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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. 


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

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

Publications 2006 2019

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

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

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

Research output: Conference materialsAbstractResearchpeer-review

Beyond volume: A surface-based approach to bilingualism-induced grey matter changes

Hämäläinen, S., Joutsa, J., Sihvonen, A. J., Leminen, A. & Lehtonen, M., Aug 2018, In : Neuropsychologia. 117 , p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Effect of language experience on selective auditory attention: An event-related potential study

Rämä, P., Leminen, A., Koskenoja-Vainikka, S., Leminen, M., Alho, K. & Kujala, T., May 2018, In : International Journal of Psychophysiology. 127, p. 38-45 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

ERP priming studies of bilingual language processing

Bosch, S. & Leminen, A., May 2018, In : Bilingualism. 21, 3, p. 462-470 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2011 2021

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

Activities 2012 2018

Kaksi- ja monikielisyyden aivoperusta

Alina Leminen (Speaker)
5 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Cone Research Seminar

Alina Leminen (Attendee)
23 Nov 2018

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

Modulation of brain activity during selective attention to natural speech

Alina Leminen (Speaker)
28 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Louah Sirri

Alina Leminen (Host)
7 Oct 201826 Oct 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

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