25048

cescera (at)

Research Interests


The Brainlab led by Carles Escera, belongs to the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona (UB), and it is located at the Faculty of Psychology, Department of and 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 perception, working memory and executive control. Also, we are interested in emotional and musical processing, and in cognitive dysfunction in a broad spectrum of neurological, neurodevelopment and psychiatric 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 (such as the gamma band response –GBR), 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 (Finland), the Fukushima Medical University (Japan), the University of Leipzig (Germany) or the University of Salamanca (Spain).

Current Research Lines


  • The role of the ascending auditory pathway in auditory cognition
  • Regularity encoding and deviance detection in a hierarchically organized auditory system
  • Auditory regularity encoding in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Repetition suppression along the auditory hierarchy
  • Interactions between predictive coding and predictive timing in audition: characterizing the role of rhythm in repetition suppression through entrained brain oscillations

Technologies / methods


  • Electroencephalography (EEG). Analysis of event-related potentials and oscillatory activity
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Highlighted publications


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


· Slabu, L., Grimm, S., & Escera, C. (2012). Novelty detection in the human auditory brainstem. Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 1447-1452.


· Recasens, M., Grimm, S, Capilla, A., Nowak, R., & Escera, C. (2014). Two sequential processes of change detection in hierarchically ordered areas of the human auditory cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 143-153.


· Cacciaglia, R., Escera, C., Slabu, L.S., Grimm, S., Sanjuán, N., Ventura-Campos, A., Ávila, C. (2015). Subcortical detection of auditory regularity violations in humans: direct evidence from functional magnetic resonance imaging. Neuropsychologia, 68, 51-58.


· Selinger, L., Zarnowiek, K., Via, M., Clemente, I.C., Escera, C. (2016). Involvement of the serotonong transporter gene in accurate subcortical speech encoding. Journal of Neuroscience, in press.