Teppo Särkämö

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    Research areas

  • 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

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)
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Highlighted publications

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Sung melody enhances verbal learning and recall after stroke

    Leo, V., Sihvonen, A. J., Linnavalli, T., Tervaniemi, M., Laine, M., Soinila, S. & Särkämö, T., Jul 2018, In : Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1423, 1, p. 296-307 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  7. Cognitive, emotional and social benefits of regular musical activities in early dementia: Randomized controlled study

    Särkämö, T., Tervaniemi, M., Laitinen, S., Numminen, A., Kurki, M., Johnson, J. K. & Rantanen, P., 2014, In : Gerontologist. 54, 4, p. 634-650 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  8. Clinical and demographic factors associated with the cognitive and emotional efficacy of regular musical activities in dementia

    Särkämö, T., Laitinen, S., Numminen, A., Kurki, M., Johnson, J. & Rantanen, P., 2015, In : Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 49, 3, p. 767-781 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  9. Neural Basis of Acquired Amusia and Its Recovery after Stroke

    Sihvonen, A. J., Ripollés, P., Leo, V., Rodríquez-Fornells, A., Soinila, S. & Särkämö, T., 24 Aug 2016, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 36, 34, p. 8872-8881 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  10. Tracting the neural basis of music: Deficient structural connectivity underlying acquired amusia

    Sihvonen, A. J., Ripolles, P., Särkämö, T., Leo, V., Rodriguez-Fornells, A., Saunavaara, J., Parkkola, R. & Soinila, S., 8 Dec 2017, In : Cortex. 97, p. 255-273 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  11. Functional neural changes associated with acquired amusia across different stages of recovery after stroke

    Sihvonen, A. J., Särkämö, T., Ripolles, P., Leo, V., Saunavaara, J., Parkkola, R., Rodriguez-Fornells, A. & Soinila, S., 12 Sep 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 19 p., 11390.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Studia Generalia lecture, University of Helsinki, Finland

    Teppo Särkämö (Speaker: Presenter)
    14 Feb 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

  2. 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

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Highlighted prizes

  1. Cortex Prize

    Teppo Särkämö (Recipient), 15 Sep 2017

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Doctoral Thesis Prize 2011 of the University of Helsinki

    Teppo Särkämö (Recipient), 26 Mar 2012

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