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    I am interested in how the brain pieces together and processes relevant information whilst ignoring distraction.  I aim to use neuroimaging (MEG, EEG and fMRI) to study the brain's activity during attention -demanding tasks, including with visual or audio-visual sensory information.  I also aim to understand how neural mechanisms are altered in cases of disorders of attention and/or perception, such as in ADHD or autism, as well as how these processes are different across the life-span.


    • PhD in Bioengineering, Joint Graduate Group at U. of California San Francisco and UC Berkeley, USA, 2007
    • BS double major in Applied Physics and Psychology, Yale University, USA, 2001


    • 2019 – date: Lecturer of Psychology, Aston University.
    • 2014 – 2019: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow and post-doc research fellow, University of Birmingham, UK
    • 2010 - 2013: Post-doc research fellow at Donders Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    • 2007 – 2010: Whitaker Scholar and post-doc research fellow, Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, University of Nottingham, UK

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • Marie Curie International Fellow (2015 - 2018)
    • Whitaker Scholar (2007 - 2009)

    Research Interests

    • Visual attention
    • Multisensory integration
    • Neuroimaging, especially MEG and EEG
    • Neural oscillatory basis of attention and perception
    • Disorders of attention and perception, including ADHD and autism
    • Open-source software (e.g. FieldTrip) and open data science

    Teaching Activity

    • PY3356 Cognitive Neuropsychology (2019-2020; Aston)
    • Neuroimaging methods (especially EEG & MEG) (2010-2013; Radboud University)

    PhD Supervision

    • Available for supervision - please get in touch!
    • Co-supervisor to PhD student Nathan Taylor (started 1 July, 2019; Aston)
    • Co-supervisor to MSc student Sebastiaan den Boer (2012-2013; Radboud University)
    • Co-supervisor to MSc student Madelon Vollebregt (2012-2013; Radboud University)

    Contact Details

    Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4030


    Room: SW410b

    Education/Academic qualification


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    Research Output 2005 2019

    • 20 Article
    • 4 Conference contribution
    • 2 Chapter
    • 2 Other contribution

    Hemispheric Asymmetry of Globus Pallidus Relates to Alpha Modulation in Reward-Related Attentional Tasks

    Mazzetti, C., Staudigl, T., Marshall, T. R., Zumer, J. M., Fallon, S. J. & Jensen, O., 13 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 39, 46, p. 9221-9236 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Distinct neural mechanisms and temporal constraints govern a cascade of audiotactile interactions

    Zumer, J. M., White, T. P. & Noppeney, U., 18 Oct 2018

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
    Evoked Potentials

    Hemispheric Asymmetry of Globus Pallidus Explains Reward-related Posterior Alpha Modulation in Humans

    Mazzetti, C., Staudigl, T., Marshall, TR., Fallon, SJ., Zumer, JM. & Jensen, O., 22 Oct 2018

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
    Globus Pallidus
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    Occipital Alpha and Gamma Oscillations Support Complementary Mechanisms for Processing Stimulus Value Associations.

    Marshall, TR., den Boer, S., Cools, R., Jensen, O., Fallon, SJ. & Zumer, JM., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 30, 1, p. 119-129

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Posterior alpha oscillations reflect attentional problems in boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

    Vollebregt, MA., Zumer, JM., Ter, H. N., Buitelaar, JK. & Jensen, O., 1 May 2016, In : Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. 127, 5, p. 2182-2191

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
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