Neuronal Oscillations Group

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. It is headed by Prof. Ole JensenWolfson Research Merit Award holder. The group is funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award, the James S. McDonnell Foundation and several EU Horizon 2020 Marie Curie fellowships. 

The main go
al 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 J Cogn Neurosci Drijvers, L., Özyürek, A., and Jensen, O. (accepted)  Alpha and beta oscillations index semantic congruency between speech and gestures in clear and degraded speech. J Cogn Neurosci
    Posted Feb 28, 2018, 2:49 PM by Ole Jensen
  • First human data recorded from the new Elekta MEG system at University of Birmingham
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 1:29 PM by Ole Jensen
  • Marie Curie fellowship to Kelly Garner 3 year global Marie Curie fellowship: How the striatum contributes to visual-selection 
    Posted Jan 29, 2018, 5:24 AM by Ole Jensen
  • Paper accepted in HBM Drijvers, L., Özyürek, A., and Jensen, O. (in press) Hearing and seeing meaning in noise: alpha, beta and gamma oscillations predict gestural enhancement of degraded speech comprehension. Human Brain Mapping 
    Posted Jan 22, 2018, 1:27 AM by Ole Jensen
  • Travel grant to Marlies Vissers Marlies Vissers has received a travel grant to visit the group of Ayelet Landua at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Posted Jan 11, 2018, 8:02 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