Executive functions: Modulation by age, training and disorders
Heikki Hämäläinen, Professor of Psychology, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Turku
The aim is to determine the changes in executive functions as a function of age and the trainebility of these functions in different age groups as well as clinical groups demonstrating disorders of executive functions.
Senior researchers:
  • Matti Laine, Professor, Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Åbo Akademi University
  • Kenneth Hugdahl, Professor, Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen
  • Mika Koivisto, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Turku
PhD students:
  • Fiia Takio, M.A.
  • Jussi Tallus, M.A.
  • Henna Lehtismäki, student
  • Kaisa Hallberg, student 
  • Anna Soveri, M.A.
Publications in this area in 2005-2010: 17/?
  1. Milovanov, R., Tervaniemi, M., Takio, F., Hämäläinen, H. (2007). Modification of dichotic listening (DL) performance by musico-linguistic abilities and age. Brain research. 1156: 168-173.
  2. Hugdahl, K., Westerhausen, R., Alho, K., Medvedev, S., Laine, M. & Hämäläinen, H. (2009). Attention and cognitive control: Unfolding the dichotic listening story. Scand. J. Psychol. 50: 11-22.
  3. Takio, F., Koivisto, M., Jokiranta, L., Rashid, F., Kallio, J., Tuominen, T., Laukka, S.J., Hämäläinen, H. (2009). The effect of age on attentional modulation in dichotic listening. Developmental Neuropsychology 34: 225-239.
  4. Westerhausen, R., Moosmann, M., Alho, K., Medvedev, S., Hämäläinen, H., Hugdahl, K. (2009). Top-down and bottom-up interaction in the dichotic listening ear advantage: manipulating the dichotic listening ear advantage. Brain. Res. 1250: 183-189.
  5. Rene Westerhausen, Matthias Moosmann; Kimmo Alho; Stein-Ove Belsby; Heikki Hämäläinen; Svyatoslav Medvedev; Karsten Specht; Kenneth Hugdahl. (2010). Identification of attention and cognitive control networks in a parametric auditory fMRI study. Neuropsychologia 48: 2075-2081.
Ph.D.s completed: 1 (Bergen)
Ext. funding of the group: 69.000 EUR