Dr. Georgios Michalareas


    My research interests are focused in the thematic space of functional interactions between different human brain areas, using mainly neuroimaging (MEG/EEG) and human electrophysiology (ECOG/sEEG). I am very interested in the mechanisms that the brain employs in order to establish communication and synergy between and within its sub-networks, particularly through brain oscillations. Many areas of this thematic space remain largely undiscovered and that is where I aim my research. 




      University of Southampton, UK PhD in Mathematical Modelling


      University of Surrey, UK Master of Science in Telecommunications


      University of Liverpool, UK Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Electronics



      2015–to date

      Senior Research Fellow (with Prof. David Poeppel), Department of Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Germany


      Research Fellow (with Prof. Pascal Fries), Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, Germany


      Research Fellow (with Prof. Joachim Gross), Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, University of Glasgow, UK


      Lecturer on Analysis and Simulation of Dynamical Systems, National Airforce Academy of Greece


      Modeller of Stock Market High Frequency Dynamics, Agorametrica (In Collaboration with Prof. D. Farmer from Santa Fe Institute)


      Modeller of real-time forecasting of ionospheric disturbances over Europe for the European Digital Upper Atmosphere Server (DIAS), NAtional Obserbatory of Athens, Greece 



      Grabenhorst M., Maloney LT., Poeppel D., Michalareas G. (2021): Two sources of uncertainty independently modulate temporal expectancy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences118(16), e2019342118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2019342118 

      Grabenhorst, M.*, Michalareas, G.*, Maloney, L., Poeppel, D. (2019). The anticipation of events in time. Nature Communications 2019 vol: 10 (1) pp: 5802*equally contributing

      Gehrig, J., Michalareas, G., Forster, M.-T., Lei, J., Hok, P., Laufs, H., Senft, C., Seifert, V., Schoffelen, J.-M., Hanslmayr, S., & Kell, C. A. (2019). Low-Frequency Oscillations Code Speech during Verbal Working Memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 39(33), 6498–6512

      Adrian, J., Amos, M., Baratchi, M., Beermann, M., Bode, N., Boltes, M., Corbetta, A., Dezecache, G., Drury, J., Fu, Z., Geraerts, R., Gwynne, S., Hofinger, G., Hunt, A., Kanters, T., Kneidl, A., Konya, K., Köster, G., Küpper, M.,  Michalareas, G., Neville, F., Ntontis, E., Reicher, S., Ronchi, E., Schadschneider, A., Seyfried, A., Shipman, A., Sieben, A., Spearpoint, M., Sullivan, G.B., Templeton, A., Toschi, F., van der Wal, N., van Schadewijk, F., von Krüchten, C., Wijermans, N., Yücel, Z., Zanlungo, F. and Zuriguel, I. (2019). A glossary for research on human crowd dynamics. Collective Dynamics, 4(A19), 1–13.

      Dikker, S.*, Michalareas, G.*, Oostrik, M., Serafimaki, A., Kahraman, H., Struiksma, M., Poeppel, D. (2019). Crowdsourcing neuroscience: inter-brain coupling during face-to-face interactions outside the laboratory. bioRxiv 2019 pp: 822320*equally contributing

      Rimmele, J., Sun, Y., Michalareas, G., Ghitza, O., Poeppel,D. (2019). Dynamics of functional networks for syllable and word-level processing.  bioRxiv 2019 pp: 584375

      Dikker, S., Wan, L., Davidesco, I., Kaggen, L., Oostrik, M., McClintock, J., Rowland, J., Michalareas, G., Van Bavel, J., Ding, M., Poeppel, D.,(2017). Brain-to-Brain Synchrony Tracks Real-World Dynamic Group Interactions in the Classroom. Current Biology 2017 vol: 27 (9) pp: 1375-1380

      Michalareas, G., Vezoli, J., van Pelt, S., Schoffelen, J., Kennedy, H., Fries, P.,(2016). Alpha-Beta and Gamma Rhythms Subserve Feedback and Feedforward Influences among Human Visual Cortical Areas. Neuron 2016 vol: 89 (2) pp: 384-397

      Larrouy-Maestri, P., Magis, D., Grabenhorst, M., Morsomme D. (2015). Layman versus Professional Musician: Who Makes the Better Judge? PLoS ONE,10(8): e0135394. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135394

      Brain to Brain Synchrony During Real World Dynamic Group Interactions - A Classroom EEG Study. Dikker S.*, Wan L.*, Davidesco I., Kaggen L., Oostrik M., McClintock J., Rowland J., Michalareas G., Van Bavel J., Ding M., Poeppel D. Current Biology, Volume 27, Issue 9, 2017, Pages 1375-1380 (* equally contributing)

      Michalareas, G., Vezoli, J., van Pelt, S., Schoffelen, J.-M., Kennedy, H., & Fries, P. (2016). Alpha-Beta and Gamma Rhythms Subserve Feedback and Feedforward Influences among Human Visual Cortical Areas. Neuron, 89(2), 384-397. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2015.12.018

      Larson-Prior, L. J., Oostenveld, R., Della Penna, S., Michalareas, G., Prior, F., Babajani-Feremi, A., Schoffelen, J.-M., Marzetti, L., de Pasquale, F., Di Pompeo, F., Stout, J., Woolrich, M., Luo, Q., Bucholz, R., Fries, P., Pizzella, V., Romani, G.L., Corbetta, M. & Snyder, A. Z. (2013). Adding dynamics to the Human Connectome Project with MEG. NeuroImage, 80, 190-201. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.05.056

      Michalareas, G., Schoffelen, J.-M., Paterson, G., & Gross, J. (2013). Investigating causality between interacting brain areas with multivariate autoregressive models of MEG sensor data. Human Brain Mapping, 34(4), 890-913. doi:10.1002/hbm.21482

      Van Essen, D. C., Ugurbil, K., Auerbach, E., Barch, D., Behrens, T. E. J., Bucholz, R., Chang, A., Chen, L., Corbetta, M., Curtiss, S. W., Della Penna, S., Feinberg, D., Glasser, M. F., Harel, N., Heath, A. C., Larson-Prior, L., Marcus, D., Michalareas, G., Moeller, S., Oostenveld, R., Petersen, S. E., Prior, F., Schlaggar, B. L., Smith, S. M., Snyder, A. Z., Xu, J. & Yacoub, E. (2012). The Human Connectome Project: A data acquisition perspective. NeuroImage, 62(4), 2222-2231. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.02.018


      Auszeichnungen & Stipendien



      Kavli Fellowship - Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Santa Barbara, United States


      Stipendium / Research scholarship to work in the Human Connectome Project, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, Frankfurt am Main, Germany



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