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Dr. Hanni Kiiski

Visiting Research Fellow (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))

 


Dr. Hanni Kiiski is currently a post-doctoral Research Fellow in Prof. Fiona Newell's Multisensory Cognition Group and she is working in the SFI-funded Captavatar Project. The focus of this research is to investigate how visual and auditory information contribute to the perceived social characteristics and intentions of another person. The ultimate goal of the research is to endow virtual avatars with these multisensory characteristics to maximise their effectiveness in different settings (e.g. for educational, entertainment or rehabilitation purposes). The project is conducted in collaboration with Prof. Carol O'Sullivan's group within the Graphics, Vision and Visualisation Group (GV2), Trinity College Dublin. Hanni's PhD research focused on the multimodal assessment of brain and cognitive function in multiple sclerosis both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. This research was supervised by Prof. Richard Reilly and conducted in the Neural Engineering group of Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering (TCBE). The principal interest of the PhD research was on the utility of high-density electroencephalogram (EEG) in detecting and monitoring cognitive function in multiple sclerosis. The research involved also structural MRI and a comprehensive neuropsychological test battery to investigate links between electrophysiological activations, cognitive performance and possible pathological brain changes in multiple sclerosis. In addition, Hanni was involved in a study examining the potential of electrophysiological measures to provide information for the differential diagnostics of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. These studies were conducted in collaboration with the Neurology Department of St. Vincent's University Hospital and the UCD School of Psychology. Hanni received her MSc degree in Psychology in 2008 from University of Turku, Finland. Her Master's thesis examined the heritability of auditory-verbal word list recall in old age in a large sample of twins. Hanni's previous experience includes a Research Assistant position in the Neural Engineering group from September 2008 to August 2009, working in the research projects of Dr. Robert Whelan. She also worked as a Psychology Trainee in the Neurological Rehabilitation ward and the Child Neurology unit of Turku University Hospital in Autumn 2007. During her studies Hanni assisted in various research projects focusing on memory, Alzheimer's Disease and Neglect Disorder. She also worked in a psychological recruitment company Psykologitiimi Päämäärä Oy. Furthermore, she was the Treasurer of the psychology students' social club in 2005 and 2006. Hanni's research interests include social cognitive neuroscience, multisensory perception of human faces and bodies, person characteristics/traits and intentions, experimental psychology, cognitive and perceptual functions in neurological conditions, electrophysiology and neuropsychology.
 Socializing agents - Using principles of human multisensory perception to endow virtual agents with maximum social appeal
 Assessing brain and cognitive function in neurological conditions cross-sectionally and longitudinally using multimodal methods: insights from high-density EEG, structural MRI and neuropsychological examination

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The Finnish Psychological Association 2005 2008
Kiiski H, Reilly RB, Lonergan R, Kelly S, O'Brien MC, Kinsella K, Bramham J, Burke T, O Donnchadha S, Nolan H, Hutchinson M, Tubridy N, Whelan R, Only low frequency event-related EEG activity is compromised in multiple sclerosis: insights from an independent component clustering analysis., PloS one, 7, (9), 2012, pe45536 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kiiski H, Reilly RB, Lonergan R, Kelly S, O'Brien M, Kinsella K, Bramham J, Burke T, O'Donnchadha S, Nolan H, Hutchinson M, Tubridy N, Whelan R, Change in PASAT performance correlates with change in P3 ERP amplitude over a 12-month period in multiple sclerosis patients., Journal of the neurological sciences, 305, (1-2), 2011, p45-52 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kiiski H., Whelan R., Lonergan R.; Nolan H., Kinsella K., Hutchinson M.; Tubridy N; Reilly R.B., Preliminary Evidence for Correlation Between PASAT Performance and P3a and P3b amplitudes in progressive multiple sclerosis., European Journal of Neuroscience , 2010, p1-8 , Notes: [EJoN-10-0246 PMID: 20666835 Article first published online : 28 JUL 2010], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Whelan, R, Lonergan, R, Kiiski, H, Nolan, H, Kinsella, K, Hutchinson, M, Tubridy, N, Reilly, RB, Impaired information processing speed and attention allocation in multiple sclerosis patients versus controls: A high-density EEG study, Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 293, (1-2), 2010, p45-50 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Whelan, R., Lonergan, R., Kiiski, H., Nolan, H., Kinsella, K., Hutchinson, M., Tubridy, N., & Reilly, R.B., Impaired information processing speed and attention allocation in multiple sclerosis patients versus controls: A high-density EEG study, Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 293, 2010, p45 - 50, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Whelan R, Lonergan R, Kiiski H, Nolan H, Kinsella K, Bramham J, O'Brien M, Reilly RB, Hutchinson M, Tubridy N, A high-density ERP study reveals latency, amplitude, and topographical differences in multiple sclerosis patients versus controls., Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, 121, (9), 2010, p1420-1426 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Whelan, R, Lonergan, R, Kiiski, H, Nolan, H, Kinsella, K, Bramham, J, O'Brien, M, Reilly, RB, Hutchinson, M, Tubridy, N, A high-density ERP study reveals latency, amplitude, and topographical differences in multiple sclerosis patients versus controls, Clinical neurophysiology, 121, (9), 2010, p1420-6 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kiiski, H., Neill, F., Hoyet, L., Zibrek, K., O'Sullivan, C., & Newell, F.N. , Vocal information modulates the perception of traits from body motion, the 15th International Multisensory Research Forum, Amsterdam the Netherlands, June 11 - 14 2014, Poster, PRESENTED
Kiiski, H., Hoyet, L., Cullen, B., Woods, A.T., O'Sullivan, C., & Newell, F.N. , Perception of Traits from Static and Dynamic Visual Cues in Faces and Bodies, 36th European Conference on Visual Perception , Bremen Germany, August 25-29 2013, Poster, PRESENTED
Kiiski, H., Hoyet, L., Cullen, B., O'Sullivan, C., & Newell, F.N. , Perception and Prediction of Social Intentions from Human Body Motion, ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, Dublin Ireland, August 22-23 2013, Poster, PRESENTED
  

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Award Date
3-year scholarship from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology 2009-2012
stipend to attend 5-day Canadian Summer Program in Ageing from Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) and Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) - Institute of Aging 2012
Government of Ireland Exchange Scholarship for Finnish students 2009
My research interests include social cognitive neuroscience, multisensory perception of human faces and bodies, person characteristics/traits and intentions, experimental psychology, cognitive and perceptual functions in neurological conditions, electrophysiology and neuropsychology.