Dr Alexander Zhigalov PhD

Dr Alexander Zhigalov

School of Psychology
Postdoctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Alexander Zhigalov acquired extensive training in the field of cognitive neuroscience and medical imaging. His main expertise is in the methods development for MEG data acquisition and data analysis.


Dr Alexander Zhigalov completed graduate work in Telecommunication and Applied Mathematics at Vyatka State University and accomplished a PhD on closed-loop brain stimulation at Moscow State University. He subsequently worked at University of Helsinki before taking up the post of Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Birmingham.


Research Group: Professor Ole Jensen

Research Interests:

Magnetoencephalography, Neuronal oscillations, Functional connectivity, Scale-free neuronal dynamics, Brain-computer interface

Research Identifier number:

 ORCID - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3359-5093

Current website: 



Palva, J.M., Wang, S.H., Palva, S., Zhigalov, A., Monto, S., Brookes, M.J., Schoffelen J.M., Jerbi, K. Ghost interactions in MEG/EEG source space: A note of caution on inter-areal coupling measures. Neuroimage, 2018; 173:632-643.

Simola, J.*, Zhigalov, A.*, Morales Muñoz, I., Palva, JM., Palva, S. Critical dynamics of endogenous fluctuations predict cognitive flexibility in the Go/NoGo task. Nature Scientific Report, 2017; 7(1):2909. (*equally contributed authors)

Zhigalov, A., Arnulfo, G., Nobili, L., Palva, S., Palva, JM. Modular co-organization of functional connectivity and critical dynamics in the human brain. Network Neuroscience, 2017.

Zhigalov, A., Kaplan, A., Palva, JM. Modulation of critical brain dynamics using closed-loop neurofeedback stimulation. Clinical neurophysiology, 2016; 127(8): 2882-9.

Zhigalov, A., Arnulfo, G., Nobili, L., Palva, S., Palva, JM. Relationship of fast- and slow-time scale neuronal dynamics in human MEG and SEEG. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2015; 35(13): 5385-96.

Palva, M.*, Zhigalov, A.*, Hirvonen, J., Korhonen, O., Linkenkaer-Hansen, K., Palva, S. Neuronal long-range temporal correlations and avalanche dynamics are correlated with behavioral scaling laws. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013; 110 (9): 3585-3590. (*equally contributed authors)

Kaplan, A.Y., Shishkin, S.L., Ganin, I.P., Basyul, I.A., Zhigalov, A.Y. Adapting the P300-based brain-computer interface for gaming: a review. IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games (Special Issue on Brain/Neuronal-Computer Games Interfaces and Interaction), 2013; 5(2): 141-149

Shishkin, S.L., Ganin, I.P., Basyul, I.A., Zhigalov, A.Y., Kaplan A.Y. N1 wave in the P300 BCI is not sensitive to the physical characteristics of stimuli. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 2009; 8(4):471-85.