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Niklas Ravaja
Research Associate

M.I.N.D. Lab, Helsinki School of Economics
http://ckir.hkkk.fi

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.

Projects:

• FUGA (http://project.hkkk.fi/fuga/)
• Pasion
• MINET
• 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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