Dr Johanna Zumer PhD

Dr Johanna Zumer

School of Psychology
Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow

Contact details

School of Psychology

Dr Zumer [j.zumer (at) bham.ac.uk] is interested in quantifying the neuronal mechanisms underlying perception, attention and sensory integration by measuring local activity and inter-regional brain connectivity.  She examines the spatiotemporal profile of both neural (MEG/EEG) and haemodynamic (functional MRI) data over a variety of experimental manipulations, to aid the understanding of cognitive processing, the role of various neuronal signatures, and neurovascular coupling. She also enjoys developing and contributing to open-source software for the analysis of neuroimaging data, in particular the MEG/EEG toolboxes of  NUTMEG and FieldTrip.


B.S. (Applied Physics and Psychology, Yale University, USA)
Ph.D. (Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering, University of California San Francisco and Berkeley, USA)


Dr Zumer has taught on topics in: Introduction to and Analysis of MEG/EEG data


Research interests

  • Attention and perception
  • Computational and Bayesian modelling
  • Multisensory integration
  • Neuronal oscillations
  • Networks and connectivity
  • Neurovascular coupling
  • Electromagnetic inverse source modelling

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Google Scholar Citation page

C. M. Stevenson, F. Wang, M. J. Brookes, J. M. Zumer, S. T. Francis, and P. G. Morris, "Paired pulse depression in the somatosensory cortex: associations between MEG and BOLD fMRI," NeuroImage, vol. 59, pp. 2722-2732, Feb 2012.

S. S. Dalal*, J. M. Zumer*, A. G. Guggisberg, M. Trumpis, D. D. E. Wong, K. Sekihara, and S. S. Nagarajan, "MEG/EEG Source Reconstruction, Statistical Evaluation, and Visualization with NUTMEG," Comp. Intel. and Neurosci., vol. 2011, 2011. * denotes co-first authors.

A. G. Guggisberg, S. S. Dalal, J. M. Zumer, D. D. Wong, S. Dubovik, C. M. Michel, and A. Schnider, "Localization of cortico-peripheral coherence with electroencephalography," NeuroImage, vol. 57, pp. 1348-1357, Aug 2011.

M. J. Brookes, J. R. Wood, C. M. Stevenson, J. M. Zumer, T. P. White, P. F. Liddle, and P. G. Morris, "Changes in brain network activity during working memory tasks: a magnetoencephalography study," NeuroImage, vol. 55, pp. 1804-1815, Apr 2011.

M. J. Brookes, J. R. Hale, J. M. Zumer, C. M. Stevenson, S. T. Francis, G. R. Barnes, J. P. Owen, P. G. Morris, and S. S. Nagarajan, "Measuring functional connectivity using MEG: methodology and comparison with fcMRI," NeuroImage, vol. 56, pp. 1082-1104, Jun 2011.

J. M. Zumer, S. S. Nagarajan, L. A. Krubitzer, Z. Zhu, R. S. Turner, and E. A. Disbrow, "MEG in the macaque monkey and human: distinguishing cortical fields in space and time," Brain Res., vol. 1345, pp. 110-124, Jul 2010.

J. M. Zumer, M. J. Brookes, C. M. Stevenson, S. T. Francis, and P. G. Morris, "Relating BOLD fMRI and neural oscillations through convolution and optimal linear weighting," NeuroImage, vol. 49, pp. 1479-1489, 2010.

J. R. Hale, M. J. Brookes, E. L. Hall, J. M. Zumer, C. M. Stevenson, S. T. Francis, and P. G. Morris, "Comparison of functional connectivity in default mode and sensorimotor networks at 3 and 7T," MAGMA, 2010.

M. J. Brookes, J. M. Zumer, C. M. Stevenson, J. R. Hale, G. R. Barnes, J. Vrba, and P. G. Morris, "Investigating spatial specicity and data averaging in MEG," NeuroImage, vol. 49, pp. 525-538, 2010.

Z. Zhu, J. Zumer, M. Lowenthal, J. Padberg, G. Recanzone, L. Krubitzer, S. Nagarajan, and E. Disbrow, "The relationship between magnetic and electrophysiological responses to complex tactile stimuli," BMC Neurosci, vol. 10, pp. 4, 2009.

J. M. Zumer, H. T. Attias, K. Sekihara, and S. S. Nagarajan, "Probabilistic algorithms for MEG/EEG source reconstruction using temporal basis functions learned from data," NeuroImage, vol. 41, pp. 924-940, 2008.

J. M. Zumer, H. T. Attias, K. Sekihara, and S. S. Nagarajan, "A probabilistic algorithm integrating source localization and noise suppression for MEG and EEG data," NeuroImage, vol. 37, pp. 102-115, 2007.

Z. Zhu, E. A. Disbrow, J. M. Zumer, D. J. McGonigle, and S. S. Nagarajan, "Spatiotemporal integration of tactile information in human somatosensory cortex," BMC Neurosci, vol. 8, pp. 21, 2007.

P. V. Rekkas, M. Westerveld, P. Skudlarski, J. Zumer, K. Pugh, D. D. Spencer, and R. T. Constable, "Neural correlates of temporal-order judgments versus those of spatial-location: Deactivation of hippocampus may facilitate spatial performance," Brain Cogn, vol. 59, pp. 103-113, 2005.

S. S. Dalal, J. M. Zumer, V. Agrawal, K. E. Hild, K. Sekihara, and S. S. Nagarajan, "NUTMEG: A neuromagnetic source reconstruction toolbox," Neurol. Clin. Neurophysiol., p. 52, 2004.