Kimmo Alho

Erik Allardt Fellow, SCAS.
Professor of Psychology, University of Helsinki

Kimmo Alho received his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Helsinki in 1987, after which he worked
there as a Fellow of the Academy of Finland. He became Professor of Psychology at the University of
Tampere in 1999 and at the University of Helsinki in 2000. Between September 2012 and July 2014, he
worked as a Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. He also holds the title of Docent of
Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Turku and has been several times a Visiting Fellow at the
University of California, Davis, and Visiting Research Professor at the University of Barcelona. Between
1999 and 2006, he was Head of the Finnish Graduate School of Psychology and has since 2006 been Director
of the Nordic–Baltic Doctoral Network in Psychology. He is a member of the Finnish Academy of Science
and Letters and Academia Europaea.

Alho’s research on human brain functions related to perception, memory and attention has resulted in over 150
articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In his research, he has applied electro- and magnetoencephalography,
positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging as well as psychophysical methods. In
addition, he recently meta-analyzed results from over a hundred auditory brain imaging studies (Alho et al.,
‘Stimulus-dependent Activations and Attention-related Modulations in the Auditory Cortex: A Meta-analysis of
fMRI Studies’, Hearing Research, 2014, 307: 29–41). In his empirical research, he has mostly studied healthy
adults but also neurological patients, healthy children and children with attention deficits. His current research
at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University, supported by grants from the Academy of Finland, focuses
on brain activity and cognitive performance during dual tasking and distraction in adults and in teenagers regarded
as digital natives. At SCAS, he will work on a review and meta-analysis of brain imaging studies on social
perception and cognition.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2014-15.