Heini Saarimäki

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Social Sciences
| Sub unit: Welfare Sciences

About me

I received my PhD from Aalto University in 2018 and joined Tampere University as a postdoctoral researcher in 2019. In 2019-2020, I am 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 emotion, as well as the flow of emotions during natural interaction. In my research, I combine naturalistic stimuli (such as movies and narratives), brain imaging (mostly fMRI) and pattern classification methods with self-reports and other measures of subjective experiences.


research, supervision of master's theses

Fields of expertise

social and affective neuroscience, emotions, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)