Universitätsklinik für Neurologie



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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Peter Sörös

I am a neuroscientist & neurologist working at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. My research focus is on structural and functional MRI, pain, stroke, aging, speech & language.

For my research, I am using the Siemens Prisma scanner located at the Neuroimaging Unit, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

I am a member of the Research Center Neurosensory Science at the University of Oldenburg.

The aging brain: a developmental and evolutionary perspective.
Presentation at the Oldenburg EMS Research Colloquium, 6 December 2021, Online

Selected Publications

All publications listed in PubMed


Danilin LK, Spindler M, Sörös P*, Bantel C*. Heart rate and heart rate variability in patients with chronic inflammatory joint disease: the role of pain duration and the insular cortex. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2022;23:75PubMed | DOI: 10.1186/s12891-022-05009-1 | PDF
* shared senior authorship

Oveisgharan S, Ghaffarpasand F, Sörös P, Toma M, Sarrafzadegan N, Hachinski V. Brain, heart, and sudden death. Curr J Neurol 2022; 21: 40-51 | DOI: 10.18502/cjn.v21i1.9361 | PDF


Treutler M & Sörös P. Functional MRI of native and non-native speech sound production in sequential German-English bilinguals. Front Hum Neurosci 2021;15:683277 | PubMed | DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2021.683277 | PDF

Bantel C & Sörös P. On pain – Virginia Woolf and the language of poets and patients. Br J Pain 2021;15:497-500 | PubMed | DOI: 10.1177/20494637211009253 | PDF

Sörös P, Wölk L, Bantel C, Bräuer A, Klawonn F*, Witt K*. Replicability, repeatability, and long-term reproducibility of cerebellar morphometry. Cerebellum 2021;20:439-453 | PubMed | DOI: 10.1007/s12311-020-01227-2 | PDF
* shared senior authorship

Guo Z-P, Sörös P, Zhang Z-Q, Yang M-H, Liao D, Liu C-H. Use of transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation as an adjuvant therapy for the depressive symptoms of COVID-19: a literature review. Front Psychiatry 2021;12:765106 | PubMed | DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.765106 | PDF


Sörös P, Schäfer S & Witt K. Model-based and model-free analyses of the neural correlates of tongue movements. Front Neurosci 2020;14:226 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00226 | PDF

Sörös P & Bantel C. Chronic noncancer pain is not associated with accelerated brain aging as assessed by structural magnetic resonance imaging in patients treated in specialized outpatient clinics. PAIN 2020;161:641-650PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001756 | | Commentary


Sörös P et al. Hyperactivity/restlessness is associated with increased functional connectivity in adults with ADHD: A dimensional analysis of resting state fMRI. BMC Psychiatry 2019;19:43 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1186/s12888-019-2031-9 | PDF


Sörös P & Witt K. Book Review: Introduction to neuroimaging analysis. Front Neurosci 2018;12:674 | Dimensions | DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00674 | PDF

Spindler M, Koch K, Borisov E, Özyurt J, Sörös P, Thiel C & Bantel C. The influence of chronic pain and cognitive function on spatial-numerical processing. Front Behav Neurosci 2018;12:165 | PubMed | Dimensions | Erratum | DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00165 | PDF


Sörös P, Doñamayor N, Wittke C, Al-Khaled M, Brüggemann N & Münte TF. Increase in beta-band activity during preparation for overt speech in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Front Hum Neurosci 2017;11:371 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00371 | PDF

Sörös P, Teasell R, Hanley DF & Spence JD. Motor recovery beginning 23 years after ischemic stroke. J Neurophysiol 2017;118:778-781 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1152/jn.00868.2016 | PDF

Sörös P & Hachinski V. Wounded brain, ailing heart: Central autonomic network disruption in acute stroke. Ann Neurol 2017;81:495-497 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1002/ana.24911 |

Sörös P et al. Inattention predicts increased thickness of left occipital cortex in men with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Front Psychiatry 2017;8:170 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00170 | PDF


Ruiz Vargas E, Sörös P, Shoemaker JK & Hachinski V. Human cerebral circuitry related to cardiac control: A neuroimaging meta-analysis. Ann Neurol 2016;79:709-716 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1002/ana.24642 |

Rosburg T & Sörös P. The response decrease of auditory evoked potentials by repeated stimulation – Is there evidence for an interplay between habituation and sensitization? Clin Neurophysiol 2016;127:397-408 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1016/j.clinph.2015.04.071 |


Sörös P, Harnadek M, Blake T, Hachinski V & Chan R. Executive dysfunction in patients with transient ischemic attack and minor stroke. J Neurol Sci 2015;354:17-20 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1016/j.jns.2015.04.022 |

Sörös P. Early research on the localization of the primary gustatory cortex. Neuropsychol Rev 2015;25:216-218 | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1007/s11065-015-9287-8 |


Rosburg T, Weigl M & Sörös P. Habituation in the absence of a response decrease? Clin Neurophysiol 2014;125:210-211 | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.06.011 |


Sörös P, Whitehead S, Spence JD & Hachinski V. Antihypertensive treatment can prevent stroke and cognitive decline. Nat Rev Neurol 2013;9:174-178 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1038/nrneurol.2012.255 | PDF


Sörös P & Hachinski V. Cardiovascular and neurological causes of sudden death after ischaemic stroke. Lancet Neurol 2012;11:179-188 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1016/S1474-4422(11)70291-5 |

Sörös P & Stanton SG. On variability and genes: Inter-individual differences in auditory brain function. Front Hum Neurosci 2012;6:150 | Dimensions | DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00150 | PDF


Sörös P, Bose A, Sokoloff LG, Graham SJ & Stuss DT. Age-related changes in the functional neuroanatomy of overt speech production. Neurobiol Aging 2011;32:1505-1513 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2009.08.015 | PDF

Sörös P, Al-Otaibi F, Wong SW, Shoemaker JK, Mirsattari SM, Hachinski V & Martin RE. Stuttered swallowing: Electric stimulation of the right insula interferes with water swallowing. A case report. BMC Neurol 2011;11:20 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1186/1471-2377-11-20 | PDF

Sörös P. The neural correlates of consciousness: Electrophysiological and neuroimaging evidence for conscious processing in vegetative state. Clin Neurophysiol 2011;122:641-642 | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1016/j.clinph.2010.10.024 |


Sörös P, Macintosh BJ, Tam F & Graham SJ. fMRI-compatible registration of jaw movements using a fiber-optic bend sensor. Front Hum Neurosci 2010;4:24 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2010.00024 | PDF

Rochon E, Leonard C, Burianova H, Laird L, Sörös P, Graham S & Grady C. Neural changes after phonological treatment for anomia: An fMRI study. Brain Lang 2010;114:164-179 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2010.05.005 |


Sörös P, Inamoto Y & Martin RE. Functional brain imaging of swallowing: An activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis. Hum Brain Mapp 2009;30:2426-2439 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1002/hbm.20680 | PDF

Sörös P, Teismann IK, Manemann E & Lütkenhöner B. Auditory temporal processing in healthy aging: A magnetoencephalographic study. BMC Neurosci 2009;10:34 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1186/1471-2202-10-34 | PDF


Sörös P, Lalone E, Smith R, Stevens T, Theurer J, Menon RS & Martin RE. Functional MRI of oropharyngeal air-pulse stimulation. Neuroscience 2008;153:1300-1308 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2008.02.079 |

Sörös P, Böttcher J, Weissenborn K, Selberg O & Müller MJ. Malnutrition and hypermetabolism are not risk factors for the presence of hepatic encephalopathy: A cross-sectional study. J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2008;23:606-610 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1746.2007.05222.x | PDF

Sörös P. Tourette syndrome, ADHD, and the limbic system: Investigating the pathophysiology. Dev Med Child Neurol 2008;50:486 | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2008.03009.x | PDF


Sörös P, Marmurek J, Tam F, Baker N, Staines WR & Graham SJ. Functional MRI of working memory and selective attention in vibrotactile frequency discrimination. BMC Neurosci 2007;8:48 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1186/1471-2202-8-48 | PDF


Sörös P, Sokoloff LG, Bose A, McIntosh AR, Graham SJ & Stuss DT. Clustered functional MRI of overt speech production. Neuroimage 2006;32:376-387 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2006.02.046 | PDF

Sörös P, Dziewas R, Manemann E, Teismann IK & Lütkenhöner B. No indication of brain reorganization after unilateral ischemic lesions of the auditory cortex. Neurology 2006;67:1059-1061 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000237426.07001.28 | PDF

Sörös P, Michael N, Tollkötter M & Pfleiderer B. The neurochemical basis of human cortical auditory processing: combining proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy and magnetoencephalography. BMC Biol 2006;4:25 | PubMed | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1186/1741-7007-4-25 | PDF



Treutler M & Sörös P. Functional MRI of native and non-native speech production in sequential German-English bilinguals. bioRxiv 2021.02.18.431784v1 | DOI: 10.1101/2021.02.18.431784 | PDF | Supplementary Data at OSF

Buschmann LK, Spindler M, Sörös P*, Bantel C*. Heart rate and heart rate variability in patients with chronic inflammatory joint disease: The role of pain duration and the insular cortex. medRxiv 2021.01.14.21249826v2 | DOI: 10.1101/2021.01.14.21249826 | PDF

* shared senior authorship


Sörös P, Wölk L, Bantel C, Bräuer A, Klawonn F*, Witt K*. Replicability, repeatability, and long-term reproducibility of cerebellar morphometry. bioRxiv 2020.09.02.279786 | DOI: 10.1101/2020.09.02.279786 | PDF

* shared senior authorship. Published as: Sörös P et al. Cerebellum 2021

Gronemann DC, Koch K, Bantel C *, Sörös P *. Diffusion tensor imaging of white matter microstructure in chronic pain: A tract-based spatial statistics study and a systematic review. medRxiv 2020.04.16.20068197 | DOI: 10.1101/2020.04.16.20068197 | PDF

* shared senior authorship


Sörös P, Schäfer S & Witt K. Model-based and model-free analyses of the neural correlates of tongue movements. bioRxiv 812263 | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1101/812263 | PDF

Published as: Sörös P et al. Front Neurosci 2020;14:226

Sörös P & Bantel C. No evidence for accelerated brain aging in patients with chronic non-cancer pain. bioRxiv 627935 | Dimensions | DOI: 10.1101/627935 | PDF

Published as: Sörös P & Bantel C. PAIN 2020;161:641-650

Student Research

Primary supervisor of PhD thesis (PhD Psychology)

Ana Paulina Lira García: Clinical, behavioral, brain structural, and biochemical markers of the progression of Parkinson's disease. 2020 - 2023

Primary supervisor of Master's theses (Research M.Sc. Neurocognitive Psychology)

Maximilian Jantzen: Neuronal correlates of emotion. Investigating different visual affective stimuli using fMRI. Oldenburg 2017 | PDF

Presented as a poster at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the German Society for Neuropsychology 2017 | Abstract: Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie 2017;28:167 | Poster

Sina Briese: Autonomic and neural response patterns during serial arithmetic subtraction - An fMRI study. Oldenburg 2018.

Theresa Thäßler: Investigating autonomic brain regions by naturalistic stimuli. Oldenburg 2019

Presented as a poster at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Neuroimaging | Poster

Ana Paulina Lira García: Functional connectivity of partial sleep deprivation in a mature group: An rs-fMRI study. Oldenburg 2019 | PDF

Kathryn Beard: Parkinson’s disease and olfaction: A resting state fMRI and brain morphometry investigation. Oldenburg 2019 | PDF

Primary supervisor of medical research theses

Sarah Schäfer: Neuronale Repräsentationen spezifischer sprach- und nicht- sprachbezogener Zungenbewegungen: eine fMRI-Studie. Oldenburg 2019

[Neuronal representations of specific non-speech- and speech-related tongue movements]

Published as: Sörös P, Schäfer S & Witt K. Model-based and model-free analyses of the neural correlates of tongue movements. Front Neurosci 2020;14:226 | PubMed |  DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00226 | PDF

Miriam Treutler: Gehirnaktivierung bei muttersprachlicher und fremdsprachlicher Lautproduktion - eine fMRI-Studie. Oldenburg 2019

[Brain activity related to native and non-native sound production - an fMRI study]

Published as Preprint: Treutler M & Sörös P. Functional MRI of native and non-native speech production in sequential German-English bilinguals. bioRxiv 2021.02.18.431784v1 | DOI: 10.1101/2021.02.18.431784 | PDF

Sarah Schumacher: fMRT-Studie zur emotionalen Sprachproduktion. Oldenburg 2019

[fMRI study on emotional speech production]

Poster presented at the 2nd World Congress on Undergraduate Research 2019 | Poster

Zoe Tromberend: Hirnaktivierung während der Produktion von Zungenbrechern: Eine fMRT Studie. Oldenburg 2021

[Brain activation during the overt production of tongue twisters: An fMRI study]


A tool for visualization and statistical analysis of cortical thickness

ShinySurfer Homepage

ShinySurfer on GitHub

ShinySurfer has been developed in R using the shiny package. ShinySurfer reads tables generated by FreeSurfer's aparcstats2table command, in which each line is an individual participant and each column represents a cortical area.

For visualization of cortical parcellations, the R packages ggseg, ggseg3d, and ggsegExtra are used (Mowinckel & Vidal-Piñeiro 2020). Cortical areas are displayed on a semi-inflated surface that allows the inspection of cortical sulci. For the inspection of the medial surfaces, the left or right hemisphere can be displayed alone. The brain model may be freely rotated.

For convenient visual quality control and identification of potential outliers, the values for every cortical area can be displayed as a raincloud plot (Allen et al. 2021). The raincloud plot combines a dot plot of raw data, a plot of probability density, and a box plot, showing the median and the quartiles.

For statistical analysis, ShinySurfer is able to perform univariate linear regression analysis. In addition, ShinySurfer may also perform bootstrapped lasso (least absolute shrinkage and selection operator) regression analysis for variable selection (Tibshirani 1996).

ShinySurfer is being developed by Sandra Klawitter, Frank Klawonn, and Peter Sörös.


Allen M, Poggiali D, Whitaker K, Marshall TR, Kievit RA. Raincloud plots: a multi-platform tool for robust data visualization. Wellcome Open Research 2021;4:63.

Mowinckel AM & Vidal-Piñeiro D. Visualization of brain statistics with R packages ggseg and ggseg3d. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science 2020;3:466-483.

Tibshirani R. Regression shrinkage and selection via the lasso. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series B (Methodological) 1996;58:267-288.


Poster at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping OHBM 2021, June 2021 | PDF

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