About me


  • Designing, organizing, and conducting psychological and psychophysiological laboratory experiments, web-experiments, surveys
  • Project planning, organizing, budgeting, and leading (supervision of research assistants)
  • Signal processing and analysis of psychophysiological measurements (facial EMG, EDA, HR, some HRV & EEG)
  • Data processing and analysis (R, SPSS, Excel), basic programming
  • Advanced statistical methods (linear mixed models, structural equations) – and trying to keep up with the current statistical reformation due to the replication crisis
  • Expertise in theoretical emotion and moral psychology, and psychology of digital games


PhD (Psychology, Jan 2016), University of Helsinki (dissertation: passed with distinction, highest grade, top 10%)

MA (Psychology, May 2006), University of Helsinki (thesis: eximia, second highest grade, top 15%)



Research Fellow at KU Leuven (Belgium), Research Group for Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences, for the project Affect dynamics of evolutionarily relevant responses. Project will study narrow evolutionary relevant affective responses that may underlie so-called “basic” emotions.

Post-doctoral researcher. Aalto University (Finland), Department of Information and Service Economy.


Principal Investigator and lead researcher for project Nonconscious affect-based evaluations as determinants of voting behavior in Aalto University, Department of Information and Service Economy. Project investigated morality and assessment of facial features in relation to political orientation and voting behavior. Two large surveys and a lab experiment were conducted.


Project Researcher in Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research, Helsinki School of Economics (full-time until Dec 2009); Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research, Aalto University (part-time until Dec 2012); Department of Information and Service Economy, Aalto University (full and part-time until Jan 2016).

Graduate Student in Graduate School for User-Centered Information Technology (Jan 2010 – Dec 2012).


Research Assistant in various institutions (HSE/CKIR; Helsinki University of Technology, Laboratory of Machine Design, Navigo-project; University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology)


Total acquired funding in personal grants over 100.000 €, from Emil Aaltonen Foundation, Kone Foundation, and Finnish Foundations Post-Doc Pool / Finnish Cultural Foundation. Thank you!

Major contributor in getting project grants for 400.000€ from TEKES (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation).


2014 Invited keynote

Psychophysiological methods: a tool to validate the effects of Serious Games? Invited keynote at Conference on Serious Games – GameDays 2014. Darmstadt, Germany. April 3, 2014.

2011-13 Lectures

Psychophysiological research of game experience. Lectures in course SP309 “Teknologian sosiaalipsykologiaa” in Department of Social Psychology, University of Helsinki

2011 Invited lecture

Psychophysiological research of game experience. Lecture in course HTKA112 “Pelin Lumo” in Faculty of Arts and Agora Game Lab, University of Jyväskylä

2009 Invited talk

Measuring activity of autonomic nervous system. Invited talk in seminar “Multidisciplinary cognition research in naturalistic environments”, University of Helsinki.

Various conference and seminar presentations in 2008-2016 (see publication list)