Citations in August 2020   (current situation at GScholar)

Citations 1333
h-index 15
i10-index 17

Publications in scientific journals with referee practice

Kivikangas, J.M., Fernández-Castilla, B., Järvelä, S., Ravaja, N., & Lönnqvist, J.-E. (2021). Meta-analysis on the relationship between Moral Foundations and political orientation. Psychological Bulletin 147(1), 55-94. (Open access manuscript at

Lönnqvist, J.-E., & Kivikangas, J.M. (2019). Economic Attitudes, Social Attitudes and their Psychological Underpinnings – a Study of the Finnish Political Elite. Frontiers in Psychology, 10.

Kivikangas, J.M., Ravaja, N., & Lönnqvist, J.-E. (2017). Relationship of Moral Foundations to liberalism-conservatism and left-right labels in a Finnish representative sample. Social Psychology, 48(4), p. 246-251. doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000297. [pdf][supplementary material pdf]

Hamari, J., Alha, K., Järvelä, S., Kivikangas, J.M., Koivisto, J., & Paavilainen, J. (2016). Why do players buy in-game content? An empirical study on concrete purchase motivations. Computers in Human Behavior, 68, 538-546. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2016.11.045.

Kivikangas, J.M., Kätsyri, J., Järvelä, S., & Ravaja, N. (2014). Gender differences in emotional responses to competitive and cooperative game play. PLoS ONE, 9(7): e100318. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100318. [pdf]

Cowley, B., Kosunen, I., Järvelä, S., Lankoski, P., Kivikangas, J.M., et al. (2014). Experience assessment and design in the analysis of gameplay. Simulation & Gaming, 45(1), 41-69. doi: 10.1177/1046878113513936.

Kivikangas, J.M. & Ravaja, N. (2013). Emotional responses to victory and defeat as a function of opponent. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 4(2), 173-182. doi: 10.1109/T-AFFC.2013.12. [pdf]

Sovijärvi-Spapé, M.M., Kivikangas, J.M., Järvelä S., Kosunen, I., Jacucci, G., & Ravaja, N. (2013). Keep your opponents close: Social context affects EEG and fEMG linkage in a turn-based computer game. PLoS ONE, 8(11): e78795. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078795.

Järvelä, S., Ekman, I., Kivikangas, J.M. et al. (2013). A practical guide to using digital games as an experiment stimulus. Transactions of the Digital Games Research Association, 1(2), 85-115.

Järvelä, S., Kivikangas, J.M., Saari, T., & Ravaja, N. (2013). Media experience as a predictor of future news reading. Journal of Print and Media Technology Research, 2(3), 131–140.

Järvelä, S., Kivikangas, J.M., Kätsyri, J., & Ravaja, N. (2013). Physiological linkage of dyadic gaming experience. Simulation & Gaming, 45(1), 24-40. doi: 10.1177/1046878113513080.

Ekman, I., Chanel, G., Järvelä, S, Kivikangas, J.M., Salminen, M. & Ravaja, N. (2012). Social Interaction in Games: Measuring Physiological Linkage and Social Presence. Simulation & Gaming, 43(3), 321-338. doi:10.1177/1046878111422121

Chanel, G., Kivikangas, J.M. & Ravaja, N. (2012). Physiological compliance for social gaming analysis: cooperative versus competitive play. Interacting with Computers, 24, 306-316. doi:10.1016/j.intcom.2012.04.012

Kivikangas, J.M., Nacke, L. & Ravaja, N. (2011). Developing a triangulation system for digital game events, observational video, and psychophysiological data to study emotional responses to a virtual character. Entertainment Computing, 2(1), 11-16. doi: 10.1016/j.entcom.2011.03.006

Kivikangas, J.M. et al. (2011). A review of the use of psychophysiological methods in game research. Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, 3(3), 181-199. doi: 10.1386/jgvw.3.3.181_1. [pdf]

Ravaja, N., Saari, T., Turpeinen, M., Laarni, J., Salminen, M., & Kivikangas, M. (2006). Spatial presence and emotions during video game playing: Does it matter with whom you play? Presence, 15, 381–392.

Publications in scientific compilation works

Kivikangas, J.M. (2019). Emotion theories, the affective system, and why a digital game researcher should care. In J. Breuer, D. Pietschmann, B. Liebold, & B.P. Lange (Eds.), Evolutionary Psychology and Digital Games: Digital Hunter-Gatherers (pp. 75-92). New York, NY: Routledge. [pdf]

Kivikangas, J.M. (2016). Affect Channel Model of Evaluation in the context of digital games. In G. Yannakakis and K. Karpouzis (Eds.), Emotion in Games: Theory and Praxis (pp. 21-37). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-41316-7_2. [pdf]

Järvelä, S. & Kivikangas, J.M. (2014). Kommentti artikkeliin ”Biometrinen testaaminen ja pelikäyttäytymisen psykofysiologinen teoria: Systeemisen psykologian näkökulma”. Pelitutkimuksen vuosikirja 2014 (pp. 72). Tampereen yliopisto.

Kivikangas, J. M. & Salminen, M. (2009). Psykofysiologinen menetelmä digitaalisten pelien tutkimuksessa. In J. Suominen, R. Koskimaa, F. Mäyrä, & O. Sotamaa (Eds.), Pelitutkimuksen vuosikirja 2009 (pp. 114-123). Tampereen yliopisto.

Ravaja, N. & Kivikangas, J. M. (2009). Designing game research: Addressing questions of validity. In U. Ritterfeld, M. Cody, & P. Vorderer (Eds.), Serious Games: Mechanisms and Effects (pp. 404-410). New York, NY: Routledge.

Publications in international scientific conference proceedings with referee practice

Roohi, S., Takatalo, J., Kivikangas, J. M., & Hämäläinen, P. (2018). Neural Network Based Facial Expression Analysis of GameEvents: A Cautionary Tale. In Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (pp. 429–437). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/3242671.3242701.

Kivikangas, J.M. et al. (2010). Review on psychophysiological methods in game research. Proceedings of Nordic DiGRA. August 16-17, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden.

Salminen, M., Kivikangas, J.M., Ravaja, N. & Kallinen, K. (2009). Frontal EEG asymmetry in the study of player experiences during competitive and cooperative dual play. In Blashki, K. (Ed.) Proceedings of Game and Entertainment Technologies (pp. 44-55). CD-ROM. International Association for Development of the Information Society.

Ravaja, N. & Kivikangas, J.M. (2008). Psychophysiology of digital game playing: the relationship of self-reported emotions with phasic physiological responses. In A.J. Spink, M.R. Ballintijn, N.D. Bogers, F. Grieco, L.W.S. Loijens, L.P.J.J. Noldus, G. Smit, and P.H. Zimmerman (Eds.), Proceedings of Measuring Behavior 2008 (Maastricht, The Netherland, August 26-29, 2008).

Kivikangas, J. M., Järvelä, S. & Ravaja, N. (2008). Psychophysiology of emotions in digital games. In T. Vanhala & J. Anttonen (Eds.), Proceedings of EHTI’08: the first Finnish symposium on Emotions and Human-Technology Interaction. Tampere, Finland: Tampereen Yliopistopaino Oy.

Ravaja, N., Saari, T., Turpeinen, M., Laarni, J., Salminen, M., & Kivikangas, M. (2005). Spatial presence and emotions during video game playing: Does it matter with whom you play? In Slater, M. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Presence (21-23rd Sept, 2005, London, UK).

Papers and presentations at international scientific events with referee practice

Järvelä, S., Salminen, M., Kivikangas J.M., & Niklas Ravaja. (2016). Neuroeconomics of free-to-play games: frustration as a predictor of buying behavior. Presentation at Money and Games, 12th Annual Game Research Seminar at University of Tampere, 18-19 April, 2016.

Kivikangas, J.M., Lönnqvist, J.-E., Ravaja, N. (2016). Relationships between Moral Foundations and political orientation – local study and meta-analysis. Poster presented at Annual Convention of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA, 27-29 Jan, 2016. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2277.0964

Kivikangas, J.M. & Järvelä, S. (2015). Emotion theoretic view on the neural basis of play. Presentation at 11th Annual Games Research Seminar at the University of Tampere, 11-12 May, 2015.

Kivikangas, J.M. et al. (2010). Review on psychophysiological methods in game research. Experiencing Games: Games, Play, and Players. First Nordic DiGRA. August 16-17, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden.


Kivikangas, J.M. (2015). Emotion and social context in a digital game experience. Doctoral dissertation to Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland. [pdfGraded “passed with distinction” (best grade, top 10 %).

Kivikangas, J. M. (2006). Psychophysiology of flow experience: an explorative study. Master’s thesis to Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Unpublished (e.g. manuscripts submitted or under preparation)

Kivikangas, J.M., (2018). Negotiating peace: an integrative multi-level approach on emotion theoretic traditions. Manuscript in preparation.

*Cabrieto, J., *Kivikangas, J.M., Fayn, K., Kuppens, P., & Ceulemans, E. (2018). Finding emotional coherence using automatic change point detection methods on physiological data. Manuscript in preparation.

Kivikangas, J.M., Lönnqvist, J.-E., Ravaja, N. (n.d.). How do Moral Foundations predict political orientation in a European multi-party system? Unpublished data.

Kivikangas, J.M., Lönnqvist, J.-E., Ravaja, N. (n.d.). Voter Advice Application data from candidates in Finnish municipal elections. Unpublished data.

Kivikangas, J.M., Poutvaara, P., Lönnqvist, J.-E., Ravaja, N. (n.d.). Influence of political background on evaluating facial appearance. Unpublished data.