Language Acquisition, Representation, and Processing (L.A.R.P.)

Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The research focus of the L.A.R.P. group is on understanding the neural mechanisms of language processing and its acquisition. Our topics involve the neural basis of novel word learning, with specific emphasis on language morphology. In addition to native language learning, we address second language acquisition and the multilingual brain. We strive towards developing new experimental paradigms, with one branch of research focusing on the neural mechanisms of natural reading. Research methods involve eye-movement research, electro- and magnetoencephalography (MEEG), (functional) magnetic resonance imaging (f/MRI) as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Ongoing research projects involve close collaboration with Cognitive Brain Research Unit (Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki), Attention and Memory Research group (Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki), BioMag laboratory (Helsinki University Central Hospital), Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (Aarhus University), Finnish Institute of Occupational Health as well as Pedagogical University Tyrol.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Profiles

Projects

Rapid formation of language-related memory circuits in the human neocortex

Leminen, A., Balla, V. & Shtyrov, Y.

01/01/201831/12/2021

Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project

Publications

A novel experimental paradigm with improved ecological validity reveals robust action-associated enhancement of the N1 visual event-related potential in healthy adults

Balla, V. R., Szalóki, S., Kilencz, T., Dalos, V. D., Németh, R. & Csifcsák, G., 3 Feb 2020, In : Behavioural Brain Research. 379, 5 p., 112353.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Poor neural and perceptual phoneme discrimination during acoustic variation in dyslexia

Virtala, P. M., Talola, S-K., Partanen, E. & Kujala, T., 26 May 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 2020/10, 8646

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Quick reorganization of memory traces for morphologically complex words in young children

Leminen, M., Leminen, A., Smolander, S., Arkkila, E., Shtyrov, Y., Laasonen, M. & Kujala, T., 17 Feb 2020, In : Neuropsychologia. 138, 9 p., 107309.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Acquisition of L2 morphology by adult language learners

Kimppa, L., Shtyrov, Y., Hut, S. C. A., Hedlund, L., Leminen, M. & Leminen, A., Jul 2019, In : Cortex. 116, p. 74-90 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Activities

Society for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting

Viktória Balla (Attendee)
20 Aug 201922 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Early development of neural responses related to change-detection and attention in infants

Eino Partanen (Speaker)
1 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Kehityksellisen lukihäiriön aivoperustasta

Eino Partanen (Speaker)
28 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Cognitive Neuroscience Society 26th Annual Meeting

Viktória Balla (Attendee)
23 Mar 201926 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

MEG Nord 2019

Viktória Balla (Attendee)
9 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars