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Vadim Nikulin

  • Vadim Nikulin has been at HSE University since 2014.

Education and Degrees

  • 2001

    University of Helsinki

  • 1994

    Saint Petersburg State University


  • 2014

    Cognitive Control, Communication and Perception: Psychological and Neurobiological Aspects (Москва). Presentation: Long-range temporal correlations in Neuronal Oscillations

  • Neuroscience 2014 Annual Meeting - Society for Neuroscience (Вашингтон). Presentation: Effect of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Long Range Temporal Correlations in the motor cortex of the human brain

  • Cognitive Control, Communication and Perception: Psychological and Neurobiological Aspects (Москва). Presentation: Multimodal assessment of the motor system for hand motor recovery prognosis in chronic ischemic stroke patients - fMRI -DTI -nTMS approach


Publications in peer-reviewed journals


  • Waterstraat G, Burghoff M, Fedele T, Nikulin VV,Scheer HJ. Curio G. Non-invasive single-trial detection of human neocortical population spikes. NeuroImage (In Press).
  • Dabek J, Nikulin VV, Ilmoniemi RJ. Detecting millisecond-range coupling delays between brainwaves in terms of power correlations by magnetoencephalography. J Neurosci Methods. 2014; 235:10-24.
  • Hohlefeld FU,Huchzermeyer C, Huebl J, Schneider GH, Bruecke C, Schoenecker T, Kuehn AA, Curio G, Nikulin VV. Interhemispheric functional interactions between the subthalamic nuclei of patients with Parkinson’s disease. EJN (In Press).Haufe S, Dähne S, Nikulin VV. Dimensionality reduction for the analysis of brain oscillations. Neuroimage 2014; 101:583-597.
  • Sundgren M, Nikulin VV, Maurex L, Wahlin Å, Piehl F, Brismar T. P300 amplitude and response speed relate to preserved cognitive function in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Clinical Neurophysiology (In Press).
  • Nikulin VV, Fedele T, Mehnert J, Lipp A, Noack C, Steinbrink J, Curio G. Monochromatic Ultra-Slow (~ 0.1 Hz) oscillations in the human electroencephalogram and their relation to hemodynamics. NeuroImage. NeuroImage 2014; 97: 71-80.
  • Blythe DA, Haufe S, Muller KR, Nikulin VV. The effect sof linear mixing in the EEG on Hurst exponent estimation. NeuroImage (In Press). 
  • Dähne S, Nikulin VV, Ramírezd D, Schreier JP, Müller KR, Haufe S. Finding brain oscillations with power dependencies in neuroimaging data. NeuroImage 2014; 96: 334-348.
  • Thiel SD, Bitzer S, Nierhaus T, Kalberlah C, Preusser S, Neumann J, Nikulin VV, van der Meer E, Villringer A, Pleger B. Hysteresis as an implicit prior in tactile spatial decision making.
  • PLoS One. 2014 Feb 26;9: e89802.
  • Dahne S, Meinecke FC, Haufe S, Hoehne J, Tangermann M, Muller KR, Nikulin VV. SPoC: a novel method for obtaining a maximized correlation between amplitude of neuronal oscillations and cognitive variables. NeuroImage 2014; 86:111–122.
  • Herrojo Ruiz M, Brücke C, Nikulin VV, Schneider GH, Kühn AA. Beta-band amplitude oscillations in the human internal globus pallidus support the encoding of sequence boundaries during initial sensorimotor sequence learning. NeuroImage, 2014; 85: 779–793.
  • von Carlowitz-Ghori K, Bayraktaroglu Z, Hohlefeld FU, Losch F, Curio G, Nikulin VV. Corticomuscular coherence in acute and chronic stroke. Clin Neurophysiol (In Press).
  • Ilmoniemi RJ, Nikulin VV. Spatiotemporal dynamics and background neuronal states of the brain: implications for neuroimaging. Imaging Med (In Press).  



  • Nierula B, Hohlefeld FU, Curio G, Nikulin VV. A lower bound for spatial modularity of macroscopic EEG rhythms: No somatotopy of somatosensory alpha oscillation responses to differential finger stimulation. NeuroImage 2013; 76: 294–303.
  • Hohlefeld FU, Ehlen F, Krugel LK, Kühn AA, Curio G, Klostermann F, Nikulin VV. Modulation of cortical neural dynamics during thalamic deep brain stimulation in patients with essential tremor
  • NeuroReport 2013; 24: 751–756.
  • Hohlefeld FU, Huchzermeyer C, Huebl J, Schneider GH, Nolte G, Brücke, C, Schönecker T, Kühn AA, Curio G, Nikulin VV. Functional and effective connectivity in the subthalamic nucleus of patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Neuroscience 2013; 250:320–332
  • Haufe S, Nikulin VV, Müller KR, Nolte G. A critical assessment of connectivity measures for EEG data: a simulation study. NeuroImage 2013; 64:120–133.
  • Bayraktaroglu Z, von Carlowitz-Gori K, Losch F, Nolte G, Curio G, Nikulin VV. It is not all about phase: amplitdue dynamics in corticomuscular interactions. NeuroImage 2013; 64: 496–504.               



  • Hardstone R, Poil SS, Schiavone G, Jansen R, Nikulin VV, Mansvelder HD, Linkenkaer-Hansen K.Detrended fluctuation analysis: a scale-free view on neuronal oscillations. Front Physiol 2012; 3, 450.
  • Hohlefeld FU, Huebl J, Huchzermeyer C, Schneider GH, Schönecker T, Kühn AA,  Curio G,
  • Nikulin VV. Long-range temporal correlations in the subthalamic nucleus of patients with Parkinson's Disease. European Journal of Neuroscience 2012; 36: 2812–2821.
  • Nikulin VV, Jönsson EG, Brismar T. Attenuation of long-range temporal correlations in the amplitude dynamics of alpha and beta neuronal oscillations in patients with schizophrenia. NeuroImage 2012; 61: 162–169.  
  • Nikulin VV, Nolte G, Curio G. Cross-frequency decomposition: A novel technique for studying interactions between neuronal oscillations with different frequencies. Clin Neurophysiol 2012; 123: 1353–1360.

Work Experience

2008−present: Principal Investigator, Neurophysics Group, Department of Neurology, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Since 2014 a visiting professor in Center for Cognition and Decision Making, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation.

2005−2008: Post-doc, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin.

2003−2005: Post-doc, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

2002: Post-doc, BioMag Laboratory, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland.

1997−2001: Researcher, BioMag Laboratory, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland. 

1992−1997: Researcher, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Coordination, St.-Petersburg State University, Russia

Research Interests

• Neuronal oscillations

Functional Significance for Cognition, Perception and Movements
Synchronization and Causality Analysis
Relation to Evoked Responses Nonlinear
Neuronal interactions
Complexity Analysis

• Clinical studies

Cortico-Muscular Interactions in Stroke
Neuronal Dynamics in Deep Brain Structures (patients with Parkinson’s disease, patients with Essential Tremor)
Neuronal Dynamics in Schizophrenia

• Brain Computer Interface
• Development of the Novel Analytic and Recording Techniques for EEG/MEG 
• Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in combination with EEG 
• Methods: EEG, MEG, EMG, LFP, single cell activity, NIRS, TMS, DBS

Two-handed Movements Require More Neural Effort As People Grow Older

A team of researchers from Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig) has discovered that the age-related decline in bilateral anti-phase movement is linked to differences in alpha and beta neural activity. Among the researchers was Vadim Nikulin, Leading Research Fellow of the Centre for Cognition & Decision Making at HSE University.

Donor Muscle Training Before Transplantation Expedites Rehabilitation Process in Patients

Researchers Learn More about Maximizing Brain Use

Neuroscientists have come up with a new multivariate method for predicting behavioural response to a stimulus using information about the phase of preceding neuronal oscillations recorded with EEG.