Scientific program


Educational neuroscience symposium


Monday 12th June, 2017

The aim of the symposium is to discuss the newly emerged field of Educational Neuroscience (or Neuroeducation). What does it mean and what do we need it for? We will hear world leading experts presenting their own work at the intersection of neuroscience, education and developmental psychology. Speakers will also discuss more informally in a panel discussion e.g. about promoting neuroscience in educational practice.

Agora-building, Auditorium 3


8:00 - 12:00 Registration open

9:00     Opening of the seminar

9:15     Nienke van Atteveldt, Professor, Department of Educational Neuroscience, VU University Amsterdam: Educational neuroscience: myths and promising directions (https://nienkevanatteveldt.com/)

10:00   Päivi Helenius, PhD, neuropsychologist, Unit of Child Neurology, Helsinki University Central Hospital: Neurocognitive findings in developmental language impairment (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Paeivi_Heleniushttp://ltl.tkk.fi/wiki/P%C3%A4ivi_Helenius

10:45   Kimmo Alho, Professor, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki: Attention, distractibility and brain activity in adolescence and early adulthood (https://tuhat.helsinki.fi/portal/en/persons/kimmo-alho(0d38c8b5-2dd7-4b4a-9cb0-16297435f0c6).html

11:30   Lunch break

12:30   Bruce Mc Candliss, Professor, Stanford University: How brain circuits of attention influence symbolic learning in reading and mathematics (https://profiles.stanford.edu/bruce-mccandliss?tab=bio

13:15   Paavo Leppänen, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä: Internet reading and neurocognitive processes (https://www.jyu.fi/ytk/en/faculty/staff/psykologian-laitos/leppanen-paavo)

14:00   Coffee break

14:30   Erno Lehtinen, Academy Professor, Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku: What educational science and educational psychology expect from neuroscience? (http://users.utu.fi/ernoleh/english03.html;https://www.utu.fi/en/units/edu/units/otuk/contact/people/erno_lehtinen/Pages/home.aspx)

15:15   Ulla Richardson, Professor, Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä: Supporting reading development using the GraphoLearning method  (https://agoracenter.jyu.fi/people/ulla.richardson)

16:00 - 18:00  General discussion/Panel discussion with wine and snacks (Agora-building, Lea Pulkkinen hall)


Conference “Understanding Learning in the Brain”

Tuesday 13th June, 2017

Agora-building, Auditorium 3


8:00 - 12:00 Registration open

9:00 - 9:15 Opening words

9:15 - 11:30 Psychology of learning

John M. Pearce, Cardiff University: Associative learning - A New Look at an Old Theory

Matti Laine, University of Turku: Working memory training

Jan Wikgren, University of Jyvaskyla: Brain states modulate learning rate

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch break

12:30 - 14:30 Learning in neural networks and in single cell activity

Miriam Nokia, University of Jyväskylä: Principles of associative learning

Manuel Malmierca, University of Salamanca: The neural basis of auditory perception

Piia Astikainen, University of Jyväskylä: Auditory perceptual learning

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 - 17:00 Brain oscillations and synchrony in studying learning

Simo Monto, University of Jyväskylä: Studying neuronal oscillatory responses with MEG/EEG

Jan Kujala, Aalto University: Local and inter-areal synchronization in language production and perception

Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen, Radboud University: Frequency-specific directed interactions in the human brain network for language

 18:30 - 22:00 Posters and get-together party (Agora-building, Lea Pulkkinen hall)


Wednesday 14th June, 2017

Agora-building, Auditorium 3


8:00 - 12:00 Registration open

9:00 - 11:30 Learning and development

Milene Bonte, Maastricht University: Developmental refinement of cortical systems for listening and reading

Nienke van Atteveldt, VU University Amsterdam: The impact of children’s beliefs and goals on their learning processes

Tiina Parviainen, University of Jyväskylä: MEG view to brain development

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch break

12:30 - 14:00 Learning difficulties

Bruce McCandliss, Stanford University: Developmental changes in how the brain processes speech provide new insights into learning difficulties in reading

Paavo Leppänen, University of Jyväskylä: Neurocognitive risk factors for learning difficulties

15:00 - 21:00 Social program:  Excursion to Leivonmäki National park


MEG/EEG analysis workshop


Thursday 15th June at 9-17 and  Friday 16th June at 9-14

MaD-building, rooms 205-206


Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen (Radboud University), Jan Kujala (Aalto University), Matti Stenroos (Aalto University), Simo Monto (University of Jyväskylä), Jaakko Leppäkangas (Telecom ParisTech), and Erkka Heinilä (University of Jyväskylä).

The workshop will focus on connectivity analysis and the pre-requisites for performing such analyses. Hands-on sessions will include e.g. source modeling, frequency analysis, computation of connectivity measures, and statistical considerations.

We expect that the course participants have some experience on MEG/EEG analysis, preferably with programming-based approaches such as Matlab or Python. After the course, the participants should be able to describe the steps of a connectivity analysis workflow, and use existing code to perform those analyses.


Thursday 15th June, 2017

MaD 205 & 206


8:30 - 10:00 Registration open

09:00 - 11:00 Lectures

Simo Monto: Introduction to connectivity analysis

Matti Stenroos: Properties of forward and inverse models for connectivity analysis

11:00 - 12:00 Lunch break

12:00 - 14:00 Hands-on

Simo Monto: Pre-processing of MEG data

Matti Stenroos: Properties of forward and inverse solutions

14:00 - 15:00 Lecture

Jan Kujala: Connectivity in time- and frequency domains, Continuous and event-related paradigms

15:30 - 17:00 Hands-on

Jan Kujala: Time- and frequency domain analysis, Connectivity in signal space and source space

18:00 - 22:00 Social program: Evening on the old campus. Lyhty-building



Friday 16th June, 2017

MaD 205 & 206


09:00 - 10:00 Lecture

Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen: Metrics, methods and tools, Interpretational pitfalls

10:00 - 11:30 Hands-on

Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen: Metrics methods and tools

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch break

12:30 - 14:00 Hands-on

Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen: Metrics, methods, and tools, Interpretational pitfalls