Dr Alexander Zhigalov PhD

Dr Alexander Zhigalov

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
SMQB Centre Fellow

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Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Alexander Zhigalov is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine, led by Professor John Terry.

Dr Zhigalov has extensive training in the field of cognitive neuroscience, computer science and brain imaging. His main expertise is in the development of methods for neuroimaging data, particularly, to help understanding the functional role of neuronal oscillations and scale-free brain dynamics.

ORCID - 0002-3359-5093


SMQB Centre Fellow:

  • PhD in Human Physiology, Moscow State University, 2009
  • MSc in Telecommunications and Applied Math, Vyatka State University, 2006


Dr Alexander Zhigalov completed MSc degree in Telecommunications and Applied Math at Vyatka State University, and accomplished a PhD on closed-loop brain stimulation at Moscow State University. He subsequently worked at the University of Helsinki and University of Birmingham, before taking up the post of SMQB Centre Fellow at the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research.


Research Interests: Closed-loop brain stimulation, Scale-free neural dynamics, Neuronal oscillations

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

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Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine


Zhigalov A, Duecker K, Jensen O (2021) The visual cortex produces gamma band echo in response to broadband visual flicker. PLoS Comput Biol 17(6): e1009046.

Zhigalov A, Jensen O (2020) Alpha oscillations do not implement gain control in early visual cortex but rather gating in parieto-occipital regions. Human Brain Mapping 41(18), 5176-5186

Zhigalov A, Herring JD, Herpers J, Bergmann TO, Jensen O (2019) Probing cortical excitability using rapid frequency tagging. NeuroImage 195:59-66

Zhigalov A, Heinila E, Parviainen T, Parkkonen L, Hyvarinen A (2019) Decoding attentional states for neurofeedback: mindfulness vs. wandering thoughts. NeuroImage 185:565-574.

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

Zhigalov A, Arnulfo G, Nobili L, Palva S, Palva JM (2017) Modular co-organization of functional connectivity and critical dynamics in the human brain. Network Neuroscience 1(2), 143–165

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

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

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

Kaplan A, Shishkin S, Ganin I, Basyul I, Zhigalov A (2013) 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) 5(2): 141-149.

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