Universitätsklinik für Neurologie



Neurology  (» Postal address)


Heiligengeisthöfe 4, 26121 Oldenburg, Germany (» Adress and map )


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.

Selected Publications


Bantel C & Sörös P. On pain – Virginia Woolf and the language of poets and patients. Br J Pain 2021 (in press)

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


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]


Summer term 2021

Winter term 2020 / 2021

Summer term 2020

Winter term 2019 / 2020

Summer term 2019

6.01.503 PE Jahr 5 |

Winter term 2018 / 2019

6.01.503 PE Jahr 5 |

Winter term 2017 / 2018

Winter term 2016 / 2017

(Changed: 2021-03-24)