1986 …2020

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Artistic and research interests

Noninvasive neuroimaging methods are invaluable tools for exploring the neural basis of the human mind. My focus is on language function as an integral part of human cognition. At the same time, language offers a valuable cognitive probe for assessing the type of information that can be extracted with brain imaging. Descriptive language models, largely based on observations of patients with language disorders, serve as a useful conceptual framework. However, computationally explicit models of language are needed to link behaviour to neuroimaging measures for an in-depth understanding of the human mind and language function. Such models may now be within reach owing to the accumulating imaging data, increasing understanding of the functional significance of the different measures, and adoption of machine learning approaches used in the field of language technology. Besides the obvious relevance to language and imaging neuroscience, well-defined behavioural-neuroimaging models will feed back to language technology for improved practical solutions, as well as lay the foundation for a rigorous, individual-level assessment and potential rehabilitation of language disorders. This type of work is necessarily multidisciplinary: experimental and methodological expertise must live side by side and be constantly exchanged in common research projects to educate a new generation of individuals with genuine interdisciplinary knowhow supplementing strong primary fields of expertise.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science (Technology)

Master of Science (Technology)

Keywords

  • Brain Research
  • MEG
  • fMRI
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • Neuroimaging
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Neural connectivity
  • Systems neuroscience
  • Language function

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Research Output

Task-Modulated Corticocortical Synchrony in the Cognitive-Motor Network Supporting Handwriting

Saarinen, T., Kujala, J., Laaksonen, H., Jalava, A. & Salmelin, R., 14 Mar 2020, In : Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991). 30, 3, p. 1871-1886 16 p.

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    Children show hemispheric differences in the basic auditory response properties

    Parviainen, T., Helenius, P. & Salmelin, R., 1 Jan 2019, In : Human Brain Mapping. p. 1-12

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    31 Downloads (Pure)

    Discovering heritable modes of MEG spectral power

    Leppäaho, E., Renvall, H., Salmela, E., Kere, J., Salmelin, R. & Kaski, S., 1 Apr 2019, In : Human Brain Mapping . 40, 5, p. 1391-1402 12 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    105 Downloads (Pure)

    Dynamics of brain activation during learning of syllable-symbol paired associations

    Hämäläinen, J. A., Parviainen, T., Hsu, Y. F. & Salmelin, R., 1 Jun 2019, In : Neuropsychologia. 129, p. 93-103 11 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    In Memoriam: Fernando Lopes da Silva (1935-2019) OBITUARY

    Michel, C. M., Baillet, S., Benar, C., Bertrand, O., Gotman, J., He, B., Huiskamp, G-J., Lemieux, L., Makeig, S., Pascual-Leone, A., Salmelin, R., Seri, S., Valdes-Sosa, P. & Wendling, F., Jul 2019, In : Brain Topography. 32, 4, p. 519-522 4 p.

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    Projects

    Individual cortical markers of language function

    Saarinen, T., Liljeström, M., Cotroneo, S., Salmelin, R. & Ghazaryan, G.

    01/09/201831/08/2022

    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    Kielellisen toiminnan järjestyminen ihmisaivoissa

    Salmelin, R.

    01/01/201009/12/2011

    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    Prizes

    Academy Professor Finnish Academy, Finland

    Riitta Salmelin (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Curt von Euler Honorary Award and Lecture (Sweden)

    Riitta Salmelin (Recipient), 9 Mar 2016

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

  • Justine and Yves Sergent Award (Canada)

    Riitta Salmelin (Recipient), 2 Dec 2015

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

    Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland

    Riitta Salmelin (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

    Activities

    ENRIO Congress on Research Integrity Practice

    Riitta Salmelin (Member)
    1 Nov 20197 Oct 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    Language and the brain

    Riitta Salmelin (Speaker)
    18 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    Society for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting

    Riitta Salmelin (Organiser)
    19 Aug 201922 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of an organizing committee or other positions of trust of a conference or a seminar

    MEG and fMRI views of language function

    Riitta Salmelin (Speaker)
    22 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting

    Riitta Salmelin (Chair)
    11 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesChair of conference, workshop, panel, session or tutorial

    Press / Media

    The human brain tracks speech more closely in time than other sounds

    Riitta Salmelin & Anni Nora

    22/06/2020

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Researchers observe brain's ability to reconstruct facts from clues

    Sasa Kivisaari & Riitta Salmelin

    26/02/2019

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Brain scans shine light on how we solve clues

    Sasa Kivisaari & Riitta Salmelin

    25/02/201926/02/2019

    4 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Brain Scans Shine Light on How We Solve Clues

    Sasa Kivisaari & Riitta Salmelin

    26/02/2019

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Tunnistamme eläimet pienistäkin vihjeistä

    Riitta Salmelin

    25/02/2019

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance