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Mark Schram Christensen

Mark Schram Christensen

Associate Professor

My research is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms underlying human control of movements.
I focus on the brain's ability to use predictions to inform the sensory system about ongoing movements.
These predictions seem to influence conscious perception of movements and may be responsible for our sensation of control.

I am currently investigating with the neural mechanisms of intentionality and phenomenal consciousness of cognitive motor control in collaboration with Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit at Aarhus University.

I work as group leader of Cognitive Motor Control research in the Neural Control of Movement lab. Coordination and supervision of neurophysiology research within the domain of cognitive control of movements.

  • Consciousness and movements
  • Movement awareness
  • Sensory motor illusions
  • Agency
  • Body awareness and ownership

In the research group we use the following methods

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Eye-tracking
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), in collaboration with DRCMR
  • Behavioural tests

Fields of interest

  • Motor control
  • Neural control of movements and actions
  • Sensorimotor integration
  • Theories of neuroscience
  • Consciousness
  • Agency
  • Intentionality and volitional control of movements

Teaching

  • Human Neurobiology, MSc course at Deartment of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copnhagen
  • Supervision in BSc, MSc projects in Cognitive Control of Movements and actions 

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Sense of agency is related to gamma band coupling in an inferior parietal-preSMA circuitry

    Ritterband-Rosenbaum, A., Nielsen, J. B. & Christensen, M. S. 2014 In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8, 10 p., 510

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    10 Hz rTMS over right parietal cortex alters sense of agency during self-controlled movements

    Ritterband-Rosenbaum, A., Karabanov, A. N., Christensen, M. S. & Nielsen, J. B. 2014 In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8, 7 p., 471

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Seeing or moving in parallel: the premotor cortex does both during bimanual coordination, while the cerebellum monitors the behavioral instability of symmetric movements

    Christensen, M. S., Ehrsson, H. H. & Nielsen, J. B. 2013 In : Experimental Brain Research. 230, 1, p. 101-115 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Modulation of proprioceptive feedback during functional electrical stimulation: an fMRI study

    Christensen, M. S. & Grey, M. J. 2013 In : European Journal of Neuroscience. 37, 11, p. 1766-1778 13 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Body schema, illusions of movement and body perception

    Christensen, M. S. 2012 Routledge Handbook of Motor Control and Motor Learning. Gollhofer, A., Taube, W. & Nielsen, J. B. (eds.). London: Routledge, Ch. 14, p. 283-303 21 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  6. Published

    Action-blindsight in healthy subjects after transcranial magnetic stimulation

    Christensen, M. S., Kristiansen, L., Rowe, J. B. & Nielsen, J. B. 2008 In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America. 105, 4, p. 1353-1357 5 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    Illusory sensation of movement induced by repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

    Christensen, M. S., Lundbye-Jensen, J., Grey, M. J., Vejlby, A. D., Belhage, B., Nielsen, J. B., Christensen, M. S., Jensen, J. L., Grey, M. J., Vejlby, A. D., Belhage, B. & Holm-Nielsen, J. B. 2010 In : P L o S One. 5, 10, p. e13301

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  8. Published

    Watching your foot move - an fMRI study of visuomotor interactions during foot movement

    Christensen, M. S., Jensen, J. L., Petersen, N., Geertsen, S. S., Paulson, O. B. & Nielsen, J. B. 2007 In : Cerebral Cortex. 17, 8, p. 1906-1917 12 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  9. Published

    Premotor cortex modulates somatosensory cortex during voluntary movements without proprioceptive feedback

    Christensen, M. S., Lundbye-Jensen, J., Geertsen, S. S., Petersen, T. H., Paulson, O. B. & Nielsen, J. B. 1 Apr 2007 In : Nature Neuroscience. 10, 4, p. 417-9 3 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published

    An fMRI study of the neural correlates of graded visual perception

    Christensen, M. S., Ramsøy, T., Lund, T. E., Madsen, K. H. & Rowe, J. B. 2006 In : NeuroImage. 31, 4, p. 1711-1725 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  11. Published

    Bevægelse og bevidsthed: Hvordan ved vi, at vi bevæger os?

    Christensen, M. S. 2009 Hjernen i Bevægelse. Bøgeskov, J., Ellemann, K. & Nielsen, J. B. (eds.). København: Hjerneforum, p. 114-121 8 p.

    Publication: EducationBook chapter

  12. Published

    Subconscious visual cues during movement execution allow correct online choice reactions

    Leukel, C., Lundbye-Jensen, J., Christensen, M. S., Gollhofer, A., Nielsen, J. B. & Taube, W. 2012 In : P L o S One. 7, 9, p. e44496 8 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  13. Published

    Dopamine replacement modulates oscillatory coupling between premotor and motor cortical areas in Parkinson's disease

    Herz, D. M., Florin, E., Christensen, M. S., Reck, C., Barbe, M. T., Tscheuschler, M. K., Tittgemeyer, M., Siebner, H. R. & Timmermann, L. 2014 In : Cerebral Cortex. 24, 11, p. 2873-2883 11 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  14. Published

    Task-specific modulation of effective connectivity during two simple unimanual motor tasks: A 122-channel EEG study

    Herz, D. M., Christensen, M. S., Reck, C., Florin, E., Barbe, M. T., Stahlhut, C., Pauls, K. A. M., Tittgemeyer, M., Siebner, H. R. & Timmermann, L. 2012 In : NeuroImage. 59, 4, p. 3187-3193 7 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  15. Published

    Twenty weeks of computer-training improves sense of agency in children with spastic cerebral palsy

    Ritterband-Rosenbaum, A., Christensen, M. S. & Nielsen, J. B. 2012 In : Research in Developmental Disabilities. 33, 4, p. 1227-1234 8 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  16. Published

    Altered sense of agency in children with spastic cerebral palsy

    Ritterband-Rosenbaum, A., Christensen, M. S., Kliim-Due, M., Petersen, L. Z., Rasmussen, B. & Nielsen, J. B. 2011 In : B M C Neurology. 11, 1, p. 150 (1-12) 12 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  17. Published

    The acute brain response to levodopa heralds dyskinesias in Parkinson disease

    Herz, D. M., Haagensen, B. N., Christensen, M. S., Madsen, K. H., Rowe, J. B., Løkkegaard, A. & Siebner, H. R. 2014 In : Annals of Neurology. 75, 6, p. 829-836 8 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  18. Published

    Abnormal dopaminergic modulation of striato-cortical networks underlies levodopa-induced dyskinesias in humans

    Herz, D. M., Haagensen, B. N., Christensen, M. S., Madsen, K. H., Rowe, J. B., Løkkegaard, A. & Siebner, H. R. 2015 In : Brain. 138, 6, p. 1658-1666 9 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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