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 will be co-director of the new established Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH). Late 2016 he received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. His current 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.

 Ole Jensen has authored or co-authored ~170 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 18000 citations and his H-index is 64 (google scholar).




  1. Schreiner, T., Doeller, C.F., Jensen, O., Rasch, B., and Staudigl, T. (in press) Theta phase coordinated memory reactivation reoccurs in a slow-oscillatory rhythm during NREM sleep. Cell Reports

  2. Swart, J.C., Frank, M.J., Määttä, J.I., Jensen, O., Cools, R., and den Ouden, H.E.M. (in press) Frontal network dynamics reveal the neurocomputational mechanisms for cognitive control over motivated action. PLoS Biology

  3. Bahramisharif, A., Jensen, O., Jacobs, J., and Lisman, J.E. (accepted) Serial Representation Of Items During Working Memory Maintenance At Letter Selective Cortical Sites. PLoS Biology

  4. Popov, T., Jensen, O., and Schoffelen, J.M. (accepted) Dorsal and ventral cortices are coupled by cross-frequency interactions during working memory. Neuroimage.

  5. Bramson, B., Jensen, O., Toni, I., and Roelofs, K. (accepted) Cortical mechanisms supporting the control of human social-emotional behavior. J Neurosci

  6. Lowet, E., Gips, B., Roberts, M.J., De Weerd, P., Jensen, O. and van der Eerden, J. (accepted). Microsaccade-rhythmic modulation of neural synchronization and coding within and across cortical areas V1 and V2. PLOS Biology.

  7. Solis-Vicanco, R., Jensen, O., and Bonnefond, M. (in press) Top-down control of alpha phase adjustment in anticipation of predictable visual stimuli. J Cogn Neurosci

  8. Wang, L., Hagoort, P., and Jensen, O. (in press) Gamma oscillatory activity related to language prediction. J Cogn Neurosci.

  9. Drijvers, L., Özyürek, A., and Jensen, O. (in press) Alpha and beta oscillations index semantic congruency between speech and gestures in clear and degraded speech. J Cogn Neurosci

  10. Drijvers, L., Özyürek, A., and Jensen, O. (in press) Hearing and seeing meaning in noise: alpha, beta and gamma oscillations predict gestural enhancement of degraded speech comprehension. Human Brain Mapping

  11. Lenartowicz, A., Mazaheri, A., Jensen, O. and Loo, S.K. (in press) Aberrant modulation of brain oscillatory activity and attentional impairment in ADHD. Biol Psychiatry

  12. Marshall, T.R., den Boer, S., Cools, R., Jensen, O., Fallon, S.J., and Zumer, J.M. (2018) Alpha and gamma oscillations support complementary mechanisms for processing stimulus value associations. J Cogn Neurosci 30:119-129.




  1. Jensen, O. and Idiart, M. (2017) John Lisman (1944–2017) Neuron 96: 961-963.

  2. 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.

  3. Noonan, M., Crittenden, B., Jensen, O., and Stokes, M. (2017) Selective inhibition of distracting input. Behav Brain Res. ePub

  4. 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

  5. Jensen, O. and Vissers, M. (2017) Multiple visual objects are sampled sequentially. PLoS Biol 15:e2003230.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Bonnefond, M., Kastner, S., and Jensen, O. (2017) Communication between brain areas based on nested oscillations. eNeuro 4(2). 0153-16.2017

  10. 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.

  11. Jensen O., Spaak, E., and Park, H. (2017) Discriminating valid from spurious indices of phase-amplitude coupling. eNeuro



o.jensen [at] bham.ac.uk

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT