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Curriculum vitae

since 03/2015

Doctoral student

Doctoral Programme of Psychology, Learning and Communication (PsyCo)

University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Doctoral thesis: ‘Language processing in the dyslexic brain – neural markers of dyslexia in human development‘

09/2012 – 11/2014

Master of Science (Technology), with distinction

Degree Programme in Brain and Mind

Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Master's thesis: 'Magnetoencephalographic (MEG) Inter-subject Correlation using Continuous Music Stimuli'

10/2008 – 10/2011

 

Bachelor of Science

Programme: Molecular Life Science (MLS)

University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany

Bachelor’s thesis: „Sequenzanalyse einer Kandidatenregion in einer Familie mit spinozerebellärer Ataxie” (Sequence analysis of a candidate region in a family with spinocerebellar ataxia)

Description of research and teaching

Current PhD project: “Language processing in the dyslexic brain – neural markers of dyslexia in human development”

Abstract: Developmental dyslexia is a highly heritable disorder in which reading skills are compromised despite normal intelligence and education. Reading problems in dyslexia are thought to primarily originate from weak speech sound representations in the brain or poor phonological skills. This doctoral project investigates the neuroplasticity of language in the developing and mature brain, with focus on the heritable learning disorder dyslexia. The thesis will address the presence of problems in linguistic processing in infants at familial risk for dyslexia and dyslexic adults using different brain imaging modalities and behavioral tests. In the two studies of the thesis with newborn infants, neural speech sound discrimination, representations and rapid learning of novel words will be compared between individuals with familial risk for dyslexia and healthy controls. In the two adult studies of the thesis, a recent influential hypotheses on the types of phonological impairments underlying dyslexia and dyslexia subtypes will be tested. In addition, a new approach to characterize the neural responses during comprehension of complex real-life speech will be used. It opens up possibilities of comparing the brain activity of dyslexic and non-dyslexic participants during a natural every-day task, which has only scarcely been investigated. The reading, phonological and memory abilities will be determined with a neuropsychological test battery. This project will illuminate the nature of neurocognitive dysfunctions in dyslexia, shed light on how dyslexia manifests in the developing and mature brain and it may detect neural dyslexia markers. The results have an important application value to, for example, the development of intervention programs for ameliorating or preventing dyslexic symptoms, as well as early identification of dyslexia.

Supervisors: Prof. Teija Kujala and Dr. Paula Virtala, Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki

Education/Academic qualification

Brain and Mind, M.Sc. (tech.), Aalto University

Molecular Life Science , B.Sc., Universitaet zu Luebeck

External positions

Visiting Researcher, McMaster University

Nov 2016May 2017

Visiting Researcher, Aalto University

Dec 2012 → …

Keywords

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

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

Publications 2014 2019

An extensive pattern of atypical neural speech-sound discrimination in newborns at risk of dyslexia

Thiede, A., Virtala, P., Ala-Kurikka, I., Partanen, E., Huotilainen, M., Mikkola, K., Leppänen, P. HT. & Kujala, T., May 2019, In : Clinical Neurophysiology. 130, 5, p. 634-646 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Atypical speech sound processing in newborns with familial risk for dyslexia

Thiede, A., 2 Mar 2018.

Research output: Conference materialsPosterResearch

Diminished mismatch fields to speech-sound changes in dyslexic adults

Thiede, A., 12 Jun 2018.

Research output: Conference materialsPosterResearchpeer-review

Atypical speech sound processing in newborns with familial risk for dyslexia

Thiede, A., 5 Aug 2017.

Research output: Conference materialsPosterResearchpeer-review

Effects of Familial Dyslexia on Neonatal Speech Sound Processing as Reflected by Auditory ERPs

Thiede, A., 16 Aug 2016.

Research output: Conference materialsPosterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2014 2018

  • 13 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 4 Academic visit to other institution
  • 2 Supervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

MMN2018: The 8th Mis­match Neg­at­iv­ity conference

Anja Thiede (Poster Presentation), Anja Thiede (Member of organizing committee)
12 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

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

Multi­s­ens­ory per­cep­tion and learn­ing,

Anja Thiede (Poster Presentation)
2 Mar 2018

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

Department of Clinical Medicine - Center for Music In the Brain

Anja Thiede (Visiting researcher)
25 Jan 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

MEG Nord 2018

Anja Thiede (Speaker: Presenter)
16 May 201818 May 2018

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

Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Anja Thiede (Speaker: Presenter)
22 Nov 201825 Nov 2018

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