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

Olkoniemi, H., & Filik, R. (2024). Introduction to the special issue on new approaches to figurative language research. Discourse Processes, 61, 1–5.

Olkoniemi, H., Mézière, D.C., & Kaakinen, J.K. (2024). Comprehending irony in text: Evidence from scanpaths. Discourse Processes, 61, 6–20. 

Loukola, V., Tuominen, J., Kirsilä, S., Kyyhkynen, A., Lahdenperä, M., Parkkali, L., Ranta, E., Toivola, E., Vanhanen, S., Välimaa, K., Olkoniemi, H., Revonsuo, A., & Valli, K. (2024). Viral simulations in dreams: The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on threatening dream content in a Finnish sample of diary dreams. Consciousness and Cognition, 119, 103651.

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.