15/8/2017 Tomi and Lauri comment on the role of opioids in the highs and lows of human social life: Nummenmaa, L., & Karjalainen, T. (in press). Opioidergic regulation of pain and pleasure in human social relationships. Neuropsychopharmacology reviews.

24/08/2017 The emotional (dis)pleasures of grinding revealed by our dear Tiinuli: Saanijoki, T., Nummenmaa, L., Koivumäki, M., Löyttyniemi, E., Kalliokoski, K.K., & Hannukainen, J.C. (in press). Affective adaptation to repeated SIT and MICT protocols in insulin resistant subjectsMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

21/08/2017 Very nice commentary on our laughter and opioids work by Fausto Caruana from the Parma group: Caruana, F. (2017). Laughter as a neurochemical mechanism aimed at reinforcing social bonds: integrating evidence from opioidergic activity and brain stimulation. The Journal of Neuroscience.

14/08/2017 The Emotion Lab just keeps on growing! We would like to welcome Vesa Putkinen and Sanaz Nazari Farsani to our wonderful team! You can read more about their work on our People page.

1/08/2017 It’s summer and time for some serious exercise! Go for the high-intensity interval training to make those opioids flow (and also check out our new paper): Saanijoki, T., Tuominen, L.J., Nummenmaa, L., Arponen, E., Kalliokoski, K., & Hirvonen, J. (in press). Acute aerobic exercise increases µ-opioid receptor availability in humans. Neuropsychopharmacology.

07/07/2017 Read our up-to-date mini-review & commentary on basic emotions and pattern recognition that will appear in a theme issue on neuroimaging of emotions curated by Tor Wager and Alex Shackman: Nummenmaa, L., & Saarimäki, H. (in press). Emotions as discrete patterns of systemic activity. Neuroscience Letters.

06/07/2017 The final piece of our opioids, feeding, and obesity project is now out, confirming that feeding releases opioids in healthy humans: Tuulari, J.J., Tuominen, L., de Boer, F., Hirvonen, J., Nuutila, P., & Nummenmaa, L. (in press). Feeding releases endogenous opioids in humans. The Journal of Neuroscience. See also our papers on how obesity downregulates cerebral opioid receptors, and how these adverse changes may be reversed with obesity surgery.

11/06/2017 We made it to the cover of Human Brain Mapping with our paper on channel surfing with Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, and 007. What a great illustration by our post-doc alumni Juha Lahnakoski!

03/05/2017 Another new PET-fMRI paper on opioidergic basis of sociability with the good old team: Karjalainen, T., Karlsson, H.K., Lahnakoski, J.M., Glerean, E., Nuutila, P., Jääskeläinen, I.P., Hari, R., Sams, M., & Nummenmaa, L. (in press). Dissociable roles of cerebral μ-opioid and type 2 dopamine receptors in vicarious pain: A combined PET–fMRI study. Cerebral Cortex.

16/05/2017 Cognitive Neuroscience Society covers our work on event integration while viewing Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and James Bond during brain scans.

11/04/2017 A nice collaboration with PET Centre and Harvard, Oxford, & Aalto Universities with laughable findings: Manninen, S., Tuominen, L., Dunbar, R.I.M., Karjalainen, T., Hirvonen, J., Arponen, E., Hari, R., Jääskeläinen, I.P., Sams, M., & Nummenmaa, L. (in press). Social laughter triggers endogenous opioid release in humans The Journal of Neuroscience.

30/03/2017 Wonderful to be collaborating with Jukka Hyönä’s group again – this time on object tracking: Li, J., Oksama, L., Nummenmaa, L. & Hyönä, J. (in press). Anger improves sustained attention on targets during dynamic multiple object tracking. Cognition & Emotion.

28/03/2017 We are recruiting scientists for our new flagship project on molecular neuroinformatics of CNS disorders. See here for more information.

26/03/2017 New Finnish mini-commentary on emotions, feelings, and well-being: Nummenmaa, L. (2017) Mistä puhumme kun puhumme tunteista. Tieteessä tapahtuu, 2/2017, 35-39.

24/03/2017 The Chief Customs Officers’ opinion (a.k.a review) on emotions and opioid circuits, including two meta-analyses, is now out: Nummenmaa, L. & Tuominen, L.T. (in press) Opioid system and human emotions. British Journal of Pharmacology.

22/03/2017 New paper fresh outta press, this time with Jesper Ekelund’s group: Komulainen, E., Glerean, E., Meskanen, K., Heikkilä, R., Nummenmaa, L., Raij, T.T., Lahti, J., Jylhä, P., Melartin, T., Isometsä, E., & Ekelund, J. (in press) Single dose of mirtazapine modulates whole-brain functional connectivity during emotional narrative processing. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.

20/03/2017 Our cordial thanks to Sigrid Juselius Foundation for funding our large-scale neuroinformatics project on brain development and CNS disordes! Looks like we need to recruit soon again – stay tuned!

20/03/2017 New paper on natural event perception in collaboration with Aalto University and MPI: Lahnakoski, J., Jääskeläinen, I.P., Sams, M., & Nummenmaa, L. (in press) Neural mechanisms for integrating consecutive and interleaved natural events. Human Brain Mapping.

09/03/2017 Updated GIT repository for our software tools. Please update your bookmarks.

23/02/2017 Our new paper done in collaboration with Jari Hietanen’s lab is out: Chen,T., Nummenmaa, L., & Hietanen, J.K. (in press). Eye contact judgment is influenced by perceiver’s social anxiety but not by their affective state. Frontiers in Psychology .

14/12/2016 Well done Tomi Karjalainen – yeat another nice grant to the lab! This one comes from Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg foundation, we express our cordial thanks for funding our research.

16/1/2017 Emotion lab is recruiting again! We’re looking for two post-docs in neuroimaging and a project researcher for data analysis / neuroinformatics . Please contact Lauri for further details.

05/12/2016 Singing in the brain – see our new paper on audiovisual integration of speech and music: Salmi, J., Koistinen, O-P., Jylänki, P., Vehtari, A., Jääskeläinen, I-P., Mäkelä, S., Nummenmaa, L., Nummi-Kuisma, K., Nummi, I., & Sams, M. (in press). Distinct distributed neural signatures of natural audiovisual speech and music in the human auditory cortex. (in press). NeuroImage

29/11/2016 Congratulations to Tomi Karjalainen for receiving a personal grant from Jalmari and Rauha Ahokas Foundation!

18/11/2016 – Our new paper with University of Jyväskylä on eye movements during natural conversations is now out: Hautala, J. Lohberg, O., Hietanen, J.K., Nummenmaa, L., & Astikainen, P. (2016). Effects of conversation content on viewing dyadic conversations . Journal of Eye Movement Research, 9 , 1-12.

11/11/2016 – We celebrate the Corduory Appreciation Day with a new publication: Nummenmaa, L., Oksama, L., Glerean, E., & Hyönä, J. (in press). Cortical circuit for binding object identity and location during multiple object tracking. Cerebral Cortex

03/11/2016 – Our site has now moved to University of Turku domain at

30/09/2016 – Human Emotion Systems Laboratory receives 300,000€ from the Academy of Finland for studying brain basis of obesity. Looks like we will be recruiting again soon – stay tuned!

01/09/2016 – Human Emotion Systems Laboratory has officially moved to Turku PET Centre. We are excited to start unraveling the molecular basis of emotions at the best human imaging centre in Finland. We are currently recruiting post-docs and PhD candidates, please contact us directly or wait for official announcements if you are interested in working with us!

18/05/2016 – Human Emotion Systems Laboratory receives 500,000€ from the Academy of Finland for studying opioidergic basis of emotions and sociability. We will be recruiting soon – stay tuned!

18/05/2016 – Our new study shows that surgical weight loss induces white and grey matter recovery in the morbidly obese: Tuulari, J.J., Karlsson, H.K., Antikainen, O., Hirvonen, J., Pham, T., Salminen, P., Helmiö, M., Parkkola, R., Nuutila, P., & Nummenmaa, L. (in press). Bariatric surgery induces white and grey matter density recovery in the morbidly obese: A voxel-based morphometric studyHuman Brain Mapping.

12/04/2016 – Ville and the Martinos Center collaborators have worked out nice surface reconstruction methods for T1-EPI: Renvall, V., Witzel, T., Wald, L.L,, & Polimeni, J.R. (in press). Automatic cortical surface reconstruction of high-resolution T1 echo planar imaging dataNeuroimage.

11/04/2016 – Our theme issue “Attending to and neglecting people is now out in Phil Trans B .

See also our Introductory chapter to the issue: Hari, R., Sams, M., & Nummenmaa, L. (2016). Attending to and neglecting people: Bridging neuroscience, psychology and sociologyPhilosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B, 371, 1-9.

04/04/2016 – Ville and colleagues report cardiovagal responses to pain at 7 T in Phil Trans A: Sclocco, R., Reissner, F., Desbordes, G., Polimeni, J.R., Wald, L.L., Kettner, N.W., Kim, J., Garcia, R.G., Renvall, V., Bianchi, A.M., Cerutti, S., Napadow, V., & Barber, R. (in press). Neuroimaging brainstem circuitry supporting cardiovagal response to pain: a combined heart rate variability/ultra high-field (7 T) functional magnetic resonance imaging studyPhilosophical Transactions of The Royal Society Series A.

30/03/2016 – Mikko and Lauri discuss animal fears in Prisma Studio science documentary series (in Finnish).

25/03/2016 – Tomi’s first thesis paper on opioids and reward drive is out: Karjalainen, T., Tuominen, L., Manninen, S., Kalliokoski, K., Nuutila, P., Jääskeläinen, I.P., Hari, R., Sams, M., & Nummenmaa, L. (in press). Behavioural activation system sensitivity is associated with cerebral μ-opioid receptor availabilitySocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

21/03/2016 – Detailed maps of human erogenous zones published: Nummenmaa, L., Suvilehto, J.T., Glerean, E., Santtila, P., & Hietanen, J.K. (in press). Topography of human erogenous zonesArchives of Sexual Behaviour.

11/03/2016 – New mini-review on brain basis of emotions (in Finnish) out today: Nummenmaa, L. (2016). Tunteiden neurobiologiaLääkärilehti 10/2016.

05/03/2016 – Our introductory chapter on upcoming Phil Trans B theme issue “Attending and neglecting people” is now available: Hari, R., Sams, M., & Nummenmaa, L. (in press). Attending and neglecting people: Bridging neuroscience, psychology and sociologyPhilosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B.

03/03/2016 – New review on data-driven methods in social neuroscience and psychology: Adolphs, R., Nummenmaa, L., Todorov, A., & Haxby, J.V. (in press). Data-driven approaches in the investigation of social perceptionPhilosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B.

23/02/2016 – New paper in press: Hietanen, J.K., Glerean, E., Hari, R., & Nummenmaa, L. (in press). Bodily maps of emotions across child developmentDevelopmental Science.

11/2/2016 – We just started a cross-cultural study on animal fears. You may participate online here.

29/1/2016 – Coverage of the lab in Helsingin sanomat.