Mark Schram Christensen

Mark Schram Christensen

Associate Professor

The goal of my research is to understand how human cognitive processes are formed and developed by the interaction with the surroundings and objects through movements. I use modelling of the neural mechanisms underlying sensorimotor interactions involved in cognitive and perceptual tasks, skill acquisition and movement control using data from behavioural, neuroimaging and electrophysiological recordings accompanied by subjective reports of phenomenological experiences. I am particularly interested in understanding how the perceptual experience of movements and focus of attention play a role for the ability to learn new skills. In order to achieve this, I study human’s interaction with the environment in combination with neuroscientific (EEG, EMG), biomechanical (3D motion capture) and stimulation (TMS) methods.

I have recently started the project The Functional Role of Perception of Movements with funding from The Independent Research Fund Denmark. It is an interdisciplinary collaboration with assoc. prof. Thor Grünbaum (Section of Philosophy, UCPH), where we investigate the functional role of movement perception in humans for skill acquisition and learning. We combine subjective reports of phenomenological experiences, behavioural and electrophysiological neuroscience methods in order to study the sensory signals and perceptual experiences that contribute to skill learning. I investigate the use of VR to improve movement range in people with cerebral palsy and acquisition of new skills in healthy volunteers. Here we use modelling of behavior in order to make adaptive adjustments to the effects of movement in virtual environments. 

I work at Department of Psychology, 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 

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

  • Cognitive Psychology, BSc course in Psychology
  • Supervision in BSc, MSc projects in Cognitive Control of Movements and actions 

Selected publications

  1. E-pub ahead of print

    Moving without sensory feedback: online TMS over the dorsal premotor cortex impairs motor performance during ischemic nerve block

    Bruno, V., Castellani, N., Garbarini, F. & Christensen, Mark Schram, 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991). 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Sense of agency for movements

    Christensen, Mark Schram & Grünbaum, Thor, 2018, In: Consciousness and Cognition. 65, p. 27-47 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Sense of moving: Moving closer to the movement

    Christensen, Mark Schram & Grünbaum, Thor, 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

  4. Published

    Sensation of Movement

    Grünbaum, Thor (ed.) & Christensen, Mark Schram (ed.), 2017, Abingdon, UK: Routledge. 154 p. (Current Issues in Consciousness Research).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

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

    Ritterband-Rosenbaum, Anina, Nielsen, Jens Bo & Christensen, Mark Schram, 2014, In: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8, 10 p., 510.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Sense of agency as synecdoche: Multiple neurobiological mechanisms may underlie the phenomenon summarized as sense of agency

    Charalampaki, A., Karabanov, Anke Ninija, Ritterband-Rosenbaum, Anina, Bo Nielsen, J., Siebner, Hartwig Roman & Christensen, Mark Schram, 2022, In: Consciousness and Cognition. 101, 103307.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReviewResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

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

    Larsen, Lisbeth Højkjær, Zibrandtsen, I. C., Wienecke, Troels, Kjær, T. W., Langberg, H., Nielsen, Jens Bo & Christensen, Mark Schram, 2018, In: European Journal of Neuroscience. 47, 8, p. 1024-1032 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  9. 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, Mark Schram, Ehrsson, H. H. & Nielsen, Jens Bo, 2013, In: Experimental Brain Research. 230, 1, p. 101-115 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  10. Published

    Measures of agency

    Grünbaum, Thor & Christensen, Mark Schram, 2020, In: Neuroscience of Consciousness. 6, 1, niaa019.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReviewResearchpeer-review

  11. Published

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  12. Published

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

    Ritterband-Rosenbaum, Anina, Karabanov, Anke Ninija, Christensen, Mark Schram & Nielsen, Jens Bo, 2014, In: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8, 7 p., 471.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  13. Published

    Body schema, illusions of movement and body perception

    Christensen, Mark Schram, 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

  14. Published

    Action-blindsight in healthy subjects after transcranial magnetic stimulation

    Christensen, Mark Schram, Kristiansen, L., Rowe, J. B. & Nielsen, Jens Bo, 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

  15. Published

    Illusory sensation of movement induced by repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

    Christensen, Mark Schram, Lundbye-Jensen, Jesper, Grey, M. J., Vejlby, A. D., Belhage, B., Nielsen, Jens Bo, 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

  16. Published

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

    Christensen, Mark Schram, Lundbye-Jensen, Jesper, Petersen, Nicolas Caesar, Geertsen, S. S., Paulson, Olaf B. & Nielsen, Jens Bo, 2007, In: Cerebral Cortex. 17, 8, p. 1906-1917 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  17. Published

    Premotor cortex modulates somatosensory cortex during voluntary movements without proprioceptive feedback

    Christensen, Mark Schram, Lundbye-Jensen, Jesper, Geertsen, S. S., Petersen, T. H., Paulson, Olaf B. & Nielsen, Jens Bo, 1 Apr 2007, In: Nature Neuroscience. 10, 4, p. 417-9 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  18. Published

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

    Ritterband-Rosenbaum, Anina, Christensen, Mark Schram & Nielsen, Jens Bo, 2012, In: Research in Developmental Disabilities. 33, 4, p. 1227-1234 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  19. Published

    Altered sense of agency in children with spastic cerebral palsy

    Ritterband-Rosenbaum, Anina, Christensen, Mark Schram, Kliim-Due, M., Petersen, L. Z., Rasmussen, B. & Nielsen, Jens Bo, 2011, In: B M C Neurology. 11, 1, p. 150 (1-12) 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  20. Published

    An fMRI study of the neural correlates of graded visual perception

    Christensen, Mark Schram, 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

  21. Published

    Valence, form, and content of self-talk predict sport type and level of performance

    Nedergaard, J., Christensen, Mark Schram & Wallentin, M., 2021, In: Consciousness and Cognition. 89, 103102.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  22. Published

    Cortical signatures of precision grip force control in children, adolescents and adults

    Beck, M. M., Spedden, Meaghan Elizabeth, Dietz, M., Karabanov, Anke Ninija, Christensen, Mark Schram & Lundbye-Jensen, Jesper, 2021, In: eLife. 10, 22 p., e61018.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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