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Niklas Ravaja
Research Associate

M.I.N.D. Lab, Helsinki School of Economics

Dr. Niklas Ravaja is Director of Research at CKIR. He received his Ph.D. (Psychology) from the University of Helsinki in 1996 and has been a Docent of Applied Psychology since 1999. His areas of research interest and expertise include the psychophysiology of attention, emotion, and temperament; psychophysiological responses to media messages and video games; sense of presence; and time-series analysis. He has authored over 80 scientific papers (45 peer-reviewed journal articles). He is the coordinator and principal investigator of the EU-funded, international, interdisciplinary NEST project “The fun of gaming: Measuring the human experience of media enjoyment” (FUGA). Previously he has worked as a post-doctoral researcher of the Academy of Finland, for example.


• FUGA (
• Pasion
• Effects of emotions and unconscious processess on financial decision making

Recent publications:

• Ravaja, N. (2004). Effects of a small talking facial image on autonomic activity: The moderating influence of dispositional BIS and BAS sensitivities and emotions. Biological Psychology, 65, 163-183.
• Ravaja, N. (2004). Effects of image motion on a small screen on emotion, attention, and memory: Moving face vs. static face newscaster. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 48, 108-133.
• Ravaja, N. (2004). Contributions of psychophysiology to media research: Review and recommendations. Media Psychology, 6, 193-235.
• Ravaja, N., & Kallinen, K. (2004). Emotional effects of startling background music during reading news reports: The moderating influence of dispositional BIS and BAS sensitivities. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 45, 231-238.
• Ravaja, N., Kallinen, K., Saari, T., & Keltikangas-Järvinen, L. (2004). Suboptimal exposure to facial expressions when viewing video messages from a small screen: Effects on emotion, attention, and memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 10, 120-131.
• Ravaja, N., Saari, T., Kallinen, K., & Laarni, J. (in press). The role of mood in the processing of media messages from a small screen: Effects on subjective and physiological responses. Media Psychology.
• Ravaja, N., Keltikangas-Järvinen, L., & Kettunen, J. (in press). Cloninger’s temperament dimensions and threat, stress, and performance appraisals during different challenges among young adults. Journal of Personality.
• Ravaja, N., Saari, T., Salminen, M., Laarni, J., & Kallinen, K. (in press). Phasic emotional reactions to video game events: A psychophysiological investigation. Media Psychology.
• Ravaja, N., Saari, T., Turpeinen, M., Laarni, J., Salminen, M., & Kivikangas, M. (in press). Spatial presence and emotions during video game playing: Does it matter with whom you play? Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments (Special Issue).

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