New article in Cognition and Emotion

It’s my pleasure to inform you that our latest paper, “Individual differences in pupil dilation to others’ emotional and neutral eyes with varying pupil sizes”, is out in Cognition and Emotion. In this paper, we examined the pupil size of adult participants while they viewed images of the eye region of individuals varying in emotional expression (neutral, happy, sad, fearful, angry) and pupil size (large, medium, small). Participants showed pupillary contagion regardless of the emotional expression. Individual differences in demographics (gender, age, socioeconomic status) and psychosocial factors (anxiety, depression, sleep problems) were also examined, yet the only factor related to pupillary contagion was socioeconomic status, with higher socioeconomic status predicting less pupillary contagion for emotionally-neutral stimuli. The results suggest that while pupillary contagion is a robust phenomenon, it can vary meaningfully across individuals.

Fawcett, C., Nordenswan, E., Yrttiaho, S., Häikiö, T., Korja, R., Karlsson, L., Karlsson, H., & Kataja, E-L. (2022). Individual differences in pupil dilation to others’ emotional and neutral eyes with varying pupil sizes. Cognition and Emotion. doi:10.1080/02699931.2022.2073973

Another new article in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

It’s my pleasure to tell that our latest paper “Sound symbolic potential of Russian onomatopoeias: Evidence from eye-tracking” is available online. In this paper, we investigated whether native Finnish speakers can grasp the meaning of Russian onomatopoeic words without any prior knowledge of the Russian language. In Experiment 1, elicitation test, naïve listeners generated associations for the acoustic events depicted by onomatopoeic words they heard. A cluster analysis suggested presence of different types of cues that affect the elicitation of associations. We labeled the clusters Facilitating, Counteracting, Mixed, and Undefined on basis of the types of the associations. In Experiment 2, the same stimulus words were used in an eye-tracking experiment using visual world paradigm. It was shown that the participants have even better chances to map the onomatopoeic words to the correct semantic domain when extralinguistic information is available, in this case target images presented on the experimental display. The availability of both audio and visual inputs substantially boosted this process in all four clusters. Our findings support the view that imitative sound symbolism offers a scaffolding material for connecting onomatopoeias to their referents when words are pronounced in isolation.

Kanerva, O & Häikiö, T. (2022). Sound symbolic potential of Russian onomatopoeias: Evidence from eye-tracking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. doi:10.1037/xlm0001114

New article in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

It’s my pleasure to tell that our latest paper “Eye movements of children and adults reading in three different orthographies” is available online. In this paper, we compared the eye movement patters of children and adults in three languages, namely English, German, and Finnish. We showed that English children showed a qualitatively different reading pattern, while German and Finnish children’s reading behavior was rather similar. These results indicate that the predictability of an orthographic system is more important than its complexity for children’s reading development. Adults’ reading behavior, in contrast, was remarkably similar across languages. Our results demonstrate that eye movements are sensitive to language-specific features in children’s reading, but become more homogenous as reading
skill matures.

Schroeder, S., Häikiö, T., Pagán, A., Dickins, J. H., Hyönä, J., & Liversedge, S. P. (2021). Eye movements of children and adults reading in three different orthographies. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. doi:10.1037/xlm0001099

New article in Journal of Eye Movement Research

It’s my pleasure to tell that our latest paper “Eye Movements during dynamic scene viewing are affected by visual attention skills and events of the scene: Evidence from first-person shooter gameplay videos” is available online, free to download. In this paper, we showed that individual differences in visual attention tasks were associated with eye movement patterns observed during viewing of the gameplay video.

Holm, S. K., Häikiö, T., Olli, K., & Kaakinen, J. K. (2021). Eye movements during dynamic scene viewing are affected by visual attention skills and events of the scene: Evidence from first-person shooter gameplay videos. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 14(2). doi:10.16910/jemr.14.2.3

New article in Frontiers

It’s my pleasure to tell that our latest paper “Prenatal glucocorticoid-exposed infants do not show an age-typical fear bias at 8 months of age – Preliminary findings from the FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study” is available online, free to download. In this paper, we showed that infants exposed to Synthetic glucocorticoids (sGC) during pregnacy did not exhibit age-typical fear bias at 8 months of age.

Kataja, E-L., Rodrigues, A. J., Scheinin, N. M., Nolvi, S., Korja, R., Häikiö, T., Ekholm, E., Sousa, N., Karlsson, L., & Karlsson, H. (2021). Prenatal glucocorticoid-exposed infants do not show an age-typical fear bias at 8 months of age – Preliminary findings from the FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study. Frontiers in Psychology, section Developmental Psychology, 12:655654. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.655654

New article in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

I’m pleased to inform that our paper “Newborn left amygdala volume associates with attention disengagement from fearful faces at eight months” is now available online.

Tuulari, J. J., Kataja, E-L., Leppänen, J., Lewis, J., Nolvi, S., Häikiö, T., Lehtola, S., Hashempour, N., Saunavaara, J., Scheinin, N., Korja, L., Karlsson, L., & Karlsson, H. (2020). Newborn left amygdala volume associates with attention disengagement from fearful faces at eight months. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100839

New article in Infant Behavior and Development

I’m pleased to inform that our paper “The role of TPH2 variant rs4570625 in shaping infant attention to social signals” is now available online.

Kataja, E-L., Leppänen, J. M., Kantojärvi, K., Pelto, J., Häikiö, T., Korja, R., Nolvi, S., Karlsson, H., Paunio, T., & Karlsson, L. (2020). The role of TPH2 variant rs4570625 in shaping infant attention to social signals. Infant Behavior and Development, 60, August 2020, 101471. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2020.101471

New article in Virittäjä

I’m pleased to inform that our paper “Potilassanaston hallinta terveydenhuoltoalalla. Maahanmuuttajataustaisten lääkärien ja asioimistulkkiopiskelijoiden sananmerkityksen tarkkuus” [Knowledge of patient vocabulary in the healthcare sector: accuracy of word meaning among immigrant physicians and community interpreter students] is now available online.

Tervola, M., Vainio, S., & Häikiö, T. (2020). Potilassanaston hallinta terveydenhuoltoalalla. Maahanmuuttajataustaisten lääkärien ja asioimistulkkiopiskelijoiden sananmerkityksen tarkkuus. Virittäjä. doi:10.23982/vir.70136

New article in Child Development

I’m pleased to inform that our paper “Maternal depressive symptoms during the pre- and postnatal periods and infant attention to emotional faces” is now available online.

Kataja, E-L., Karlsson, L., Leppänen, J. M., Pelto, J., Häikiö, T., Nolvi, S., Pesonen, H., Parsons, C. E., Hyönä, J., & Karlsson, H. (2018). Maternal depressive symptoms during the pre- and postnatal periods and infant attention to emotional faces. Child Development. doi:10.1111/cdev.13152