The conference will take place on 16-17th May 2024 at the University of Helsinki Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33.

9.30-12.00 PRE-CONFERENCE: Exploring Epistemic Dimensions in Social Psychology and beyond (Room F3010, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33)


13.00 WELCOME (F4050, Small Hall, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33)

13.00-14.00 KEYNOTE 1: Bernhard Forchtner (University of Leicester, UK), "The far right and degrowth: an uncanny relationship?" (F4050, Small Hall, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33)

14.00-14.15 BREAK


15.15-15.45 COFFEE BREAK (Suomen Sosiaalipsykologit ry) (Small Hall & Foyer Sirén, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33)




17.00 -> Student Association's (Status ry) Social Event for Undergraduate Students (See more:

17.30 -> PhD Students' Social Event @ Thirsty Scholar

17.30-18.30 Annual Meeting of the Social Psychology Division (Unioninkatu 37, Faculty Launge)


19:00 CONFERENCE DINNER @ Restaurant Sunn

09.15-10.15 KEYNOTE 2: Catia Teixeira (Maastricht University, NL), "(Lack of) Support for social change attempts among privileged group members" (F4050, Small Hall, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33)

10.15-10.30 BREAK


12:00-13.15 LUNCH BREAK


14:45-15.15 COFFEE BREAK & PANEL DISCUSSION: Sosiaalinen konstruktionismi — Miten tarkastella tulkintojen ja todellisuuden sosiaalista rakentumista (in Finnish) (Small Hall & Foyer Sirén, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33)

15.30-16.30 KEYNOTE 3: Esther Papies (University of Glasgow, UK), "Behaviour Change in the Climate Emergency" (F4050, Small Hall, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33)


Parallel sessions

See the Abstract Book here (NB: Updated 15.5)

Workshop 1 (FI)

Room:  F3017, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Liisa Myyry: Ammatilliset arvot - oikeustieteen opiskelijoiden käsityksiä hyvästä juristista

Anni Kiiski: Tunnekokemusten jakaminen autismin kirjon henkilöillä

Silja Huttunen: Pystyvyysuskon vahvistaminen työpajamenetelmillä


Symposium 1: Populism and its Appeal Both on the Populist Left and Right: Analyzing Lay Discourses in Greece, Switzerland, and Finland (ENG)

Room: F3010, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Ioannis Ntotsikas: Social Representations of Populism in Lay Discourse in Greece

Mariman Mabrouk: Contrasting Perceptions of Elitism in Swiss Populism: A Comparative Study of Left-Wing and Right-Wing Narratives

Helena Rovamo: A narrative-discursive approach to supporters’ mobilization of lived experiences into political support for the radical right populist Finns Party in times of change

Chair: Helena Rovamo

Workshop 2 (ENG)

Room: F3005, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Ville-Juhani Ilmarinen: Rethinking difference score correlations

Emmi Koskinen: Narratives about feeling admired: Comparing participants with high and low levels of narcissistic traits

Katja Lötjönen: Diversity in lay perceptions of social class among Finnish youth


Workshop 3 (ENG)

Room: F3004, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Zahra Hosseini: Time to Move from Migrants’ Cultural Integration to Cultural Inclusion: Toward Strengthening Social Cohesion in the Society

Muhammad Tayyab: Devotion and Dissent: Muslim Integration, Attitudes, and the lived experiences of Deconverts

Xu Zong: Childhood Adversity and Mental Health Outcomes of the Elderly During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from 27 European Countries and Israel


Symposium 2: Doing and undoing group divisions based on gender and sexuality (FI/ENG)

Room:  F3017, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Marja Lönnroth-Olin: Victims of circumstance or uncooperative immigrants?- Intersectional analysis of constructions of accountability in the online discourses surrounding ‘street gangs’ in Finland

Ainara Ossa: An analysis of experiences of young queer, trans, non-binary, and lesbian students with low-threshold mental health services

Susanna Mattila-Connor: Parenting a transperson – a narrative analysis of parents’ stories

Satu Venäläinen: Seksuaalisen häirinnän vastustus ja nuorten ristiriitainen toimijuus digitaalisissa ympäristöissä

Chairs: Päivi Berg, Marko Salonen, Satu Venäläinen

Symposium 3: Social psychological approaches to promoting health and well-being (ENG)

Room: F3010, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Nelli Hankonen: How can human service professionals improve their interaction styles? Overview of self-determination theory and motivational interviewing based interventions

Daniel Phipps: The PerheLiikunta (PeLi) intervention: An example of theory-based behaviour change

Matthias Aulbach: Active Days are Healthy Eating Days: Positive Associations between day-level Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Participants of a Health Promotion Course

Chair: Matthias Aulbach

Symposium 4: Lähestymisiä kulttuurien välisiin kohtaamisiin ja ystävyyteen (FI)

Room: F3005, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Paula Paajanen & Reetta Riikonen: MAMANET: Pienten lasten äitien ryhmien väliset kohtaamiset asuinalueella

Jari Martikainen: Ryhmienvälisiä suhteita ja paikallisia kohtaamisia – Taidelähtöisen tutkimushankkeen esittely

Helena Rovamo: Mielikuvia toisesta kulttuurista tulevien nuorten kohtaamisesta

Ella Heimonen: FriendMUM: äitien kulttuurien väliset tuetut ystävyyssuhteet

Chair: Eerika Finell

Symposium 5: Racism and anti-racism in educational settings in Finland (ENG)

Room: F3004, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Ida Hummelstedt: Lost in the grey zone: school staff’s understanding of racism and/as discrimination in lower secondary schools in Finland 

Viivi Mäkinen: Bystander Anti-Racism in Higher Education: A Reasoned Action Approach to Students’ Intentions to Intervene in Ethnic Microaggressions

Tuomas Zacheus: Ethnic discrimination in Finnish higher education: Intervention and bystander activity

Minna Lyons: Perceived barriers and facilitators of bystander anti-racism in the University context in Finland- a qualitative vignette study

Chair: Viivi Mäkinen

Workshop 4 (ENG)

Room:  F3017, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Göksu Celikkol: Adolescents’ collective action intentions for gender equality in Norway and Poland: Role of gender identification, perceived discrimination, and well-being

Diana Stenvall-Hotti: Agency in encountering late life adults and their needs in residential elderly care

Sonja Ruottunen: Sustainable Well-Being in The Context of Public Services: Analysis of Jobseekers’ Subjective Experiences of Well-Being and Employment Services

Marguerite Beattie: Belongingness to Groups, Adolescent Loneliness Trajectories, and their Consequences

Workshop 5 (ENG)

Room: F3010, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Magdalena Celuch: To act or to ignore? Longitudinal effects of reacting to online harassment on victims’ well-being

Jean-Pierre Imbrogiano: Sustainable digitalization or digital sustainability? A psychodynamic perspective

Elena Neri: Behind closed doors: child disability and family members' social well-being

Nina Vlodder: The idealized parenthood: A netnography of Finnish sharenting practices on Instagram

Workshop 6 (ENG/FI)

Room: F3005, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Tamara Hajdu: Pluralistic ignorance in Climate Change

Rohan Stevenson: Returning to Nature: the imaginative geographies and histories of the ‘folkish’ far right

Mia Silfver: Miten kasvissyöntiä voisi lisätä? Suomalaisten asenteet kasvissyöntiin ja kasviperäisten elintarvikkeiden valinnan esteet

Laura Salmivaara: Kestävää ruoan kulutusta ja tuotantoa edistävien politiikkatoimien kannatus suomalaisten kuluttajien keskuudessa: Ruokatottumusten, valintamotiivien ja vastuullisuuskäsitysten merkitys

Tuija Seppälä: Youth’s lived experiences in their everyday food environment

Symposium 7: Intergroup dynamics in immersive environments (ENG)

Room: F3004, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Salvador Alvidrez: Optimizing perspective-taking in virtual reality: Effects of visual cues and cognitive load on empathy for embodied outgroup members

Matilde Tassinari: Mitigating Obesity Stigma through Avatar Embodiment: A Pilot Study Using Virtual Reality

Sarina J. Schäfer: Exploring the Future: Developing a new paradigm for intergroup contact in virtual reality (VR) and video game settings

Iiro P. Jääskeläinen: Identification of emotional responses towards threat and different stereotypes using fMRI data and machine learning

Anna Manfredi: Envisioning Corals: Embodying Coral Reef Inhabitants through virtual reality to foster a shared sense of responsibility and interconnectedness with future generations against climate change.

Chair: Matilde Tassinari

Symposium 12: Imagining Nations and Europe: Discursive and Multimodal Analyses of the Far-Right and Right-Wing Populist Discourse
Language: ENG

Room: F4050, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Eemeli Hakoköngäs: Finnish far right imageries of nations and nationalities

Jenni Jaakkola: Vote for the FP": Collective Mobilization through Multimodal Populist TikTok Persuasion

Helenor Tormis: Affective Visions of the European Union and Europe: Hegemonic and Polemic Social Representations among Finnish voters

Chair: Helenor Tormis

Symposium 8: Ongelmallisista vuorovaikutuskokemuksista kertominen (FI)

Room:  F3017, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Akseli Salminen: Diskurssit poikien maailmasta – Miten kohtaavat työntekijät tulkitsevat poikien tekemiä yhteydenottoja?

Helka Niemelä: Seksismi korkeakouluissa – Diskurssianalyysi seksismin kokemuksista kertomatta jättämisestä

Annika Valtonen: Vaikeita kohtaamisia julkisissa tiloissa: maahanmuuttaneet kertomassa ongelmallisista vuorovaikutustilanteista tuntemattomien ihmisten kanssa Suomessa

Henri Nevalainen: Sosiaaliset uhat ongelmallisissa vuorovaikutustilanteissa

Chair: Henri Nevalainen

Symposium 9: Wellbeing and its opposites (ENG/FI)

Room: F3010, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Jennifer De Paola: “The portrait of happiness: children’s drawings of a happy and an unhappy person in Finland”

Anna-Maija Pirttilä-Backman & Hanna Pohjola: Tanssiteatteri: häpeän ja luottamuksen vuorovaikutus vankilakontekstissa 

Jaana-Piia Mäkiniemi & Salla Ahola: Yrittäjien työhyvinvointiin ja työpahoinvointiin liittyvät tekijät ja hyvinvoinnin tuunaus

Chair: Jennifer De Paola

Symposium 10: 'We are all victims now'. Advancing understanding on the proliferation of victimhood identities in the age of platformed communication (ENG)

Room: F3005, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Mikko E M Salmela: 'We are all victims now'. Understanding the spread of victimhood identities through ressentiment and self-victimization

Ruta Kazlauskaite: From Victimhood Stories to Victimhood Storyliving: Embodying Past Suffering in Polish Virtual Reality Storyworlds

Zea Szebeni: United in Loss: Unraveling Men's Collective Victimhood and Its Political Impacts

Chair: Mikko E M Salmela

Symposium 11: Tietoon ja valtaan liittyvät neuvottelut osana työelämän ohjausta ja arviointia (FI)

Room: F3004, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Emma Nortio: Kasvotyö uraohjauksessa

Minna Paanasalo: Neuvottelussa työllistyvä asiantuntijuus

Sara Liinamo: Testivastaajien tasapainoilu ja identiteettityö persoonallisuustestiin vastatessa

Teija Ahopelto: Persoonallisuudesta neuvotteleminen rekrytointihaastatteluissa

Chair: Sara Liinamo

Symposium 13: The Relevance of Personal Values for Finnish Society and Sustainability (ENG)

Room: F4050, Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Klaus Helkama: Protestant ethic values and sustainability in Finland

Florencia Sortheix: The Interplay of Personal Values and Income on Pro-environmental Behaviors: A Multilevel Analysis Across 23 Countries

Annukka Valkeapää: Bridging the Gap: Forest Owners' Conservation Values in Practice

Martti Puohiniemi: How will values change in Finland from 1991 to 2025 or to year X?

Chair: Florencia Sortheix