Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (Salmi Lab)


Our research group aims at pursuing cognitive neuroscience research that matters. We are developing several research innovations to advance clinical aspects in cognitive neuroscience research, especially in the domain of naturalistic neuroscience, and related behavioural methods. Our aim is to facilitate multidisciplinary research at the intersection of multimodal brain imaging (fMRI, DTI, EEG, MEG, PET, brain stimulation, imaging genetics), computational science (complex networks, machine learning, neural nets, pattern recognition), and experimental research (experimental tasks, naturalistic stimuli, computer games). We use modern technology to acquire rich data (e.g., online platforms, virtual reality, ecological momentary assessments, sensor data) in various clinical populations (currently we are mainly focusing on ADHD, autism, and personality disorders). Our fundamental goal is to do translational clinical research that will lead in the long run to better healthcare solutions.

TCN lab publications

Here you can find the latest publications of our research group

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TCN lab research projects

This page summarizes the ongoing research projects at TCN laboratory.

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Lab head

  Juha Pekka Samuli Salmitaival

Juha Pekka Samuli Salmitaival

Academy Research Fellow


 Erik Seesjärvi

Erik Seesjärvi

Doctoral Student (University of Helsinki) | Ecologically valid assessment of attention and executive functions; clinical neuropsychology
 Liya Merzon

Liya Merzon

Doctoral Student | Attention, ADHD, computational modelling
 Mostafa Metwaly

Mostafa Metwaly

Doctoral Student | Brain imaging, naturalistic neuroscience, ADHD
 Elisa Sahari

Elisa Sahari

Doctoral Student (University of Helsinki) | Naturalistic attention, reading, imaging genetics

Liisa Ritakallio

Doctoral Student (Åbo Akademi University) | Strategy use in working memory training
 Emma Saure

Emma Saure

Doctoral Student (University of Helsinki) | Autism, gender, eating disorders, learning problems
 Tuija Tolonen

Tuija Tolonen

Research Assistant | Neurodevelopmental disorders, neural networks, whole brain connectome
 Jenni Uimonen

Jenni Uimonen

Doctoral student (Helsinki University Hospital) | Attention, neglect, clinical neuropsychology, virtual reality

Tuomo Noppari

Doctoral Student (Helsinki University Hospital) | Brain imaging (fMRI, PET), psychopathy, autism

Jasmin Puhakka

Master Student (University of Helsinki), Research Assistant at Game of Daily Living Project

Suvi Kangas

Master Student (University of Helsinki), Research Assistant at Game of Daily Living Project

Collaborations (past and present)

Aalto University, Espoo Finland (Mikko Sams, Iiro Jääskeläinen, Jari Saramäki, Aki Vehtari, Timo Roine, Jarno Tuominen)

Åbo Akademi, Turku, Finland (Matti Laine, Jussi Jylkkä)

Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland (Eeva Aronen, Pekka Tani, Sami Leppämäki, Marja Hietanen)

University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland (Kimmo Alho, Viljami Salmela, Maija Castren, Anssi Peräkylä)

University of Turku, Turku, Finland (Juha Rinne, Lauri Nummenmaa)

University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland  (Jussi Tohka)

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden (Juha Kere)

Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden (Lars Nyberg, Daniel Fellman)

University of Geneva, Switzerland (Matthias Kliegel, Alexandra Herring)

University of British Columbia, Canada (Tamara Vanderwall)

University of California, US (Susanne Jaeggi)

Claude Bernard University Lyon, France (Emiliano Macaluso)

Moscow Higher School of Economics, Russia (Joe McInnes)

Highlights of 2019/2020 academic year 

The summary of major news between summer 2019 and summer 2020 (the year prior to making this webpage):

  • Our collaborator Prof. Anssi Peräkylä received Academy Professor funding for five years. The project Facing Narcissism started on Jan 2019.
  • Juha Salmi(taival) received funding for Academy Fellow project for five years. The project Bringing real-life to attention research started on Sept 2019.
  • Our collaborator Prof. Matti Laine received funding for Academy of Finland project for four years. The project Strategies for Human Memory started on Sept 2019.
  • TCN PhD student Erik Seesjärvi received grants from Instrumentarium Science Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Child Pediatric Research Foundation (Lastentautien tutkimussäätiö), and Aivoliitto (”Brain Foundation”).
  • PhD student Jenni Uimonen (supervised by Juha Salmi) received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
  • PhD student Liisa Ritakallio (supervised by Juha Salmi) received grants from the Jan-Magnus Jansson Foundation, and Rehabilitation Foundation Peurunka.
  • TCN PhD student Erik Seesjärvi was selected to Top 100 Healthcare influencers in Finland by Mediauutiset. 
  • Our first naturalistic ADHD study was published in NeuroImage Special issue Naturalistic Imaging.
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