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Prof Morten Kringelbach


I came up to Oxford in 1998 to do my doctoral research on the functional neuroanatomy of emotion, after having studied at the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Academy of Arts, Denmark. In 2002 I came to The Queen’s College as a JRF and in 2006 started my own research group on pleasure, based in Oxford and at University of Aarhus, where I am also a Professor of Neuroscience. In 2011, together with Hugh McManners, I founded The Scars of War Foundation which is an interdisciplinary research center at Queen’s which is dedicated to advancing understanding of the effects of war and disaster. Recently, I have helped create the Music in the Brain centre in Denmark. I am also engaged with the Empathy Museum.


I give tutorials to the second year medical students at The Queen’s College about how the brain works. I supervise graduate students as well as undergraduate advanced projects and dissertations in topics related to my research. 


My research programme is aimed at understanding the pleasure systems in the human brain in health and disease. This pursuit uses a multidisciplinary and transnational approach using neuroimaging, neuropsychiatry, neurosurgery and whole-brain computational modelling. My research can be divided into three strands: 1) investigating fundamental pleasure networks in health and disease, 2) elucidating well-being as e.g. found in music and the parent-infant relationship, and 3) understanding and alleviating anhedonia in clinical populations (e.g. with post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease) using deep brain stimulation and other less invasive methods. The research is funded by the ERC, Danish National Research Foundation among others. 


Kringelbach M.L., McIntosh A.R., Ritter P., Jirsa V. & Deco G. (2015) The rediscovery of slowness: exploring the timing of cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 19(10):616-28. IF:22.0

Deco G., Tononi G, Boly M. & Kringelbach M.L. (2015) Rethinking segregation and integration: contributions of whole-brain computational modelling. Nature Review Neuroscience, 16:430-439. IF:31.4

Berridge K.C. & Kringelbach M.L. (2015) Pleasure systems in the brain. Neuron, 86:646-664. IF: 15.8

Deco G. & Kringelbach M.L. (2014) Great expectations: using whole-brain computational connectomics for understanding neuropsychiatric disorders. Neuron, 84(3): 892-905. IF: 15.8

Rømer Thomsen K., Joensson M., Lou H. C. Møller A., Gross J., Kringelbach M.L. & Changeux J.P. (2013) Altered paralimbic interaction in behavioral addiction. PNAS, 110(12):4744-9. IF: 9.8

Kringelbach M.L., Lehtonen A., Squire, S., Harvey A.G., Craske M.G., Holliday I.E., Green A.L., Aziz T.Z., Hansen P.C., Cornelissen P.L. & Stein A. (2008) A specific and rapid neural signature for parental instinct. PLoS ONE, 3(2): e1664. IF:3.5

Kringelbach M.L., Jenkinson N., Owen S.L.F. & Aziz T.Z. (2007) Translational principles of deep brain stimulation. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 8:623-635. IF:31.4

Kringelbach M.L. (2005) The human orbitofrontal cortex: linking reward to hedonic experience. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 6:691-702. IF:31.4

Kringelbach M.L., O’Doherty J., Rolls E.T. & Andrews C. (2003) Activation of the human orbitofrontal cortex to a liquid food stimulus is correlated with its subjective pleasantness, Cerebral Cortex, 13: 1064-71. IF:8.7

O’Doherty J., Kringelbach M.L., Rolls E.T., Hornak J. & Andrews C. (2001) Abstract Reward and Punishment Representations in the Human Orbitofrontal Cortex, Nature Neuroscience, 4(1):95-102. IF:16.1