Dr Benjamin James Griffiths PhD

Dr Benjamin James Griffiths

School of Psychology
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Ben is an expert in the cognitive neuroscience of memory, with a particular focus on the link between episodic memory and neural oscillations. To understand these interactions, Ben uses a wide range of methods including MEG, fMRI and sensory stimulation.


PhD (University of Birmingham)

MSc (University of Birmingham)

BSc (University of Birmingham)


Ben completed his PhD in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, focusing on how a division of labour between neocortical and hippocampal oscillations supports the formation and retrieval of long-term memories. He then moved to LMU in Munich, Germany, to explore the role of thalamic oscillations in perception and navigation. In April 2022, Ben returned to Birmingham to take up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and test the causal role of neural oscillations in episodic memory.


Memory, Neural Oscillations, MEG, fMRI, Sensory Stimulation



Griffiths, B.J. & Staudigl, T. (2022). Why and how should I track eye-movements during iEEG recordings? psyArXiv. 

Griffiths, B.J., Zaehle, T., Repplinger, S., Schmitt, F. C., Voges, J., Hanslmayr, S., & Staudigl, T. (2022). Rhythmic interactions between the mediodorsal thalamus and prefrontal cortex precede human visual perception. bioRxiv.

Griffiths, B.J. (*), Martin-Buro, M.C., Staresina, B.P., & Hanslmayr, S. (2021). Disentangling the roles of neocortical alpha/beta and hippocampal theta/gamma activity in human episodic memory. NeuroImage, 242, 118454. 

Griffiths, B.J. (*), Martin-Buro, M.C., Staresina, B.P., Hanslmayr, S., & Staudigl, T. (2021). Alpha/beta power decreases during episodic memory formation predict the magnitude of alpha/beta power decreases during subsequent retrieval. Neuropsychologia, 153, 107755.

Griffiths, B. J. (*), Fuentemilla, L. (2020). Event conjunction: How the hippocampus integrates episodic memories across event boundaries. Hippocampus, 30(2), 162-171. doi: 10.1002/hipo.23161.

Griffiths, B. J., Mayhew, S. D., Mullinger, K. M., Jorge, J., Charest, I., Wimber, M., & Hanslmayr, S. (2019). Alpha/beta power decreases track the fidelity of stimulus-specific information. eLife, 8, e49562. doi: 10.7554/eLife.49562. 

Griffiths, B. J., Parish, G., Roux, F., Michelmann, S., van der Plas, M., Kolibius, L. D., Rollings, D., Sawlani, D., Chelvarajah, R., Gollwitzer, S., Kreiselmeyer, G., Hamer, H., Staresina, B., Wimber, M., & Hanslmayr, S. (2019). Directional coupling of slow and fast hippocampal gamma with neocortical alpha/beta oscillations in human episodic memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1914180116.

Lifanov, J., Griffiths, B. J., Linde-Domingo, J., Ferreira, C. S., Wilson, M., Mayhew, S. D., Charest, I., & Wimber, M. (2019). Representational similarity analyses in simultaneous EEG-fMRI measurements reveal the spatio-temporal trajectories of reconstructed episodic memories. Proceedings of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience. doi: 10.32470/CCN.2019.1156-0

Salvidegoitia M. P., Jacobsen, N., Bauer, A.R., Griffiths, B. J., Hanslmayr, S., & Debener, S. (2018). Out and about: subsequent memory effect captured in a natural environment with smartphone EEG. Psychophysiology, 1-15. 

Michelmann, S., Treder, M. S., Griffiths, B., Kerren, C., Roux, F., Wimber, M., Rollings, D., Sawlani, D., Chelvarajah, R., Gollwitzer, S., Kreiselmeyer, G., Hamer, H., Bowman, H., Staresina, B., & Hanslmayr, S. (2018). Data-driven re-referencing of intracranial EEG based on independent component analysis (ICA). Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 307, 125-137.

Griffiths, B., & Beierholm, U. (2017). Opposing effects of reward and punishment on human vigor. Scientific Reports, 7, 1-7.

Griffiths, B., Mazaheri, A., Debener, S., & Hanslmayr, S. (2016). Brain oscillations track the formation of episodic memories in the real world. NeuroImage, 143, 256-266.

McKeown, D., Holt, J., Delvenne, J-F., Smith, A., & Griffiths, B. (2014). Active versus passive maintenance of visual non-verbal memory. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 21(4), 1041.

(*) denotes lead author

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