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Human Emotion Systems Laboratory

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Lauri Nummenmaa PhD, Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, Academy of Finland Fellow, Department of Biomedical Engineering& Computational Science Aalto University School of Science and PET center, University of Turku

GOAL:
Most of the current research is focused on the neurocognitive mechanisms of emotions, face perception and visual attention. In addition to multimodal neuroimaging with functional and structural MRI, PET, EEG and MEG, we use numerous behavioral recording techniques such as eye tracking. At the moment, we are pursuing the following questions:
  1. What is the neural circuitry of emotions?
  2. What neurobiological mechanisms support social bonding and interaction?
  3. What neurochemical pathways subserve pathological eating habits in obesity?
GROUP MEMBERS:
Post docs:
  • Jaakko Kauramäki
  • Fanny Lachat
  • Ville Renvall
  • Kevin Wen-Kai Tsai
PhD students:
  • Henry Karlsson
  • Juulia Suvilehto
  • Mikko Lähtenmäki
  • Sandra Manninen
  • Lauri Tuominen
  • Jetro Tuulari
  • Sonya Volyntets
Research Assistants:
  • Lara Ejtehadian
  • Henri Mynttinen
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
  1. Nummenmaa, L., Smirnov, D., Lahnakoski, J., Glerean, E., Jääskeläinen, I.P., Sams, M., &Hari, R. (2014). Mental action simulation synchronizes action-observation circuits across individuals. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34,748 –757.
  2. Nummenmaa, L., Glerean, E., Hari, R., & Hietanen, J.K. (2014). Bodily maps of emotions.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 646- 651.
  3. Nummenmaa, L., Glerean, E., Viinikainen, M., Jääskeläinen, I.P., Hari, R., & Sams, M. (2012) Emotions promote social interaction by synchronizing brain activity across individuals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109, 9599– 9604.
  4. Nummenmaa, L., Passamonti, L., Rowe, J., Engell, A.D., & Calder, A.J. (2010) Connectivity analysis reveals a cortical network for eye gaze perception. Cerebral Cortex, 8, 1780-1787.
  5. Nummenmaa, L., & Calder, A.J. (2009). Neural mechanisms of social attention. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13(3), 135-143.
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