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Description of research and teaching

I investigate the neural dynamics of language processing and language learning. The specific emphasis is on morphological processing. In my research, I use electro- and magnetoencephalography (EEG, MEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). 

I currently work as a University Lecturer in Cognitive Science, Department of Digital Humanities. I am also affiliated to Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU), University of Helsinki. I supervise 4 Doctoral students and act as a Principal Investigator in a research project funded by the University of Helsinki, where we investigate rapid word and affix learning as well as the impact of sleep on language learning. 

Fields of Science

  • 6162 Cognitive science
  • 515 Psychology
  • 6163 Logopedics
  • 3112 Neurosciences
  • 516 Educational sciences

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


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

Open Access

Morphological processing in the brain: The good (inflection), the bad (derivation) and the ugly (compounding)

Leminen, A., Smolka, E., Duñabeitia, J. A. & Pliatsikas, C., Jul 2019, In : Cortex. 116, p. 4-44 41 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Online build-up of neocortical memory traces for spoken words: specific facilitatory effect of novel semantic associations

Leminen, A., Partanen, E., Højlund, A., Wallentin, M. & Shtyrov, Y., 22 Mar 2019.

Research output: Conference materialsAbstract


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

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


Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project

Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster (CNC)

Brattico, E., Huotilainen, M., Iivonen, T., Istok, E., Jansson-Verkasalo, E. M. M., Koskinen, S. M., Korostenskaja, M., Krohn, K. I., Kujala, T., Kuuluvainen, S., Mittag, M., Mäki-Karjalainen, H. T., Lepistö, T., Lindström, R., Lovio, R. K., Novitski, N., Näätänen, R., Osipova, D., Paavilainen, P., Pakarinen, S., Partanen, E., Putkinen, V., Rämä, P., Shestakova, A., Seppänen, M. S. A., Simoens, V., Simola, P., Särkämö, T., Takegata, R., Teinonen, T. O., Tervaniemi, M., Torppa, R., van Zuijen, T., Ylinen, S., Krause, C., Hiltunen, S., Kuula-Paavola, L., Leminen, A., Pesonen, M. J., Alho, K., Gumenyuk, V., Degerman, A. S., Laari, S. P. K., Koistinen, S. M., Kujala, A. M., Rinne, T., Salmitaival, J. & Salo, E.

25/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011


Society for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting

Alina Leminen (Attendee)
20 Aug 201922 Aug 2019

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

Julia Festman

Alina Leminen (Host)
14 Aug 201920 Aug 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Kaksi- ja monikielisyyden aivoperusta

Alina Leminen (Speaker)
5 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


LDA-C5005 Introductory Laboratory course in Cognitive Science

Alina Leminen (Teacher), Viktória Roxána Balla (Teacher)
4 Sep 201830 Jan 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination

Pedagogical University Tyrol

Alina Leminen (Visiting researcher)
20 Aug 201824 Oct 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Press / Media

Kaksikielisyyden vaikutus tarkkaavaisuuteen

Alina Leminen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media