Neuronal Oscillations Group

Group meetings

Neuronal oscillation and attention


For our System Neuroscience Journal Club, please see our JC website.



The next scheduled training session will be Tuesday July 14th @ 3 pm

For the time being our training sessions will take place on Zoom. Please keep an eye on your emails for the Zoom invitation links.


Upcoming sessions:

Tuesday  14/07         3 pm        Roger Traub  (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, NY):

"Layer 4 Pyramidal Neuron Dendritic Bursting Underlies a Post-Stimulus Visual Cortical Alpha Rhythm"


Tuesday  21/07        2 pm      Sujaya Neupane   (MIT Brain and cognitive sciences)

"Coherent alpha oscillations link current and future receptive fields during saccades."

Tuesday  28/07        11 am      Moreno I. Coco    (The University of Edinburgh)

"The processing of object semantics in extra-foveal vision. Evidence from healthy and neuro-pathological populations"

Date t.b.a.:                 The FAIR principles of open science

Discussion on the FAIR principles of open science:

Date t.b.a.:                Valeria Bekhtereva (University of Leipzich): 

"Steady-state visual evoked potentials as the neural signature of emotional content extraction from rapid visual streams"

Previous sessions:


Tuesday 07/07       Henry Taylor    (University of Birmingham, department of Philosophy):

"Attention: one thing or many?"


One of the most striking features of the interdisciplinary work on attention is the sharp divide between philosophers and cognitive scientists about the basic nature of attention. Philosophers overwhelmingly view attention as a single unified faculty of the mind. Conversely, psychologists and neuroscientists tend to think of ‘attention’ as an umbrella term for a variety of different phenomena, with little in common. In this talk, I will argue for the umbrella view.


Henry Taylor is a philosopher at the University of Birmingham. His work is on the interface of philosophy and perceptual psychology. His particular research interests are attention, perception, consciousness and the relations between them.

Tuesday  30/06        Damián Dellavale   (Instituto Balseiro - Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentinia):

"Two types of ictal phase-amplitude couplings in epilepsy patients revealed by spectral harmonicity of intracerebral recordings"

Cross frequency coupling (CFC) phenomenon observed in neural recordings has been proposed to be functionally involved in neuronal communication, memory formation and learning. Besides, experimental findings have shown that phase-amplitude (PAC) and phase-phase (PPC) couplings are important variants of CFC linked to physiological and pathological brain states.
In particular, the interpretation of the CFC patterns observed in local field potentials (LFP) recorded during epileptic seizures in humans remains challenging due to the fact that the ictal activity is, in general, characterized by pseudo-periodic sharp waveforms. The latter, raises the question of whether ictal CFC patterns are indicative of true interactions reflecting a mechanistic process between two independent neural oscillators, or whether it might be a more trivial consequence of spectral correlations due to the non-sinusoidal waveform constituting the recorded time series.
In the first part of this talk I will discuss our results about the role of the spectral harmonicity of the ictal activity observed in epilepsy patients undergoing intracerebral electroencephalography (stereo EEG), in connection with both the seizure onset zone classification given preoperatively by the epileptologists and the PAC patterns associated to the mechanisms of seizure propagation.
In the second part, I will briefly present our results showing that the PAC phenomenon naturally emerges in mean-field models of biologically plausible networks, as a signature of specific bifurcation structures. The proposed analysis, based on bifurcation theory, allows the identification of the mechanisms underlying oscillatory dynamics that are essentially different in the context of PAC.

- Dellavale D, Urdapilleta E, Cámpora N, Velarde O, Kochen S, Mato G (2020), Spectral harmonicity distinguishes two types of ictal phase-amplitude cross frequency couplings in patients candidate to epilepsy surgery, Clinical Neurophysiology, DOI:

- Osvaldo Matías Velarde, Eugenio Urdapilleta, Germán Mato, and Damián Dellavale (2019), Bifurcation structure determines different phase-amplitude coupling patterns in the activity of biologically plausible neural networks, NeuroImage, Vol. 202, No. 11603.DOI:

Tuesday  23/06        Haiteng Jiang   (Carnegie Mellon University):

"Mindfulness meditation and brain-computer interface"

Reading material:

Tuesday  16/06        Alpha workshop:

'Alpha revisited: is there evidence for anticipatory inhibition and sensory gain control?'

10:00 - 10:15   Ole Jensen - University of Birmingham (Centre for Human Brain Health): Introduction

10:15 - 10:45   Daniel Schneider - Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors, Dortmund

'Working memory updating makes use of inhibition: Evidence by posterior alpha power lateralization'

10:45 - 11:15   Søren Andersen - University of Aberdeen:

“Too little, too late, and in the wrong place: Alpha band activity does not reflect an active mechanism of selective attention”

11:15 - 11:30   --- Break ---

11:30 - 12:00  Tjerk Gutteling - University of Birmingham (Centre for Human Brain Health):

"Perceptual load: Target gain and distractor suppression"

12:00 - 12:30  Matthias Müller - University of Leipzich:

"Alpha as neural signature of top-down active stimulus/distractor suppression: A myth!?"

Tuesday  09/06          Franziska Leimeister (Würzburg university):

"Subsequent memory effects and effects of attentional allocation in associative learning"

Friday  29/05             Computational neuroscience session 6:      

"A network model for pyramidal-interneuron gamma (PING)'


Tuesday  02/06         Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen (Donders Institute Nijmegen):

Q&A in response to the journal club discussion about the paper: "Comparison of beamformer implementations for MEG source localization." BioRxiv, 795799.  

Tuesday  26/05         Tamas Minarik:

 "Understanding decision-making in the brain of mice"

Working collaboratively with the International Brain Laboratory Behavioral Data Portal.

Friday  22/05             Computational neuroscience session 5:      

"Gamma synchronization in multi-neuron networks"

Tuesday  19/05         Anne Kosem:

"Neural entrainment influences perceived speech content"

Friday  15/05            Computational neuroscience session 4:      

"Synaptic communication (AMPA, NMDA and GABA) and network models"

Thursday 14/05       Ole Jensen:

 "Computational models for gamma entrainment and echoes"

Tuesday  05/05       Ole Jensen:

"Funding idea: saccadic pre-viewing during viewing and reading"

Friday  01/05          Computational neuroscience session 3: 

"The Izhikevich model spiking-model"

Tuesday  28/04      Andrew Furman:

"Discovery and Validation of Peak Alpha Frequency as a Pain Sensitivity Biomarker"

Friday 24/04:          Computational neuroscience session 2:

"The birth of computational neuroscience: The Hodgkin Huxley model"

Tuesday  21/04      Rodolfo Solís-Vivanco - Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México:

"New insights on the ventral attention network: Active suppression and involuntary recruitment during a bimodal task."

Friday 17/04:          Computational neuroscience session 1:

"Computational neuroscience session 1: Solving ordinary differential equations using the SIR and SEIR models as example"

Tuesday 07/04       Til Ole Berhgmann - Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research:

Til Ole Begmann from Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research will Zoom in to talk about his recently published paper:

Bergmann, T. O., Lieb, A., Zrenner, C., & Ziemann, U. (2019). Pulsed Facilitation of Corticospinal Excitability by the Sensorimotor μ-Alpha Rhythm. The Journal of Neuroscience, 39(50), 10034 LP – 10043.

Thursday 02/04      Saskia Haegens:

"Oscillatory building blocks underlying perception & cognition"

Tuesday 31/03        Ole Jensen:

"Beauty from simplicity: chaotic attractors and self-similarity in the logistic map."

Wednesday 25/03     Tzvetan Popov, Geoff Brookshire, Yali Pan:

"Saccades and alpha oscillations"

Tuesday 03/03        Jan Weber: 

"Information processing during the transition from wake to sleep."

Tuesday 25/02       Tara Ghafari:

"Is suppression of visual distractors driven by auditory targets?"

Tuesday 18/02    

"How to do cross correlation analysis with MEG data"

Tuesday 11/02       JeYoung Jung (University of Nottingham):

"The neural mechanism of semantic cognition and its plasticity"


Tuesday 04/03    

Discussion towards ethical conduct in science (Leiden-, Birbaumer-, & Diederik Stapel-case, and/or other relevant cases will be discussed).

Before the meeting, please get acquainted with the report distributed by email and the following statement from Leiden University:

Tuesday 28/01     Oscar Ferrante: 

"Statistical learning is expressed in early visual cortex"

Tuesday 21/01     Marion Brickwedde: 

"Application of Rapid Frequency Tagging for Brain Computer Interfaces with Optically Pumped Magnetometers"

Tuesday 07/01      Overview of the new year and any prefered items to be discussed.

- 2019 -

Tuesday 10/12 11:00 - 13:30 am:    Distractor inhibition workshop - 52 PR - Lecture theater 1

11:00 -11:20       Ole Jensen                    “Working memory, distractor suppression & alpha rhythm”

11:20-11:40        Oscar Ferrante             “A quick review on target selection & alpha rhythm”

11:40-11:50                                  Coffee break

11:50-12:20        Tjerk Gutteling              “Load theory & alpha rhythm”

12:20-12:50        Clayton Hickey              “Eye movements, distractor suppression & alpha rhythm”

12:50-13:00                                  Coffee break

13:00-13:30        Ali Mazaheri                  “Target/distractor similarity & alpha rhythm”

Wednesday 04/12  11:30 - 09:30 am:     Yulia Bezsudnova:


“OPM. Nonlinear magneto-optical rotation of the light.”

Wednesday 27/11 11:00 am     Peter Kok:


"Prior expectations modulate early sensory representations" 

Tuesday 12/11 11:00 am     Geoff Brookshire:


Today we will be discussing the following two papers, please read before attending the meeting:

Lakatos, P., Gross, J., & Thut, G. (2019). A New Unifying Account of the Roles of Neuronal Entrainment. Current Biology, 29(18), R890–R905.

Obleser, J., & Kayser, C. (2019). Neural Entrainment and Attentional Selection in the Listening Brain. Trends in cognitive sciences.

Tuesday 12/11 11:00 am     Nicholas Myers:


"Neural markers of use-dependent working memory maintenance"

Tuesday 05/11 11:00 am     Sophie Hardy:


"Syntactic binding during language comprehension: MEG oscillatory findings"

Tuesday 15/10 10:30 am    ppm Tjerk Gutteling:

"Spatial profile of figure ground segregation"

+ ppm Geoff Brookshire:

"How does the brain coordinate attention during naturalistic eye-movements?"

Tuesday 08/10 11:00 am     Geoff Brookshire:

"How does the brain coordinate attention during naturalistic eye-movements?"

Tuesday 24/09 09:30 - 12:00      Sylvain Baillet workshop:

09:30 - 9:45      coffee and a few words by Ole Jensen

09:45-10:00      Tjerk Gutteling - How brain oscillations reflect the allocation of attention: support for cognitive load theory

10:05-10:20      Tamas Minarik - Optimal parameters of rapid frequency tagging

10:25-10:40      Yali Pan - Spatial attention during reading investigated with MEG

10:45-11:00      Hyojin Park - tba

11:05-11:20      Ling Liu - Neural dynamic underlying global precedence in visual perception

11:25-11:40      Barbara Berger - Dynamic allocation of cognitive resources in working memory through oscillatory coupling in the human cortex

11:45-12:00      general discussion and wrap up

Tuesday 10/09 11:00 am     George Parish:


"The Sync/deSync model : how a desynchronised neo-cortex & a synchronised hippocampus code memories" 

Tuesday 17/09 11:00 am     Ling Liu

Tuesday 16/07 11:00 am     Kelly Gartner:


"Investigating the sensitivity of the human striatum during the formation of visual priorities" 

Tuesday 09/07 11:00 am     Britta Ulrike Westner:


"Next stop source space: Low SNR signals and the interpretability of results in MEG decoding"

Tuesday 02/07 10:30 am     Ali Mazaheri:


"Unique Neurophysiological Vulnerability of Visual Attention Networks to Acute Inflammation

Tuesday 25/06 11:00 am     Ole Jensen:

"On the role of alpha for  routing and prioritizing information in the working brain: relation to metacognitive awareness and meditations experience" 

Tuesday 18/06

11:00 am     Nicholas Menghi:  

"Visual sampling and error correction in human performance"

13:00 pm     Xiaofang Yang:

"The role of Alpha-band oscillations during anticipatory gating of attention"

Tuesday 28/05 11:00 am     Ole Jensen:

'Introduction to minimum current estimates' 

Tuesday 21/05 11:00 am     Ole Jensen:


"Beamforming - theory and application" 

Tuesday 09/04 12:00 - 14:00     various:

CHBH talks MEG UK Cardiff:


Hyojin Park: "Multivariate information theory analysis reveals spatiotemporal properties of audiovisual speech integration"

Cecilia Mazzetti: "Methylphenidate normalizes modulation of motor-cortical beta oscillations in ADHD children​"

Poster pitch talk:

Alexander Zhigalov: "Probing cortical excitability using rapid frequency tagging" 


Tjerk Gutteling: "Attentional modulation and perceptual load investigated using Rapid Frequency Tagging"

Ana Pesquita: "The two-body problem: Alpha decreases over the right-temporal cortex during the perception of social actions (preliminary observations)"

Tuesday 02/04 11 am     Abraham Panameno:

"Auditory Verbal Hallucinations (AVH), differences in verbal predictions based on AVH susceptibility scores" 

Tuesday 26/03 11 am     

Discussing any MEG related/ project related issues

Tuesday 19/03 11 am     Oscar Ferrante:

"Neurophysiological correlates of history-driven distractor suppression"

Tuesday 12/03 11 am     Howard Bowman:


"The Theory and Practice of Breakthrough Percepts, with Application to Deception Detection on the Fringe of Awareness."

Tuesday 26/02 10 am     Ole Jensen:  


"How to do quality control for MEG"

Tuesday 12/02 11 am     Ole Jensen:

"Broadband frequency tagging and temporal response functions"


Tuesday 08/01 11 am     Petra Fischer:


"Cortico-basal ganglia gamma coupling and beta oscillations during movement initiation and inhibition."




- 2018 -



Tuesday 18/12 11 am:     *Christmas treats and jumper session*     Sang-Hoon Yeo:


"Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound on Frontal Eye Field Modulates Human Saccade Behavior."



Tuesday 04/12 11 am     Oscar Ferrante:


"Statistical learning in visual attention: what is the role of brain oscillations?"



Tuesday 27/11 11 am     Sophie Hardy:


"Building language: Investigating the neural processes involved in syntactic binding."



Tuesday 20/11 13:00     Penny (Penelope) Lewis:


"Sleep, semantic memory and creative problem solving."



Tuesday 13/11 11 am     Linda Drijvers:


"Selective routing and integration of speech and gestural information studied by rapid invisible frequency tagging."



Tuesday 30/10 11 am     Wieske van Zoest:


"Neural signatures of visual control, measuring eye movements and EEG/ MEG"



Tuesday 23/10 11 am     Penny (Penelope) Lewis (postponed):


"Sleep, semantic memory, and creative problem solving."



Tuesday 16/10 11 am     Poppy Sharp:


"Modulation of alpha frequency by temporal processing goals and spatial attention."



Tuesday 02/10 11:30     Benedikt Zoefel:


"Oscillatory processes in the auditory system"



Tuesday 11/09 10 am     Yali Pan:


"Oscillatory activity underlying parafoveal reading"



Tuesday 04/09 10 am     Geoff Brookshire:


"Temporal prediction in perception and language comprehension."



Tuesday 21/08 11 am     Ole Jensen:


"FLUX pipeline: TFRs and multitapers." See also our Wiki page on calculating time-frequency representations of power using multitapers



Tuesday 14/08 11 am     Ole Jensen:


FLUX pipeline: 'time-frequency analysis; basics + FLUX'



Tuesday 09/08 11 am     Ole Jensen:


FLUX pipeline: 'planar gradiometers and magnetometers & event-related fields'



Tuesday 07/08 11 am     Ole Jensen:


'MEG analysis: How to get rolling with Fieldtrip using our FLUX pipeline'



Tuesday 31/07 11 am     Alexander Zhigalov:


'Phase coding in the visual system: neuronal processing coordinated by brain oscillations'



Tuesday 24/07 11 am     Kelly Garner:


'The role of cortical asynchrony during contextually driven behavioural variability: sensory likelihoods or optimal inference?'



Tuesday 17/07 11 am     Oscar Ferrante:


'Statistical learning of target selection and distractor filtering.'



Tuesday 10/07, 11 am     Andrew Corcoran:


'Savitzky-Golay filtering to improve individual alpha frequency estimation'



Tuesday 03/07 11 am     Anagh Pathak:


'A toy model of Cross Frequency Coupling'



Tuesday 26/06, 11 am     Ana Pesquita:


'People Watching: Brain oscillatory mechanisms of social perception.'



Tuesday 19/06, 11 am     Katharina Duecker:


'Entrainment of neuronal gamma-oscillations using rapid frequency tagging.'



Tuesday 19/06, 11 am     Tara van Viegen:


'Oscillatory power dynamics and behavioural adjustments after commission errors.'



Wednesday 06/06, 09:30 am     Rachel Upthegrove:


'Prediction in Auditory Verbal Hallucinations, a mixed methods study in young people who hear voices. Grant development’.



Tuesday 29/05, 11 am     Tjerk Gutteling:


'Frequency tagging in MEG studies.' 



Tuesday 22/05, 12 pm     Elisabet Alzueta:


'Beyond the self: the role of attention in self-face perception'.



Tuesday 22/05, 11 am     Robert Seymour:


'Dysregulated local oscillatory connectivity of the visual system in autism spectrum disorder'.



Tuesday 15/05, 11 am     Sean Fallon:


'Clearing the mind of irrelevant information: Differential effects of reward, drugs and Parkinson’s disease'.



Tuesday 01/05, 10 am     Uta Noppeney:


'The neural dynamics of Bayesian Causal Inference'.