Dr Emmanuel Biau PhD

Dr Emmanuel Biau

School of Psychology
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact details


  • PhD in Biomedicine, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain (2015)
  • MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Behavioural, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France, (2009)
  • BSc in Integrative Biology and Physiology, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France (2007)


Research interests

How does the brain combine signals from different modalities to create a unitary sensation? How does the brain integrate all this information to form new episodic memories? These are the questions that I am committed to answer in my personal line of research.

 Current projects

  • I combine the presentation of audiovisual speech clips to behavioural and neurophysiology measures to investigate the role of brain’s waveforms at the service of multisensory perception and episodic memory.
  • I use EEG/MEG (healthy adults) and intracranial EEG (epileptic patients) recordings to look at the neural oscillations in the cortex, and deeper in structures involved in the formation of multimodal memories.
  • I am also interested in predicting neural responses in the hippocampus during multimodal perception by developing a computational model.


Journal Articles

  1. Schultz, B. G., Biau, E., & Kotz, S. A. (2020). An open-source toolbox for measuring dynamic video framerates and synchronizing video stimuli with neural and behavioral responses. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 343.
  2. Schwartze, M., Brown, R.M., Biau, E., and Kotz, S.A. (2019), Timing the “magical number seven”: Presentation rate and regularity affect verbal working memory performance. International Journal of Psychology.
  3. Biau, E., & Kotz, S. (2018). Lower beta: a central coordinator of temporal prediction in multimodal speech. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12:434.
  4. Biau, E., Fromont, L.A., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2017). Beat gestures and syntactic parsing: An ERP study. Learning and Language, 68, 102–126.
  5. Fromont, L.A., Soto-Faraco, S., & Biau, E. (2017). Searching high and low: Prosodic breaks disambiguate Relative clauses. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:96.
  6. Biau, E., Fernandez, L.M., Holle, H., Avila, C., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2016). Hand gestures as visual prosody: BOLD responses to audio-visual alignment are modulated by the communicative nature of the stimuli. NeuroImage, 132, 129-137.*
  7. Biau, E., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2015). Synchronization by the hand: The sight of gestures modulates low-frequency activity in brain responses to continuous speech. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 527.
  8. Biau,E., Torralba, M., Fuentemilla, L., de Diego Balaguer, R., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2015). Speaker’s hand gestures modulate speech perception through phase resetting of ongoing neural oscillations. Cortex, 68, 76-85.*
  9. Biau, E., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2013). Beat gestures modulate auditory integration in speech perception. Brain and Language, 124(2), 143–52.*

Book chapters

Soto-Faraco, S., Kvasova, D., Biau, E., Ikumi, N., Ruzzoli, M., Morís-Fernández, L., & Torralba, M. (2019). Multisensory Interactions in the Real World (Elements in Perception). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.