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Description of research and teaching

Dr. Teppo Särkämö, PhD, Docent (Psychology), is currently working as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow 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 and other therapeutic 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 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. Currently, his teaching includes lectures about music and the brain, the relationships between music and speech, and music therapy.

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)

Keywords

  • 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.

Publications 2007 2019

Music-based interventions in neurological rehabilitation

Sihvonen, A. J., Särkämö, T., Leo, V., Tervaniemi, M., Altenmueller, E. & Soinila, S., Aug 2017, In : Lancet Neurology. 16, 8, p. 648-660 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Golden oldies and silver brains: Deficits, preservation, learning, and rehabilitation effects of music in ageing-related neurological disorders

Sarkamo, T. & Sihvonen, A. J., Dec 2018, In : Cortex. 109, p. 104-123 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Music listening enhances cognitive recovery and mood after middle cerebral artery stroke

Särkämö, T., Tervaniemi, M., Laitinen, S., Forsblom, A., Soinila, S., Mikkonen, M., Autti, T., Silvennoinen, H., Erkkilä, J., Laine, M., Peretz, I. & Hietanen, M., 2008, In : Brain : a journal of neurology. 131, 3, p. 866-876 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Structural changes induced by daily music listening in the recovering brain after middle cerebral artery stroke: a voxel-based morphometry study

Särkämö, T. T., Ripollés, P., Vepsäläinen, H. R., Autti, T. H., Silvennoinen, H. M., Salli, E., Laitinen, S., Forsblom, A., Soinila, S. & Rodríguez-Fornells, A., 17 Apr 2014, In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience . 8, 16 p., 245.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Music and Speech Listening Enhance the Recovery of Early Sensory Processing after Stroke

Sarkamo, T., Pihko, E., Laitinen, S., Forsblom, A., Soinila, S., Mikkonen, M., Autti, T., Silvennoinen, H., Erkkila, J., Laine, M., Peretz, I., Hietanen, M. & Tervaniemi, M., 2010, In : Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 22, 12, p. 2716-2727 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2004 2021

Efficacy and Mechanisms of Music-Based Rehabilitation in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Särkämö, T., Tervaniemi, M., Rantanen, P., Melkas, S., Ylinen, A., Pekkola, J., Koskinen, S., Ala-Ruona, E., Laitinen, S., Holma, M., Ahlfors, M., Jordan-Kilkki, P., Kuusela, L., Peltonen, J., Sairanen, V., Siponkoski, S., Ala-Kauhaluoma, K., Lehtonen, M., Mänttäri, A., Rodriguez-Fornells, A., Ripolles Vidal, P. & Zasler, N.

01/03/2012 → …

Project: Research project

Prizes

Cortex Prize

Teppo Särkämö (Recipient), 15 Sep 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Doctoral Thesis Prize 2011 of the University of Helsinki

Teppo Särkämö (Recipient), 26 Mar 2012

Prize: Prizes and awards

Publication of the Year 2008

Teppo Särkämö (Recipient), 7 May 2009

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2006 2019

Studia Generalia lecture, University of Helsinki, Finland

Teppo Särkämö (Speaker: Presenter)
14 Feb 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Neurosciences and Music IV, Edinburgh, UK

Teppo Särkämö (Speaker: Chair)
9 Jun 201112 Jun 2011

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

Supervisor, Doctoral Thesis, Nella Moisseinen (University of Helsinki)

Teppo Särkämö (Supervisor)
Mar 2019 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Seminar of the Center for Music in the Brain, Aarhus, Denmark

Teppo Särkämö (Invited speaker)
18 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Meeting of the Danish Stroke Association, Copenhagen, Denmark

Teppo Särkämö (Invited speaker)
27 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Magazine interview: Rondo Classic, Finland

Teppo Särkämö

01/12/2016

1 media contribution

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Magazine interview: Finnish Music Quarterly (FMQ), Finland

Teppo Särkämö

01/10/2016

1 media contribution

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Book interview: Tunne aivosi, Finland

Teppo Särkämö

30/08/2016

1 media contribution

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Newspaper interview: Aamulehti, Finland

Teppo Särkämö

29/07/2016

1 media contribution

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Newspaper interview: Turun Sanomat, Finland

Teppo Särkämö

19/07/2016

1 media contribution

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