Maria Mittag, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

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Maria is working in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s lab. Maria obtained her Master’s degree in Psychology from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. She received her PhD from the Cognitive Brain Research Unit, Finland, working with Professor Teija Kujala, Professor Kimmo Alho, and Professor Risto Näätänen.

Her PhD work resulted in four peer-reviewed international publications on audiovisual processing in fluent readers and readers with dyslexia. At I-LABS, Maria investigates early brain markers of dyslexia by using EEG, MEG, MRI, and behavioral testing. In her free time, she enjoys travel and hiking.




Mittag, M. & Winkler, I. (2017). The human brain uses transitional probabilities of sound events for forming predictions about the acoustic environment. Atlas of Science. Click here to view the article

Mittag, M., Takegata, R., & Winkler, I. (2016). Transitional probabilities are prioritized over stimulus/pattern probabilities in auditory deviance detection: memory basis for predictive sound processing. The Journal of Neuroscience, 36(37): 9572-9579. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1041-16.2016

Kuuluvainen, S., Nevalainen, P., Sorokin, A., Mittag, M., Partanen, E., Putkinen, V., Seppänen, M., Kähkönen, S., & Kujala T. (2014). The neural basis of sublexical speech and corresponding nonspeech processing: a combined EEG-MEG study. Brain and Language.

Mittag, M., Alho, K., Takegata, R., Makkonen, T., & Kujala, T. (2013). Audiovisual attention boosts letter-speech sound integration. Psychophysiology. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12085

Mittag, M., Inauri, K., Huovilainen, T., Leminen, M., Salo, E., Rinne, T., Kujala, T., & Alho, K. (2013). Attention effects on the processing of task-relevant and task-irrelevant speech sounds and letters. Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, 7, 231. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00231

Mittag, M., Thesleff, P., Laasonen, M., & Kujala, T. (2013). The neurophysiological basis of the integration of written and heard syllables in dyslexic adults. Clinical Neurophysiology, 124(2), 315-326. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2012.08.003

Mittag, M., Takegata, R., & Kujala, T. (2011). The effects of visual material and temporal synchrony on the processing of letters and speech sounds. Experimental Brain Research, 211(2), 287-298. doi: 10.1007/s00221-011-2686-z