Matti Laine, Ph.D.

Strategies for Human Memory Project leader
BrainTrain project leader 2015-2018

Professor of psychology. Adult clinical neuropsychologist whose research interests encompass neurocognition of working memory training, executive functions, bilingualism, language learning, and aphasia.

Jan Antfolk, Ph.D.

Strategies for Human Memory Project deputy leader
Associate Professor in Applied Psychology at Åbo Akademi University

Part of my research is directed at methodological improvements in the study of executive functions and working memory. Most of my research in this field is carried out through meta-analyses.

Juha Salmitaival, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Research Fellow at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies

My current research interests are mainly in typical and atypical development and malleability of cognitive control functions and related brain mechanisms.

Jussi Jylkkä, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Psychology, Åbo Akademi University

I study cognition and consciousness, and the methodological and philosophical foundations of psychology. My research at BrainTrain deals with working memory, cognitive training, executive functions, and bilingualism.

Otto Waris, Ph.D.

Currently postdoctoral researcher at the University of Turku

BrainTrain-related research: working memory functions and their malleability to computerized training.

Daniel Fellman, Ph.D.

Currently postdoctoral researcher at the Umeå University, Sweden

My BrainTrain-related research focus on working memory training and its underlying mechanisms. More specifically, I am interested in how participants acquire strategies and how these affect the training- and transfer outcomes following working memory training.

Liisa Ritakallio, MA

PhD student at the Department of Psychology, Åbo Akademi University

I study strategy use in working memory training.

Daniel Wärnå, MSc

Software Developer

Specializing in both frontend and backend web development and UI/UX design. Daniel has been developing further our in-house web-based testing and training platform called SOILE.

Janne Hakala


Minna Lehtonen, Ph.D.

BrainTrain Deputy project leader 2015-2018
Currently Associate Professor at the Centre for Multilingualism in Society across the Life Span, University of Oslo

I am interested in psycholinguistic questions such as how one or multiple languages are processed in the brain and how learning a second language affects the neurocognitive system.

Anna Soveri, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, currently Academy Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku

Karolina Lukasik, Ph.D.

Currently Adjunct at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

BrainTrain-related research: executive functions, bilingualism, and cognitive neuroscience.

Petra Grönholm-Nyman, Ph.D.

Currently University teacher at the Department of Psychology, Åbo Akademi University

Research interests: trainability of executive functions, neural correlates of cognitive functions in normal aging.

Linda Karlsson, MA

Currently a PhD student at the Department of Psychology, Åbo Akademi University

Linda worked as a project researcher on various subprojects of the BrainTrain.

Petra-Ann Boman, MA

Clinical psychologist

My research is related to working memory training in school-aged children with or without specific learning difficulties.

Christel Lundin, MA

Clinical psychologist

BrainTrain-related research: the effects of working memory training in school children, including those with specific learning difficulties.

Adrià Vilà Balló, Ph.D.

Currently Associate Professor at the University of Girona, Spain

My research interest is related to cognitive control and executive function training in normal and clinical groups

Marco Bucci, Ph.D.

Visiting researcher in BrainTrain during Autumn 2016 - Spring 2017

I am interested in brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience.

Claudia Peñaloza Salazar, Ph.D.

Visiting researcher in BrainTrain during Spring 2016
Currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Aphasia Research Laboratory, Boston University, Boston, USA

My research interests include clinical neuropsychology, language learning and language disorders.


Department of Psychology
Abo Akademi University
Fabriksgatan 2
FI-20500 Turku