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Holistic thinkers’ brains have similar responses to drama, while analytical thinkers differ widely

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans of people watching the same clip from a dramatic film show that holistic thinkers all have similar brain responses to the scene, whereas analytical thinkers respond differently to each other.
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Cold colours indicate higher ISC, more similar brain responses, among the analytical thinkers and warm colours indicate higher ISC among the holistic thinkers. Image: Iiro Jääskeläinen.

Brain maps reveal: cuddles with loved ones are universal – but hugging strangers depends on culture

According to a recent doctoral study, cultural differences regarding physical touch between close partners are smaller than was believed. Different cultures are more comfortable with different levels of contact from strangers, and what counts as acceptable physical contact in public spaces changes based on where you are. The brain data also reveals whether the relationship between the person touching and the one being touched is close or not.
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Quantum physics and technology research receives billion-euro funding from the EU — Aalto University involved in three projects

Aalto University research groups will study and develop technology for quantum communication, ultra-sensitive magnetic sensors based on quantum optics, and photon-emitting quantum chips. The Quantum Flagship launched by the European Union will provide funding for ten years and for over 5000 researchers with one billion euros. The flagship will consolidate the best quantum physics research in Europe and transfer quantum technology from the lab to the market.
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Aalto University Quantum Bit Silicon Chip. Image: Jan Goetz.

ERC Synergy Grant worth €10M will help develop new techniques for brain research, disease diagnostics, and patient care

ERC Synergy Grant worth €10M will help develop new techniques for brain research, disease diagnostics, and patient care
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Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence and research groups from Aalto received €1.4M funding from The Future Makers program

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence and research groups from Aalto received €1.4M funding
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€17 million to fund European detection and imaging innovation pipeline—product development sparred by Aalto Design Factory

The ATTRACT initiative will fund 170 breakthrough projects in advanced technology for a year with €100.000 each.
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Bodily sensations give rise to conscious feelings

A Finnish research group from the University of Turku, University of Tampere and Aalto University has mapped the organisation of human conscious feelings and found them to cluster into five major categories: positive emotions, negative emotions, cognitive functions, somatic states, and illnesses.
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Feelings are associated with discernible bodily 'fingerprints'.

Centre for Quantum Engineering funding awarded for four projects

A total of EUR 318 000 has been granted for project proposals that represent new openings, support emergence of new technologies, applications, and/or industrial collaboration.
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Professor Kimmo Kaski’s farewell seminar attracted renowned researchers to Aalto

Professor Kaski, pioneer of computational complex systems research in Finland, will continue to work as senior adviser at Aalto.
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The latest installation talks available on video

Petri Ala-Laurila and Guy Julier tell why the retina offers a pathway to the secrets of the brain and why design should be done with publics.
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Petri Ala-Laurila: The retina offers a pathway to the secrets of the brain

This Professor, awarded for his scientific courage, knows that it’s worth going after the big “fish” even if you don’t always catch it.
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GE Healthcare donates anaesthesia machines

Aalto students can get acquainted with health technology devices used in hospitals as a part of their studies
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School of Science dissertation awards 2018

The doctoral dissertation awards 2018 were presented 9 March at the traditional Get-together for doctoral candidates.
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The awards were presented by professor Tapio Lokki and Dean Jouko Lampinen.

The second Brain Twitter Conference 08 March 2018: non-stop neuroscience for 16 hours

The keynote topics include the social brain and emotions' effect on speech production.
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Film Memento helped uncover how the brain remembers and interprets events from clues

Key repeating moments in the film give viewers the information they need to understand the storyline. The scenes cause identical reactions in the viewer’s brain. The results deepen our understanding of how the brain functions, how narratives work in film, and memory mechanisms impaired by conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
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Marked red are the brain regions which process the clue-providing key scenes, both before and while they occur. Anticipatory activity appears on the visual cortex up to eight seconds before the scene begins. During the scenes, there’s fingerprint-like activity in the prefrontal lobe and parietal lobe, both believed to be connected to memory retrieval and reinterpretation of previously seen events.
Memento poster detail (left), (c) Oy Nordisk Film Ab | Image (right): Iiro Jääskeläinen.

Finnish innovation to reduce complications after open heart surgery

Roughly every five patients suffer from different kinds of heart failure after open heart surgery.
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Biodesign Finland 2017 Team: Jari Rantala (l.), Kalle Kotilahti (m.), Sami Elamo (r.) and Tommi Pätilä (not pictured).

Love and fear are visible across the brain instead of being restricted to any brain region

The brain mechanisms of basic emotions such as anger and happiness are fairly similar across people. Differences are greater in social emotions, such as gratitude and contempt.
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An emotional state mainly activates wide, overlapping neural networks. When comparing groups of emotions, positive emotions activate the anterior prefrontal cortex, negative basic emotions tend to activate the somatomotor and subcortical regions, and negative social emotions activate brain areas that process motor and social information. Image: Heini Saarimäki.

Olav Thon Foundation grants the 2018 international research award to Academician, Professor Emerita Riitta Hari

The researcher prize was awarded due to excellence in brain research.
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Picture: Mikael Ahlfors, The Women Leaders Program of Finland Chamber of Commerce.

Health Design 2017 brought together healthcare, design, and technology professionals

Design expertise to help in commercialising health technology.
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Three Aalto postdocs to pitch their bold research ideas in Slush

Anand Tatikonda, Anna Stöckl and Tommi Himberg are competing for the Skolar Award at Slush.
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