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 ~175 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 23000 citations and his H-index is 67 (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 2020 (BIOMAG2020)
  • Member of the organizing committee of the Internal Conference of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), The Netherlands, 2017
  • 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
  • Panel member. Norwegian Research Council, Medicine, Health Sciences and Biology 2013, 2015
  • Evaluation board member. Institute for Advanced Biomedical Technologies, Chieti, Italy, 2015



  • Mazzetti, C., Staudigl, T., Marshall, T.R., Zumer, J.M., Fallon, S.J., and Jensen, O. (accepted) Hemispheric asymmetry of globus pallidus relates to alpha modulation in reward-related attentional tasks. J Neurosci
  • Zhigalov, A.*, Herring, J.D.*, Herpers, J., Bergmann, T.O., and Jensen, O. (accepted) Probing cortical excitability using rapid frequency tagging. Neuroimage
  • Drijvers, L., van der Plas, M., Ozyurek, A., Jensen, O. (accepted) Native and non-native listeners show similar yet distinct oscillatory dynamics when using gestures to access speech in noise. Neuroimage
  • Herring, J. D., Esterer, S., Marshall, T. R., Jensen, O., & Bergmann, T. O. (2019). Low-frequency alternating current stimulation rhythmically suppresses gamma-band oscillations and impairs perceptual performance. NeuroImage, 184, 440–449.


  • D'Andrea, A., Chella, F., Marshall, T.R., Pizzella, V., Roman, G.L., Jensen, O., and Marzetti, L., (2018) Alpha and alpha-beta phase synchronization mediate the recruitment of the visuospatial attention network through the Superior Longitudinal Fasciculus. Neuroimage 188:722-732.
  • Wang, L., Kuperberg, G. and Jensen, O. (2018) Specific lexico-semantic predictions are associated with unique spatial and temporal patterns of neural activity. eLife 7:e39061.
  • Kösem, A., Bosker, H. R., Takashima, A., Meyer, A., Jensen, O., & Hagoort, P. (2018). Neural Entrainment Determines the Words We Hear. Current Biology 28:2867-2875.
  • Staudigl, T., Leszczynski, M., Jacobs, J., Sheth, S.A., Schroeder, C.E., Jensen, O., and Doeller, C.F. (2018).  Hexadirectional modulation of high-frequency electrophysiological activity in the human anterior medial temporal lobe maps visual space. Current Biology 28, 3325–3329.
  • Schreiner, T., Doeller, C. F., Jensen, O., Rasch, B., & Staudigl, T. (2018). Theta Phase-Coordinated Memory Reactivation Reoccurs in a Slow-Oscillatory Rhythm during NREM Sleep. Cell Reports 25(2):296-301.
  • Swart, J.C., Frank, M.J., Määttä, J.I., Jensen, O., Cools, R., and den Ouden, H.E.M. (2018). Frontal network dynamics reveal the neurocomputational mechanisms for cognitive control over motivated action. PLoS Biology, 16(10):e2005979.
  • Bahramisharif, A., Jensen, O., Jacobs, J., & Lisman, J. (2018). Serial representation of items during working memory maintenance at letter-selective cortical sites. PLoS Biology, 16(8):e2003805.
  • Popov, T., Jensen, O., & Schoffelen, J. M. (2018). Dorsal and ventral cortices are coupled by cross-frequency interactions during working memory. NeuroImage, 178, 277–286.
  • Hari, R., Baillet, S., Barnes, G., Forss, N., Gross, J., Hämäläinen, M., Jensen. O., Kakigi, R., Mauguière, F., Nakasato, N., Puce, A., Romani, G.L., Schnitzler, A., and Taulu, S. (2018) Reply to "Clinical practice guidelines or clinical research guidelines?". Clinical Neurophysiology, 129(9), 2056-2057.
  • Hari, R., Baillet, S., Barnes, G., Forss, N., Gross, J., Hämäläinen, M., Jensen. O., Kakigi, R., Mauguière, F., Nakasato, N., Puce, A., Romani, G.L., Schnitzler, A., and Taulu, S. (2018). IFCN-endorsed practical guidelines for clinical magnetoencephalography (MEG). Clinical Neurophysiology, 129(8), 1720-1747.
  • Wang, L., Hagoort, P., & Jensen, O. (2018). Gamma Oscillatory Activity Related to Language Prediction. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30(8), 1075–1085.
  • Bramson, B., Jensen, O., Toni, I., & Roelofs, K. (2018). Cortical Oscillatory Mechanisms Supporting the Control of Human Social–Emotional Actions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 38(25), 5739–5749.
  • Lowet, E., Gips, B., Roberts, M. J., De Weerd, P., Jensen, O., & van der Eerden, J. (2018). Microsaccade-rhythmic modulation of neural synchronization and coding within and across cortical areas V1 and V2. PLoS Biology, 16(5).
  • Solis-Vivanco, R., Jensen, O., & Bonnefond, M. (2018). Top–Down Control of Alpha Phase Adjustment in Anticipation of Temporally Predictable Visual Stimuli. Psychologist, 26(3), 194–198.
  • Wang, L., Hagoort, P., & Jensen, O. (2018). Gamma Oscillatory Activity Related to Language Prediction. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30(8), 1075–1085.
  • Drijvers, L., Özyürek, A., & Jensen, O. (2018). Alpha and Beta Oscillations Index Semantic Congruency between Speech and Gestures in Clear and Degraded Speech. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30(8), 1086–1097.
  • Drijvers, L., Özyürek, A., & Jensen, O. (2018). Hearing and seeing meaning in noise: Alpha, beta, and gamma oscillations predict gestural enhancement of degraded speech comprehension. Human Brain Mapping, 39(5), 2075–2087.
  • Lenartowicz, A., Mazaheri, A., Jensen, O., & Loo, S. K. (2018). Aberrant Modulation of Brain Oscillatory Activity and Attentional Impairment in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging 3:19-29.
  • Marshall, T. R., den Boer, S., Cools, R., Jensen, O., Fallon, S. J., & Zumer, J. M. (2018). Occipital Alpha and Gamma oscillations support complementary mechanisms for processing stimulus value associations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30(1), 119–125.
  • Leenders, M. P., Lozano-Soldevilla, D., Roberts, M. J., Jensen, O., & De Weerd, P. (2018). Diminished alpha lateralization during working memory but not during attentional cueing in older adults. Cerebral Cortex, 28(1), 21–32.


  • Jensen, O. and Idiart, M. (2017) John Lisman (1944–2017) Neuron 96: 961-963.
  • Staudigl, T., Hartl, E., Noachtar, S., Doeller, C.F., Jensen, O. (2017) Saccades are phase-locked to alpha oscillations in the occiital and medial temporal lobe  during successful memory encoding. PLoS Biol. 15(12):e2003404.
  • Noonan, M., Crittenden, B., Jensen, O., and Stokes, M. (2017) Selective inhibition of distracting input. Behav Brain Res. ePub
  • Wang, L., Hagoort, P., and Jensen, O. (2017)  Language prediction is supported by coupling between frontal gamma and posterior alpha oscillations. J Cogn Neurosci. ePub
  • Jensen, O. and Vissers, M. (2017) Multiple visual objects are sampled sequentially. PLoS Biol 15:e2003230.
  • Quax, S., Jensen, O., and Tiesinga, P. (2017) Top-down control of cortical gamma-band communication via pulvinar induced phase shifts in the alpha rhythm. PLoS Comput Biol 13(5), e1005519
  • van Ede, F., Jensen, O., and Maris E. (2017) Supramodal theta, gamma, and sustained fields predict modality-specific modulations of alpha and beta oscillations during visual and tactile working memory. J Cogn Neurosci 29:1455-1472.
  • 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.
  • Bonnefond, M., Kastner, S., and Jensen, O. (2017) Communication between brain areas based on nested oscillations. eNeuro 4(2). 0153-16.2017
  • ter Huurne, N., Lozano-Soldevilla, D., Onnink, M., Kan, C., Buitelaar, J. and Jensen, O. (2017) Diminished modulation of preparatory sensorimotor mu rhythm predicts attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder severity. Psychological Medicine 47:1947-1956.
  • Jensen O., Spaak, E., and Park, H. (2017) Discriminating valid from spurious indices of phase-amplitude coupling. eNeuro


  • Gips, B., van der Eerden, J.P., and Jensen, O. (2016) A biologically plausible mechanism for neuronal coding organized by the phase of alpha oscillations. Eur J Neurosci 44:2147-2163.
  • Gips, B., Bahramisharif, A., Lowet, E., Roberts, M.J., de Weerd, P., and Jensen, O. van der Eerden, J. (2016) Discovering recurring patterns in electrophysiological recordings. J Neurosci Methods 275:66-79.
  • Staresina, B.P., Bonnefond, M., Michelmann, S., Jensen, O., Axmacher, N., and Fell, J. (2016) Hippocampal pattern completionis linked to gamma power increases and alpha power decreases during recollection. eLife 5:e17397
  • Park, H., Lee, D.S., Kang, E., Kang, H., Hahm, J., Kim, J.S., Chung, C.K., Jiang, H., Gross, J., and Jensen, O. (2016) Formation of visual memories controlled by gamma power phase-locked to alpha oscillations. Sci Rep 6:28092.
  • van de Nieuwenhuijzen, M.E, Axmacher, N., Fell, J., Oehrn, C.R., Jensen, O., and van Gerven, M.A.J. (2016) Decoding of task-relevant and task-irrelevant intracranial EEG representations. Neuroimage 137:132-139.
  • Scheeringa, R., Koopmans, P.J., van Mourik, T., Jensen, O., and Norris, D.G. (2016) The relationship between oscillatory EEG activity and the laminar specific BOLD signal. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 13:6761-6766.
  • van de Nieuwenhuijzen, M.E., van den Borne, E.W.P., Jensen, O., and van Gerven, M.A.J. (2016) Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Cortical Representations during and after Stimulus Presentation. Front Syst Neurosci 10:42.
  • Vollebregt, M.A., Zumer, J., ter Huurne, N., Buitelaar, J.K. and Jensen, O. (2016) Posterior alpha oscillations reflect attentional problems in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Clinical Neurophysiology 127:2182-2191.
  • Jiang, H., Popov, T., Jylänki, P., Bi, K.,  Yao, Z., Lu, Q., Jensen,O., and van Gerven, M.A.J. (2016) Predictability of depression severity based on posterior alpha oscillations. Clin Neurophysiol 127:2108-2114


  • Marshall, T.M., Esterer, S., Herring, J.D., Bergmann, t.O., and Jensen, O. (2015) On the relationship between cortical excitability and visual oscillatory responses - a concurrent tDCS-MEG study. Neuroimage 140:41-49.
  • Horschig, J.M., Smolders, R., Bonnefond, M., Schoffelen, J.M. van den Munckhof, P., Schuurman, P.R., Cools, R., Denys, D., and Jensen, O. (2015) Directed communication between nucleus accumbens and neocortex in humans is differentially supported by synchronization in the theta and alpha band. PLoS ONE 10:e0138685.
  • 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.
  • Staresina, B.P., Bergmann, T.O., Bonnefond, M., van der Meij, R., Jensen, O., Deuker, L., Elger, C.E., Axmacher, N., and Fell, J. (2015) Hierarchical nesting of slow oscillations, spindles and ripples in the human hippocampus during NREM sleep. Nature Neurosci 18:1679-1686.
  • Spaak, E., Fonken, Y., Jensen, O., and de Lange, F. (2015) The neural mechanisms of prediction in visual search. Cereb Cortex
  • ter Huurne, N., Fellon, S.J., van Schouwenburg, M., van der Schaaf, M., Buitelaar, J., Jensen, O., and Cools, R. (2015) Methylphenidate alters selective attention by amplifying salience. Psychopharmacol 232:4317-4323.
  • 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.
  • Vollebregt, M., Zumer, J.M., ter Huurne, N., Buitelaar, J.K. and Jensen, O. (2015) Lateralized modulation of posterior alpha oscillations in children. Neuroimage 123:245-252.
  • Jiang, H., Bahramisharif, A., van Gerven, M.A.J., Jensen, O. (2015) Measuring directionality between neuronal oscillations of different frequencies. Neuroimage 118:359-367.
  • Bonnefond, M. and Jensen,O. (in press) Gamma activity coupled to alpha phase as a mechanism for top-down controlled gating. PLoS ONE
  • Jensen, O., Bonnefond, M., Marshall, T. and Tiesinga, P. (2015) Oscillatory mechanisms of feedforward and feedback visual processing. Trends Neurosci 38:192-194.

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