Heartbeat paces learning

The electrophysiological activity of the brain is dominated by rhythmically coupled oscillations with different frequencies. The synchrony between oscillations enables effective communication locally and between brain regions. Many physiological functions, such as breathing and heartbeat, are also rhythmically coupled in nature. Furthermore, the rhythms of the brain and body are coupled. For instance, the neural activities of the hippocampus and the breathing pattern have been shown to oscillate in synchrony. The hippocampus is a crucial brain structure for learning, meaning that the rhythmical coupling of the brain and the body might affect the learning process. The Behavioral Neuroscience Group from the Department of Psychology in the University of Jyväskylä studied the effects of the cardiac cycle in a simple learning task.

International panel evaluates research at JYU

A general evaluation of research at the University is in progress. The evaluation focuses on 2010–2017 and is implemented as a combination of thorough self-assessment and international peer evaluation.

Highly distinguished award to Professor Mikko Siponen

Professor Mikko Siponen was awarded with a prize from China and Jiangxi Province, which is given for highly distinguished scholars or professors. The prize is rarely awarded for non-Chinese persons - typically for Nobel laureates.

New issue of Human Technology

The journal Human Technology has published a new issue. The English-language Open Access, international, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal is published by the Open Science Centre at the University of Jyväskylä.

Low fitness may indicate poor arterial health in adolescents

A recent Finnish study conducted at the University of Jyväskylä showed that adolescents with better aerobic fitness have more compliant arteries than their lower fit peers do. The study also suggests that a higher anaerobic threshold is linked to better arterial health. The results were published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Nano becomes visible in Finland, 9.–10.10.2018

The Nanoscience Center of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, organizes the international Nanoscience Days conference on 9th – 10th of October 2018 in Jyväskylä. A traditional event organized more than ten years now, and provides an interdisciplinary forum for presenting and discussing fundamental and technological developments. Approximately 200 international researchers and students are attending the conference.

A novel nanoactuator system has been developed

Researchers at University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and University of Tampere (Finland) together with BioNavis Ltd (Finland) have developed a novel nanoactuator system, where conformation of biomolecule can be tuned by electric field and probed using optical properties of gold nanoparticle.

uMove ­– Sweat and fun in Academic Sports activities

Acedemic Sports in Jyväskylä has published its programme for the autumn and is ready to receive new and old participants from 10 September. In the various activities, you can train in a goal-oriented way with a high pulse rate or take care of your well-being more gently, having yoga or trips to nature, for example.

Resistance training and exercise-motivation go hand-in-hand

A recent study conducted in the University of Jyväskylä suggests that resistance training improves exercise motivation and contributes to making exercise planning among older adults. Exercise motivation and exercise self-efficacy are key factors in continuing resistance training.

Researchers’ Night gets schoolchildren familiar with science

The University of Jyväskylä will be hosting the European Researchers’ Night again on the last Friday of September (28.9.) together with 10 other Finnish cities, and over 300 European cities. As before, there will be loads of interesting and fun science activities for children and school groups.

Experts in inverse problems meet in Jyväskylä, 20.–23.8.2018

The workshop “Inverse problems, PDE and geometry” gathers experts working in the broad field of inverse problems, providing a place to discuss novel methods, current directions, and future trends in the field. The workshop will be organized 20.–23.8.2018 in Jyväskylä, Finland.

New information to understand regulation of muscle function in muscle dystrophy patients

Scientists from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, have found new functions and structural details of muscle attachment structures. The research is important for the basic understanding of regulation of muscle function for instance in muscle dystrophy patients and muscle adaptation to physical activity and sports.

New app utilises artificial intelligence to assess memory fitness

A team of researchers and students at the University of Jyväskylä have developed a memory-testing app that helps detect the need for a mental state assessment at the early stage of a memory disorder. The app adapts a set of tasks from standardized memory tests used in the detection of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

High-resolution imaging of nanoparticlesurface structures is now possible

Using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), extremely high resolution imaging of the molecule-covered surface structures of silver nanoparticles is possible, even down to the recognition of individual parts of the molecules protecting the surface. This was the finding of joint research between China and Finland, led in Finland by Academy Professor Hannu Häkkinen of the University of Jyväskylä. The research was recently published in the prestigious Nature Communications series and the publication was selected by the journal editors to the journal’s monthly collection of highlighted papers.

AI trained to analyse cancer images

Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä trained an artificial intelligence computer to count cells from histopathological cancer tumour images. Thus, the researchers have taken the first step towards a digital service centre based on artificial intelligence. The conventional methods employed by doctors and pathologists in histopathological work see them analysing tumour tissue samples visually with the help of software.

JSBE marketing research received a great recognition

The article ”The Use of Web Analytics for Digital Marketing Performance Measurement” by D.Sc. (Econ.) Joel Mero (née Järvinen) ja Professor Heikki Karjaluoto has been chosen for the best article of Industrial Marketing Management in 2017.