Markku Niemivirta

Person

Description of research and teaching

  • Developmental relationships between motivation, achievement and subjective well-being
  • Situational dynamics in motivation and task engagement
  • Brain activity related to error processing and its association with individual differences in motivation, temperament and neurocognitive functioning
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Further information on the affiliationhttp://blogs.helsinki.fi/niemivir/

Curriculum Vitae

Markku Niemivirta

Professional Profile

  • Expertise in educational and psychological research, especially in the domains of motivation, psychological well-being, and achievement and performance. Research interests also include linking developmental educational psychology with cognitive neuroscience. Studies comprise of longitudinal designs, situation-specific analyses, cross-cultural comparisons, and advanced multivariate methods (e.g., SEM), among other things

Education

  • 2004: PhD (education), University of Helsinki
  • 2008: Docent (educational psychology), University of Helsinki

Recent Academic Positions

  • 2017 - Professor, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2017 - Research Director, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • 2011-2016: Professor, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • 2010: Research Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki,
  • 2010 - : University Lecturer, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • 2008-2010: University Lecturer, Department of Education, University of Helsinki
  • 2005-2008: Academy Research Fellow, Research Centre for Educational Psychology, University of Helsinki
  • 2004-2005: Academy Researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä
  • 2001-2004: Collegium Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki

Recent Research Grants and Awards

  • 2003-2005, Research grant, Academy of Finland (as a member of a research consortium)
  • 2005-2007, Research grant, Academy of Finland (with prof. Katariina Salmela-Aro)
  • 2005, Doctoral Thesis Award, University of Helsinki
  • 2005-2008, Research grant, Academy of Finland
  • 2010-2014, Research grant, University of Helsinki
  • 2014-2018, Research grant, Academy of Finland

Journal and Editorial Affiliation

  • Guest Editor: Psychologia
  • Member of Editorial Board: Journal of Educational Psychology; Applied Psychology: An International Review; Learning and Instruction; Hellenic Journal of Psychology
  • Referee: Journal of Educational Psychology; Applied Psychology: An International Review; Learning and Instruction; Learning and Individual Differences; British Journal of Educational Psychology; Educational Research Review; European Psychologist; International Journal of Psychology; Instructional Science; Hellenic Journal of Psychology; Nordisk Pädagogik

Scientific Memberships

  • The European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI); The American Educational Research Association (AERA); The American Psychological Association (APA); The International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP); The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP); The International Society of Self and Identity (ISSI)

Highlighted publications

  1. Predictors and outcomes of situational interest during a science learning task

    Tapola, A., Veermans, M. & Niemivirta, M. 2013 In : Instructional Science. 41, 6, p. 1047-1064 18 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Cortical activation patterns during subitizing and counting

    Vuokko, E., Niemivirta, M. & Helenius, P. K. 25 Feb 2013 In : Brain Research . 1497, p. 40-52 13 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Achievement goal orientations and academic well-being across the transition to upper secondary education

    Tuominen-Soini, H., Salmela-Aro, K. & Niemivirta, M. 2012 In : Learning and Individual Differences. 22, 3, p. 290-305 16 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  4. Relations between teacher students' approaches to learning, cognitive and attributional strategies, well-being, and study success

    Heikkilä, A., Lonka, K., Nieminen, J. & Niemivirta, M. 2012 In : Higher Education. 64, 4, p. 455-471 17 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  5. Impaired engagement of the ventral attentional pathway in ADHD

    Helenius, P., Laasonen, M., Hokkanen, L., Paetau, R. & Niemivirta, M. 2011 In : Neuropsychologia. 49, 7, p. 1889-1896 8 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  6. Stability and change in achievement goal orientations: a person-centered approach

    Tuominen-Soini, H., Salmela-Aro, K. & Niemivirta, M. 2011 In : Contemporary Educational Psychology. 36, 2, p. 82-100 19 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  7. Neural correlates of late positivities associated with infrequent visual events and response errors

    Helenius, P., Laasonen, M., Hokkanen, L., Paetau, R. & Niemivirta, M. 2010 In : NeuroImage. 53, 2, p. 619-628 10 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  8. Predicting children's mathematical performance in grade one by early numeracy

    Aunio, P. & Niemivirta, M. 2010 In : Learning and Individual Differences. 20, 5, p. 427-435 9 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  9. The role of achievement goal orientations in students' perceptions of and preferences for classroom environment

    Tapola, A. & Niemivirta, M. 2008 In : British Journal of Educational Psychology. 78, 2, p. 291-312 22 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  10. Achievement goal orientations and subjective well-being: A person-centred analysis

    Tuominen-Soini, H., Salmela-Aro, K. & Niemivirta, M. 2008 In : Learning and Instruction. 18, 3, p. 251-266 16 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  11. Self-efficacy, interest, and task performance: Within-task changes, mutual relationships, and predictive effects

    Niemivirta, M. & Tapola, A. 2007 In : Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie. 21, 3-4, p. 241-250 10 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  12. Young children's number sense in China and Finland

    Aunio, P., Niemivirta, M., Hautamäki, J., Van Luit, J. E. H., Shi, J. & Zhang, M. 2006 In : Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. 50, 5, p. 483-502 20 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. Supervision of doctoral thesis

    Niemivirta, M. (Supervisor), Tuominen, H. (Co-supervisor), Antti-Tuomas Pulkka (Co-supervisor)
    2016 → …

    Activity: ExaminationSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

  2. The many faces of success: Balancing between well-doing and well-being

    Niemivirta, M. (Speaker)
    2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  3. The Developmental Dynamics of Cognition, Mathematics, Motivation and Well-being.

    Aunio, P. (Speaker), Niemivirta, M. (Speaker)
    29 Oct 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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