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 early development of cognition in infants, amoung others infants' abilities to predict the consequences of their own movement. This work is done in collaboration with the Elsass Institute

I work as group leader for Cognitive Motor Neuroscience at Department of Neuroscience, and do 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
  • Early cognitive development 

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
  • Virtual Reality

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. E-pub ahead of print

    Are sensorimotor experiences the key for successful early intervention in infants with congenital brain lesion?

    Ritterband-Rosenbaum, A., Justiniano, M. D., Nielsen, J. B. & Christensen, M. S., 12 Feb 2019, In : Infant Behavior and Development. 54, p. 133-139 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReviewResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Sense of agency for movements

    Christensen, M. S. & Grünbaum, T., 2018, In : Consciousness and Cognition. 65, p. 27-47 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Modulation of task-related cortical connectivity in the acute and subacute phase after stroke

    Larsen, L. H., Zibrandtsen, I. C., Wienecke, T., Kjær, T. W., Langberg, H., Nielsen, J. B. & Christensen, M. S., 2018, In : European Journal of Neuroscience. 47, 8, p. 1024-1032 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Sense of moving: Moving closer to the movement

    Christensen, M. S. & Grünbaum, T., 2017, Sensation of Movement. Grünbaum, T. & Christensen, M. S. (eds.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, p. 64-84 21 p. (Current Issues in Consciousness Research).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Sensation of Movement

    Grünbaum, T. (ed.) & Christensen, M. S. (ed.), 2017, Abingdon, UK: Routledge. 154 p. (Current Issues in Consciousness Research).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    To be active through indoor-climbing: an exploratory feasibility study in a group of children with cerebral palsy and typically developing children

    Schram Christensen, M., Jensen, T., Voigt, C. B., Nielsen, J. B. & Lorentzen, J., 15 Jun 2017, In : B M C Neurology. 17, 20 p., 112.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  8. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  9. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  10. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  11. 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, p. 283-303 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  12. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  13. 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

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  14. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  15. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  16. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  17. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  18. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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