Matti Laine, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Åbo Akademi University

The project studies working memory training, its cognitive and neural mechanisms, and the mental architecture of executive functions. A related research topic is executive functioning in bilingualism.

  • Minna Lehtonen, PhD, Docent, Academy Research Fellow, Vice Director of BrainTrain
  • Daniel Fellman, MA, Doctoral student
  • Jussi Jylkkä, PhD, Doctoral student
  • Karolina Lukasik, MA, Doctoral student
  • Anna Soveri, PhD, Postdoctoral researcher
  • Juha Salmitaival, PhD, Docent, Senior researcher
  • Otto Waris, MA, Doctoral student
    • Susanne Jaeggi, PhD, Associate Professor, University of California at Irvine
    • Nadine Martin, PhD, Professor, Temple University, USA
    • Marcus Meinzer, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Australia
    • Lars Nyberg, PhD, Professor, University of Umeå
    • Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells, PhD, Research Professor, University of Barcelona

    1. Bäckman, L., Nyberg, L., Soveri, A., Johansson, J., Andersson, M., Dahlin, E., Neely, A.S., Virta, J., Laine, M., & Rinne, J.O. (2011) Effects of working-memory training on striatal dopamine release. Science, 333, 718.
    2. Bäckman, L., Waris, O., Johansson, J., Andersson, M., Rinne, J.O., Alakurtti, K., Soveri, A., Laine, M., & Nyberg, L. (2017) Increased dopamine release after working-memory updating training: Neurochemical correlates of transfer. Scientific Reports, 7. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-07577-y
    3. François, C., Cunillera, T., Garcia, E., Laine, M., & Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2017) Neurophysiological evidence for the interplay of speech segmentation and word-referent mapping during novel word learning. Neuropsychologia, 98, 56-67.
    4. Hultén, A., Laaksonen, H., Vihla, M., Laine, M., & Salmelin, R. (2010) Modulation of brain activity after learning predicts long-term memory for words. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 15160-15164.
    5. Jylkkä, J., Lehtonen, M., Lindholm, F., Kuusakoski, A., & Laine, M. (in press). The relationship between general executive functions and bilingual switching and monitoring in language production. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
    6. Laine, M., & Salmelin, R. (2010) Neurocognition of new word learning in the native tongue: lessons from the Ancient Farming Equipment paradigm. Language Learning, 60, Suppl 2, 25-44.
    7. Soveri, A., Antfolk, J., Karlsson, L.C., Salo, B., & Laine, M. (2017) Working memory training revisited: a multi-level meta-analysis of n-back training studies. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24, 1077–1096.
    8. Soveri, A., Karlsson, E.P.A., Waris, O., Grönholm-Nyman, P., & Laine, M. (2017) Pattern of near transfer effects following working memory training with a dual n-back task. Experimental Psychology, 64, 240–252.
    9. Tuomiranta, L.M., Càmara, E., Walsh, S.F., Ripollés, P., Saunavaara, J.P., Parkkola, R., Martin, N., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., & Laine, M. (2014) Hidden word learning capacity through orthography in aphasia. Cortex, 50, 174-191.
    10. Waris, O., Soveri, A., Ahti, M., Hoffing, R.C., Ventus, D., Jaeggi, S.M., Seitz, A.R., & Laine, M. (2017) A latent factor analysis of working memory measures using large-scale data. Frontiers in Psychology, 8.


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