Ongoing research projects:

Problem Gambling and Social Media

The aim of this project is to analyse youth problem gambling, social media usage and online group processes from a social psychological perspective. More info: Problem Gambling and Social Media

Social media at work

The aim of the research project is to explore how professional social media usage is associated with work engagement and more broadly with employee wellbeing at work both from positive and negative aspects. More info: Social Media at Work

Robots in Society

The emergence of robots and artificial intelligence is radically transforming many post-industrial societies. Our research investigates social psychological processes involved in the interaction with robots and artificial intelligence. More info: Robots in Society

Augmented Reality and Social Interaction

Augmented and mixed reality technologies have the potential to transform social interaction through technology in a similar way social media has done. The aims of this project are to understand mixed reality as a socially transformative technology and to analyze it from the perspective of social interaction, entertainment and learning performance. More info: Augmented Reality and Social Interaction.


Cyberhate has become more common and generated concerns among decision and policy makers and citizens. The research concentrates on social and legal aspects of cyberhate and online extremism  and related intensions to influence on societal decision and policy making. More info: Cyberhate.


The goal of this interdisciplinary project is to explore how intelligent technologies can be used to enhance community interaction and motivate residents to share spaces in order to advance sustainable development of urban living areas. More info: SocialBlock

Latest research impact

27 international peer-reviewed journal articles
12 other publications
3 PhD dissertations in social psychology
9 MA theses in social psychology
Media appearances in OneZero, YLE, Helsingin Sanomat, Maaseudun Tulevaisuus, Uutissuomalainen, Lännenmedia, Talouselämä and other Finnish journals.
18 international peer-reviewed journal articles
2 other publications
1 PhD dissertation
11 MA theses in social psychology
Media appearances in YLE, SVT, NRK, Helsingin Sanomat and other Finnish journals.
13 international peer-reviewed journal articles
2 other publications
1 PhD dissertation
6 MA theses in social psychology
Media appearances in YLE, NRK [Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation], Washington Post, Psychology Today, Helsingin Sanomat and other Finnish journals.

You can find the publications published during 2019 and 2020 under Latest publications tab. Additionally, previous research articles can be found from the above linked ongoing research project pages or if you are looking for articles related to certain topics, those can be found from People tab  by clicking Researcher’s ResearchGate icon.

Partners and co-operators

  • Jakob Demant, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
  • David Garcia, Professor, TU Graz, Complexity Science Hub Vienna and Medical University of Vienna
  • Jari Hakanen, Research Professor, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
  • James Hawdon, Professor, Virginia Tech
  • Bryan Lee Miller, Associate Professor of Criminology, Clemson University
  • Päivi Korpisaari, Professor, University of Helsinki
  • Eamonn O’Neill, Professor, University of Bath
  • Hye-Jin Paek, Professor, Hanyang University
  • Pekka Räsänen, Professor, University of Turku
  • Sveinung Sandberg, Professor, University of Oslo
  • Yu Xiao, Associate Professor, Aalto University
  • Izabela Zych, Associate Professor, University of Cordoba


  • Academy of Finland
  • Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation
  • Juho Vainio Foundation
  • Kone Foundation
  • Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology
  • The Research Council of Norway
  • The Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • The Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies
  • The Finnish Work Environment Fund
  • The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation