Johanna Zumer

Lecturer, Psychology

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University, Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4030


Room: SW410b

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
  • 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
Available for supervision for suitable applicants - please get in touch!

T. R. Marshall, S. den Boer, R. Cools, O. Jensen, S. J. Fallon*, and J. M. Zumer*, “Occipital Alpha and Gamma Oscillations Support Complementary Mechanisms for Processing Stimulus Value Associations," J Cogn Neurosci, vol. 30, pp. 119-129, Jan 2018. * denotes equal contribution.

M. A. Vollebregt, J. M. Zumer, N. Ter Huurne, J. K. Buitelaar, and O. Jensen, “Posterior alpha oscillations reflect attentional problems in boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder," Clin Neurophysiol, vol. 127, pp. 2182-2191, May 2016.

M. A. Vollebregt, J. M. Zumer, N. Ter Huurne, J. Castricum, J. K. Buitelaar, and O. Jensen, “Lateralized modulation of posterior alpha oscillations in children," NeuroImage, vol. 123, pp. 245-252, Dec 2015.

 J. M. Zumer, R. Scheeringa, J. M. Schoffelen, D. G. Norris, and O. Jensen, “Occipital alpha activity during stimulus processing gates the information flow to object-selective cortex," PLoS Biol, vol. 12, no. 10, 2014.

J. M. Horschig, J. M. Zumer, and A. Bahramisharif, “Hypothesis-driven methods to augment human cognition by optimizing cortical oscillations," Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, vol. 8, p. 119, 2014.

C. M. Stevenson, F. Wang, M. J. Brookes, J. M. Zumer, S. T. Francis, and P. G. Morris, “Paired pulse depression in the somatosensory cortex: associations between MEG and BOLD fMRI," NeuroImage, vol. 59, pp. 2722-2732, Feb 2012.

A. G. Guggisberg, S. S. Dalal, J. M. Zumer, D. D. Wong, S. Dubovik, C. M. Michel, and A. Schnider, “Localization of cortico-peripheral coherence with electroencephalography," NeuroImage, vol. 57, pp. 1348-1357, Aug 2011.

M. J. Brookes, J. R. Hale, J. M. Zumer, C. M. Stevenson, S. T. Francis, G. R. Barnes, J. P. Owen, P. G. Morris, and S. S. Nagarajan, “Measuring functional connectivity using MEG: methodology and comparison with fcMRI," NeuroImage, vol. 56, pp. 1082-1104, Jun 2011.

M. J. Brookes, J. R. Wood, C. M. Stevenson, J. M. Zumer, T. P. White, P. F. Liddle, and P. G. Morris, “Changes in brain network activity during working memory tasks: a magnetoencephalography study," NeuroImage, vol. 55, pp. 1804-1815, Apr 2011.

S. S. Dalal*, J. M. Zumer*, A. G. Guggisberg, M. Trumpis, D. D. E. Wong, K. Sekihara, and S. S. Nagarajan, “MEG/EEG Source Reconstruction, Statistical Evaluation, and Visualization with NUTMEG," Comp. Intel. and Neurosci., vol. 2011, 2011. * denotes equal contribution.

J. M. Zumer, M. J. Brookes, C. M. Stevenson, S. T. Francis, and P. G. Morris, “Relating BOLD fMRI and neural oscillations through convolution and optimal linear weighting," NeuroImage, vol. 49, pp. 1479-1489, 2010.

J. M. Zumer, S. S. Nagarajan, L. A. Krubitzer, Z. Zhu, R. S. Turner, and E. A. Disbrow, “MEG in the macaque monkey and human: distinguishing cortical fields in space and time," Brain Res., vol. 1345, pp. 110-124, Jul 2010.

J. R. Hale, M. J. Brookes, E. L. Hall, J. M. Zumer, C. M. Stevenson, S. T. Francis, and P. G. Morris, “Comparison of functional connectivity in default mode and sensorimotor networks at 3 and 7T," MAGMA, 2010.

M. J. Brookes, J. M. Zumer, C. M. Stevenson, J. R. Hale, G. R. Barnes, J. Vrba, and P. G. Morris, “Investigating spatial specificity and data averaging in MEG," NeuroImage, vol. 49, pp. 525-538, 2010.

Z. Zhu, J. Zumer, M. Lowenthal, J. Padberg, G. Recanzone, L. Krubitzer, S. Nagarajan, and E. Disbrow, “The relationship between magnetic and electrophysiological responses to complex tactile stimuli," BMC Neurosci., vol. 10, pp. 4-4, 2009.

J. M. Zumer, H. T. Attias, K. Sekihara, and S. S. Nagarajan, “Probabilistic algorithms for MEG/EEG source reconstruction using temporal basis functions learned from data," NeuroImage, vol. 41, pp. 924-940, 2008.

J. M. Zumer, H. T. Attias, K. Sekihara, and S. S. Nagarajan, “A probabilistic algorithm integrating source localization and noise suppression for MEG and EEG data," NeuroImage, vol. 37, pp. 102-115, 2007.

Z. Zhu, E. A. Disbrow, J. M. Zumer, D. J. McGonigle, and S. S. Nagarajan, “Spatiotemporal integration of tactile information in human somatosensory cortex," BMC Neurosci., vol. 8, pp. 21-21, 2007.

P. V. Rekkas, M. Westerveld, P. Skudlarski, J. Zumer, K. Pugh, D. D. Spencer, and R. T. Constable, “Neural correlates of temporal-order judgments versus those of spatial-location: Deactivation of hippocampus may facilitate spatial performance," Brain Cogn., vol. 59, pp. 103-113, 2005.

S. S. Dalal, J. M. Zumer, V. Agrawal, K. E. Hild, K. Sekihara, and S. S. Nagarajan, “NUTMEG: A neuromagnetic source reconstruction toolbox," Neurol. Clin. Neurophysiol., p. 52, 2004.