Focusing on the interdisciplinary crossroads of Neuroscience, Psychology, Music and Sound, I am interested to understand how the brain develops in the first 1500 days of life in various contexts. To achieve my goal, I am using neuroimaging (EEG-ABR), behavioral and observational methods.
I have been extensively trained and worked in many high profile institutions, including Harvard University (PostDoc in the Mind Brain and Education program and the Athinoula Martinos Centre for Biomedical Imaging), the University of East Anglia (PhD in Music Psychology), the UCL Institute of Education, University of London and its adjunct centre of Educational Neuroscience, as well as the International Brain Research Organisation (PostDoc training in applied neuroscience and neuroimaging). I have experience in industry across Europe, the USA and the Middle East, while I extensively publish in and review research for major journals in the filed. I am a member of the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO), the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS), the International Society for Music Education (ISME), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK, and I hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, UK, and the Ministry of Education, Greece (QTS). Finally, I am collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) on mental health and clinical education/development matters, while I am a board member of the Bright Start Foundation (Early Years Education and Development) in Geneva.
Fields of study
Publications and research
Papatzikis, Efthymios; Rishoni, Hadas (2022). What is music for neuroplasticity? Combined value on infant development and inclusion. Efstratopoulou, Maria (Ed.). Rethinking Inclusion and Transformation in Special Education. Chapter 10. IGI Global.
Chatzikostopoulos, A; Moraitou, D; Tsolaki, Magdalini; Masoura, E.; Papantoniou, Georgia; Sofologi, Maria; Papaliagkas, V; Kougioumtzis, Georgios A.; Papatzikis, Efthymios (2022). Episodic Memory in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (aMCI) and Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia (ADD): Using the “Doors and People” Tool to Differentiate between Early aMCI—Late aMCI—Mild ADD Diagnostic Groups. Diagnostics (Basel) . Vol. 12.
Sofologi, Maria; Papatzikis, Efthymios; Kougioumtzis, Georgios A.; Kosmidou, Elina; Klitsioti, Asimenia; Droutme, Andreani; Sourbi, Aggeliki-Anna; Chrisostomou, Dimitra; Efstratopoulou, Maria (2022). Effectiveness of Musical Training on Reading Comprehension in Elementary School Children. Is There an Associative Cognitive Benefit?. Frontiers in Psychology .
Sofologi, Maria; Pliogou, Vasiliki; Bonti, Eleni; Efstratopoulou, Maria; Kougioumtzis, Georgios A.; Papatzikis, Efthymios; Ntritsos, Georgios; Moraitou, Despina; Papantoniou, Georgia (2022). An Investigation of Working Memory Profile and Fluid Intelligence in Children With Neurodevelopmental Difficulties. Frontiers in Psychology . Vol. 12.
Sofologi, Maria; Pliogou, Vassiliki; Bonti, Eleni; Efstratopoulou, Maria; Kougioumtzis, Georgios A.; Papatzikis, Efthymios; Ntritsos, Georgios; Moraitou, Despina; Papantoniou, Georgia (2022). An Investigation of Working Memory Profile and Fluid Intelligence in Children With Neurodevelopmental Difficulties. Frontiers in Psychology . Vol. 12.
Papatzikis, Efthymios; Elhalik, Mahmoud; Inocencio, Shannaiah; Agapaki, Maria; Selvan, Rosari; Muhammed, Faseela; Haroon, Nazreen; Dash, Swarup; Sofologi, Maria; Bezoni, Antonia (2021). Key Challenges and Future Directions When Running Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Research Protocols with Newborns: A Music and Language EEG Feasibility Study. 16 p. Brain Sciences .
Zeba, Fathima; Papatzikis, Efthymios (2020). Noise pollution and occupational mental health in hospitals: a topic to consider. International Journal of Health, Safety and Environment (IJHSE) .
Papatzikis, Efthymios; Zeba, Fathima; Särkämö, Teppo; Ramirez, Rafael; Grau-Sánchez, Jennifer; Tervaniemi, Mari; Loewy, Joanne (2020). Mitigating the Impact of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic on Neuroscience and Music Research Protocols in Clinical Populations. Frontiers in Psychology .
Papatzikis, Efthymios; Svec, Christina; Tsakmakidou, Natalia (2019). Studying Neural Correlates of Music Features in the Early Years Education and Development Process: A Preliminary Understanding based on a Taxonomical Classification and Logistic Regression Analysis. Frontiers in Neuroscience .
Papatzikis, Efthymios (2019). A Research Episode in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Echo of the 27th International Society for Music Education Research Commission Seminar. Music Scholarship Journal. Vol. 3.
Papatzikis, Efthymios (2018). Music in the Early Years Neurocognitive Development: Discussing an Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Study and its Implications. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behaviour . Vol. 6.
Papatzikis, Efthymios (2017). Developmental Psychology in Music Education. ISBN: 9783330076778. 110 p. Lambert Academic Publishing.
Papatzikis, Efthymios (2017). The Educational Neuroscience Perspective of ABR and Lullabies: Setting Up an Infants Brain Development Study. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education. Vol. 8.
Ntoliou, Chariklia; Papatzikis, Efthymios; Pliogou, Vasiliki (2016). Investigating the Effectiveness of “Classwide Peer Tutoring”(CWPT) Strategy in a Mixed Learning (Dis)Abilities Primary School Classroom: A case study. Educational Sciences Journal of Special Education. Vol. 17.
Papatzikis, Efthymios (2016). Discussing Musical Creativity in Learning: Psychological Perceptions and Brain Research. International Educational Scientific Research Journal. Vol. 2.
Pateli, Anna; Papatzikis, Efthymios; Pliogou, Vasiliki (2016). Communication Techniques between children with sensory disabilities in an inclusive educational framework. Topics in Special Needs and Education. Vol. 73.
Papadopoulou, Sissy; Papatzikis, Efthymios; Pliogou, Vasiliki (2015). Investigating Dyslexia through a Foreign Language Learning Setting: A Case Study. Polydromo, Periodical for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in Education and Society. Vol. 8.
Papatzikis, Efthymios (2015). Understanding the brain through Neuromyths. Physics News Journal, Association of Greek Scientists in Physics. Vol. 11.
Bay, Song; Papatzikis, Efthymios (2014). An interdisciplinary Exploration on Science and Art: Reflections Posed from the International Seminar on “Mind and Brain in Music Education". People’s Music. Vol. 12.