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9.10.2019

Heini Saarimäki

Heini Saarimäki, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Human Information Processing Laboratory
Faculty of Social Sciences
Tampere University
FINLAND
email: heini.saarimaki [at] tuni.fi


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Upcoming Events
Oct 2019 - Apr 2020 Visiting the Emotion and Social Cognition Lab at California Institute of Technology.


Recent Events
01/09/2019 Started as a Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellow at Tampere University.


About me
I received my PhD in cognitive neuroscience from Aalto University, Finland, in 2018 and joined Tampere University, Finland, as a postdoctoral researcher in 2019. In 2019-2020, I'm working as a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. My research interests are in the field of social and affective neuroscience, and my research has focused on the neural underpinnings of human emotions. I have studied the neural basis of different emotions and their relationship to subjective experiences of emotions, as well as the flow of emotions during natural interaction. In my research, I comine naturalistic stimuli (such as movies and narratives), brain imaging (mostly fMRI), and pattern classification methods with self-reports and other measures of subjective experiences.

Contacts
You can also follow me on Twitter at hpsaarimaki, find me in LinkedIn or check my CV.
heini.saarimaki [at] tuni.fi
Room B3139, Pinni B
Human Information Processing Lab,
Faculty of Social Sciences,
Tampere University, FINLAND



Selected publications

Peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals

Smirnov D, Saarimäki H, Glerean E, Hari R, Sams M, Nummenmaa L (2019) Emotions amplify speaker-listener neural alignment. Human Brain Mapping, 40:16.



Nummenmaa L, Saarimäki H (2019) Emotions as discrete patterns of systemic activity. Neuroscience Letters, 693, 3-8.



Gotsopoulos A, Saarimäki H, Glerean E, Jääskeläinen IP, Sams M, Nummenmaa L, Lampinen J (2018) Reproducibility of importance extraction methods in neural network based fMRI classification. NeuroImage, 181, 44-54.



Saarimäki H, Ejtehadian LF, Glerean E, Jääskeläinen IP, Vuilleumier P, Sams M, Nummenmaa L (2018) Distributed affective space represents multiple emotion categories across the human brain. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13(5), 471-482.



Alakörkkö T, Saarimäki H, Glerean E, Saramäki J, Korhonen O (2017) Effects of spatial smoothing on functional brain networks. European Journal of Neuroscience, 46(9), 2471-2480.



Korhonen O, Saarimäki H, Glerean E, Sams M, Saramäki J (2017) Consistency of Regions of Interest as nodes of fMRI functional brain networks. Network Neuroscience, 1(3), 254-274.



Saarimäki H, Gotsopoulos A, Jääskeläinen IP, Lampinen J, Vuilleumier P, Sams M, Hari R, Nummenmaa L (2016) Discrete neural signatures of basic emotions. Cerebral Cortex, 26(6), 2563-2573.


Parra MA, Saarimäki H, Bastin ME, Londono AC, Pettit L, Lopera F, Della Sala S, Abrahams S (2015) Memory binding and white matter integrity in familial Alzheimer's disease. Brain, 138, 1355-1369.


Nummenmaa L, Saarimäki H, Glerean E, Gotsopoulos A, Hari R, Sams M (2014) Emotional speech synchronizes brain across listeneres and engages large-scale dynamic brain networks. NeuroImage, 102, 498-509.


Other publications


Saarimäki H (2018) Decoding emotions from brain activity and connectivity patterns. PhD dissertation, Aalto University.
Saarimäki H (2017) Emootioiden vaikutus puheen ymmärtämiseen. In Tarvainen, S., Loukusa, S., Hautala, T. & Saalasti, S. (eds.) Yhteinen ymmärrys - havainnoinnista tulkintaan. Helsinki: Puheen ja kielen tutkimuksen yhdistyksen julkaisuja 49.


International meetings


Saarimäki H, Glerean E, Smirnov D, Mynttinen H, Jääskeläinen IP, Sams M, Nummenmaa L - Classification of emotions from brain connectivity patterns, Nanosymposium talk at Neuroscience 2016, SfN, San Diego (USA), November 2016.

Heikkilä H, Ejtehadian LF, Hari R, Vuilleumier P, Sams M, Nummenmaa L - Mapping the neural basis of affective space in humans with fMRI, Poster at Human Brain Mapping 2014, Hamburg (Germany), June 2014.

Heikkilä H, Gotsopoulos A, Jääskeläinen IP, Lampinen J, Vuilleumier P, Hari R, Sams M, Nummenmaa L - Multi-voxel pattern analysis of fMRI data reveals discrete neural representation of basic human emotions, Poster at Neuroscience 2013, SfN, San Diego (USA), November 2013.

Heikkilä H, Gotsopoulos A, Jääskeläinen IP, Lampinen J, Vuilleumier P, Hari R, Sams M, Nummenmaa L - Classification of discrete emotional states from brain activity patterns, Poster at International Conference on Music & Emotions, Jyväskylä (Finland), June 2013.

Heikkilä H, Gotsopoulos A, Jääskeläinen IP, Lampinen J, Vuilleumier P, Hari R, Sams M, Nummenmaa L - Decoding subjective emotional feelings from fMRI data, Poster at ESF-FENS Conference on The Neurobiology of Emotions, La Stresa (Italy), November 2012.


Talks and presentations

26/1/2019 Panelist at Tieteen päivät 2019 (The Science Forum), Tampere-talo, Tampere, Finland.

12/1/2019 Panelist at Tieteen päivät 2019 (The Science Forum), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

7/11/2018 Talk at History of emotions symposium, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

30/3/2017 Talk at the Puheen ja kielen tutkimuksen päivät, a seminar organized by the Finnish Association of Speech and Language Research, Helsinki, Finland.

13-14/Mar/2017 A poster presentation in a general public event organized for the Brain Awareness Week, Porthania, Helsinki, Finland.

15/Feb/2017 Talk at the PsychTalks event, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

15/Sep/2016 A poster presentation at the Brain&Mind Student Symposium, University of Helsinki, Finland.

28/Nov/2014 Talk at the Music for all seminar in Special Music Centre Resonaari, Helsinki, Finland.

3/Oct/2014 Talk at the Turku PET Centre in Turku, Finland.

11/Mar/2014 Talk at the aivoAALTO Brain Awareness Week event, Andorra, Helsinki, Finland.

10/Mar/2014 A poster presentation in a general public event organized for the Brain & Mind Brain Awareness Week event, Porthania, Helsinki, Finland.

20/Nov/2013 Talk at the BRAHE meeting, Biomedicum, Helsinki, Finland.

4/Nov/2013 Talk at the Caltech Emotion and Social Cognition Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, CA, USA.

14/Oct/2013 A poster presentation in a general public event organized for the 40th Anniversary of the Brain Research Society of Finland, Porthania, Helsinki, Finland.


Present affiliations

Tampere University


Past affiliations

Brain and Mind Laboratory Aalto University School of Science BECS aivoAALTO University of Edinburgh University of Helsinki




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