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 a post-doctoral researcher at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU), Institute of Behavioural Sciences, 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 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Music, emotion and dementia: Insight from neuroscientific and clinical research

    Särkämö, T., Laitinen, S., Tervaniemi, M., Numminen, A., Kurki, M. & Rantanen, P., 2012, In : Music and Medicine. 4, 3, p. 153-162 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  6. Music perception and cognition: development, neural basis, and rehabilitative use of music

    Särkämö, T., Tervaniemi, M. & Huotilainen, M., 2013, In : Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. 4, 4, p. 441-451 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

  7. Auditory and cognitive deficits associated with acquired amusia after stroke: a magnetoencephalography and neuropsychological follow-up study

    Sarkamo, T., Tervaniemi, M., Soinila, S., Autti, T., Silvennoinen, H. M., Laine, M., Hietanen, M. & Pihko, E., 2010, In : PLoS One. 5, 11, p. e15157 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  8. Cognitive deficits associated with acquired amusia after stroke: a neuropsychological follow-up study

    Särkämö, T., Tervaniemi, M., Soinila, S., Autti, T., Silvennoinen, H., Laine, M. & Hietanen, M., 2009, In : Neuropsychologia. 47, 12, p. 2642-2651 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  9. Musiikkia aivoille läpi elämän

    Särkämö, T. & Huotilainen, M., 2012, In : Suomen lääkärilehti. 67, 17, p. 1334-1339 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

  10. Musiikin vaikuttavuus aivojen kuntoutuksessa

    Sihvonen, A. J., Leo, V., Särkämö, T. & Soinila, S., 2014, In : Duodecim. 130, 18, p. 1852-1860 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Frontiers (Publisher)

    Särkämö, T. (Editor)
    20132014

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of special theme number

  2. Studia Generalia lecture, University of Helsinki, Finland

    Särkämö, T. (Speaker: Presenter)
    14 Feb 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

  3. Neurosciences and Music IV, Edinburgh, UK

    Särkämö, T. (Speaker: Chair)
    9 Jun 201112 Jun 2011

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

  4. International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Mid-Year Meeting 2012, Oslo, Norway

    Särkämö, T. (Speaker: Presenter)
    27 Jun 201230 Jun 2012

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

  5. Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Symposium, Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Canada

    Särkämö, T. (Speaker: Presenter)
    16 Apr 2010

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

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Latest 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

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. Liikettä aivoihin - Tanssi vaikean traumaattisen aivovamman laaja-alaisessa kuntoutuksessa

    Koskinen, S., Särkämö, T., Tervaniemi, M., Hokkanen, L., Ylinen, A., Rantanen, P., Sarajuuri, J., Molander, K., Forsbom, M., Kullberg-Turtiainen, M., Turtiainen, P. & Ala-Ruona, E.

    Unknown funder

    01/03/201331/12/2017

    Project: Research project

  2. Musical Leisure Activities in Dementia Care

    Särkämö, T., Kurki, M., Tervaniemi, M., Numminen, A., Laitinen, S., Rantanen, P. & Johnson, J.

    01/01/200931/12/2012

    Project: Research project

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