Juha M. Lahnakoski, D.Sc. (Tech.)
My current research focuses on systematic study of differences in brain activity patterns as well as bodily and gaze behavior in individuals with difficulties in social cognition and interaction such as individuals with autism, borderline personality disorder or major depressive disorder compared with healthy typically developed individuals. This research takes a transdiagnostic approach with an aim of finding similarities in symptoms and underlying brain correlates contributing to problems in social interactions across diagnostic categories.
In a parallel line of research I study the brain basis of social perception and perspective taking during viewing of naturalistic audiovisual stimulation such as movies. Main focus is on modeling complex stimuli, and developing and applying novel signal analysis methods for fMRI and eye gaze data gathered during viewing of dynamic audiovisual stimuli.