Valikko Sulje

About me

I’m psychology researcher interested in language comprehension and visual cognition. I’m PI of the Perception, Cognition, and Language Research Group in the Division of Psychology at the University of Oulu.

I’m especially interested in how people can understand each other, with a relatively good precision, although they do not always say what they mean (e.g., when they use figurative language); and what the reasons are why they sometimes fail in the comprehension process. I primarily examine these questions using eye tracking, and combining eye tracking with other laboratory measures. I’m currently PI of the Academy of Finland postdoctoral research project Irony comprehension across the lifespan.

Recent articles

Liversedge, S.P., Olkoniemi, H., Zang, C., Li, X., Yan, G., Bai, X., & Hyönä, J. (2024). Universality in eye movements and reading: A replication with increased power. Cognition, 242, 105636. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2023.105636

Olkoniemi, H., Mézière, D. C., & Kaakinen, J. K. (2023). Comprehending irony in text: Evidence from scanpaths. Discourse Processes. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/0163853X.2023.2266964

Bergman, M., MacGregor, O., Olkoniemi, H., Redgård, R., Revonsuo, A., & Valli, K. (2023). Dangerous waters: The impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on survivor dream content. Dreaming, 33, 369–387. https://doi.org/10.1037/drm0000254

Tuominen, J., Kaittila, A., Halme, V., Hietamäki, J., Hakovirta, M., & Olkoniemi, H. (2023). Changes in frequency and form of domestic violence in calls to violence helpline during COVID-19 in Finland. Psychology of Violence, 13, 447–455. https://doi.org/10.1037/vio0000474 

Olkoniemi, H., Halonen, S., Pexman, P. M., & Häikiö, T. (2023). Children’s processing of written irony: An eye movement study. Cognition, 238, 105508. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2023.105508