Research focus

How oscillations shape the functional architecture of the working brain
The 'Neuronal Oscillations' research group is part of the newly established Centre for Human Brain Health at University of Birmingham. The group is transitioning from the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behavior. It is headed by Prof. Ole JensenWolfson Research Merit Award holder. 

The main goal of the 'Neuronal Oscillations' research group is to understand how oscillatory activity shapes the functional architecture of the working brain during cognitive processing. While modulations of alpha band oscillations (8-13 Hz) reflect anticipatory top-down modulation, bottom-up processing is reflected by gamma band synchronization (30-100 Hz). Specifically, our core
 hypothesize states that neuronal communication is gated by inhibitory alpha oscillations in task-irrelevant regions, thus routing information to task-relevant regions. According to this framework the brain can be studied as a network by investigating cross-frequency interactions between gamma and alpha activity. The research tools applied by the group include computational modeling, MEG
EEG combined with fMRI, EEG combined with TMS and intracranial recordings. These tools are applied to investigate and interpret data from humans and animals performing 
attention and memory tasks. Furthermore, we investigate these mechanism to understand the basis of attention problems in ADHD patients and the aging population. 


  • Paper accepted in PLoS Comput Biol Quax, S., Jensen, O., and Tiesinga, P. (accepted) Top-down control of cortical gamma-band communication via pulvinar induced phase shifts in the alpha rhythm. PLoS Comput Biol 
    Posted Apr 18, 2017, 11:33 AM by Ole Jensen
  • Paper accepted in J Cogn Neurosci van Ede, F., Jensen, O., and Maris E. (in press) Supramodal theta, gamma, and sustained fields predict modality-specific modulations of alpha and beta oscillations during visual and tactile working memory. J Cogn Neurosci
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 11:08 PM by Ole Jensen
  • Paper accepted in J Neurosci Popov, T., Kastner, S.,, and Jensen O. (accepted) FEF-controlled Alpha Delay Activity Precedes Stimulus-induced Gamma Band Activity in Visual Cortex. J Neurosci.
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 11:43 PM by Ole Jensen
  • paper accepted in eNeuro Bonnefond, M., Kastner, S., and Jensen, O. (accepted) Communication between brain areas based on nested oscillations. eNeuro
    Posted Feb 15, 2017, 9:38 AM by Ole Jensen
  • Paper accepted in Psychological Medicine ter Huurne, N., Lozano-Soldevilla, D., Onnink, M., Kan, C., Buitelaar, J. and Jensen, O. (in press) Diminished modulation of preparatory sensorimotor mu rhythm predicts attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder severity. Psychological Medicine
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 7:45 AM by Ole Jensen
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Background information:

Opinion: Jensen, O., Gips, B., Bergmann, T.O. and Bonnefond, M. (2014) Temporal coding organized by coupled alpha and gamma oscillations prioritize visual processing. Trends in Neurosciences

Review: Lisman, J.E and Jensen, O. (2013) The theta-gamma neural code. Neuron 77:1002-1016. 

Review: Jensen, O. and Mazaheri, A. (2010) Shaping functional architecture by oscillatory alpha activity: gating by inhibition. Front Hum Neurosci 4:186. 

Weekly events

Group meeting
Neuosc Group. Wednesdays 11 am

Discussion clubs
System neuroscience journal club. Mondays 11 am