Professor Ole Jensen MSc, PhD

Professor Ole Jensen

School of Psychology
Professor in Translational Neuroscience
Co-Director of the Centre for Human Brain Health

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Prof.  Ole Jensen is a word leading expert on applying magnetoencephalograpghy to study the human brain. In particular his work has focused on uncovering the mechanism role of neuronal oscillations for cognition. 


Prof. Ole Jensen received his MSc degree in electrical engineering in 1993 from the Technical University of Denmark. He then pursued his PhD at Brandeis University in the United states under the supervision of professor John E. Lisman. In 1998 he obtained his PhD degree in neuroscience specializing in computational modeling of oscillatory networks. The modeling approach was used to account for electrophysiological and behavioral findings on memory in rats and humans. As a postdoctoral fellow he applied magnetoencephalography (MEG) to address questions on brain dynamics and human cognition at the Brain Research Unit, Low Temperature Laboratory. Helsinki University of Technology. He primarily worked with Dr. Claudia Tesche and professor Riitta Hari.

In 2002 he was employed as head of the MEG laboratory at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior and promoted to principal investigator in 2003. In 2013 he was appointed professor at the Faculty of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2016 he started a new position as professor in translational neuroscience at University of Birmingham where he is co-director of the new established Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH). In 2016 he received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and in 2018 The Joseph Chamberlain Award for Academic Advancement at University of Birmingham.

Ole Jensen has authored or co-authored ~200 research papers; some in high impact journals including Nature, PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, Current biology, Trends in Cognitive Sciences and Trends in Neurosciences. His work has received more than 32000 citations and his H-index is 80 (google scholar). He is in the top 1% for citations in Neuroscience &  Behavioural Science (Clarivate Analytics, 2018, 2019)"


Module leader of Application of Electrophysiological Approaches in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Postgraduate supervision

The Neuronal Oscillations group will supervise students interested in using MEG applied in cognitive and clinical neuroscience.


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Ole Jensen’s work focuses on linking oscillatory brain activity to cognition: how does oscillatory brain activity shapes the functional architecture of the working brain in the context of memory and attention. To this end he is using magnetoenceohalography (MEG) in combination with other techniques. Recently he established a facility for the application and development of optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs).

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.

Recently he established a Optically Pumped Magnetometers laboratory at the Centre for Brain Health to developed new types of MEG sensors. 

See Ole Jensen's Neuronal Oscillations website

Other activities

  • Member of the INS (International Neuropsychological Symposium)
  • Chair of the International Conference on Biomagnetism to be held at University Birmingham 2022 (BIOMAG2020)
  • Member of the organizing committee of the Internal Conference of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), 2017,2022
  • Member of the Cognitive Neuroscience and Mental Health Expert Review Group, The Wellcome Trust, 2017-2018
  • Editorial board member. PLOS Biology, 2015-2018
  • Editorial board member. Brain Connectivity
  • Reviewing editor of eLife


Recent publications

  • Ferrante, O., Liu, L., Minarik, T., Gorska, U., Ghafari, T., Luo, H., and Jensen, O. (2022)  FLUX: A pipeline for MEG analysis. Neuroimage 253:119047
  • Jensen, O., Frisson, S., Pan, Y., and Wang, L. (2021) A pipelining mechanism supporting previewing during visual exploration and reading. Trends in Cogn Sci 25:103301044.
  • Pan, Y., Frisson, S., and Jensen, O. (2021)  Neural evidence for lexical parafoveal processing. Nature Communications 12:5234. 
  • Duecker, K., Gutteling, T., Herrmann, C., and Jensen, O. (2021) No evidence for entrainment: endogenous gamma oscillations and rhythmic flicker responses coexist in visual cortex. J Neurosci 41:6684-6698. 
  • Zhigalov, A., Duecker, K., and Jensen, O. (2021) The visual cortex produces gamma band echo in response to broadband visual flicker PLOS Comp Biol 17, e1009046.
  • Drijvers, L., Jensen, O.*, and Spaak, E.* (2021) Rapid invisible frequency tagging reveals nonlinear integration of auditory and visual information. Hum Brain Mapp 42, 1138-1152
  • Kowalczyk, A.U, Bezsudnova, Y., Jensen, O., Barontini, G. (2021) Detection of human auditory evoked brain signals with a resilient nonlinear optically pumped magnetometer. Neuroimage 226, 117497
  • Wynn, s.C., Nyhus, e., and Jensen, O. (2021) Alpha modulation in younger and older adults during distracted encoding. Eur J of Neurosci
  • Zhigalov, A. and Jensen, O. (2021) Alpha oscillations do not implement gain control in early visual cortex but rather gating in parieto-occipital regions. Hum Brain Mapp 41:5176-5186.

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