Paula Maarit Virtala


Description of research and teaching

I’m a postdoctoral researcher with a PhD in psychology, working in the Cognitive Brain Research Unit in the Medical Faculty of the University of Helsinki. I’m vice director of the DyslexiaBaby project (funded by the Academy of Finland and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation) by Professor Teija Kujala. My PhD docused on the development of auditory skills from infancy to adulthood and how it is shaped by music training. Early auditory skills and their neuroplasticity are particularly interesting to me. I’m currently supervising two PhD theses and several master’s theses in psychology.


Latest publications

  1. 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

  2. Can very early music interventions promote at-risk infants’ development?

    Virtala, P. M. & Partanen, E. J., 30 Apr 2018, In : Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1423, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Distortion and Western music chord processing: an ERP study of musicians and nonmusicians

    Virtala, P., Huotilainen, M., Lilja, E., Ojala, J. & Tervaniemi, M., Feb 2018, In : Music Perception. 35, 3, p. 315-331 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Neural markers of dyslexia in the developing brain

    Paula Maarit Virtala (Speaker), Eino Partanen (Speaker)
    13 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  2. Språkkunskaper med hjälp av musik – Kielitaitoa musiikin avulla

    Paula Maarit Virtala (Attendee)
    13 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

  3. Dyslexia, brain, and cognition – current questions

    Paula Maarit Virtala (Attendee)
    24 Nov 2017

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

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