I graduated in Psychology at the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1987, and after my PhD in 1993, I gained an atypical --scattered over a few years due to my teaching obligations, postdoctoral experience at the University of Helsinki (Finland) in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999. I became Associate Professor in 1997 and since 2010 I am Full Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UB. I was visiting professor of the University of Bremen (Germany) and Fellow of the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst (Germany) in 2004 and 2005. I have published over 100 papers in major journals in Psychology and Neurosciences (about 3200 citations, h=31), and coordinated recently the ERANET-NEURON project “Probing the Auditory Novelty System” (2010-2103) and the “Spanish Network in Cognitive Neuroscience” (2009-2011). Currently, I am the director of the Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior (IR3C) of UB and the principal investigator of the Brainlab-Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group.
I am interested in understanding the mysteries of the mind by deciphering the mechanisms of brain function, including those of attention, auditory perception, musical processing, and emotion, and how these mechanisms are disrupted in disorders such as autism, dyslexia, schizophrenia or attention deficit disorder. The approach in my lab is based on the recording of the human electroencephalogram (EEG) to analyze event-related brain potentials and oscillatory activity. This approach is also complemented with magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) and genetic analysis. At present, we seek to unravel the mechanism of regularity encoding in the acoustic environment, which may underlay auditory object formation –such as the sounds of language or music, and rhythm perception. Specifically, our experiments deal with the effects of temporal information in encoding the acoustic regularity, and the role of entrainment of neural oscillations in substantiating these effects.
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