University of Jyväskylä

The Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Research at the University of Jyväskylä conducts high-level multidisciplinary brain research,especially at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, and at the Departments of Psychology, Music, Arts and Culture, and Information Technology.

JYU’s brain research focuses on brain changes during the human life cycle, such as development, learning, learning difficulties, language, music, exercise, various interventions, and aging.

Neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience can be studied in Jyväskylä, right from basic studies to doctoral studies.

Aerobic exercise was found to increase the production of new neurons in adult animals in adulthood.

The internationally unique Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Dyslexia (JLD) project is a long-term research project that aims to identify early support needs and develop a targeted training program.

Research infrastructure

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and multi-channel (high density) electroencephalography (EEG) systems can investigate brain function with a temporal accuracy at milliseconds. In addition to offering these facilities to the University, the MEG laboratory also provides research support to the district’s hospital and other users.

The laboratories can be modified to meet various research needs, and they are specially equipped for developmental and sports science-related brain research. EEG laboratories are suitable for brain research related to information processing in newborn babies. Physiological measuring devices allow researchers to study autonomic nervous system activity, both in the laboratory and outside.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) equipment produces strong magnetic pulses that can affect brain functioning, for example, functioning related to muscle contraction or sensory functions, in a non-invasive manner. In addition, JYU has a first-class research environment for neuroscience research on animal models. Our university specializes in electro-physiological measurements in free-living animals, which provide information on the neural basis of various activities (e.g., learning)

 

Learn more:
https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/fi/laitokset/psykologia/en/research/research-areas/neuroscience
https://cibr.jyu.fi/en/
https://info.grapholearn.com/

Reading difficulties

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Reading difficulties

Since 1992, the Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Dyslexia (JLD) project has been studying dyslexia and related cognitive skills as well as development paths and risk factors for dyslexia from birth to adulthood.

This internationally unique longitudinal research project aims to identify early support needs and develop a targeted training program for affected children. For example, brain responses measured in babies statistically predicted both primary school literacy and reading fluency at 14 years of age.

A computer-based game called “Ekapeli” (GraphoGame) was developed based on the research by JLD, which is now widely used in Finnish schools for learning to read. The game has become an important tool in special education for helping slow learners to effectively acquire letter-sound match equivalence. The commercial rights of this game based on research data are owned by Grapho Group Oy, which distributes the game under the name GraphoGame internationally in several countries.

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Learning and memory research

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Learning and memory research

The learning and memory research projects started in the 1970s in the University of Jyväskylä have produced promising results in terms of proactive brain health and rehabilitation.

Aerobic exercise was found to increase the production of new neurons in animal models in adulthood, while the effects of exercise on the human brain have been demonstrated via brain imaging studies. Research has also found that interdependent variations in the nervous system and the body control learning. This information is expected to be utilized in various applications in the future.

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Contact us

Tiina Parviainen

  • Director of Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research, Researcher of Psychology
  • tiina.m.parviainen@jyu.fi
  • +358 40 805 3533

Paavo Leppänen

  • Professor of Psychology
  • paavo.ht.leppanen@jyu.fi
  • +358 50 3384747