Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Dr. Teppo Särkämö, PhD, Docent (Psychology), is currently working as an Associate Professor of Neuropsychology at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU), Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. His main research interest is on the neural mechanisms of music and speech perception and their deficits (amusia and aphasia), ageing, neuroplasticity of auditory and cognitive functions, and the clinical use of music-based interventions in neurological diseases (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia). By using a combination of research methods from cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, and psychology, his research team (Music, Ageing and Rehabilitation Team, MART) focuses specifically on the impact of music and speech on the recovery and preservation of cognitive, auditory and motor functions in the ageing brain as well as on emotions, mood, and psychological well-being.

Education information

Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) in Psychology, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland (May 30, 2014)
Ph.D. (Psychology), Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki (Mar 18, 2011)
M.A. (Psychology), Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland (Jan 13, 2004)

Fields of Science

  • 515 Psychology
  • neuropsychology
  • music perception
  • speech processing
  • attention
  • memory
  • executive function
  • emotion
  • 3112 Neurosciences
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • neuroplasticity
  • magnetoencephalography
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • voxel-based morphometry
  • diffusion tensor imaging
  • voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping
  • 3124 Neurology and psychiatry
  • stroke
  • dementia
  • brain injury
  • neurology
  • gerontology
  • recovery
  • rehabilitation
  • ageing
  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
  • music rehabilitation
  • music therapy
  • music psychology

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.