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Seppo P. Ahlfors, PH.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Radiology
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
DepartmentRadiology
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
Rm. 2301/Radiology/NMR Ctr.
149 13th Street
Charlestown MA 02129
Other Positions
TitleMember of the Affiliated Faculty of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
DepartmentHealth Sciences and Technology


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  1. Meeren HK, de Gelder B, Ahlfors SP, Hämäläinen MS, Hadjikhani N. Different Cortical Dynamics in Face and Body Perception: An MEG study. PLoS One. 2013; 8(9):e71408.
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  2. Han J, Mody M, Ahlfors SP. Gamma phase locking modulated by phonological contrast during auditory comprehension in reading disability. Neuroreport. 2012 Oct 3; 23(14):851-6.
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  3. Chang WT, Ahlfors SP, Lin FH. Sparse current source estimation for MEG using loose orientation constraints. Hum Brain Mapp. 2013 Sep; 34(9):2190-201.
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  4. Shiraishi H, Ahlfors SP, Stufflebeam SM, Knake S, Larsson PG, Hämäläinen MS, Takano K, Okajima M, Hatanaka K, Saitoh S, Dale AM, Halgren E. Comparison of three methods for localizing interictal epileptiform discharges with magnetoencephalography. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2011 Oct; 28(5):431-40.
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  5. Ciesielski KT, Rauch SL, Ahlfors SP, Vangel ME, Wilhelm S, Rosen BR, Hämäläinen MS. Role of medial cortical networks for anticipatory processing in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Hum Brain Mapp. 2012 Sep; 33(9):2125-34.
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  6. Ahveninen J, Hämäläinen M, Jääskeläinen IP, Ahlfors SP, Huang S, Lin FH, Raij T, Sams M, Vasios CE, Belliveau JW. Attention-driven auditory cortex short-term plasticity helps segregate relevant sounds from noise. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Mar 8; 108(10):4182-7.
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  7. Ciesielski KT, Ahlfors SP, Bedrick EJ, Kerwin AA, Hämäläinen MS. Top-down control of MEG alpha-band activity in children performing Categorical N-Back Task. Neuropsychologia. 2010 Oct; 48(12):3573-9.
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  8. Ahlfors SP, Han J, Belliveau JW, Hämäläinen MS. Sensitivity of MEG and EEG to source orientation. Brain Topogr. 2010 Sep; 23(3):227-32.
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  9. Liu H, Tanaka N, Stufflebeam S, Ahlfors S, Hämäläinen M. Functional Mapping with Simultaneous MEG and EEG. J Vis Exp. 2010; (40).
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  10. Ahlfors SP, Han J, Lin FH, Witzel T, Belliveau JW, Hämäläinen MS, Halgren E. Cancellation of EEG and MEG signals generated by extended and distributed sources. Hum Brain Mapp. 2010 Jan; 31(1):140-9.
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  11. Tanaka N, Hämäläinen MS, Ahlfors SP, Liu H, Madsen JR, Bourgeois BF, Lee JW, Dworetzky BA, Belliveau JW, Stufflebeam SM. Propagation of epileptic spikes reconstructed from spatiotemporal magnetoencephalographic and electroencephalographic source analysis. Neuroimage. 2010 Mar; 50(1):217-22.
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  12. Stufflebeam SM, Tanaka N, Ahlfors SP. Clinical applications of magnetoencephalography. Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 Jun; 30(6):1813-23.
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  13. Goldenholz DM, Ahlfors SP, Hämäläinen MS, Sharon D, Ishitobi M, Vaina LM, Stufflebeam SM. Mapping the signal-to-noise-ratios of cortical sources in magnetoencephalography and electroencephalography. Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 Apr; 30(4):1077-86.
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  14. Hadjikhani N, Kveraga K, Naik P, Ahlfors SP. Early (M170) activation of face-specific cortex by face-like objects. Neuroreport. 2009 Mar 4; 20(4):403-7.
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  15. Freeman WJ, Ahlfors SP, Menon V. Combining fMRI with EEG and MEG in order to relate patterns of brain activity to cognition. Int J Psychophysiol. 2009 Jul; 73(1):43-52.
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  16. Mody M, Wehner DT, Ahlfors SP. Auditory word perception in sentence context in reading-disabled children. Neuroreport. 2008 Oct 29; 19(16):1567-71.
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  17. Meeren HK, Hadjikhani N, Ahlfors SP, Hämäläinen MS, de Gelder B. Early category-specific cortical activation revealed by visual stimulus inversion. PLoS One. 2008; 3(10):e3503.
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  18. Gow DW, Segawa JA, Ahlfors SP, Lin FH. Lexical influences on speech perception: a Granger causality analysis of MEG and EEG source estimates. Neuroimage. 2008 Nov 15; 43(3):614-23.
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  19. Frye RE, Fisher JM, Witzel T, Ahlfors SP, Swank P, Liederman J, Halgren E. Objective phonological and subjective perceptual characteristics of syllables modulate spatiotemporal patterns of superior temporal gyrus activity. Neuroimage. 2008 May 1; 40(4):1888-901.
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  20. Wehner DT, Hämäläinen MS, Mody M, Ahlfors SP. Head movements of children in MEG: quantification, effects on source estimation, and compensation. Neuroimage. 2008 Apr 1; 40(2):541-50.
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  21. Ciesielski KT, Hämäläinen MS, Geller DA, Wilhelm S, Goldsmith TE, Ahlfors SP. Dissociation between MEG alpha modulation and performance accuracy on visual working memory task in obsessive compulsive disorder. Hum Brain Mapp. 2007 Dec; 28(12):1401-14.
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  22. Lin FH, Wang FN, Ahlfors SP, Hämäläinen MS, Belliveau JW. Parallel MRI reconstruction using variance partitioning regularization. Magn Reson Med. 2007 Oct; 58(4):735-44.
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  23. Hara K, Lin FH, Camposano S, Foxe DM, Grant PE, Bourgeois BF, Ahlfors SP, Stufflebeam SM. Magnetoencephalographic mapping of interictal spike propagation: a technical and clinical report. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2007 Sep; 28(8):1486-8.
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  24. Wehner DT, Ahlfors SP, Mody M. Effects of phonological contrast on auditory word discrimination in children with and without reading disability: a magnetoencephalography (MEG) study. Neuropsychologia. 2007 Nov 5; 45(14):3251-62.
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  25. Wehner DT, Ahlfors SP, Mody M. The influence of semantic processing on phonological decisions in children and adults: a magnetoencephalography (MEG) study. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2007 Jun; 50(3):716-31.
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  26. Lin FH, Wald LL, Ahlfors SP, Hämäläinen MS, Kwong KK, Belliveau JW. Dynamic magnetic resonance inverse imaging of human brain function. Magn Reson Med. 2006 Oct; 56(4):787-802.
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  27. Ciesielski KT, Lesnik PG, Savoy RL, Grant EP, Ahlfors SP. Developmental neural networks in children performing a Categorical N-Back Task. Neuroimage. 2006 Nov 15; 33(3):980-90.
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  28. Lin FH, Witzel T, Ahlfors SP, Stufflebeam SM, Belliveau JW, Hämäläinen MS. Assessing and improving the spatial accuracy in MEG source localization by depth-weighted minimum-norm estimates. Neuroimage. 2006 May 15; 31(1):160-71.
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  29. Knake S, Halgren E, Shiraishi H, Hara K, Hamer HM, Grant PE, Carr VA, Foxe D, Camposano S, Busa E, Witzel T, Hämäläinen MS, Ahlfors SP, Bromfield EB, Black PM, Bourgeois BF, Cole AJ, Cosgrove GR, Dworetzky BA, Madsen JR, Larsson PG, Schomer DL, Thiele EA, Dale AM, Rosen BR, Stufflebeam SM. The value of multichannel MEG and EEG in the presurgical evaluation of 70 epilepsy patients. Epilepsy Res. 2006 Apr; 69(1):80-6.
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  30. Foxe JJ, Simpson GV, Ahlfors SP, Saron CD. Biasing the brain's attentional set: I. cue driven deployments of intersensory selective attention. Exp Brain Res. 2005 Oct; 166(3-4):370-92.
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  31. Shiraishi H, Ahlfors SP, Stufflebeam SM, Takano K, Okajima M, Knake S, Hatanaka K, Kohsaka S, Saitoh S, Dale AM, Halgren E. Application of magnetoencephalography in epilepsy patients with widespread spike or slow-wave activity. Epilepsia. 2005 Aug; 46(8):1264-72.
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  32. Shiraishi H, Stufflebeam SM, Knake S, Ahlfors SP, Sudo A, Asahina N, Egawa K, Hatanaka K, Kohsaka S, Saitoh S, Grant PE, Dale AM, Halgren E. Dynamic statistical parametric mapping for analyzing the magnetoencephalographic epileptiform activity in patients with epilepsy. J Child Neurol. 2005 Apr; 20(4):363-9.
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  33. Ciesielski KT, Hämäläinen MS, Lesnik PG, Geller DA, Ahlfors SP. Increased MEG activation in OCD reflects a compensatory mechanism specific to the phase of a visual working memory task. Neuroimage. 2005 Feb 15; 24(4):1180-91.
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  34. Ahlfors S. Biomagnetism in 2004: Introduction. Neurol. Clin. Neurophysiol. 2004; 2004(113):1-2.
  35. Ahlfors SP, Simpson GV. Geometrical interpretation of fMRI-guided MEG/EEG inverse estimates. Neuroimage. 2004 May; 22(1):323-32.
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  36. Ahlfors SP, Simpson GV, Dale AM, Belliveau JW, Liu AK, Korvenoja A, Virtanen J, Huotilainen M, Tootell RB, Aronen HJ, Ilmoniemi RJ. Spatiotemporal activity of a cortical network for processing visual motion revealed by MEG and fMRI. J Neurophysiol. 1999 Nov; 82(5):2545-55.
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  37. Foxe JJ, Simpson GV, Ahlfors SP. Parieto-occipital approximately 10 Hz activity reflects anticipatory state of visual attention mechanisms. Neuroreport. 1998 Dec 1; 9(17):3929-33.
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  38. Simpson GV, Pflieger ME, Foxe JJ, Ahlfors SP, Vaughan HG, Hrabe J, Ilmoniemi RJ, Lantos G. Dynamic neuroimaging of brain function. J Clin Neurophysiol. 1995 Sep; 12(5):432-49.
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  39. Numminen J, Ahlfors S, Ilmoniemi R, Montonen J, Nenonen J. Transformation of multichannel magnetocardiographic signals to standard grid form. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 1995 Jan; 42(1):72-8.
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  40. Ahlfors SP, Ilmoniemi RJ, Portin K. The effect of stimulation rate on the signal-to-noise ratio of evoked responses. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol. 1993 Jul-Aug; 88(4):339-42.
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  41. Huttunen J, Ahlfors S, Hari R. Interaction of afferent impulses in the human primary sensorimotor cortex. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol. 1992 Mar; 82(3):176-81.
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  42. Ahlfors SP, Ilmoniemi RJ, Hämäläinen MS. Estimates of visually evoked cortical currents. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol. 1992 Mar; 82(3):225-36.
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  43. Tiihonen J, Hari R, Kajola M, Karhu J, Ahlfors S, Tissari S. Magnetoencephalographic 10-Hz rhythm from the human auditory cortex. Neurosci Lett. 1991 Aug 19; 129(2):303-5.
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  44. Pelizzone M, Hari R, Mäkelä JP, Huttunen J, Ahlfors S, Hämäläinen M. Cortical origin of middle-latency auditory evoked responses in man. Neurosci Lett. 1987 Dec 4; 82(3):303-7.
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  45. Knuutila J, Ahlfors S, Ahonen A, Hällström J, Kajola M, Lounasmaa OV, Tesche C, Vilkman V. Rev Sci Instrum. Large-area low-noise seven-channel dc SQUID magnetometer for brain research. 1987; 58(11):2145-2156.
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