August 4 to 20, 2015Last update: 19 August, 2015

Cognitive Neuroscience

The University of Helsinki , Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU) , Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
August 4 to 20, 2015
640 EUR Read more
Research director Mari Tervaniemi, mari.tervaniemi(at) ; Ms. Meri Pihlajavaara, ibs-int(at)



Updated June 25: It is no longer possible to apply to this course.

Target Students

Students at Master's and doctoral levels in psychology, cognitive science, speech science, musicology, neuroscience, linguistics, medicine and biology.


The human brain and its ability to adapt to the demands of the environment is at the core of our course. This course is particularly useful for students who wish to gain knowledge about the most recent developments in auditory cognitive neuroscience in particular.

The course programme focuses on brain functions in the framework of neuroplasticity. The course consists of tutorials on brain research methods and lectures about current topics. There are several demonstrations on practical laboratory work with modern brain imaging techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The students also have an opportunity to introduce their projects and research outcomes in poster sessions.

Learning objectives


The course will enable students to understand the theoretical principles, promises and limitations of modern brain research methods. They will gain hands-on experience in data acquisition and analyses. They will also learn about the most recent advances in using these methods in order to better understand human cognition and learning particularly in the domains of language and music.

Course format and teaching methods


Lectures, team work, hands-on training with brain research methods, poster sessions.

Teachers and lecturers


The lecturers will include the following international experts of the field:

  • Prof. Merav Ahissar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Prof. Matt Davis, MRC, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU), Cambridge, U.K.
  • Prof. Nadine Gaab, Childern's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  • Prof. Heikki Lyytinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Prof. Marc Schönwiesner, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Dr. Jan Wikgren, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Dr. Minna Lehtonen, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
  • Dr. Sari Ylinen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Methodological tutorials will be given by:

  • Prof. Risto Ilmoniemi, Aalto University, Finland
  • Prof. Lauri Parkkonen, Aalto University, Finland
  • Prof. Marc Schönwiesner, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Prof. Minna Huotilainen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and University of Helsinki, Finland

Means and criteria of assessment

Learning diary

Grading: Pass/Fail

More information?

Please direct any question concerning the content of this course to the coordinator, Research director Mari Tervaniemi, mari.tervaniemi(at), and/or Ms. Meri Pihlajavaara, ibs-int(at)

Any questions on the general arrangements (applying, accommodation, payments, etc.) should be addressed to the Summer School's office at summer-school(at)