Paavo Leppänen

Senior and post-doctoral researchers

Jarkko Hautala
Jarmo Hämäläinen
Carita Kiili
Kaisa Lohvansuu, 

PhD Students

Leena Ervast,
Otto Loberg,
Laura Mansikkamäki,
Elisa Heikkinen, (ERP research)
Mari Veijola,
Swantje Zachau, (ERP research)


Research goals and focuses. The goal is to understand the processes related to learning and learning difficulties, and in particular, those related to fluent and dysfluent reading and why reading is difficult for some children. Of special interest is understanding the neurobiological risk factors, or endophenotypes, for developmental reading disorder (dyslexia) and how deficits in processes such as auditory and speech perception, visual and audiovisual processing contribute to dyslexia, and more widely to reading fluency, reading comprehension and reading / information seeking in digital media. Our aim is also to develop well-targeted remediation and training approaches.

Research themes. Cognitive neuroscience, reading processes, information seeking in digital media, learning difficulties, dyslexia, language problems and ADHD, difficulties in second language learning, intervention

Research methods. Electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG), brain research (event-related potentials, ERP), eye movements (EM), behavioural experimental research, interventions and longitudinal studies


National collaborators:

International collaborators:

  • April Benasich, Rutgers University, NJ, USA
  • Ben Maassen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Charles Alderson, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
  • Chris Bartlett, The Ohio State University, OH, USA
  • Fumiko Hoeft, University of California, San Francisco, USA
  • Gerd Schulte-Körne, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  • Jan Wouters, University of Leuven, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Jean-Francois Démonet, Hôpital Purpan, Toulouse, France
  • Juha Kere, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jyrki Tuomainen, University College London, London, UK
  • Ken Pugh, Haskins Laboratories, Yale, New Haven, CT, USA
  • Myriam Peyrard, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Pol Ghesquiere, University of Leuven, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Valeria Csepe, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary


Advancing brain research in children’s developmental neurocognitive disorders (ChildBrain). (EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network, number 641652, total ETN budget 3,838,339 eur), 1.3.2015-28.2.2019. PI/coordinator of the consortium: Leppänen.

Understanding and predicting developmental language abilities and disorders in multilingual Europe (Predictable). EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network, number 641858, total ETN budget 3,848,639 eur), 1.3.2015-28.2.2019. PI/coordinator: Höhle, University of Potsdam, Germany. JYU-PI: Leppänen (role: Partner and WP leader).

Internet and learning difficulties: multidisciplinary approach for understanding information seeking in new media (eSeek). (Academy of Finland, 997 351 eur) 1.1.2014-31.12.2017. PI Leppänen.

Plasticity and development of the auditory pathway in specific reading disability, Academy of Finland (2009-2011), PI: Jarmo Hämäläinen

Dyslexia genes and neurobiological pathways (NEURODYS), EU 6th framework programme in 13 European universities (2006-2009). PI/coordinator: Gerd-Schulte Körne, Munich, Germany.  ERP workpackage, JYU-PI: Paavo Leppänen (role: Partner and WP leader).


ForLearning - Research Forum of Learning Difficulties

CIBR - Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research