Professor (Associate Professor)
Research units & titles
- Professor (Associate Professor) Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering - Professors, tenure track
Artistic and research interests
My current research interests encompass using naturalistic stimuli such as movies and narratives during non-invasive neuroimaging to stimulate human social cognition and emotions in health and disorders. The neuroimaging methods that I am using include both functional magnetic resonance imaging and simultaneously recorded magnetoencephalography/electroencephalography, complemented by behavioral measures. Given the complexity of the resulting neuroimaging data, data analysis method development is advanced hand-in-hand with the cognitive neuroscience substance research. We were the first to show that movies can be used to study prefrontal cortical functions using model-free inter-subject correlation approach. Subsequently, I have been involved in development of inter-subject phase synchrony and complex network physics based analyses of brain activity during watching of emotionally engaging drama movies to study social cognition. Prior to my current research interest, I conducted both neuroscience theoretical and multimodal neuroimaging research on neural and neurotransmitter basis of human auditory cognition.
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), Helsingin yliopisto
Licentiate of Arts (Psychology), Helsingin yliopisto
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Helsingin yliopisto