Prof. Dr. Pascal Fries

Fries Lab · Department Director
  • pascal.fries (at)
  • Deutschordenstr. 46 · 60528 Frankfurt am Main · Germany
  • +49 69 96769 501

Research statement

Networks of neurons typically engage in rhythmic, synchronized activity. Neuronal synchronization likely affects neuronal processing. If so, evolution has probably selected functional synchronization and mechanisms for its adaptive modulation. I study neuronal synchronization’s mechanisms, its consequences and its cognitive functions.

Key publications

Rohenkohl G, Bosman CA, Fries P (2018). Gamma synchronization between V1 and V4 improves behavioral performance. Neuron 100(4), 953-963.

Ni J, Wunderle T, Lewis CM, Desimone R, Diester I, Fries P (2016). Gamma-rhythmic gain modulation. Neuron 92(1), 240-251. Postprint

Michalareas G, Vezoli J, van Pelt S, Schoffelen JM, 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. Postprint

Bastos AM, Vezoli J, Bosman CA, Schoffelen JM, Oostenveld R, Dowdall JR, De Weerd P, Kennedy H, Fries P (2015). Visual areas exert feedforward and feedback influences through distinct frequency channels. Neuron 85(2), 390-401. Postprint

Fries P (2015). Rhythms for cognition: Communication through coherence. Neuron 88(1), 220-235. Postprint

Landau AN, Schreyer HM, van Pelt S, Fries P (2015). Distributed attention is implemented through theta-rhythmic gamma modulation. Curr Biol 25(17), 2332-2337. Postprint

Vinck M, Womelsdorf T, Buffalo EA, Desimone R, Fries P (2013). Attentional modulation of cell-class-specific gamma-band synchronization in awake monkey area V4. Neuron 80(4), 1077-1089. Postprint

Bosman CA, Schoffelen JM, Brunet N, Oostenveld R, Bastos AM, Womelsdorf T, Rubehn B, Stieglitz T, De Weerd P, Fries P (2012). Attentional stimulus selection through selective synchronization between monkey visual areas. Neuron 75(5), 875-88. Postprint

Declaration of interests

Pascal Fries is beneficiary of a license contract on thin-film electrodes with Blackrock Microsystems LLC (Salt Lake City, UT), he is member of the Scientific Technical Advisory Board of CorTec GmbH (Freiburg, Germany), and he is managing director of Brain Science GmbH (Frankfurt am Main, Germany).