Simon Hanslmayr – Neural Oscillations in Human Memory and Attention



Dr Simon Hanslmayr is an expert in the role of brain oscillations for human cognition. His research addresses the question of how brain oscillations mediate long-term memory and attention in the human brain. In order to address these very complex question we use an array of electrophysiological and imaging methods, such as EEG/MEG, fMRI, combined EEG-fMRI, and intracranial EEG. To study the causal role of oscillations for cognition we recently began to externally drive specific oscillations via rhythmic transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS).

Simon Hanslmayr studied Psychology at the University of Salzburg and finished his PhD in 2005 on the role of alpha oscillations for attention and perception under the supervision of Professor Wolfgang Klimesch. From 2006 until 2010 he did a Postdoc in the lab of Karl-Heinz Bäuml at the University of Regensburg where he focused on the role of brain oscillations for episodic memory. In 2010 he started his own independent research group at the University of Konstanz, funded by an Emmy-Noether award from the German Research Foundation (DFG), where he continued his research on the role of brain oscillations for episodic memory formation. Since September 2013 Dr Simon Hanslmayr joined the School as a Senior Lecturer and was recently awarded a Consolidator Grant from the ERC.


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Michelmann, S., Bowman, H., Hanslmayr, S. (2016) The Temporal Signature of Memories: Identification of a General Mechanism for Dynamic Memory Replay in Humans. PLoS Biol, 14(8):e1002528.

Waldhauser, G., Braun, V., Hanslmayr, S., (2016). Episodic memory retrieval functionally relies on very rapid reactivation of sensory information. The Journal of Neuroscience 36, 251-60. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2101-15.2016

Hanslmayr, S., Staresina, B.P., Bowman, H. (2016). Oscillations and episodic memory - Addressing the synchronization/desynchronization conundrum. Trends in Neurosciences. 39, 16-25. DOI:

Staudigl, T., Vollmar, Ch., Noachtar, S., Hanslmayr, S. (2015) Temporal pattern analysis reveals the neural reinstatement of human episodic memory trajectories. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35, 5373–5384.

Hanslmayr, S., Matuschek, J., Fellner, M.C. (2014) Entrainment of prefrontal beta oscillations induces an endogenous echo and impairs memory formation. Current Biology, 24, 904–909.

Hanslmayr, S., Volberg, G., Wimber, M., Dalal, S.S., Greenlee, M.W. (2013) Prestimulus oscillatory phase at 7 Hz gates cortical information flow and perception. Current Biology, 23, 2273-2278.

Staudigl, T., Hanslmayr, S. (2013) Theta oscillations at encoding mediate the context-dependent nature of human episodic memory. Current Biology, 23, 1101-1106.

Hanslmayr, S., Staudigl, T., Fellner, M.-C. (2012) Oscillatory power decreases and long-term memory: The information via desynchronization hypothesis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6:74.

Waldhauser, G., Johansson, M., Hanslmayr, S. (2012) Brain oscillations indicate inhibition of interfering visual memories. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 1953-1961.

Hanslmayr, S., Volberg, G., Wimber, M., Raabe, M., Greenlee, M.W., Bäuml, K.-H.T. (2011) The relationship between brain oscillations and BOLD signal during memory formation: a combined EEG-fMRI study. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 15674-15680.

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Dr. Simon Hanslmayr

Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience

School of Psychology

University of Birmingham

B15 2TT

Tel +44 121 4146203

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