Welcome to the MRG laboratory


The Mutisensory Research Group (MRG) is part of the Cognition and Brain Centre, Department of Communication and Information Technologies  at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra

AIM To understand the neural and cognitive basis of human perception and attention processes in multisensory environments. That is, how our brain organizes, represents, and selects the information that arrives from the different sensory modalities (audition, somatosensation, vision, olfaction, etc).

APPROACH To study multisensory interactions in a wide range of perceptual domains (from speech perception to body representation), using a variety of scientific approaches (from psychophysics to neuroimaging). The questions we address focus on basic as well as on applied problems.



(left to right - up)  Patrick Agresz, Max Bayer, Manuela Ruzzoli, Luis Morís, Laura Serra, Daria Kvasova, Márta Szabina Pápai, Chloé Monnier;

(left to right - down)  Salvador Soto-Faraco, Mireia Torralba, Laia Garcia Vernet, Irene Vigué Guix, Valeria Tassinari






Address: Center for Brain and Cognition
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Mercè Rodoreda building - 3rd floor (room 24.324)
08005 Barcelona

Phone : +3493 542 1855


The CBC (which MRG is a part of) organizes a Master in Brain and Cognition.

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Current projects

Research Lines

Attention and multisensory integration

Can attention state determine how you integrate information?

Levels of processing in Auditory-visual integration

Can a sound make a light look brigther?

Multisensory contributions to speech perception

Why understating someone can get much better if we can see them?

Selecting and binding cross-modal information in time

How is time influencing our perception?

The multisensory representation of tactile space

How does our brain refer tactile sensations on the skin to our extra-personal space?


The MRG shares with other groups of the Cognition and Brain Centre the facilities of the Neuroscience Laboratories. In these laboratories different studies take place  related with language, memory and attention and, depending on the type of study, take part on them adult subjects, children or babies.

The techniques available are varied:

  • Conductuals: where subjects reply via keyboard or microphone to the visual and/or auditory stimuli
  • Evoked potentials: where the reaction of the brain is studied using electroencephalogram registers.
  • EyeTracker: where it is observed what and/or during how long subjects are looking at.
  • Multisensorials: where subjects receive different stimuli (tactile, visual, auditory) at the same time.
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): non-invasive brain stimulation.


Our research projects are funded by public and private sources including:

  • Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN)
  • Departament d' Universitats, Recerca i Societat de la Informació (DURSI)
  • European Research Council (ERC).


Third header photo (left to right) authored by Marta Casellas(