Professor Ole Jensen MSc, PhD

Professor Ole Jensen

School of Psychology
Professor in Translational Neuroscience

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Ole Jensen is a leading expert on neuronal oscillations in humans and animals. In his investigations he uses magnetoencephalography (MEG) in combination with other techniques. In 2016 he received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Jensen research is funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award, the James S. McDonnell Foundation and several EU Horizon 2020 Marie Curie fellowships.


Professor Ole Jensen did his MSc in electrical engineering at The Technical University of Denmark and Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.He then completed his PhD in neuroscience at Brandeis University, US. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher specializing in MEG at the Low Temperature Laboratory at Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. Subsequently he worked as a principal investigator at The Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, The Netherlands where he was appointed Professor. Recently he took up the post of Professor at the University of Birmingham.


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The main goal of Ole Jensen’s research 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, the core hypothesis 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 Jensen’s 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 the group investigates these mechanism to understand the basis of attention problems in ADHD patients and the aging population.

See Ole Jensen's Neuronal Oscillations website

Other activities

Ole Jensen is academic editors of the journal PLOS Biology and editorial board member of Brain Connectivity. He is frequently panel member of various funding organizations e.g. the Norwegian Research Council. 

He is chair main organizer of the International Conference on Biomagnetism 2020 (BIOMAG2020) in Birmingham. He is member of the organizing committee of the International Conference of Cognitive Neuroscience 2017 (ICON),  the program committee (mini-symposia) for the conference of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and the program committee of the International Conference on Biomagnetism (BIOMAG).


Jensen has published more that 160 papers in internal peer reviewed journals (see

  1. Staudigl, T., Hartl, E., Noachtar, S., Doeller, C.F., Jensen, O. (2017) Saccades are phase-locked to alpha oscillations in the occipital and medial temporal lobe  during successful memory encoding. PLoS Biol. 15(12):e2003404.
  2. Popov, T., Kastner, S., and Jensen, O. (2017) FEF-Controlled Alpha Delay Activity Precedes Stimulus-Induced Gamma-Band Activity in Visual Cortex. J Neurosci. 37(15):4117-4127.
  3. Herring, J., Thut, T., Jensen, O., and Bergmann, T.O. (2015) Attention modulates TMS-locked alpha oscillations in the visual cortex. J Neurosci 35:14435-14447
  4. Marshall, T.R., Bergmann, T.O., and Jensen, O. (2015) Fronto-parietal structural connectivity mediates the top-down control of neuronal synchronization associated with selective attention. PLOS Biology 13:e1002272
  5. Lozano-Soldevilla, D., ter Huurne, N., Cools, R., and Jensen, O. (2014) GABAergic modulation of visual gamma and alpha oscillations and its consequences for working memory performance. Curr Biol 24:2878-2887.
  6. Zumer, J., Scheeringa, R., Schoffelen, J.M., Norris, D.G., and Jensen, O. (2014) Occipital alpha activity during stimulus processing gates the information flow to object selective cortex. PLOS Biol 12(10):e1001965
  7. 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 Neurosci 37:357-369
  8. Lisman, J.E and Jensen, O. (2013) The theta-gamma neural code. Neuron 77:1002-1016.
  9. Spaak, E., Bonnefond, M., Maier, A., Leopold, D.A..and Jensen, O. (2012) Layer-specific entrainment of gamma-band neural activity by the alpha rhythm in monkey visual cortex. Curr Biol 22:2313-2318
  10. Bonnefond, M. and Jensen, O. (2012) Anticipatory adjustment of power and phase of alpha oscillations protects working memory maintenance against distracters. Curr Biol 22:1969-1974.