Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception - UMR 8242
Uni­ver­sité Paris Descartes
45 Rue des Saints Pères
75270 Paris Cedex 06

Pia Rämä

Research Scientist
Speech perception group

pia.rama@-Code a retirer pour éviter le SPAM-parisdescartes.fr
+33 (0) 1 42 86 43 24, room 605-02

Scientific interests : Lexical-semantic development, semantic scene knowledge, attention, working memory, prefrontal cortex


  • Krishna O, Helo A, Rämä P, Aizawa K. (2018). Gaze distribution analysis and saliency prediction across age groups. PLOS ONE, 13(2): e019.
  • Rämä P, Leminen A, Koskenoja-Vainikka S, Leminen M, Alho K, Kujala T. (2018). Effect of language experience on selective auditory attention: an event-related potential study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 127, 38-45. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Sirri L, Goyet L. (2018). Event-related potentials associated with cognitive mechanisms underlying lexical-semantic processing in monolingual and bilingual 18-month-old children. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 47, 123-130. (PDF)
  • Helo A, Azaiez N, Rämä P. (2017). Word processing in scene context: an event-related potential study in young children. Developmental Neuropsychology, 42, 482-494. (PDF)
  • Helo A, Van Ommen S, Pannasch S, Danteny-Dordoigne L, Rämä P. (2017). Influence of semantic consistency and perceptual features on visual attention during scene viewing in toddlers. Infant Behavior and Development, 49, 248-266. (PDF)
  • Le Meur O, Coutrot A, Le Roch A, Helo A, Rämä P, Liu Z. (2017). Visual attention saccadic models learn to emulate gaze patterns from childhood to adulthood. Proceedings of the IEEE, 26, 4777-4789. (PDF)
  • Sirri L, Rämä P. (2017). Similar and distinct neural mechanisms underlying semantic priming in the languages of the French-Spanish bilingual children. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. (PDF)
  • Helo A, Rämä P, Pannasch S, Méary D. (2016). Eye movement patterns and visual attention during scene viewing in 3- to 12-month-olds. Visual Neuroscience, 33, 1-7. (PDF)
  • Sirri L, Rämä P. (2015). Cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying semantic priming during language acquisition. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 35, 1-12. (PDF)
  • Fagard J, Sirri L, Rämä P. (2014). Effect of handedness on the occurrence of semantic N400 priming effect in 18- and 24-month-old children. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1-8. (PDF)
  • Helo A, Pannasch S, Sirri L, Rämä P. (2014). The maturation of eye movement behavior: Scene viewing characteristics in children and adults. Vision Research, 103, 83-91. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Sirri L, Serres J. (2013). Development of lexical-semantic language system: N400 priming effect for spoken words in 18- and 24-month old children. Brain and Language, 125, 1-10.
  • Rämä P, Relander-Syrjänen K, Carlson S, Salonen O, Kujala T. (2012). Attention and semantic processing during speech: an fMRI study. Brain and Language, 122, 114-119. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Baccino T. (2010). Eye-fixation related potentials (EFRPs) during object identification. Visual Neuroscience, 27, 187-192. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Relander-Syrjänen K, Öhman J, Laakso A, Näätänen R, Kujala T. (2010). Semantic processing in comatose patients with intact temporal lobes as reflected by the N400 event-related potential. Neuroscience Letters, 474, 88-92. (PDF)
  • Relander K, Rämä P. (2009). Separate neural processes for retrieval of voice identity and word content in working memory. Brain Research, 1252, 143-151. (PDF)
  • Relander K, Rämä P, Kujala T. (2009). Word Semantics Is Processed Even without Attentional Effort. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 1511-1522. (PDF)
  • Toivonen M, Rämä P. (2009). N400 during recognition of voice identity and vocal affect. Neuroreport, 20, 1245-1249. (PDF)
  • Rämä Pia. (2008). Domain-dependent activation during spatial and nonspatial auditory working memory. Cognitive Processing, 9, 29-34. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Courtney S. (2005). Functional topography of working memory for face or voice identity. NeuroImage, 24, 224-234. (PDF)
  • Pertovaara A, Linnankoski I, Artchakov D, Rämä P, Carlson S. (2004). A potential aphrodisiac for female macaques. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 79, 137-141. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Poremba A, Sala JB, Yee L, Malloy M, Mishkin M, Courtney SM. (2004). Dissociable functional cortical topographies for working memory maintenance of voice identity and location. Cerebral Cortex, 14, 768–780. (PDF)
  • Sala JB, Rämä P, Courtney SM. (2003). Functional topography of a distributed neural system for spatial and nonspatial information maintenance in working memory. Neuropsychologia, 41, 341-356. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Martinkauppi S, Linnankoski I, Koivisto J, Aronen HJ, Carlson S. (2001). Working memory processing of emotional vocal expressions: an fMRI study. NeuroImage, 13, 1090-1101. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Sala JB, Gillen JS, Pekar JJ, Courtney SM. (2001). Dissociation of the neural systems for working memory maintenance of verbal and nonspatial visual information. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 1, 161-171. (PDF)
  • Martinkauppi S, Rämä P, Aronen HJ, Korvenoja A, Carlson S. (2000). Working memory of auditory localization. Cerebral Cortex, 10, 889-898. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Paavilainen L, Anourova I, Alho K, Reinikainen K, Sipila S, Carlson S. (2000). Modulation of slow brain potentials by working memory load in spatial and nonspatial auditory tasks. Neuropsychologia, 38, 913-922. (PDF)
  • Anourova I, Rämä P, Alho K, Koivusalo S, Kalmari J, Carlson S. (1999). Selective interference reveals dissociation between auditory memory for location and pitch. NeuroReport: For Rapid Communication of Neuroscience Research, 10, 3543-3547.
  • Vuontela V, Rämä P, Raninen A, Aronen HJ, Carlson S. (1999). Selective interference reveals dissociation between memory for location and colour. NeuroReport: For Rapid Communication of Neuroscience Research, 10, 2235-2240. (PDF)
  • Carlson S, Martinkauppi S, Rämä P, Salli E, Korvenoja A, Aronen HJ. (1998). Distribution of cortical activation during visuospatial n-back tasks as revealed by functional magnetic resonance imaging. Cerebral Cortex, 8, 743-752. (PDF)
  • Carlson S, Rämä P, Artchakov D, Linnankoski I. (1997). Effects of music and white noise on working memory performance in monkeys. Neuroreport, 8, 2853-2856.
  • Carlson S, Rämä P, Tanila H, Linnankoski I, Mansikka H. (1997). Dissociation of mnemonic coding and other functional neuronal processing in the monkey prefrontal cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 77, 761-774. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Kesseli K, Reinikainen K, Kekoni J, Hämäläinen H, Carlson S. (1997). Visuospatial mnemonic load modulates event-related slow potentials. Neuroreport: An International Journal for the Rapid Communication of Research in Neuroscience, 8, 871-876.
  • Rämä P, Linnankoski I, Carlson S. (1997). The effects of alpha-2 agonist, medetomidine and its antagonist, atipamezole on reaction and movement times in a visual choice reaction time task in monkeys. Brain Research Bulletin, 44, 171-175. (PDF)
  • Rämä P, Linnankoski I, Tanila H, Pertovaara A, Carlson S. (1996). Medetomidine, atipamezole, and guanfacine in delayed response performance of aged monkeys. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 55, 415-422. (PDF)
  • Tanila H, Rämä P, Carlson S. (1996). The effects of prefrontal intracortical microinjections of an alpha-2 agonist, alpha-2 antagonist and lidocaine on the delayed alternation performance of aged rats. Brain Research Bulletin, 40, 117-119. (PDF)
  • Hietanen JK, Rämä P. (1995). Facilitation and interference occur at different stages of processing in the Simon paradigm. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 7, 183-199.
  • Rämä P, Carlson S, Kekoni J, Hämäläinen H. (1995). A spatial oculomotor memory-task performance produces a task-related slow shift in human electroencephalography. Electroencephalography & Clinical Neurophysiology, 94, 371-380. (PDF)
  • Carlson S, Tanila H, Rämä P, Mecke E, Pertovaara A. (1992). Effect of medetomidine, an alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist and atipamezole, an alpha-2 antagonist on spatial memory performance in adult and aged rats. Behavioral and Neural Biology, 58, 113-119.

Communication orale

  • Le Meur O, Coutrot A, Liu Z, Rämä P, Le Roch A, Helo A. (2017). Your gaze betrays your age. Paper presented at the EUSIPCO, Kos, Greece. (PDF)