Salvador Soto-Faraco

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

I graduated in Psychology at the Universitat de Barcelona (1994), and I got a PhD in Cognitive Science and Language (1999) in the same university. I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford (UK) and at the University of British Columbia (Canada) until 2002. I was awarded a "Ramón y Cajal" research fellowship, which allowed me to start my own research group at Universitat de Barcelona and in 2005 I became ICREA Research Professor and established the Multisensory Research Group at the Parc Científic de Barcelona thanks to public and private funding. Since 2009, I am based at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where I combine research and teaching as one of the group leaders at the Center for Brain and Cognition. In 2010 I received an individual Starting Grant from the ERC. Currently, the MRG group works on basic and applied research projects supported by local (MINECO, AGAUR) and EU (ERC) funding agencies.

Research interests

Humans, like other animals, are endowed with a wide range of sensory capacities such as hearing, feeling, seeing, smelling... This rich variety of senses allows our brains to represent the surrounding environment with fidelity and precision, so that we can parse information, store it in memory and, react successfully as a function of events. However, to achieve coherent mental representations of the environment our brains must coordinate the distinct sources of sensory information effectively across their different temporal properties, spatial frames of reference, and encoding formats. I am interested in the neural and behavioural principles underlying the selection and integration of such multi-sensory information. To achieve this, I use an experimental approach based on psychophysics, a variety of neuroimaging methods to measure neural activity (EEG, fMRI), and brain stimulation techniques (TMS).

Selected publications

- Castro Santa J, Exadaktylos F & Soto-Faraco S 2018, 'Beliefs about others’ intentions determine whether cooperation is the faster choice', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, Article number: 7509

- Castro L, Soto-Faraco S, Moris Fernandez L, & Ruzzoli M 2018, 'The breakdown of the Simon effect in cross-modal contexts: EEG evidence', European Journal Of Neuroscience, 47, 7, 832 - 844.

- Sanchez-Garcia C, Kandel S, Savariaux C & Soto-Faraco S 2018, 'The Time Course of Audio-Visual Phoneme Identification: a High Temporal Resolution Study', Multisensory Research, 31, 1-2, 57 - 78.

- Morís Fernández L, Torralba Cuello M & Soto‐Faraco S 2018, 'Theta oscillations reflect conflict processing in the perception of the McGurk illusion', European Journal of Neuroscience, 48, 7, 2630 - 2641.

- Biau E, Fromont LA & Soto-Faraco S 2018, 'Beat Gestures and Syntactic Parsing: An ERP Study', Language Learning, 68(s1): 102-126. 

Selected research activities

Associate Editor: Multisensory Processes