April 2022

Lars will speak at the POEM workshop (Priors, Evidence and Memory: Dynamics of Predictive Processing) at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany), organized by Prof. Yee Lee Shing and the LISCO lab. He will also present in Paris, at the Human Brain Project CORTICON Symposium: From Cortical Microcircuits to Consciousness, chaired by Walter Senn  and Alain Destexhe.


January 2022

Lars will present at the Virtual Brain Meeting at Imperial College London, speaking about 'Layers of primary visual cortex as a window into internal models about predicted and simulated environments'.


October 2021

Read about our latest Human Brain Project funded work "A self-supervised deep neural network for image completion resembles early visual cortex fMRI activity patterns for occluded scenes". 


March 2021

We are hosting our annual CCNi debate, on Lie Detection and Brain Reading. We will explore the decoding of neural signals to determine mental states, and it's challenges and opportunities. We are delighted to welcome Profs Barbara Sahakian (University of Cambridge), Jack Gallant (UC Berkeley), John-Dylan Haynes (Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin) and Hank Greely (Stanford). Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration details. 


February 2021

Read our latest finding Increased region of surround stimulation enhances contextual feedback and feedforward processing in human V1, where we used fMRI to measure how the availability of contextual information modulates the presence of detectable feedback signals in non-stimulated V1.


July 2020

We are organising and hosting an Organisation of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) mini-conference in conjunction with The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), on the topic of multi-scale, multi-method neuroscience. Registration details can be found here


June 2020

Read our latest finding that sounds can be read out from the "visual" cortex of congenitally blind individuals, published now in Current Biology. 


April 2020

Our recent paper Scene Representations Conveyed by Cortical Feedback to Early Visual Cortex Can be Described by Line Drawings was recognised as a Spotlight article by the Journal of Neuroscience, among the articles receiving the highest marks from reviewers during 2019. 


January 2020

**Apply for a fully-funded PhD in our lab on VR and its use in social interaction research! Check out our project "Testing social predictive processing in virtual reality", see here for application details. The deadline is 28 February 2020. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.** 

We're happy to announce the 2022 OHBM Annual Meeting will take place in Glasgow. 

 Lars will give a keynote at ABIM in Champery about visual predictions in layers of cortex, more info here


December 2019

In Glasgow, Lars will host with Tony Prescott (University of Sheffield) a Human Brain Project Curriculum Workshop Series - Cognitive Systems ‘Modern trends in cognitive architectures and systems: From theory to implementation in natural and artificial agents’. See here for registration details. 


November 2019

Lars will speak at the “Spatio-temporal mechanisms of generative perception” workshop, organised by David Burr and Marco Turi, in Matera, Italy. He will also speak at the “Roles and Mechanisms of Cortico-cortical Feedback” workshop, organized by Timo van Kerkoerle (NeuroSpin) and Alain Destexhe (CNRS) at The European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience in Paris. Lars will also speak at the Cambridge Brain MRI meeting, at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, University of Cambridge.

Lars will organise a Human Brain Project workshop at the European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience in Paris with Elisa Santandrea (University of Verona) and Alain Destexhe (CNRS), on ‘Perception and attention mechanisms in the primate brain: An integrated, multi-component perspective’. The goal of the workshop is to introduce a recently funded HBP Partnering Project, the MAC-Brain Project, coordinated by Professor Leonardo Chelazzi.


October 2019

We published online on OpenNeuro some anatomical data as a demonstration of our automatic brain segmentation tool https://openneuro.org/datasets/ds002207/versions/1.0.0. The paper describing the analysis can be found here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.05085 "CEREBRUM: a fast and fully-volumetric Convolutional Encoder-decodeR for weakly-supervised sEgmentation of BRain strUctures from out-of-the-scanner MRI".


June 2019

Lars will present our latest research on predictive processing in layers of visual cortex at the Siemens Industry Symposium during the Organization for Human Brain Mapping annual meeting in Rome. 


April 2019

We are currently advertising for a research associate, visit here or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 


January 2019

After 11 years in Glasgow, Lars and his family became British citizens!  

Lars is speaking at the Human Brain Project workshops; 'Neuronal basis of decision-making, action selection and coordination' in Stockholm, and 'Predictive coding, inference and unsupervised learning’ in Paris. 


December 2018 

Lars will give a seminar at the Brain Meetings, at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, UCL, London. 

Visit here for current PhD funding opportunities. **Application deadline: 7th January 2019**

Welcome to Jackson, lab baby number 3! 


November 2018

Congratulations to our Dr Andrew Morgan on his PhD graduation.

Welcome to Amelie, Glasgow lab baby number 2! 


July 2018

Read about our perspective on fMRI as a dendritic signal, and links to pyramidal neuronal computation across cortical layers. Our article is a Human Brain Project collaboration with Matthew Larkum and Robert Sachdev in Berlin.

Published in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods, read about a method to examine to single-trial BOLD time courses, providing a tool to investigate the temporal evolution of neural representations in fMRI data.


June 2018

Read a 'Predictive coding account of psychosis', published in Biological Psychiatry.


May 2018

Lars was interviewed by Horizon, the EU research and innovation magazine. 

Lars ran the Edinburgh marathon, his first marathon after a 30 year break, and his 5th overall!


We attended the Human Brain Project Science Alignment Meeting in Alpbach. 


March 2018

We attended the Human Brain Project Innovation Exhibition in London.


December 2017

We enjoyed the annual Muckli lab retreat at Loch Lomond.


November 2017

Using fMRI and a visual illusion, we find that the brain anticipates the information it will see when the eyes next move. We also reveal the potential for fMRI to contribute a high temporal resolution of processing; we detected a difference in processing of only 32ms, much faster than thought possible with fMRI. You can read the Scientific Reports paper here.


October 2017

Lars hosted the annual Human Brain Project Summit from 17-20 October at the SEC in Glasgow.


We published Cortical feedback signals generalise across different spatial frequencies of feedforward inputs in Neuroimage.


July 2017

We published Laminar fMRI: Applications for cognitive neuroscience, read it here.


June 2017

Congratulations to our Dr Fiona McGruer on her PhD graduation. 


March 2017 

The Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) will officially open at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. The Centre will include a 7 Tesla (7T) MRI scanner which will be the first of its kind fully integrated within a clinical site in the UK. Lars is the 7T scientific co-chair with Prof Keith Muir and Dr Jozien Goense. 
Lars will present 'Visual Predictions in different layers of visual cortex' at the Cortex Conference at the Universite de Lyon hosted by Henry Kennedy. 

Lars and Angus will give talks at the Cortical Feedback Spring School in Jena. 


December 2016

Congratulations to Dr Yulia Revina and Dr Fiona McGruer who received their doctorates.  

Our first Glasgow lab baby was born, welcome Talia!


August 2016

Lars co-organized a Predictive Coding workshop hosted by Jim Haxby at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College. You can listen to Lars' talk here. 


June 2016

On Monday June 20th Lars will speak at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh about our work with the Human Brain Project. You can register for the event here.


April 2016

Lars has been awarded 2 million by the Human Brain Project (with €500,000  for Glasgow). This grant will fund a consortium from Glasgow, Berlin, Cambridge, Amsterdam and Hamburg, who will contribute to a new Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience sub-project. The aims of the Human Brain Project are a multi-level understanding of the human brain, insight into brain diseases, and information and communications technologies inspired by brain data.


February 2016

We have recently published The brain's predictive prowess revealed in primary visual cortex in PNAS and Cortical feedback to V1 and V2 contains unique information about high-level scene structure on bioRxiv.


November 2015

Lars will give the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Colloquium at the University of Amsterdam and a Neurospin conference at the Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience.


October 2015

Publication of our layer-specific fMRI data in Current Biology. Muckli L., De Martino, F., Vizioli L., Petro L.S., Smith, F.W., Ugurbil, K., Goebel, R. & Yacoub, E. (2015). Contextual feedback to superficial layers of V1. Current Biology. Read our press release here.


June 2015

Lars spoke in the 'Predictive Coding during Perception' symposium at the Psychology and Brain conference at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. 


June 2015

We co-organized a workshop on predictive coding and schizophrenia.



March 2015

Lars presented our data on Predictive coding of auditory and contextual information in early visual cortex at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin and the Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit.


November 2014

We have two papers recently published Petro et al., Contributions of cortical feedback to sensory processing in primary visual cortex and Vetter et al., Dissociation of prediction from conscious perception. We also welcomed our new ERC PhD student, Angus Paton.


August 2014 

Lars gave a talk on layer-specific coding using ultra-high field at the 'Population Codes' workshop hosted by Jim Haxby at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College. 


July 2014

Our article Decoding sound and imagery content in early visual cortex (Current Biology, 2014) featured in Science, 345, 176-177. 


June 2014

We are currently advertising a PhD studentship, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


May 2014

Publication of Vetter, P., Smith, F.W., Muckli, L. (2014) Decoding sound and imagery content in early visual cortex. Current Biology. 


April 2014

Lars will be giving a keynote talk at the AVA meeting on Visual Neuroscience in York, see here for more information.


February 2014

Lars will be speaking at a workshop dedicated to the functional role of Cortical Oscillations in Predictive Coding. See here for more information and workshop registration.

 "Predictive coding of auditory and contextual information in early visual cortex – evidence from layer specific fMRI brain reading" at the Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group, The University of Edinburgh. 


October 2013

We are currently advertising a PhD studentship, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

"Layer resolution fMRI to investigate cortical feedback in the visual cortex" at the 9th Biennial 2013 Minnesota Workshops on High and Ultra-high Field Imaging. 

Postdoc Luca Vizioli joined us from the University of Fribourg and ERC PhD student Matt Bennett joined us from the University of Leicester.

Publication of Vetter, P., Grosbras, M-H., Muckli, L. (2013) TMS Over V5 Disrupts Motion Prediction. Cerebral Cortex.


July 2013

We are currently advertising a post-doc position, look here for application details.


May 2013

Publication of Muckli, L., Petro L.S. & Smith F.W. (2013) Backwards is the way forward:feedback in the cortical hierarchy predicts the expected future. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 36:4.  


April 2013

Publication of De Martino et al., Cortical Depth Dependent Functional Responses in Humans at 7T: Improved Specificity with 3D GRASE in PLoS ONE.


February 2013

Publication of Muckli & Petro Network interactions: non-geniculate input to V1 in Current Opinion in Neurobiology.

Publication of Petro et al., Decoding face categories in diagnostic sub-regions of primary visual cortex in European Journal of Neuroscience.


Sept 2012

Yulia Revina (PhD student) from UCL and Andrew Morgan (Masters student) from UCLA joined the group.


July 2012

ERC grant awarded to Prof Lars Muckli, 1.5 million euros.


June 2012

Publication of Vetter et al., Transfer of predictive signals across saccades in Frontiers in Perception Science.


May 2012

Postdoc Lucy Petro joined the group from Rockefeller University, New York.