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Research Interests

  1. Developmental relationships between motivation, achievement and subjective well-being
  2. Situational dynamics in motivation and task engagement
  3. Brain activity related to error processing and its association with individual differences in motivation, temperament and neurocognitive functioning

Recent publications

  1. Tapola, A., Jaakkola, T., & Niemivirta, M. (2014). The influence of achievement goal orientations and task concreteness on situational interest. Journal of Experimental Education, 82(4), 455-479. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  2. Tapola, A., Veermans, M., & Niemivirta, M. (2013). Predictors and outcomes of situational interest during a science learning task. Instructional Science, 41(6), pp 1047-1064. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  3. Pulkka, A.-T. & Niemivirta, M. (2013). In the eye of the beholder: Do adult students' achievement goal orientation profiles predict their perceptions of instruction and studying? Studies in Educational Evaluation, 39, 133-143 [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  4. Pulkka, A.-T. & Niemivirta, M. (2013). Predictive relationships between adult students' achievement goal orientations, course evaluations, and performance. International Journal of Educational Research, 61, 26-37. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  5. Pulkka, A.-T. & Niemivirta, M. (2013). Adult students’ achievement goal orientations and evaluations of the learning environment: A Person-centred longitudinal analysis. Educational Research and Evaluation, 19(4), 297-322. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  6. Vuokko, E., Niemivirta, M., & Helenius, P. (2013). Distinct cortical activation patterns during subitizing and counting. Brain Research, 1497, 40–52. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  7. Heikkilä, A., Lonka, K., Niemivirta, M. J. & Nieminen, J. (2012). Relations between teacher students' approaches to learning, cognitive- and attributional strategies, well-being, and study success. Higher Education, 64(4), 455-471. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  8. Tuominen-Soini, H., Salmela-Aro, K. & Niemivirta, M. (2012). Achievement goal orientations and academic well-being across the transition to upper secondary education. Learning and Individual Differences. 22(3), 290-305. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  9. Helenius, P., Laasonen, M., Hokkanen, L., Paetau, R., & Niemivirta, M. (2011). Impaired engagement of the ventral attentional pathway in ADHD. Neuropsychologia, 49, 1889-1896. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  10. Heikkilä, A., Niemivirta, M., Nieminen, J., & Lonka, K. (2011). Interrelations among university students’ approaches to learning, regulation of learning, and cognitive and attributional strategies: A person-oriented approach. Higher Education, 61, 513-529 . [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  11. Tuominen-Soini, H., Salmela-Aro, K. & Niemivirta, M. (2011). Stability and change in achievement goal orientations: A person-centred approach. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 36, 82-100. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  12. Aunio, P. & Niemivirta, M. (2010). Predicting children’s mathematical performance in grade one by early numeracy. Learning and Individual Differences, 20(5), 427-435. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  13. Helenius, P., Laasonen, M., Hokkanen, L., Paetau, R., & Niemivirta, M. (2010). Neural correlates of late positivities associated with infrequent visual events and response errors. NeuroImage, 53(2), 619-628. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  14. Tapola, A. & Niemivirta, M. (2008). The role of achievement goal orientations in students' perceptions of and preferences for classroom environment. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 78, 291–312. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  15. Tuominen-Soini, H., Salmela-Aro, K. & Niemivirta, M. (2008). Achievement goal orientations and well-being: A person-centred analysis. Learning and Instruction, 18, 251-266. [download pdf | for personal use only] [DOI]
  16. Niemivirta, M. & Tapola, A. (2007). Self-efficacy, interest, and task performance: Within-task changes, mutual relationships, and predictive effects. Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie, 21, 241-250. [download pdf (in English) | for personal use only] [DOI]
  17. Niemivirta, M. (2006). Assessing motivation and self-regulation in learning within a predictive design: Incorporating systematic elements of change. Educational Psychology Review, 18(3), 255-259
  18. Aunio, P., Niemivirta, M., Hautamäki, J., Van Luit, J., Shi, J., & Zhang, M. (2006). Young children's number sense in China and Finland. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 50, 483-502. [download pdf (in English) | for personal use only] [DOI]

Other downloadable material

  1. Niemivirta, M., Helenius, P., Hokkanen, L., Laasonen, M., & Paetau, R. (2009). To go or not to go? Neural correlates of error detection and response monitoring. Poster presented at the Learning Mind and Brain -Conference.
  2. Niemivirta, M., Kujala, T., Kimppa, L. & Seppänen, M. (2009). Neural correlates of sensitivity to failure. Poster presented at the Learning Mind and Brain -Conference.
  3. Boekaerts, M. and Niemivirta, M. (2000). Self-regulation in learning: Finding a balance between learning- and ego-protective goals. In M. Boekaerts, P. R Pintrich, and M. Zeidner (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Regulation (pp. 417-450). San Diego, CA: Academic Press. [for personal use only]
  4. Niemivirta, M. (2002). Individual differences and developmental trends in motivation: Integrating person-centered and variable-centered methods. In P. R. Pintrich and M. L. Maehr (Eds.). Advances in Motivation and Achievement (Vol. 12, pp. 241-275). Amsterdam: JAI Press. [for personal use only]
  5. Niemivirta, M., Rijavec, M., and Yamauchi, H. (2001). Goal orientations and action-control beliefs: A cross-cultural comparison among Croatian, Finnish, and Japanese students. In A. Efklides, J. Kuhl, and R. Sorrentino (Eds.), Trends and Prospects in Motivation Research (pp. 163-183). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. [for personal use only]
  6. Niemivirta, M. (2004). Stability and change in middle school students' school value: An application of latent growth curve modeling. In A. Efklides, G. Kiosseoglou, and Y. Theodorakis (Eds.), Qualitative and quantitative research in psychology (Vol 2, pp. 301-314). Athens: Ellinika Grammata. [for personal use only]
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