Carles Escera Micó
Jefe de Grupo Senior
Coding speech sounds in newborns: the potential for frequency monitoring as a biomarker for neurocognitive development
Carles Escera graduated in Psychology in 1987 and joined the UB as assistant professor in 1988 to achieve his PhD in 1993.
He has worked as postdoctoral research at the University of Helsinki (Finland) in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999, and was a visiting professor at the University of Bremen (Germany) and the Hanse Wissenschasftskolleg in Delmenhorst (Germany) in 2004 and 2005.
Carles Escera is professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Barcelona, former director of its Institute of Neuroscience (2015-2017) and guarantor researcher of the María de Maeztu Excellence Unit awarded to this institute in 2017.
He is also coordinator of the Generalitat de Catalunya Consolidated Research Group (SGR) in Cognitive Neuroscience.
He has participated in the organization of more than 15 international congresses in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychophysiology, and has given lectures in universities worldwide (USA, Japan, Singapore, UK, Germany, Canada). He has been the principal investigator of more than 30 research projects, including one from the Consolider-Ingenio 2010 program, and several from the Framework Programs if EU (FP4, FP5, FP7), and the coordinator of an ERANET.NEURON project from EU and a Marie Slodowska-Curie action of FP7. He is currently involved in an ERC Advanced-Grant in Archaeology (ARTSOUNDSCAPES) as the leader of two workpackages (psychoacoustics and neuroscience).
He is author of more than 120 papers of high impact, including journals such a Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Brain, Cerebral Cortex o Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Escera has received the ICREA Acadèmia award in the 2010 and 2015 calls.
His research interests are addressed towards the 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 neurodevelopment and mental disorders such as autism, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or schizophrenia. The approach of his research group is based on the recording of the human electroencephalogram (EEG) to analyze event-related brain potentials and oscillatory activity. This approach is complemented with magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) and genetic analysis. At present, the Escera's research is driven by the idea that even deep structures within the brain, such as the auditory midbrain, play a critical role in auditory cognition, contributing to speech, music and rhythm perception.
- Arenillas-Alcón S, Ribas-Prats T, Puertollano-Rodríguez M, Mondéjar-Segovia A, Gómez-Roig MD, Costa-Faidella J and Escera C Prenatal daily musical exposure is associated with enhanced neural representation of speech fundamental frequency: Evidence from neonatal frequency-following responses. DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE . 26(5): .
- Omidvar S, Mochiatti Guijo L, Duda V, Costa-Faidella J, Escera C and Koravand A Can auditory evoked responses elicited to click and/or verbal sound identify children with or at risk of central auditory processing disorder: A scoping review INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY . 171: 111609-111609.
- Lip-Sosa DL, Pérez-Cruz M, Ahumada-Droguett P, Ribas-Prats T, Puertollano-Rodríguez M, García-Gómez MA, Mazarico-Gallego E, Eixarch E, Escera C and Gómez-Roig MD Corpus callosum-fastigium and tectal lengths in late-onset small fetuses. ULTRASOUND IN OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY . 62(2): 226-233.
Benefits of listening to music during pregnancy on baby's brain capacity for language sound encoding
The study, led by Dr. Carles Escera · Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu, shows that when pregnant women sing to their baby or listen to music with speakers every day during gestation, babies are born with a better ability for neuronal encoding of language sounds.
Artificial intelligence tool to predict neurodevelopmental progress of infants with low birth weight
Dr Carles Escera receives support from the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation to develop the project Artificial intelligence tool to predict neurodevelopmental progress of infants with low birth weight.
A study by the Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu shows newborns do not fully distinguish different vocal sounds. Researchers created a new methodology to record the neural encoding for these sounds, published in the Nature's open-access journal Scientific Reports.
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