Members of the CoE

The CoE consists of two research teams, the Music Cognition Team 

(University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music, lead by Petri Toiviainen) and the Brain and Music Team (Helsinki University, Department of Psychology, lead by Mari Tervaniemi).


Music Cognition Team (Jyväskylä)

Petri Toiviainen (Professor)pete

Petri Toiviainen's research interests include music cognition, music information retrieval, and music motorics. Within these areas, he focuses on modeling of music perception, computational analysis of musical structure, and kinetics of music-related movement.

URL: users.jyu.fi/~ptoiviai/

Publications from Tutka research data-base (2008-)

Jaakko Erkkilä (Professor)

JaakkoJaakko Erkkilä is the professor of music therapy at the department of music in charge of music therapy studies. His research activities include themes such as improvisational music psychotherapy in general, microanalysis of music therapy actions and processes, and randomized controlled trials in music therapy context.

URL: users.jyu.fi/~jerkkila/mte/

Publications from Tutka research data-base (2008-)


Tuomas Eerola (Senior Researcher)

Eerola_T_image_smallTuomas Eerola, Tuomas Eerola, PhD, is a researcher whose main interest is on music perception, especially on perception of emotions in music. Also questions of musical timbre, rhythm and melodic processing have been the focus of his research. He adopts the methods of computer modelling and behavioural experimentation to study these topics. Eerola mainly teaches music perception.

URL: users.jyu.fi/~ptee/

Publications from Tutka research data-base (2008-)


Jörg Fachner (Senior Researcher)


Dr. Jörg Fachner, Educationalist, Social Scientist has done EEG research on music perception in altered states of consciousness, holds a PhD in Medicine and edited an international eJournal and info-site on music therapy (http://www.musictherapyworld.net). Formerly he worked in the Physiology Department and later at the Chair for Qualitative Research in Medicine at University Witten/Herdecke in Germany.

URL: http://users.jyu.fi/~jofachne

Publications from Tutka research data-base (2008-)


Geoff Luck (Finnish Academy Researcher)

GeoffGeoff Luck has a background in music-related movement and gesture analysis, as well as improvisational music therapy analysis. Currently, his research focuses on computational and statistical analysis of the kinematics and dynamics of temporal and expressive music-related movement.

URL: users.jyu.fi/~luck/

Publications from Tutka research data-base (2008-)

Olivier Lartillot (Senior Researcher)

OliOlivier Lartillot has a background in engineering, computer science, signal and pattern processing and musicology. His research interests mainly dwell within the domain of computational modeling for music analysis from audio and symbolic domains. He designs MIRtoolbox, a computational framework for audio and musical feature extraction from audio, and conceives tools for pattern mining and segmentation in music, with applications, among others, to ethnomusicology and music therapy.

URL: users.jyu.fi/~lartillo

Publications from Tutka research data-base (2008-)


Esa Ala-Ruona (Senior assistant)

Dr. Esa Ala-Ruona is a music therapist and psychotherapist, and he currently work as senior assistant at the Music therapy clinic for research and training. He studies musical interaction and clinical processes in improvisational psychodynamic music therapy, and the progress of rehabilitation of stroke patients in active music therapy.

URL: www.jyu.fi/hum/laitokset/musiikki/henkilokunta/alaruona

Publications from Tutka research data-base (2008-)

Suvi Saarikallio (Senior assistant)

Suvi2Dr. Suvi Saarikallio is a researcher and lecturer at University of Jyväskylä. Saarikallio's research interest include music and emotion, especially mood regulation and emotional development, personality psychology, and well-being. In her doctoral thesis (2007) Saarikallio developed a theoretical model and a measurement scale for assessing the use of music for mood regulation.

URL: users.jyu.fi/~suvila/

Publications from Tutka research data-base (2008-)

Tommi Himberg (Assistant)


Tommi Himberg works as an assistant in musicology. During his doctoral studies in music in the University of Cambridge he developed new methods for studying interpersonal interaction in musical time. His research interests span from social cognition to movement and bodily communication. 

URL: mindsync.wordpress.com

Publications from Tutka research data-base (2008-)


Vinoo Alluri (Doctoral student)

VinooVinoo Alluri has a background in engineering (M.Sc in Music Engineering Technology, University of Miami). Her current research involves investigation of the process of polyphonic timbre perception by employing an interdisciplinary approach that comprises a combination of experimental psychology, computer modelling and neuroscience. 



Birgitta Burger (Doctoral student)

BirgittaBirgitta Burger has a background in Systematic Musicology and Computer Science (M.A. in Musicology, University of Cologne/Köln). She is interested in the role of the body in production, perception and understanding of music. Her current research focuses on music and movement, in particular the analysis of expressive body movements and their relation to temporal aspects of the music.



Rafael Ferrer Flores (Doctoral student)

Rafael 2Rafael Ferrer is a doctoral student of musicology at Jyväskylä University in Finland, where he obtained his Master's degree in Music Mind and Technology.  His research interests are related mainly with the perception of low-level features of music (timbre), and how such features influence the emergence and functionality of music appreciation.

URL:  users.jyu.fi/~raferrer

Publications from Tutka research data-base (2008-)


Marko Punkanen (Doctoral student)


 Marko Punkanen is a doctoral student, music therapist, dance-movement  therapist and trauma psychotherapist. His research interests are  related to music therapy and emotions.






Marc Thompson (Doctoral student)

MarcMarc Thompson is a doctoral student with a background in Music Technology (B.Mus, McGill University) and Music Perception (Masters in Music, Mind & Technology, University of Jyväskylä).  His current interests involve the analysis of expressive body movement in music performance and the design of intuitive gesture-controlled interfaces for Music Therapy settings.


URL: users.jyu.fi/~mathomps



Anemone van Zijl (doctoral student)

AnemoneAnemone van Zijl has a background in Arts and Social Sciences (BA and MPhil at Maastricht University, NL) and Music Psychology (MSc at Keele University, UK). Her current research focuses on the relationship between performers’ experienced emotions and the expressivity of the produced performances.



Jonna Vuoskoski (Doctoral student)

JonnaJonna Vuoskoski (M.A. in musicology) has previously studied the role of personality traits in music performance anxiety. Her current research focuses on individual differences in the experience and the perception of musical emotions, and on physiological and neural responses to musically induced emotions.





Riia Milovanov (Doctoral student, leave of absence)

Riia MilonovRiia Milovanov has a background in language teaching  and developing foreign language teaching methods. In her present project the relationship between language skills and musical aptitude is examined. Moreover, the cortical brain activity with phonetic and music stimuli is under investigation.





Hannes Juutilainen (Technical support)

Hannes JuutilainenHannes Juutilainen is responsible for the technical and software support for the CoE in Jyväskylä. His expertise ranges from music technology and studio equipment to audio editing tools and generic information technology administration.






Markku Pöyhönen (Coordinator)

markku pMarkku Pöyhönen is the coordinator of the CoE. He is in charge of the management and economical issues of the CoE and provides support for the research projects.




Brain and Music Team (Helsinki)


Mari Tervaniemi (Docent)  

Mari TervaniemiBy using various research methods of cognitive neuroscience and psychology, Dr. Mari Tervaniemi is investigating the neural determinants of music perception, cognition, emotion, and expertise.

URL: www.cbru.helsinki.fi/~mari/






Minna Huotilainen (Docent)

Minna HuotilainenMinna Huotilainen, docent in cognitive science, uses neuroscientific methods and studies of human behaviour to assess questions related to perception of music, learning of music and language, memory, attention, and emotions conveyed by sounds. The participants of the studies are mainly infants and children.

Elvira Brattico  (Researcher)

elvira.jpg Dr. Elvira Brattico has a background in piano performance, epistemology, experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. She is currently studying the neural and behavioral signatures of cognitive vs. affective music listening and the relation between music-induced emotions and aesthetic appreciation.

URL: www.jyu.fi/hum/laitokset/musiikki/en/people/brattico

Jaana Hirvelä (Research assistant)

Jaana HirveläJaana Hirvelä studies Phonetics as her main subject. Participates in the research of second language learning and musicality.



Eva Istók (Doctoral student)

Eva IstókEva Istók´s (M.A.) main interest is the investigation of cognitive and affective aspects of music appreciation. Combining different methods ranging from questionnaire based techniques to electrophysiological recordings, she especially focuses on aesthetic evaluation processes and their neural, psychological, as well as conceptual basis.



Sirke Nieminen (Doctoral student)

SirkeSirke Nieminen (M.A. in psychology, project researcher) has studied children's aesthetic experiences of music using behavioral method. Her main interests include the relationship between music and emotions in general and in particular, children's emotional and aesthetic experiences of music and their development. 


Eino Partanen (Doctoral student)

EinoEino Partanen is a doctoral student focusing on a variety of infant studies: development of preterm infants and related clinical groups, fetal learning and its' long-term effects and efficient multifeature EEG measurement paradigms for infants.




Vesa Putkinen (Doctoral student)

Vesa Puttonen The aim of Vesa Putkinen's (MA (Psych)) research is to investigate, mainly using auditory event-related potentials (ERPs), children's abilities to remember, discriminate and attend to musical sounds and the development of these abilities from birth through school-age. One goal of his research is to shed light on the relationship between musical training and auditory skills by searching for differences in the these skills between children who are actively engaged in music and children engaged in non-musical activities.


Miia Seppänen (Doctoral student)

MiiaMiia Seppänen (M.A. in Psychology, Doctoral student in University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology) is doing her doctoral thesis in Mari Tervaniemi’s Brain Music Team about the effects of individual reward sensitivity and feedback on auditory perceptual learning. She is interested in how those factors, in addition to age and musical expertise, modulate neural, psychophysiological and behavioural correlates of perceptual learning.



Veerle Simoens (Doctoral student)

Veerle Simons Having studied biomedical sciences and being passionate about music, Veerle Simoens combines her interests in a doctoral study about the effects of stage fright on score reading and, more general, the effects of stress and cortisol on auditory perception.


Teppo Särkämö (Doctoral student)

Teppo 2Teppo Särkämö's (M.A. in psychology) main interest is in the interplay of music, speech, cognition, and emotions in adult clinical patient groups, especially stroke and dementia patients. By using a combination of research methods from cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, and psychology, his research focuses specifically on the impact of music and speech on the recovery of cognitive, emotional and auditory functions in the brain.


Tuomas Teinonen (Doctoral student)

Tuomas TenhonenTuomas Teinonen (MSc, MRes) is a doctoral student working in developmental cognitive neuroscience. Tuomas' interests include statistical learning skills in early infancy and language acquisition.



Ritva Torppa (Doctoral student)

RitvaRitva Torppa (MA, Speech Therapist) is a doctoral student focusing on studies concerning music-related speech perception abilities in children using Cochlear Implant devices and rehabilitation of hearing and speech with music.





Lauri Janhunen (Assistant)

Lauri JanhunenLauri Janhunen is working in Braintuning -project under Mari Tervaniemi as an EEG-measurement assistant. At the same time he’s doing his Master’s Thesis on "Musical Perceprtion and Its Neural Correlates".




Miika Leminen (Laboratory Engineer)

Miika JärvenpääMiika Leminen (MSc, Tech.) has worked for several years as a laboratory engineer in department of psychology. He supports the research of CoE in all technical and methodological issues. His expertise includes biomedical engineering, brain research methods and signal processing.