MEG methods

The MEG Methods group works on the development of novel acquisition and data analysis methods for MEG and EEG data with applications in cognitive neuroimaging. By recording the electromagnetic activity produced by the brain in action, MEG and EEG offer a unique opportunity to investigate cognitive functioning with high temporal resolution and reasonable spatial resolution. Furthermore, MEG and especially EEG allows the recording of brain activity during highly dynamic real-world contexts in combination with other techniques such as eye tracking, behavioral tracking and other physiological signals. Specific research projects focus on time-series signal processing, source reconstruction, connectivity analysis and statistical analysis.

New methods developed in the group are implemented in, and disseminated by means of the FieldTrip toolbox. This toolbox reflects the leading role that the Donders Institute has had for the last 15 years in advancing MEG and EEG analysis methods. It continues to be actively developed and supported by an international team of collaborators and open source enthusiasts.


  • 2015 - ChildBrain - Advancing brain research in children's developmental neurocognitive disorders (more information)
  • FieldTrip - The MATLAB software toolbox for MEG and EEG analysis. (more information)
  • 2010 - Human Connectome Project - Mapping structural and functional connections in the human brain (more information)
  • BrainGain - Brain-Computer and Computer-Brain Interfaces: devices for detecting and modifying brain activity (more information)
  • BrainSync - Large scale interactions in brain networks and their breakdown in brain diseases. (more information)

Key publications

  • Oostenveld R, Fries P, Maris E, Schoffelen JM. FieldTrip: Open Source Software for Advanced Analysis of MEG, EEG, and Invasive Electrophysiological Data. Comput Intell Neurosci. 2011 Full text
  • Maris E, Oostenveld R. Nonparametric statistical testing of EEG- and MEG-data. J Neurosci Methods. 2007 Aug 15;164(1):177-90. Full text
  • Gross J, Baillet S, Barnes GR, Henson RN, Hillebrand A, Jensen O, Jerbi K, Litvak V, Maess B, Oostenveld R, Parkkonen L, Taylor JR, van Wassenhove V, Wibral M, Schoffelen JM. Good practice for conducting and reporting MEG research. Neuroimage. 2013 Jan 15;65:349-63. Full text
  • Larson-Prior LJ, Oostenveld R, Della Penna S, Michalareas G, Prior F, Babajani-Feremi A, Schoffelen JM, Marzetti L, de Pasquale F, Di Pompeo F, Stout J, Woolrich M, Luo Q, Bucholz R, Fries P, Pizzella V, Romani GL, Corbetta M, Snyder AZ; WU-Minn HCP Consortium. Adding dynamics to the Human Connectome Project with MEG. Neuroimage. 2013 Oct 15;80:190-201. Full text
  • Womelsdorf T, Schoffelen JM, Oostenveld R, Singer W, Desimone R, Engel AK, Fries P. Modulation of neuronal interactions through neuronal synchronization. Science. 2007 Jun 15;316(5831):1609-12. Full text

Ancillary position

2015 - Visiting professor Karolinska Instituut, Stockholm, Zweden

Research Group
MEG methods

Associate Principal Investigator Robert Oostenveld

Group members

Natascha Roos
Mark Henney
Teresa Campillo Ferrer

Research Assistant
Kirstin Bleumink

Konstantinos Tsilimparis
Julia Chauvet
Elizaveta Vilenchik

Contact information

Postal address
Postbus 9101