Neuro-cognitive changes in aging


Research Description

Our research focuses on cognitive decline related to normal aging. We use human volunteers in wide age range to investigate changes in brain function (as measured with EEG and event-related potentials) combined with the measurements of cognitive performance (neuropsychological assessment) and physical fitness (body composition, aerobic fitness, physical activity). We also explore whether already existing neuro-cognitive changes can recover as a result of aerobic physical exercise – that is, could intensive short term (10 weeks) physical exercise intervention decrease aging-related changes in the brain. The project is run in collaboration with the faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä.


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Dr. Piia Astikainen, PhD, Group leader

Juho Strömmer, PhD student

Tomi Waselius, MA student

Saara Järveläinen, MA student

Sanni Koivula, MA student

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Ville Kirjavainen, MA student


Dr. Ina Tarkka, PhD, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Dr. Timo Ruusuvirta, PhD, University of Turku, Finland



Strömmer, J.M., Tarkka I.M., & Astikainen, P. (2014). Somatosensory mismatch response in young and elderly adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6:293. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00293


2012–2016: University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies, 48 months, Juho Strömmer

2012–2013: Personal grant for research project “Aging, cognitive decline and physical exercise intervention”, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, 12 months, Juho Strömmer