Principal Investigators

Carles Escera

Full professor

Neural mechanisms of speech encoding and auditory perception

Judith Dominguez-Borras

Assistant Professor

Emotion interactions with perception and attention: amygdala function

Maria Isabel Nuñez-Peña

Full professor

Numerical cognition and math anxiety

Iria SanMiguel

Associate Professor

Motor-sensory interactions and predictive processing

Marc Via

Associate Professor

Cognitive neurogenetics

Research team


Concepcion Clemente

Associate Professor


Maria Jose Corral

Associate Professor


Jordi Costa

Assistant Professor


Raquel Aparicio

Early Stage Researcher


Sonia Arenillas

Early Stage Researcher


Trisia Cinca

Early Stage Researcher


Marta Font

Early Stage Researcher


Belen Gonzalez

Early Stage Researcher


Samantha Lopez

Early Stage Researcher


Konstantina Paraskevoudi

Early Stage Researcher


Giannina Puddu

Early Stage Researcher


Marta Puertollano

Early Stage Researcher


Teresa Ribas

Early Stage Researcher


Stefanie Sturm

Early Stage Researcher


Natalia Gorina



Jose Valenzuela


Research Interest


This programme focuses on neural mechanisms of cognitive functions, including attention, auditory and speech perception, motor-sensory interactions and executive control. Moreover, it also includes the study of emotional and musical processing, and in cognitive dysfunction in a broad spectrum of neurological, neurodevelopment and mental disorders.

Technologies & Methods


  • Electroencephalography (EEG). Analysis of event-related potentials and oscillatory activity
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • Eye-tracking
  • Peripheral measures (electrodermal response, pupillometry)
  • Genetic and genomic analyses

Featured Projects


    • Ajut per incentivar i consolidar la recerca d’excel·lència ja existent a les universitats públiques de Catalunya. Programa ICREA Academia 2020. Fundació Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats. Carles Escera


    • Codificación de estímulos referenciados a uno mismo versus estímulos referenciados a entes externos: Consecuencias a corto y largo plazo. Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad. PSI2017-85600-P. Iria San Miguel


    • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD): Early detection and risk biomarkers for neurocognitive abnormalities derived from the Frequency-Following Response (FFR). Fundación Alicia Koplowitz


    • Role of genes and epigenetic factors in modulating brain potentials associated to speech and musical processing. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PGC2018-099013-A-I00. Marc Via


    • The Frequency-Following Response (FFR) in newborns and its role as a potential biomarker for neurocognitive development. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PGC2018-094765-B-I00. Carles Escera


    • The sound of special places: exploring rock art soundscapes
      and the sacred (ARTSOUNDSCAPES).
      ERC-2017-ADG. 787842. Margarita Diaz-Andreu Garcia i Carles Escera

Featured Publications



    • 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.


    • Gorina-Careta, N., Kurkela, J., Hämäläinen, J., Astikainen, P., & Escera, C. (2021). Neural generators of the frequency-following response elicited to stimuli of low and high frequency: A magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study. NeuroImage, 231, 117866. Advance online publication.


    • 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.


    • Malmierca, M. S., Niño-Aguillón, B. E., Nieto-Diego, J., Porteros, Á., Pérez-González, D., & Escera, C. (2019). Pattern-sensitive neurons reveal encoding of complex auditory regularities in the rat inferior colliculus. NeuroImage, 184, 889–900.


    • Parras, G. G., Nieto-Diego, J., Carbajal, G. V, Valdés-Baizabal, C., Escera, C., & Malmierca, M. S. (2017). Neurons along the auditory pathway exhibit a hierarchical organization of prediction error. Nature Communications, 8(1), 2148.



    • Selinger, L., Zarnowiec, K., Via, M., Clemente, I. C., & Escera, C. (2016). Involvement of the Serotonin Transporter Gene in Accurate Subcortical Speech Encoding. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(42), 10782 LP – 10790.