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Yury Shtyrov



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Areas of expertise

  • Neurobiology of Language,
  • Cognitive Neuroscience,
  • Neuroimaging, Brain Stimulation,
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG),
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)

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Time in the brain’s language: Spatio-temporal configuration of neurolinguistic  circuits in health and disease

I am the Head of CFIN/MindLAB MEG/EEG/TMS facility at Aarhus University- the only one of the kind in Denmark, and a PI of the NeuroDynamics of Human Communication research group. In the work of mine and my colleagues, we explore the dynamic processes of storage and access of linguistic representations in the brain, specifically:

  • Neural memory circuits for words, their functional properties and spatio-temporal dynamics of their activity,
  • Interactions between language and other cognitive systems (most notably, attention, memory and sensorimotor ones), and between neurolinguistic representations (incl. syntax and pragmatics)
  • Formation of neurolinguistic memory traces in language learning,
  • Their decay and reconfiguration with ageing and breakdown in neurological deficits, such as Parkinson's disease, aphasia, psychosis, consciousness disorders.
  • Furthermore, we are developing neuroscience-based methods for assessing linguistic abilities in various communication impairments.

Our theoretical approach conceptualises linguistic representations as distributed cortical circuits formed via neurobiological associative-learning mechanisms. They encompass a network of brain areas and activate rapidly, automatically and in parallel, enabling fast processing of all incoming information. We continue to specify this model by scrutinising the time course and neural substrates of neurolinguistic activations through the temporally-precise methods of MEG/EEG in combination with other imaging (MRI, DKI), brain stimulation (tDCS, TMS), behavioural and computational tools, capturing the real-time dynamics of linguistic processes.

Our techniques employ unparalleled fine-grain scrutiny of brain activations and are unique in precision-matching stimuli for multiple factors, strictly controlling their acoustic make-up, psycholinguistic properties, word recognition points etc, and in ruling out the influence of tasks and experimental strategies by explicitly controlling attention and using non-attend designs.

Teaching activities


Supervising individual students’ research work, including PhD, MA/MSc and Bachelor theses.

Supervising Master and Bachelor internships and course work.

Teaching a variety of courses at graduate and postgraduate level (e.g., Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Language, Academic Writing). Engaged in tuition in Neuroscience programme at SDC University.

Examination of multiple doctoral and other theses at various international universities. 


My reseearch work involves a vast international network and includes collaborators at various deparments of Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, as well as multiple research links with research institutions worldwide, e.g., University of Cambridge (UK), Northumbria University (UK), University of Potsdam (Germany), École normale supérieure (Paris, France), Helsinki University (Finland), Goldsmith University (London, UK), New York University (USA), Addrenbrookes Hospital (UK), University of Melbourne (Australia), UCL (London, UK), Aalto University (Finland), Lund University (Sweden), Free University – Berlin (Germany), Charite Medical University (Berlin, Germany), CNRS (Lyon, France), Glasgow University (UK),  University of Messina (Italy) and many others.

Selected publications

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