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Name (center, department, group or other)
Contact name
Morten Overgaard
Contact title
30. June 2015

Brief description of research activities

Morten Overgaard is professor in cognitive neuroscience with a special emphasis on consciousness research using interdisciplinary ideas and methods ranging from basic neuroscience to philosophy of mind. He is head of Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit (see and held an ERC Starting Grant 2010-2015. Morten was the youngest professor in the Danish history of neuroscience and has published widely in top-ranging medicine journals, psychology journals and philosophy journals on how to define consciousness, how to study it empirically, and on neural and behavioral correlates of consciousness. His work extends into clinical domains, working with coma/vegetative state patients, psychiatric patients, and patients with different kinds of brain injury in order to learn about consciousness, and, vice versa, apply this knowledge to improve knowledge about rehabilitation.

Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, or CNRU, has existed since 2007 and has as its primary goal to bridge certain gaps in current scientific understandings of the mind, such as 1) why are we conscious? 2) how can we scientifically investigate something that is only subjective? 3) what is free will, and do we have it? 4) how does basic research translate into clinical domains? 4) how can there be a dynamic relationb between structure and function (e.g. in neurorehabilitation) and at the same time be functional localization in the brain?

Keywords: Consciousness, brain injury, neurorehabilitation, perception, volition

Research tools and techniques

MEG, EEG, TMS, fMRI, Behavioral Methods

Scientific Personnel

No of Associate Professors/Postdocs: 5
No of PhD students: 7
Other: 4

Key references from within the last 5 years

Andersen, L.M., Pedersen, M.N., Sandberg, K. & Overgaard, M. (in press): Occipital MEG activity in the early time range (<300 ms) predicts graded changes in perceptual consciousness, Cerebral Cortex

Overgaard, M. (2015): Behavioural Methods in Consciousness Research, Oxford University Press

Sandberg, K. Barnes, G.R., Rees, G. & Overgaard, M. (2014): MEG activity related to conscious perception is stable within individuals across years but not between individuals, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 4, 840-853

Overgaard, M. & Mogensen, J. (2014): Conscious perception: A representational, non-reductionistic, level-dependent approach, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London – Series B: Biological Sciences, 369, 20130209

Vinding, M.C., Jensen, M. & Overgaard, M. (2014): Distinct electrophysiological potentials for intention in action and prior intention for action, Cortex, 50, 86-99

Michael, J. Sandberg, K. Skewes, J. Wolf, T. Blicher, J. Overgaard, M. & Frith, C. (2014): TMS (cTBS) demonstrates a causal role of premotor homunculus in action, Psychological Science, 25, 4, 963-972

Sandberg, K. Barnes, G. Bahrami, B. Kanai, R. Overgaard, M. & Rees, G. (2014): Distinct MEG correlates of conscious experience, perceptual reversals and stabilization during binocular rivalry, NeuroImage, 100C, 161-175

Overgaard, M. & Sandberg, K. (2012): Kinds of access: Different methods for report reveal different kinds of metacognitive access, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 367, 1287-1296

Overgaard, M. & Overgaard, R. (2011): Measurements of consciousness in the vegetative state, The Lancet, 6736 (11) 61224-5

Overgaard, M. (2011): Visual experience and blindsight: A methodological review, Experimental Brain Research, 209, 4, 473-479.
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