Dr Ali Mazaheri PhD

Dr Ali Mazaheri

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

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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

Slagter, H., Prinssen, S., Reteig, L., & Mazaheri, A. (2016). Facilitation and inhibition in attention: Functional dissociation of pre-stimulus alpha activity, P1, and N1 components. NeuroImage, 125, 25-35.

van Diepen, R. M., Cohen, M. X., Denys, D., & Mazaheri, A. (2015). Attention and temporal expectations modulate power, not phase, of ongoing alpha oscillations. J Cogn Neurosci, 27(8), 1573-1586. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00803

Bahramisharif, A., Mazaheri, A., Levar, N., Richard Schuurman, P., Figee, M., & Denys, D. (2015). Deep Brain Stimulation Diminishes Cross-Frequency Coupling in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Biol Psychiatry. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.05.021

Mazaheri, A., Fassbender, C., Coffey-Corina, S., Hartanto, T. A., Schweitzer, J. B., & Mangun, G. R. (2014). Differential oscillatory electroencephalogram between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder subtypes and typically developing adolescents. Biological Psychiatry,

Mazaheri, A., van Schouwenburg, M. R., Dimitrijevic, A., Denys, D., Cools, R., & Jensen, O. (2014). Region-specific modulations in oscillatory alpha activity serve to facilitate processing in the visual and auditory modalities. NeuroImage

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