Astikainen Piia, Yliopistotutkija / University Researcher

Astikainen Piia, Yliopistotutkija / University Researcher
Short number:
KÄRKI Ab392.1.
Group leader of Active Mind Lab



Docent in cognitive neuroscience, 2009, University of Tampere, Finland
PhD (Psychology) 2004, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
MA (Psychology) 1997, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

The Relevance and Benefits of my Research

Our research group investigates information processing and learning, mainly by using brain research methods. Recently we have studied also the changes in brain function related to aging and depression. The results of our research can in a long run enable supporting of positive changes and preventing negative changes of the brain function.


List of Publications

Recent Publications

Kurkela, J.L.O., Lipponen, A., Kyläheiko, I., & Astikainen, P. (2018). Electrophysiological evidence of memory-based detection of auditory regularity violations in anesthetized mice. Scientific Reports, 8: 3027. 

Strömmer, J.M., Põldver, N., Waselius, T., Kirjavainen, V., Järveläinen, S., Björksten, S., Tarkka, I.M., & Astikainen, P. (2017). Automatic auditory and somatosensory brain responses in relation to cognitive abilities and physical fitness in older adults. Scientific Reports, 7:13699.

Ruohonen, E., & Astikainen, P. (2017). Brain Responses to Sound Intensity Changes Dissociate Depressed Participants and Healthy Controls. Biological Psychology, 127, 74-81.

Kurkela, J.L.O., Lipponen, A., Hämäläinen, J.A., Näätänen, R., & Astikainen, P. (2016). Passive exposure to speech sounds induces long-term memory representations in the auditory cortex of adult rats. Scientific Reports, 6:38904.

Kremláček, J., Kreegipuu, K., Tales, A., Astikainen, P., Poldver, N., Näätänen, R. & Stefanics, G. (2016). Visual Mismatch Negativity (vMMN): A review and meta-analysis of studies in psychiatric and neurological disorders. Cortex, 80, 76-112. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2016.03.017


Teaching (list of courses)

PSYS122 Neuropsychology III A: Clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience, 5 ECTS cr

PSYS210 Master's Thesis, 40 ECTS cr.