Dr Ali Mazaheri PhD

Dr Ali Mazaheri

School of Psychology
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Programme lead for BSc Psychology

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Mazaheri is an expert on the role of oscillations in cognition and behaviour. His research focuses on the neural interactions underlying different facets of  cognitive control in both the healthy and clinical populations.


  • MSc University of Toronto, Toronto Canada
  • PhD  Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Dr Mazaheri completed his B.Sc and M.Sc degree in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto, Canada.  He obtained his PhD degree at the Donders Institute for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.  After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the AMC-University of Amsterdam. He joined the School in 2015.


Neurobiology of Mental Illness – 3rd year Module
Year-2 Tutor

Postgraduate supervision

  • Tara Van Viegen - PhD Candidate
  • Daniel Elport - PhD Candidate
  • Rosanne Van Diepen - PhD candidate (University of Amsterdam)
  • Katrin Bangel - PhD candidate (University of Amsterdam)
  • Rachel Marchant (University of Birmingham) 
  • Chun Yuen Fong (University of Birmingham)
  • Emma Staley (University of Birmingham) 
  • Katrin Bangel (University of Amsterdam)
  • Sophie Hardy(University of Birmingham)
  • Eszter Toth (University of Birmingham)
  • Charlotte Poulisse (University of Birmingham)
  • Leonie Balter (University of Birmingham)


The aim of Dr Mazaheri's research is to investigate what insight electrophysiological activity measured at the scalp using EEG and MEG can provide on how the brain processes information from the outside world. He is also particularly interested in why certain individuals are more vulnerable than others to developing neurodegenerative disorders.

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Recent publications


DeLuca, V, Voits, T, Ni, J, Carter, F, Foyzul, R, Mazaheri, A, Krott, A & Segaert, K 2024, 'Mapping individual aspects of bilingual experience to adaptations in brain structure', Cerebral Cortex, vol. 34, no. 2, bhae029. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhae029

Carter, F, DeLuca, V, Segaert, K, Mazaheri, A & Krott, A 2023, 'Functional neural architecture of cognitive control mediates the relationship between individual differences in bilingual experience and behaviour', NeuroImage, vol. 273, 120085. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2023.120085

Markiewicz, R, Rahman, F, Apperly, I, Mazaheri, A & Segaert, K 2023, 'It is not all about you: Communicative cooperation is determined by your partner's theory of mind abilities as well as your own', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0001268

Fong, CY, Law, WHC, Fahrenfort, JJ, Braithwaite, JJ & Mazaheri, A 2022, 'Attenuated alpha oscillation and hyperresponsiveness reveals impaired perceptual learning in migraineurs', The Journal of Headache and Pain, vol. 23, no. 1, 44. https://doi.org/10.1186/s10194-022-01410-2

Markiewicz, R, Mazaheri, A & Krott, A 2022, 'Bilingualism can cause enhanced conflict monitoring and occasional delayed responses in a flanker task', European Journal of Neuroscience, pp. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.15863

Hardy, SM, Jensen, O, Wheeldon, L, Mazaheri, A & Segaert, K 2022, 'Modulation in alpha band activity reflects syntax composition: an MEG study of minimal syntactic binding', Cerebral Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhac080

Segaert, K, Poulisse, C, Markiewicz, R, Wheeldon, L, Marchment, D, Zoe, A, Howett, D, Chan, D & Mazaheri, A 2021, 'Detecting impaired language processing in MCI patients using around-the-ear cEEgrid electrodes', Psychophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13964

Markiewicz, R, Segaert, K & Mazaheri, A 2021, 'How the healthy ageing brain supports semantic binding during language comprehension', European Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 54, no. 11, pp. 7899-7917. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.15525

Xia, J, Mazaheri, A, Segaert, K, Salmon, D, Harvey, D, Shapiro, K, Kutas, M & Olichney, J 2020, 'Event-related potential and EEG oscillatory predictors of verbal memory in mild cognitive impairment', Brain Communications.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Mazaheri, A 2022, The relationship between evoked and induced EEG/MEG changes: going beyond labels. in P Gable, M Miller & E Bernat (eds), The Oxford Handbook of EEG Frequency. Oxford Library of Psychology, Oxford University Press.


Millard, SK, Furman, AJ, kerr, A, Seminowicz, D, Naidu, B, Gao Smith, F & Mazaheri, A 2022, 'Predicting post-operative pain in lung cancer patients using pre-operative peak alpha frequency', British Journal of Anaesthesia, vol. 128, no. 6, pp. e346-e348. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bja.2022.03.006


Millard, SK, Chiang, AKI, Humburg, P, Chowdhury, N, Rehan, R, Furman, AJ, Mazaheri, A, Schabrun, SM & Seminowicz, DA 2023 'Effects of nicotine compared to placebo gum on sensitivity to pain and mediating effects of peak alpha frequency' eLife, eLife Sciences Publications. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.91933.1

Fong, CY, Law, WHC, Fahrenfort, JJ, Braithwaite, JJ & Mazaheri, A 2021 'Attenuated alpha oscillations as an index of cortical hyperexcitability: evidence from migraine patients' medRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.04.21.21255858

Furman, AJ, Prokhorenko, M, Keaser, ML, Zhang, J, Chen, S, Mazaheri, A & Seminowicz, DA 2021 'Prolonged pain reliably slows peak alpha frequency by reducing fast alpha power' bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.07.22.453260

Review article

Millard, SK, Speis, DB, Skippen, P, Chiang, AKI, Chang, WJ, Lin, AJ, Furman, AJ, Mazaheri, A, Seminowicz, DA & Schabrun, SM 2024, 'Can non‐invasive brain stimulation modulate peak alpha frequency in the human brain? A systematic review and meta‐analysis', European Journal of Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.16424

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