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The department’s research work falls into three lines:

I Social cognition and emotions

The research focuses on the perception of information relevant to social interaction and on the neural basis of social information processing. Specifically, the research is targeted on processes involved in perception of human faces. The research seeks to respond to how facial information (e.g., facial expressions and gaze direction) influences observers’ attention, emotion, and motivation and, on the other hand, how attention, emotions, and motivation modulate perception of faces. The functioning of these processes are studied in adults and in children at different stages of development. The study also focuses on how neurobiological developmental disorders (autism spectrum disorder), psychiatric disorders, rearing environment, and the different characteristics of people, such as personality traits, affect these processes. The research focuses on basic research conducted in the Human Information Processing Laboratory, but some of the research is also aimed at developing diagnostic and rehabilitation methods for impairments affecting social behavior.


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II Work psychology and well-being

Our research focus is mainly on the interface of work and individual well-being. Well-being is approached from both negative (stress and burnout) and positive (recovery, coping and resources) frameworks. Recently, also job performance has belonged to our focus. We have investigated work stress recovery, job insecurity and temporary work, work-family interface and leadership behavior. At present, we examine work stress recovery on working days, at leisure time and on vacations, work intensification, job and leisure crafting, individual differences in occupational well-being and employee virtues. 

Ongoing research projects:

1. Investigating the role of different breaks from work for well-being and health among ageing teachers 
2. Recovery from work stress: Integrating perspectives of work and environmental psychology 
3. Making Leisure Work: Leisure crafting as active recovery from stressful work 
4. Managing new intensified job demands through self-regulative resources: A large-scale study across occupations and age groups (IJDFIN) 
5. Occupational well-being from individual and interpersonal perspectives 
6. Are the perceptions of a valued employee consistent between employees and their supervisors? A mixed method study of virtues ane expectations among social workers 

III. Mental health, clinical neuropsychology, and interventions

Our research in mental health focuses on preconditions for well-being, and healthy emotional development. It covers domains of developmental psychology, and basic processes concerning mental health. The aim of our research is to identify factors and processes underlying optimal psychosocial functioning, development and recovery from mental illness (depression, anxiety disorders) and psychological trauma. The research further focuses on child development in risky and dangerous environments (trauma, violence, drug addiction). We develop theory- and evidence- based interventions for adolescents, adults, children and early infant-parent -dyads.

The clinical neuropsychological research conducted in Psychology Clinic Psyke concentrates on neurocognitive disorders of adults (stroke and brain injury), adolescents and children (ADHD, epilepsy, autism). Sleep disorders is the focus of research both among children and adults. We are also interested in developing assessment and intervention methods. Group rehabilitation of ADHD- and autism spectrum children is the focus of intervention studies in child neuropsychology. In adult neuropsychological interventions we are interested in recovery and individual rehabilitation of stroke and brain injury patients.

More information:
Psychology Clinic Psyke
Early Infant Development in Nordic Immigrant Families


IV. Environment and well-being

Studies in environmental psychology have focused on showing that humans use physical environments - favourite places, in particular – to support psychic self-regulation. Thus, natural and urban environments connect to the regulation of one’s self-experience, emotions and stress. We investigate relations to well-being, i.e., the relationships of physical environments to mood, restorative experiences, vitality and recovery from work stress using psychological and physiological measurements.  In the latter, we work together with researchers from the field of work and organizational psychology.  Moreover, we have carried out experimental research (with HIP-laboratory) on the effects of environments on emotional and cognitive basic processes like rapid emotional reactions or attentiveness.

1. EnviWell Research Group 
2. Metsäkävelyihin yhdistettyjen tietoisuusharjoitteiden elvyttävät vaikutukset  
3. Recovery from work stress  
4. Urban Green Areas and Human Well-Being  
5. Forest well-being trails and other projects  


Ongoing research projects:

1. - 4. Not yet available
5. Children’s social-emotional skills, self-regulation and Doing It Together -intervention in schools 
6. Childhood experiences and dynamics of emotion regulation in daily life  
7. The effectiveness of Narrative Exposure Therapy in the treatment of traumatic symptoms of children exposed to violence  
8. Traumatized adolescents seeking asylum 


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