Ole Jensen


Centre for human Brain Health,
University of Birmingham

Ole Jensen investigates how neuronal oscillatory activity shapes the functional architecture of the working brain to support cognition with a focus on attention and working memory. The core methodology used by Jensen group is MEG, but his research also relies on computational modelling, EEG combined with fMRI, EEG combined with TMS and intracranial recordings. His team is also developing optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs); a new MEG technology.

Key publications

  • Zhigalov, A. and Jensen, O. ,  “Alpha oscillations do not implement gain control in early visual cortex but rather gating in parieto-occipital regions”, Hum Brain Mapp, doi.org/10.1002/hbm.25183
  • Mazzetti, C., Staudigl, T., Marshall, T.R., Zumer, J.M., Fallon, S.J., and Jensen, O., “Hemispheric asymmetry of globus pallidus relates to alpha modulation in reward-related attentional tasks”, J Neurosci 39:9221-9236, doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0610-19.2019
  • Wang, L., Kuperberg, G. and Jensen, O. , “Specific lexico-semantic predictions are associated with unique spatial and temporal patterns of neural activity”,  eLife 7:e39061, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.39061
  • Bahramisharif, A., Jensen, O., Jacobs, J., & Lisman, J., “Serial representation of items during working memory maintenance at letter-selective cortical sites”, PLoS Biology 16(8), doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2003805
  • Staudigl, T., Hartl, E., Noachtar, S., Doeller, C.F., Jensen, O., “Saccades are phase-locked to alpha oscillations in the occipital and medial temporal lobe during successful memory encoding”, PLoS Biol. 15(12):e2003404, doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2003404
  • Popov, T., Kastner, S., and Jensen, O., “FEF-Controlled Alpha Delay Activity Precedes Stimulus-Induced Gamma-Band Activity in Visual Cortex”, J Neurosci 37(15):4117-4127, doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3015-16.2017
  • Marshall, T.R., Bergmann, T.O., and Jensen, O.,  “Fronto-parietal structural connectivity mediates the top-down control of neuronal synchronization associated with selective attention”, PLOS Biology 13:e1002272, doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002272