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Hanni Kiiski
Research Fellow, Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN)
Research Fellow, Psychology

Biography

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.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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, 2012 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, 2011 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 Journal Article, 2010 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, 2010 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, 2010

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, 2010 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, 2010

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,

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,

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,

Kiiski, H., Hoyet, L., Zibrek, K., O'Sullivan, C., & Newell, F.N., Audio-visual interactions in the perception of intention from actions, the 14th International Multisensory Research Forum, Jerusalem Israel, June 3-6 2013 Poster,

Kiiski, H., Reilly, R. B., 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, the 47th Irish Neurological Association meeting 2011, Sligo Ireland Poster,

Kiiski H., Whelan R., Lonergan R.; Nolan H., Kinsella K., Hutchinson M.; Tubridy N; Reilly R.B. , Change in PASAT Performance Correlates with Change in P3 ERP Amplitude over a 12-month period in Multiple Sclerosis Patients, Proc of the 10th International Conference on AD/PD, 10th International Conference on AD/PD, Barcelona , March, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Kiiski, H., Lonergan, R., Whelan, R., Nolan, H., Kinsella, K., O'Brien, M., Reilly, R.B., Hutchinson, M., & Tubridy, N. , P3 Abnormalities in Multiple Sclerosis as a Function of Oligoadenylate Synthetase Genotype, 3rd Annual Neuroscience Ireland Conference, Dublin Ireland, September 10-11 2009 Poster,

Whelan, R., Lonergan, R., Kiiski, H., Nolan, H., Kinsella, K., Bramham, J., O'Brien, M.C., Reilly, R.B., Hutchinson, M., Tubridy, N. , ERP abnormalities in multiple sclerosis patients: A high-density EEG study, Irish Journal Of Medical Science, 179, (3), pS106- Journal Article,

Lalor, E.C., Lonergan, R., Kiiski, H., Kinsella, K., Reilly, R.B., Hutchinson, M., Tubridy, N., Whelan, R. , A method for the rapid assessment of visual processing latencies in multiple sclerosis, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 179, (3), ppS123- Poster,

Research Expertise

Description

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.

Projects

  • Title
    • Socializing agents - Using principles of human multisensory perception to endow virtual agents with maximum social appeal
  • Summary
    • The main objective of my research in CAPTAVATAR is to investigate how visual and auditory information contribute to the perceived appeal of another person. The ultimate goal is to endow virtual avatars with these multisensory characteristics to maximise their effectiveness in different settings, such as education and gaming. The research is conducted as part of a SFI-funded Captavatar Project (http://gv2.cs.tcd.ie/captavatar/).
  • Funding Agency
    • Science Foundation Ireland
  • Date From
    • 09/2012
  • Title
    • 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
  • Summary
    • Cross-sectional and longitudinal examination of brain function and cognition in multiple sclerosis with high-density EEG, structural MRI and neuropsychological assessment. Also, investigating EEG as part of differential diagnostics of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. The research project aims to develop effective and objective methods to examine and to increase the understanding of brain function and cognition in neurological conditions.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Date From
    • 09/2008
  • Date To
    • 09/2012

Recognition

Awards and Honours

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

Memberships

The Finnish Psychological Association 2005 – 2008


Last updated 4 June 2015 School of Psychology (Email).