Dr Ali Mazaheri PhD

Dr Ali Mazaheri

School of Psychology
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)

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School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Mazaheri is an expert on the role of oscillations in cognition and behaviour. His research focuses on the neural interactions underlying different facets of  cognitive control in both the healthy and clinical populations.


  • MSc University of Toronto, Toronto Canada
  • PhD  Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Dr Ali Mazaheri  completed his B.Sc  in Psychology and M.Sc in Neuroscience  at the University of Toronto. In 2004 he moved to the Netherlands to start a PhD under the supervision of  Prof. Ole Jensen investigating the influence of ongoing oscillatory brain activity on evoked responses and behavior, at the FC Donders Centre  of Cognitive Neuroimaging. After receiving a PhD in 2008, he was awarded a Rubicon fellowship (98000 €) by Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO)  to fund 2 years of post-doctoral work at the University of California, Davis. The focus of his research during that time was role of alpha oscillations on preparatory attention in both the typical and attention deficit patients. In 2010 he was awarded a Veni grant (250 000 €) by NWO to further develop his research line into bio-markers of attentional deficits. He carried out that

Research at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Amsterdam. In January of 2014 Dr Ali Mazaheri joined the School as a Senior Lecturer.


Neurobiology of Mental Illness – 3rd year Module

Year-2 Tutor

Postgraduate supervision

  • Tara Van Viegen PhD Candidate
  • Daniel Elport ( PhD Candidate).
  • Rosanne Van Diepen – PhD candidate (University of Amsterdam)
  • Katrin Bangel– PhD candidate (University of Amsterdam)


Dr Mazaheri’s laboratory is currently engaged in two independent, but complementary research lines. The first research line focuses on how neural fluctuations (quantified using EEG) prior to the onset of an event can bias perception and ultimately behavior and if these fluctuations could be regulated in a top-down fashion.  Dr Mazaheri’s second research line focuses on if network interactions during cognition  could serve as objective  biological markers for certain cognitive deficits present in obsessive compulsive disorder and attention deficit disorder

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Recent Publications

Slagter, H., Prinssen, S., Reteig, L., & Mazaheri, A. (2016). Facilitation and inhibition in attention: Functional dissociation of pre-stimulus alpha activity, P1, and N1 components. NeuroImage, 125, 25-35.

van Diepen, R. M., Cohen, M. X., Denys, D., & Mazaheri, A. (2015). Attention and temporal expectations modulate power, not phase, of ongoing alpha oscillations. J Cogn Neurosci, 27(8), 1573-1586. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00803

Bahramisharif, A., Mazaheri, A., Levar, N., Richard Schuurman, P., Figee, M., & Denys, D. (2015). Deep Brain Stimulation Diminishes Cross-Frequency Coupling in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Biol Psychiatry. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.05.021

Mazaheri, A., Fassbender, C., Coffey-Corina, S., Hartanto, T. A., Schweitzer, J. B., & Mangun, G. R. (2014). Differential oscillatory electroencephalogram between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder subtypes and typically developing adolescents. Biological Psychiatry,

Mazaheri, A., van Schouwenburg, M. R., Dimitrijevic, A., Denys, D., Cools, R., & Jensen, O. (2014). Region-specific modulations in oscillatory alpha activity serve to facilitate processing in the visual and auditory modalities. NeuroImage

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