News

New collaboration with researchers in Moscow to study impact of cultural background on brain activity

Iiro Jääskeläinen receives funding from the Russian mega-grant programme to study how cultural background affects thinking and emotions
Kuva: Lasse Lecklin.
Photo: Lasse Lecklin.

Systems Neuroscience Professor Iiro Jääskeläinen has received over EUR 1 million of research funding from Russia to cover three years as a part-time leading scientist at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. One aim is to study how cultural background affects brain activity.

‘Moscow is an ideal place to study the impact of cultural background. We will be setting up a social neuroscience laboratory for about ten researchers in Moscow for this project’, says Iiro Jääskeläinen.

Russia is a very multicultural country. This makes it an excellent environment for basic research of this kind that aims to increase understanding between different groups of people.

‘The goal is to make cross-cultural comparisons. We use stimuli that mimic natural experiences, such as films and stories, to explore how cultural background affects brain activity: thinking, emotional reactions, language, and interpreting information’, Jääskeläinen explains.

In this cooperative research project, Iiro Jääskeläinen's expertise in social neuroscience will be complemented with the expertise in decision-making, neuroeconomics and economics of the Higher School of Economics. Iiro Jääskeläinen will continue to spend most of his working time as a professor at Aalto University, and members of his research team will also cooperate with the research group of the Higher School of Economics to plan the research projects.

  • Published:
  • Updated:

Read more news

People at the campus
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Aalto University to host CESAER Task Force Openness of Science and Technology

Aalto University is proud to host the CESAER Task Force Openness of Science and Technology on 16–17 April 2024.
Otaniemi seafront pictured in the summer with the Aalto logo and event title, and VTT and Open Science logos overlayed.
Campus, Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Open Science and Research Summer Conference 2024 will be hosted by Aalto University

Aalto University is co-organising the Open Science and Research Summer Conference 2024 with the National Coordination of Open Science and Research, and VTT.
Jukka Pekola, kuva: Riitta Supperi, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto
Awards and Recognition Published:

Jukka Pekola receives Finnish Cultural Foundation award – ‘Quantum is of interest way beyond scientists or the science fiction world’

Professor Jukka Pekola receives the Finnish Cultural Foundation's award for his long-term contributions to quantum technology research and to solving challenges facing humanity.
Two hexagonal arrays of prisms with a blue lattice inbetween.
Research & Art Published:

New quantum entangled material could pave way for ultrathin quantum technologies

Researchers reveal the microscopic nature of the quantum entangled state of a new monolayer van der Waals material