Brain Rhythms and Cognition

Brain Rhythms and Cognition

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The human brain processes and analyzes complex information within fractions of a second, overcoming both input ambiguity and noise. In our group, we use time-resolved neuroimaging techniques (MEG and EEG) to understand the computational dynamics and architecture of language processing.

The temporal structure of the surrounding environment provides cues that help the brain optimally sample external stimuli and orchestrate appropriate responses.

The Brain Rhythms and Cognition group explores how the brain encodes visual, auditory and linguistic rhythms by focusing on neural oscillatory activity. Based on this approach we investigate predictive processing in language comprehension, music processing and visual and attentional processes.

These research lines merge into the more general goal of detecting oscillatory neural components that lead to the development of language disorders across the lifespan.

Our team


In press

Hernández-Gutiérrez, D., Muñoz, F., Khosrowtaj, Z., Sommer, W., Jiménez-Ortega, L., Abdel Rahman, R., Sánchez-García, J., Casado, P., Fondevila, S., Espuny, J., & Martín-Loeches, M. (In press). How the speaker’s emotional facial expressions may affect language comprehension. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. Doi:10.1080/23273798.2022.2130945


Bertels, J., Niesen, M., Destoky, F., Coolen, T., Vander Ghinst, M., Wens, V., Rovai, A., Trotta, N., Baart, M., Molinaro, N., De Tiège, X., & Bourguignon, M. (2023). Neurodevelopmental oscillatory basis of speech processing in noise. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 59. Doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2022.101181
Esparza-Iaizzo, M., Vigué-Guix, I., Ruzzoli, M., Torralba-Cuello, M., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2023). Long-Range ἁ-Synchronization as Control Signal for BCI: A Feasibility Study. eNeuro, 10(3), 1-14. Doi:10.1523/ENEURO.0203-22.2023
Geng, S., Quiñones, I., Gil-Robles, S., Pomposo Gastelu, I.C., Bermudez, G., Timofeeva, P., Molinaro, N., Carreiras, M., & Amoruso, L. (2023). “Neural dynamics supporting longitudinal plasticity of action naming across languages: MEG evidence from bilingual brain tumor patients”. Neuropsychologia, 181. Doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2023.108494

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