BrainTrain publications 2015-onwards related to working memory training, executive functions, bilingualism, learning, and memory


  • Havas, V., Waris, O., Vaquero, L., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., & Laine, M. (2015) Morphological learning in a novel language: a cross-language comparison. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68, 1426-1441.
  • Karlsson, L.C., Soveri, A., Räsänen, P., Kärnä, A., Delatte, S., Lagerström, E., Mård, L., Steffansson, M., Lehtonen, M., & Laine, M. (2015) Bilingualism and performance on two widely used developmental neuropsychological test batteries. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0125867, 1-11. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0125867
  • Martin, N., Laine, M. & Harley, T.A. (2015) How can connectionist cognitive models of language inform models of language rehabilitation? In A.E. Hillis (Ed.) Handbook on Adult Language Disorders. Second Edition. New York: Psychology Press (pp. 405-434).
  • Peñaloza, C., Benetello, A., Tuomiranta, L., Heikius, I.-M., Järvinen, S., Majos, M.C., Cardona, P., Juncadella, M., Laine, M., Martin, N., & Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2015) Speech segmentation in aphasia. Aphasiology, 29, 724-743.
  • Tallus, J., Soveri, A., Hämäläinen, H., Tuomainen, J., & Laine, M. (2015) Effects of auditory attention training with the dichotic listening task: Behavioural and neurophysiological evidence. PLoS ONE, 1-14. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139318
  • Waris, O., Soveri, A., & Laine, M. (2015) Transfer after working memory updating training. PLoS ONE, 1-19. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0138734


  • Cunillera, T., Laine, M., & Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2016) Headstart for speech segmentation: a neural signature for the anchor word effect. Neuropsychologia, 82, 189-199.
  • Peñaloza, C., Mirman, D., Tuomiranta, L., Benetello, A., Heikius, I.-M., Järvinen, S., Majos, M.C., Cardona, P., Juncadella, M., Laine, M., Martin, N., & Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2016) Novel word acquisition in aphasia: facing the word-referent ambiguity of natural language learning contexts. Cortex, 79, 14-31.
  • Saarela, C., Karrasch, M., Ilvesmäki, T., Parkkola, R., Rinne, J.O., & Laine, M. (2016) The relationship between recognition memory for emotion-laden words and white matter microstructure in normal older subjects. Neuroreport, 27, 1345-1347.


  • Bäckman, L., Waris, O., Johansson, J., Andersson, M., Rinne, J.O., Alakurtti, K., Soveri, A., Laine, M., & Nyberg, L. (2017) Increased dopamine release after working-memory updating training: Neurochemical correlates of transfer. Scientific Reports, 7. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-07577-y
  • François, C., Cunillera, T., Garcia, E., Laine, M., & Rodriguez-Fornells, A. (2017) Neurophysiological evidence for the interplay of speech segmentation and word-referent mapping during novel word learning. Neuropsychologia, 98, 56-67.
  • Grönholm-Nyman, P., Soveri, A., Rinne, J.O., Ek, E., Nyholm, A., Stigsdotter Neely, A., & Laine, M. (2017) Limited effects of set shifting training in healthy older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 9, 69, 1-21.
  • Havas, V., Laine, M., & Rodríguez Fornells, A. (2017) Brain signatures of early lexical and morphological learning of a new language. Neuropsychologia, 101, 47-56.
  • Jylkkä, J., Soveri, A., Wahlström, J., Lehtonen, M., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., & Laine, M. (2017) Relationship between language switching experience and executive functions in bilinguals: an Internet-based study. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 29, 404-419.
  • Tort-Merino, A., Valech, N., Peñaloza, C., Grönholm-Nyman, P., León, M., Olives, J., Estanga, A., Ecay, M., Fortea, J., Martínez-Lage, P., Molinuevo, J. L., Laine, M., Rodríguez-Fornells, A., & Rami, L. (2017) Early detection of learning difficulties when confronted with novel information in preclinical Alzheimer's Disease stage 1. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 58, 855–870.
  • Saarela, C., Joutsa, J., Laine, M., Parkkola, R., Rinne, J.O., & Karrasch, M. (2017) Regional gray matter correlates of memory for emotion-laden words in middle-aged and older adults: A voxel-based morphometry study. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0182541.
  • Soveri, A., Antfolk, J., Karlsson, L.C., Salo, B., & Laine, M. (2017) Working memory training revisited: a multi-level meta-analysis of n-back training studies. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24, 1077–1096.
  • Waris, O., Soveri, A., Ahti, M., Hoffing, R.C., Ventus, D., Jaeggi, S.M., Seitz, A.R., & Laine, M. (2017) A latent factor analysis of working memory measures using large-scale data. Frontiers in Psychology, 8.

In press

  • Fellman, D., Soveri, A., Viktorsson, C., Haga, S., Nylund, J., Johansson, S., Edman, J., von Renteln, F., & Laine, M. (in press) Selective updating of sentences: Introducing a new measure of verbal working memory. Applied Psycholinguistics.
  • Jylkkä, J., Lehtonen, M., Kuusakoski, A., Lindholm, F., Hut, S., & Laine, M. (in press). Receptive language switching and monitoring: The role of general executive functions in receptive language switching and monitoring. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
  • Jylkkä, J., Lehtonen, M., Lindholm, F., Kuusakoski, A., & Laine, M. (in press). The relationship between general executive functions and bilingual switching and monitoring in language production. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
  • Soveri, A., Karlsson, E.P.A., Waris, O., Grönholm-Nyman, P., & Laine, M. (in press) Pattern of near transfer effects following working memory training with a dual n-back task. Experimental Psychology.
  • Soveri, A., Lehtonen, M., Karlsson, L.C., Lukasik, K., Antfolk, A., & Laine, M. (in press) Test-retest reliability of five frequently used executive tasks in healthy adults. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult.


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