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Yury Shtyrov

  • Yury Shtyrov has been at HSE University since 2013.

Education and Degrees

  • 2001

    University of Helsinki

  • 1994

    Saint Petersburg State University


Psychology Department, University of Helsinki, Finland
DPhil Student. Doctoral thesis ‘New aspects of the cerebral functional asymmetry in speech processing as revealed by auditory cortex evoked magnetic fields’ publicly defended at the on 29.11.2000.

Department of Physiology of Higher Nervous Activity, Biological Faculty of the St. Petersburg University, Russia
Master of Science degree programme in Neurophysiology. 

St. Petersburg University. Part-time language school. St. Petersburg, Russia
Degree of Translator (English). 


  • AUFF Research Foundation, Denmark, 2014. PI on a 6-month visiting professorship grant, DKK 284 000, 2014-2015.
  • Lundbeck Foundation, Denmark, 2014. PI on 3-year project grant: Neural Speech Processing as Covert Index of Consciousness in Coma, Vegetative State, and Minimally Conscious Patients. DKK ~1.6 mln (~€ 210 000), 2014-2017.
  • Lundbeck Foundation, Denmark, 2013. PI on 3-year project grant: Rapid formation of lexical memory circuits in human neocortex. DKK 3 mln (~€ 400 000), 2014-2016.
  • Pufendorf Institute, Lund, Sweden, 2013. HuMeNs - – Advanced Study Group on neuroscience of knowledge acquisition. Co-applicants: Profs. M. Lindgren, M. Horne, F. Ståhlberg, D Topgaard et al. (Lund U), ~100000 SEK.
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council & Medical Research Council, UK, 2012. Co-PI on 5-year partnership programme grant: Building capacity in UK clinical MEG research. Co-applicants: Profs K. Singh (U Cardiff), K. Nobre (U Oxford), Dr G. Barnes (UCL) et al. ~£1.3 mln. 2013-2017.
  • European Commission Tempus IV programme, 2010. Co-PI on a 3.5-year project grant: Postgraduate training network in biotechnology of 3.5-year project grant. Co-applicants: K. Kaila, (Helsinki U)., I. Pavlov (UCL), A. Shestakova (St. Petersburg U.), V. Klucharev (FC Donders) et al. ~€ 1 mln. 2010-2013.
  • Federal Agency for Science and Innovation, Russian Federation, 2010. PI on a 2-year project grant №02.740.11.5148: Introduction of novel methodologies into science, medicine and education in RF: using magnetoencephalography for mapping brain function. RUB 2 mln. 2010-2011.
  • Medical Research Council, UK, 2009. PI on 5-year research programme U.1055.04.014.00001.01: Early automaticity of neural language processing: lexical, morphosyntactic and methodological perspectives. ~£1.4 mln. 2009-2014.
  • GlaxoSmithKline, UK, 2009. Co-PI on a 2-year industrial collaborative research programme: Biomarkers of schizophrenia. PIs: Profs F. Pulvermuller & Y. Shtyrov. £ 150 000, 2009-2011. 
  • Elekta Neuromag Ltd, Sweden-Finland, 2006. Co-PI on a 10-year industrial research collaboration programme: Clinical utility of magnetoencephalography. PIs: Profs F. Pulvermuller, Y. Shtyrov, R. Henson. £ 100 000. 2007-2016.
  • European Commission Tempus programme, 2005. Co-PI on a 3.5-year project grant. Co-applicants: Drs I. Pavlov (UCL), A. Shestakova (Helsinki U.), O. Pongs (Hamburg U.), V. Klucharev (FC Donders), I. Kanunikov (St. Petersburg U.). € 500 000. 2006-2009.
  • Finnish Graduate School of Psychology, 1999. Four-year PhD research fellowship, FIM 400 000. 1999-2003.
  • Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki, Finland, 1998. Two-year research grant, funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund. Co-applicant: Dr. T. Kujala. FIM 300 000. 1998-2000
  • University of Helsinki, Finland, 1998. Six-month personal grant. FIM 9 000. 1998-1999
  • Centre for International Mobility, Finland, 1998. Six-month personal research grant. FIM 36 000
  • Centre for International Mobility, Finland, 1997. One-year personal research grant. FIM 60 000. 1997-1998.


Selected Peer Reviewed Publications (out of 60):

  • Lost for emotion words: What motor and limbic brain activity reveals about autism and semantic theory. Moseley, R. L., Shtyrov, Y., Mohr, B., Lombardo, M. V., Baron-Cohen, S. & Pulvermüller, F. NeuroImage, 2014 [in press] 
  • Ultra-rapid access to words in chronic aphasia: The effects of intensive language action therapy (ILAT). MacGregor L., Difrancesco S., Pulvermüller F., Shtyrov Y., Mohr B, Brain Topography, 2014 [in press]. 
  • Cortical motor systems are involved in second-language comprehension: Evidence from rapid mu-rhythm desynchronisation. Vukovic, N. & Shtyrov, Y. NeuroImage. 102P2, p. 695-703 Real-time Functional Architecture of Visual Word Recognition. Whiting, C., Shtyrov, Y. & Marslen-Wilson, W. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2014 [in press]
  • Two Distinct Auditory-Motor Circuits for Monitoring Speech Production as Revealed by Content-Specific Suppression of Auditory Cortex. Ylinen S, Nora A, Leminen A, Hakala T, Huotilainen M, Shtyrov Y, Mäkelä J., Service E., Cerebral Cortex, 2014 [in press, e-pub doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht351]. 
  • Automatic ultra-rapid activation and inhibition of cortical motor systems in spoken word comprehension. Shtyrov Y., Butorina A., Nikolaeva A., Stroganova T. Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 111, 18, p. E1918-23, 2014. 
  • Brain Routes for Reading in Adults With and Without Autism: EMEG Evidence. Moseley R., Pulvermuller F., Mohr B., Lombardo M., Baron-Cohen S. & Shtyrov Y. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 44:1, pp.137-153, 2014. 
  • Early activation of Broca’s area in grammar processing as revealed by the syntactic mismatch negativity and distributed source analysis. Hanna J., Mejias S., Schelstraete M.-A., Pulvermüller F., Shtyrov Y., van der Lely H. Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 2, p. 66-76, 2014. 
  • Neural dynamics of speech act comprehension: an MEG study of Naming and Requesting. Egorova N., Pulvermüller F., Shtyrov Y. Brain Topography, 27, 3, p. 375-392, 2014. 
  • Neural dynamics of inflectional and derivational morphology processing in the human brain. Leminen A., Leminen M., Kujala, T. & Shtyrov, Y. Cortex, 49:10, pp.2758-2771, 2013.
  • Multiple routes for compound word processing in the brain: Evidence from EEG. MacGregor, L.J.,& Shtyrov, Y. Brain & Language, 2013.
  • Automatic processing of unattended lexical information in visual oddball presentation:neurophysiological evidence. Shtyrov, Y., Goryainova, G., Tugin, S., Ossadtchi, A., Shestakova,A. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013.
  • Past tense in the brain’s time: neurophysiological evidence for dual-route processing of past-tenseverbs. Bakker I., MacGregor LJ, Pulvermüller F., Shtyrov Y. Neuroimage, 1(71):187-95, 2013.
  • They played with the trade: MEG investigation of the processing of past tense verbs and theirphonological twins. Holland R., Brindley L., Shtyrov Y., Pulvermuller F., PattersonK.Neuropsychologia, 50(14):3713-20, 2012.
  • Attention to language: Novel MEG paradigm for registering involuntary language processing in thebrain. Shtyrov Y., Smith M., Horner A., Henson R., Bullmore E., Nathan P., PulvermüllerF.Neuropsychologia, 50(11):2605-16, 2012.
  • Ultra-rapid access to words in the brain: Neuromagnetic evidence. MacGregor L., Pulvermuller F.,van Casteren M., Shtyrov Y. Nature Communications, 3:711, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1715, 2012.
  • Fast reconfiguration of high frequency brain networks in response to surprising changes inauditory input. Nicol R., Chapman S., Vertes P., Nathan P., Smith M., Shtyrov Y., Bullmore E.Journalof Neurophysiology, 107:5, 1421-30, 2012.
  • When Do You Grasp The Idea? MEG Evidence For Instantaneous Idiom Understanding. BoulengerV., Shtyrov Y., Pulvermuller F., Neuroimage 59, 3502–3513, 2012.
  • Neural bases of rapid word learning. Shtyrov Y. The Neuroscientist, 18:4, 312-9, 2012.Can language-action links explain language laterality? An ERP study of perceptual and articulatorylearning of novel pseudowords. Pulvermuller F., Kiff J., Shtyrov Y. Cortex,, 48:7, 871-81, 2012.
  • Fast mapping of novel word forms traced neurophysiologically. Shtyrov Y. Frontiers inPsychology 2:340. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00340, 2011.
  • Strength of word-specific neural memory traces assessed electrophysiologically. Alexandrov A.,Boricheva D., Pulvermuller F., Shtyrov Y. PLOS One. 6(8): e22999.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022999, 2011.
  • Event-related potentials reflecting the frequency of unattended spoken words: A neuronal index ofconnection strength in lexical memory circuits? Shtyrov Y., Kimppa L., Pulvermuller F., KujalaT. Neuroimage, 55:658-668, 2011.
  • Rapid cortical plasticity underlying novel word learning. Shtyrov Y, Nikulin V., PulvermullerF.Journal of Neuroscience, 30(50):16864-168647, 2010.
  • Automaticity and attentional control in spoken language processing: neurophysiologicalevidence. Shtyrov Y. Mental Lexicon, 5(2):255-276, 2010.
  • Heating up or cooling up the brain? MEG evidence that phrasal verbs are lexical units. Cappelle,B., Shtyrov Y., Pulvermuller F. Brain and Language, 115(3):189-201, 2010.
  • Rapid cortical plasticity underlying novel word learning. Shtyrov Y, Nikulin V., PulvermullerF. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(50):16864-168647, 2010.
  • Memory Traces For Words As Revealed By The Mismatch Negativity. Pulvermuller F., KujalaT., Shtyrov Y., Simola J., Tiitinen H., Alku P., Alho K., Martinkauppi S., Ilmoniemi R.J., NaatanenR. NeuroImage, 14:3, 607-616, 2001.

Employment history

Professor - Head of MEG Group MINDLab - Centre for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN) Institute for Clinical Medicine Aarhus University, Denmark

Professor - Director of the Cognitive Brain Research Unit at the IBS - Universityof Helsinki, Institute of Behavioural Sciences (IBS), Helsinki, Finland

Senior Scientist (Programme Leader Track) and Head of Magneto- and Electroencephalography (since 2011) - Medical Research Council (MRC), Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Cambridge, United Kingdom

Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Research Scientist), 2000-2003 / Senior Investigator Scientist, 2003-2007. Since 2006, also MEG Lab Manager - MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Cambridge, United Kingdom

Researcher - Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

Junior Researcher - Department of Speech Physiology and Pathology, St.Petersburg Research Institute for Otorhinolaringology and Speech. St. Petersburg,Russia

Attention and Atención

How language proficiency correlates with cognitive skills

HSE Opens New Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience

The new institute is headed by Vasily Klucharev, a professor at the Higher School of Economics, who previously worked as Head of the School of Psychology. Vasily Klucharev told the HSE news team about what the School managed to achieve in four years, what the new institute will do and how attitudes towards psychology and neuroscience are changing.

HSE Semantics & Pragmatics Workshop

On September 30 - October 1, 2016,  an international Semantics & Pragmatics Workshop was held at HSE. The event was organized by the School of Linguistics, the School of Philosophy and the Formal Philosophy Research Group.

The First HSE Semantics & Pragmatics Workshop was held on 30 September and 1 October 2016.

The First HSE Workshop on Semantics and Pragmatics took place on September 30 and October 1 in Moscow. The first HSE Semantics and Pragmatics workshop was held on September 30 and October 1 in Moscow. The workshop was organized by a Research group “Formal Philosophy”, School of Philosophy and School of Linguistics.

Vasily Klucharev: ‘Our Brain Identifies Losing Money and Standing out from the Crowd as Catastrophes’

There are numerous ways of impacting people’s decisions, you can convince, intimidate, hypnotise, or use particular tools on certain parts of the brain. Why do scientists do this and what do these experiments show? Vasily Klucharev, Head of HSE’s School of Psychology answers questions posed by Olga Orlova, who hosts the Hamburg Score programme on Russia’s Public Television Channel.