received my PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Barcelona in 1986. After Post-doctoral training at the Max Plank Institute and the LSCP-CNRS in Paris, I was appointed as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology (University of Barcelona) in 1988, where I was promoted to Full Professor in 2002. In 2009 I moved to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I have been Visiting Scholar at several research Centers, including the IRCS at Univ. of Pennsylvania, the ICN at the Univ. College (London) and the University of Chicago (in 2010). I have received international recognition as shown by a James S. McDonnell Foundation Award (“Bridging Mind, Brain and Behavior” Program) in 2001 and giving the Nijmegen Lectures in 2005. In 2009 I have been awarded the ICREA Academia Prize established by the Catalan Government. I was member of the advisory group of the “Brain and Learning” initiative of the OECD from 2002 to 2006. At present I am vice-president of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council.
I lead the SAP Research Group (Speech Acquisition and Perception) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
I have coordinated a Consolider-Ingenio 2010 research consortium investigating Bilingualism and Cognitive Neuroscience (BRAINGLOT). One of my current research projects is an ERC Advanced Grant (Under Control) investigating the relationship between attention and language development.
I have authored over 90 publications in international journals (including Science, PNAS, The Journal of Neuroscience, among others). I am currently Associate Editor of Language Learning and Development (2013-). I am also Editor of the Cognitive Neuroscience Series of Language Learning and member of numerous editorial boards including Bilingualism, Language and Cognition and Trends in Neuroscience and Education.