System Neuroscience

Journal Club

The journal club is open to anyone interested in system neuroscience, particularly electrophysiological recordings in animals and humans but also (f)MRI studies and brain stimulation. It's an informal meeting where exciting/interesting/ inspiring (new) papers will be presented and discussed. We'll start with a (bring your own) lunch.

The next journal club will be on Tuesday June 25th, 12.30 @ Hippocampus room (109) CHBH building.

Upcoming sessions:


  • Tamas Minarik: t.b.a.
  • Barbara Berger: t.b.a.


  • Thomas Schreiner: t.b.a.
  • Alexander Zhigalov: t.b.a.


  • Geoff Brookshire: Heusser, A. C., Poeppel, D., Ezzyat, Y., & Davachi, L. (2016). Episodic sequence memory is supported by a theta–gamma phase code. Nature Neuroscience, 19, 1374.
  • Tjerk Gutteling: t.b.a.

Summer stop until September 3rd.

Previous sessions:


  • Mircea van der Plas: Krause, M. R., Vieira, P. G., Csorba, B. A., Pilly, P. K., & Pack, C. C. (2019). Transcranial alternating current stimulation entrains single-neuron activity in the primate brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(12), 5747 LP-5755.
  • Chloe Chiou: Reinhart, R. M. G., & Nguyen, J. A. (2019). Working memory revived in older adults by synchronizing rhythmic brain circuits. Nature Neuroscience, 22(5), 820–827.



  • Ole Jensen: van Ede, F., Chekroud, S. R., Stokes, M. G., & Nobre, A. C. (2019). Concurrent visual and motor selection during visual working memory guided action. Nature Neuroscience.


  • Gordon, N., Hohwy, J., Davidson, M. J., van Boxtel, J., & Tsuchiya, N. (2019, January 1). From Intermodulation Components to Perception and Cognition- a Review.
  • Terporten, R., Schoffelen, J.-M., Dai, B., Hagoort, P., & Kösen, A. (2018). The relation between alpha/beta oscillations and the encoding of sentence induced contextual information. Biorxiv, 501437.


  • Muralidharan, V., Yu, X., Cohen, M. X., & Aron, A. R. (2019). Preparing to Stop Action Increases Beta Band Power in Contralateral Sensorimotor Cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1–12.


  • Degno, F., Loberg, O., Zang, C., Zhang, M., Donnelly, N., & Liversedge, S. P. (2018). Parafoveal previews and lexical frequency in natural reading: Evidence from eye movements and fixation-related potentials. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.




  • Goyal, A., Miller, J., Qasim, S., Watrous, A. J., Stein, J. M., Inman, C. S., … Jacobs, J. (2018). Functionally distinct high and low theta oscillations in the human hippocampus. bioRxiv, 498055.
  • Ho, H. T., Leung, J., Burr, D. C., Alais, D., & Morrone, M. C. (2017). Auditory sensitivity and decision criteria oscillate at different frequencies separately for the two ears. Current Biology, 27(23), 3643-3649.



  • Alamia, A., & Vanrullen, R. (2018). Alpha oscillations and travelling waves: signatures of predictive coding? BioRxiv, 1–22.

Special Christmas selection:

  • Hougaard, A., Lindberg, U., Arngrim, N., Larsson, H. B. W., Olesen, J., Amin, F. M., … Haddock, B. T. (2015). Evidence of a Christmas spirit network in the brain: Functional MRI study. BMJ (Online), 351.
  • Huang, B. E., Clifford, D., & Lê Cao, K. A. (2014). The surprising benefit of passive–aggressive behaviour at Christmas parties: Being crowned king of the crackers. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(11), 694–696.
  • Cromb, D., Thomas, H., Garcia-Nicoletti, M., & Cheung, R. (2017). The team that plays together stays together: The effect of departmental Christmas party attendance on team cohesion within a healthcare setting. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Education and Practice Edition, 102(6), 285–288.
  • Lanng, A.R., Gasbjerg, L.S., Knop, F.K. (2017). The dilemma of Danish Christmas lunches (Julefrokostdilemmaet). Ugeskr Laeger, 179(50). (Danish only)


  • Darriba, Á., & Waszak, F. (2018). Predictions through evidence accumulation over time. Scientific Reports, 8(1).
  • Torrecillos F, Tinkhauser G, Fischer P, Green AL, Aziz TZ, Foltynie T, Limousin P, Zrinzo L, Ashkan K, Brown P, Tan H. Modulation of Beta Bursts in the Subthalamic Nucleus Predicts Motor Performance. J Neurosci. 2018 Oct 10;38(41):8905-8917. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1314-18.2018. Epub 2018 Sep 4.

  • 27/11/2018:

Chao, Z. C., Takaura, K., Wang, L., Fujii, N., & Dehaene, S. (2018). Large-Scale Cortical Networks for Hierarchical Prediction and Prediction Error in the Primate Brain. SSRN Electronic Journal.

  • 20/11/2018:

Johnson, E. L., Adams, J. N., Solbakk, A. K., Endestad, T., Larsson, P. G., Ivanovic, J., … Knight, R. T. (2018). Dynamic frontotemporal systems process space and time in working memory. PLoS Biology, 16(3).


  • Blanco-Elorrieta, E., Ferreira, V. S., Del Prato, P., & Pylkkänen, L. (2018). The priming of basic combinatory responses in MEG. Cognition, 170, 49–63.
  • Van Vugt, B., Dagnino, B., Vartak, D., Safaai, H., Panzeri, S., Dehaene, S., & Roelfsema, P. R. (2018). The threshold for conscious report: Signal loss and response bias in visual and frontal cortex. Science, 360(6388), 537–542.


  • Hunt, L.T., Malalasekera, W.M.N., Berker, A.O. de, Miranda, B., Farmer, S.F., Behrens, T.E.J., and Kennerley, S.W. (2018). Triple dissociation of attention and decision computations across prefrontal cortex. Nature Neuroscience 21, 1471.
  • Lowet, E., Gomes, B., Srinivasan, K., Zhou, H., Schafer, R. J., & Desimone, R. (2018). Enhanced Neural Processing by Covert Attention only during Microsaccades Directed toward the Attended Stimulus. Neuron.


  • Segaert, K., Mazaheri, A., & Hagoort, P. (2018). Binding language: Structuring sentences through precisely timed oscillatory mechanisms. European Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Demarchi, G., Sanchez, G., & Weisz, N. (2014). Prediction-related neural activity during silent periods is sharply tuned. BioRxiv (preprint).


  • Kornrumpf, B., Dimigen, O., & Sommer, W. (2017). Lateralization of posterior alpha EEG reflects the distribution of spatial attention during saccadic reading. Psychophysiology, 54(6), 809–823.


  • Moein Esghaei, Mohammad Reza Daliri, Stefan Treue: Attention decouples action potentials from the phase of local field potentials in macaque visual cortical area MT. BMC Biology, 2018; 16 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s12915-018-0551-2





  • Kienitz et al., Rhythmic neural spiking and attentional sampling arising from cortical receptive field interactions (preprint).



  • Zhang, H., Watrous, A. J., Patel, A., & Jacobs, J. (In Press). Theta and alpha oscillations are traveling waves in the human neocortex. Neuron. 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.05.019

Goldstein, P., Weissman-Fogel, I., Dumas, G., & Shamay-Tsoory, S. G. (2018). Brain-to-brain coupling during handholding is associated with pain reduction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,


  • Kaplan, R., Bush, D., Bisby, J. A., Horner, A. J., Meyer, S. S., & Burgess, N. (2017). Medial Prefrontal–Medial Temporal Theta Phase Coupling in Dynamic Spatial Imagery. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(3), 507–519.


  • Karalis, N., Dejean, C., Chaudun, F., Khoder, S., Rozeske, R. R., Wurtz, H., … Herry, C. (2016). 4-Hz oscillations synchronize prefrontal–amygdala circuits during fear behavior. Nature Neuroscience, 19(4), 605–612.
  • Pfeiffer, C., & De Lucia, M. (2017). Cardio-audio synchronization drives neural surprise response. Scientific Reports, 7(1).


  • Schapiro, A. C., McDevitt, E. A., Rogers, T. T., Mednick, S. C., & Norman, K. A. (2017). Human hippocampal replay during rest prioritizes weakly-learned information and predicts memory performance. BioRxiv, 173021.
  • Loonis, R. F., Brincat, S. L., Antzoulatos, E. G., & Miller, E. K. (2017). A Meta-Analysis Suggests Different Neural Correlates for Implicit and Explicit Learning. Neuron, 96(2), 521–534.e7.


  • Zhou, G., Bourguignon, M., Parkkonen, L., & Hari, R. (2016). Neural signatures of hand kinematics in leaders vs. followers: A dual-MEG study. NeuroImage, 125, 731–738.
  • Wutz, A., Melcher, D., & Samaha, J. (2018). Frequency modulation of neural oscillations according to visual task demands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(6), 1346–1351.


  • Harris, A. M., Dux, P. E., & Mattingley, J. B. (2018). Detecting unattended stimuli depends on the phase of pre-stimulus neural oscillations. The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 3006–17.
  • O’Hare, L., Menchinelli, F., & Durrant, S. J. (2018). Resting-State Alpha-Band Oscillations in Migraine. Perception, 30100661875563.


  • Ezzyat, Y., Wanda, P. A., Levy, D. F., Kadel, A., Aka, A., Pedisich, I., … Kahana, M. J. (2018). Closed-loop stimulation of temporal cortex rescues functional networks and improves memory. Nature Communications, 9(1), 365.
  • Coll, M.-P., Press, C., Hobson, H., Catmur, C., & Bird, G. (2017). Crossmodal Classification of Mu Rhythm Activity during Action Observation and Execution Suggests Specificity to Somatosensory Features of Actions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 37(24), 5936–5947.


  • Breska, Assaf, and Leon Y. Deouell. “Neural Mechanisms of Rhythm-Based Temporal Prediction: Delta Phase-Locking Reflects Temporal Predictability but Not Rhythmic Entrainment.” PLOS Biology 15, no. 2 (October 2, 2017): e2001665.
      • (Opinion) Obleser, Jonas, Molly J. Henry, and Peter Lakatos. “What Do We Talk about When We Talk about Rhythm?” PLOS Biology 15, no. 9 (September 19, 2017): e2002794.
      • (response) Breska, Assaf, and Leon Y. Deouell. “Dance to the Rhythm, Cautiously: Isolating Unique Indicators of Oscillatory Entrainment.” PLOS Biology 15, no. 9 (September 19, 2017): e2003534.

  • Vöröslakos, M., Takeuchi, Y., Brinyiczki, K., Zombori, T., Oliva, A., Fernández-Ruiz, A., … Berényi, A. (2018). Direct effects of transcranial electric stimulation on brain circuits in rats and humans. Nature Communications, 9(1), 483.


  • Hill, A. T., Rogasch, N. C., Fitzgerald, P. B., & Hoy, K. E. (2017). Effects of prefrontal bipolar and high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation on cortical reactivity and working memory in healthy adults. NeuroImage, 152, 142–157.



  • Daume, J., Gruber, T., Engel, A. K., & Friese, U. (2017). Phase-amplitude coupling and long-range phase synchronization reveal frontotemporal interactions during visual working memory. The Journal of Neuroscience, 37(2), 313-322.
  • Minxha, J., Mosher, C., Morrow, J. K., Mamelak, A. N., Adolphs, R., Gothard, K. M., & Rutishauser, U. (2017). Fixations Gate Species-Specific Responses to Free Viewing of Faces in the Human and Macaque Amygdala. Cell Reports, 18(4), 878–891.


  • Roy, D. S., Muralidhar, S., Smith, L. M., & Tonegawa, S. (2017). Silent memory engrams as the basis for retrograde amnesia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(46), E9972–E9979.
  • Solomon, E. A., Kragel, J. E., Sperling, M. R., Sharan, A., Worrell, G., Kucewicz, M., (…)Kahana, M. J. (2017). Widespread theta synchrony and high-frequency desynchronization underlies enhanced cognition. Nature Communications, 8(1), 1704.
  • Grossman, N., Bono, D., Dedic, N., Kodandaramaiah, S. B., Rudenko, A., Suk, H.-J., (…) Boyden, E. S. (2017). Noninvasive Deep Brain Stimulation via Temporally Interfering Electric Fields. Cell, 169(6), 1029–1041.e16.


  • Lafon B, Henin S, Huang Y, Friedman D, Melloni L, Thesen T, et al. Low frequency transcranial electrical stimulation does not entrain sleep rhythms measured by human intracranial recordings. Nat Commun 2017;8:1199. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01045-x.


  • Lewis, C. M., Bosman, C. A., Brunet, N. M., Lima, B., Roberts, M. J., Womelsdorf, T., … Fries, P. (2016). Two frequency bands contain the most stimulus-related information in visual cortex., 49718.


  • Fukuda K, Woodman GF. Visual working memory buffers information retrieved from visual long-term memory. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2017;114:5306–11. doi:10.1073/pnas.1617874114.
  • Krause, M. R., Zanos, T. P., Csorba, B. A., Pilly, P. K., Choe, J., Phillips, M. E., … Pack, C. C. (2017). Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Facilitates Associative Learning and Alters Functional Connectivity in the Primate Brain. Current Biology.


  • Caruso L, Wunderle T, Lewis C, Valadeiro J, Trauchessec V, Rosillo J, et al. In Vivo Magnetic Recording of Neuronal Activity. Neuron 2017;95:1283–1291.e4. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2017.08.012.


  • Yin, S., Liu, L., Tan, J., Ding, C., Yao, D., & Chen, A. (2017). Attentional control underlies the perceptual load effect: Evidence from voxel-wise degree centrality and resting-state functional connectivity. Neuroscience, 362, 257–264.
  • Iemi, L., Chaumon, M., Crouzet, S. M., & Busch, N. A. (2017). Spontaneous Neural Oscillations Bias Perception by Modulating Baseline Excitability. The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 37(4), 807–819.


  • Tomassini, A., Ambrogioni, L., Medendorp, W. P., & Maris, E. (2017). Theta oscillations locked to intended actions rhythmically modulate perception. eLife, 6.
  • Khanna, P., & Carmena, J. M. (2017). Beta band oscillations in motor cortex reflect neural population signals that delay movement onset. eLife, 6.


  • Helfrich, R. F., Huang, M., Wilson, G., & Knight, R. T. (2017). Prefrontal cortex modulates posterior alpha oscillations during top-down guided visual perception. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(35), 201705965.


    • Neupane, S., Guitton, D., & Pack, C. C. (2017). Coherent alpha oscillations link current and future receptive fields during saccades. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, in press, 201701672.


    • Töllner, T., Wang, Y., Makeig, S., Müller, H. J., Jung, T.-P., & Gramann, K. (2017). Two Independent Frontal Midline Theta Oscillations During Conflict Detection and Adaptation in a Simon-type Manual Reaching Task. The Journal of Neuroscience, 37(9), 1752–16.


  • Hasan, M. T., Hernández-González, S., Dogbevia, G., Treviño, M., Bertocchi, I., Gruart, A., & Delgado-García, J. M. (2013). Role of motor cortex NMDA receptors in learning-dependent synaptic plasticity of behaving mice. Nature Communications, 4, 2258.


  • Wöstmann, M., Lim, S.-J., & Obleser, J. (2017). The Human Neural Alpha Response to Speech is a Proxy of Attentional Control. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 27(6), 3307–3317.


  • Kim, Y.-J., Tsai, J. J., Ojemann, J. & Verghese, P. Attention to multiple objects facilitates their integration in prefrontal and parietal cortex. J. Neurosci. 37, 2370–16 (2017).


  • Gordon, N., Koenig-Robert, R., Tsuchiya, N., Van Boxtel, J. J. A. & Hohwy, J. Neural markers of predictive coding under perceptual uncertainty revealed with hierarchical frequency tagging. Elife 6, 362–369 (2017).doi:10.7554/eLife.22749.


  • van Ede, F., Niklaus, M. & Nobre, A. C. Temporal Expectations Guide Dynamic Prioritization in Visual Working Memory through Attenuated α Oscillations. J. Neurosci. 37, 437–445 (2017).





  • Fahrenfort, J. J., van Leeuwen, J., Olivers, C. N. L. & Hogendoorn, H. Perceptual integration without conscious access. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 201617268 (2017). doi:10.1073/pnas.1617268114


  • Brodski-Guerniero A, Paasch G-F, Wollstadt P, Oezdemir I, Lizier JT, Wibral M. Activating task relevant prior knowledge increases active information storage in content specific brain areas. bioRxiv 2016:89300. doi:10.1101/089300.


  • Babapoor-Farrokhran S, Vinck M, Womelsdorf T, Everling S. Theta and beta synchrony coordinate frontal eye fields and anterior cingulate cortex during sensorimotor mapping. Nat Commun. 2017 Feb 7;8:13967.
  • Samaha, J., Gosseries, O., & Postle, B. R. (2017). Distinct oscillatory frequencies underlie excitability of human occipital and parietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 3413-16.


  • King, J.-R., Pescetelli, N., & Dehaene, S. (2016). Brain Mechanisms Underlying the Brief Maintenance of Seen and Unseen Sensory Information. Neuron, 92(5), 1122–1134.
  • Heib, D. P., Hoedlmoser, K., Anderer, P., Gruber, G., Zeitlhofer, J., & Schabus, M. (2015). Oscillatory theta activity during memory formation and its impact on overnight consolidation: a missing link?. Journal of cognitive neuroscience. DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_00804


  • Mayer, A., Schwiedrzik, C. M., Wibral, M., Singer, W., & Melloni, L. (2016). Expecting to See a Letter: Alpha Oscillations as Carriers of Top-Down Sensory Predictions. Cerebral Cortex, 26(7), 3146–3160.
  • Rothschild, Gideon, Elad Eban, and Loren M. Frank. (2017). “A Cortical-Hippocampal-Cortical Loop of Information Processing during Memory Consolidation.” Nature Neuroscience 20 (2): 251–59.


  • Rose, N. S., LaRocque, J. J., Riggall, A. C., Gosseries, O., Starrett, M. J., Meyering, E. E., & Postle, B. R. (2016). Reactivation of latent working memories with transcranial magnetic stimulation. Science, 354(6316), 1136–1139.