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PhD (Cognitive Science)

Description of research and teaching

In everyday life we carry out many tasks that are apparently easy and simple, but in fact are underpinned by complex and sophisticated cognitive and neural mechanisms. The impressive adaptability of human perception and cognition is starkly revealed in artificial intelligence and robotics, where even tasks such as driving a car or simply walking down a path have turned out to be huge challenges. On the other hand, in expert performance we can observe learning and skill development at the edge of human cognitive and physiologicla capacity. My research aims to understand the cognitive and neural basis of human everyday and expert performance. Research methods combine contolled laboratory and simulator experiments, field experiments "in the wild", cognitive modelling and qualitative methods.

Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive Science, Title of Docent


  • 6162 Cognitive science

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2004 2019

Getting Back Into the Loop: The Perceptual-Motor Determinants of Successful Transitions out of Automated Driving

Mole, C., Lappi, O., Giles, O., Markkula, G., Mars, F. & Wilkie, R. M., 6 Mar 2019, In : Human Factors. p. 1-29 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

A computational model for driver's cognitive state, visual perception and intermittent attention in a distracted car following task

Pekkanen, J. J. O., Lappi, O., Rinkkala, P., Tuhkanen, N. S., Frantsi, R. & Summala, K. H. I., 5 Sep 2018, In : Royal Society Open Science. 5, 180194, p. 1-23 23 p., 180194.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Gaze doesn’t always lead steering

Lehtonen, E., Lappi, O., Koskiahde, N., Mansikka, T. A., Hietamäki, J. L. I. & Summala, K. H. I., Dec 2018, In : Accident Analysis and Prevention. 121, p. 268-278 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Tekoäly ja ihmiskognitio

Lappi, M. O. T., Rusanen, A-M. & Pekkanen, J. J. O., 15 Feb 2018, In : Tieteessä tapahtuu. 36, 1, p. 42-46 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Open Access

The Racer's Mind: How Core Perceptual-Cognitive Expertise is Reflected in Deliberate Practice Procedures in Professional Motorsport

Lappi, O., 13 Aug 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 20 p., 1294.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Projects 2014 2018

Activities 2014 2019

Human Factors (Journal)

Otto Lappi (Reviewer)
16 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Tieteen päivät 2019

Otto Lappi (Speaker: Chair)
12 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Exploring auditory perception at prehistoric rock paintings using auralization, virtual reality reconstructions and eye tracking

Kai Lassfolk (Speaker), Riitta Johanna Rainio (Speaker), Otto Lappi (Speaker), Jami Joonas Olavi Pekkanen (Speaker)
7 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Pasi Pölönen: Virtaava kehomieli – meditatiivisen liikkeen vaikutus itseraportoituun tunnetilaan ja flow-kokemukseen (pro gradu)

Otto Lappi (Supervisor)
18 Oct 2018

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Press / Media

Osaatko lukea mutkaa?

Mikko Otto Tapio Lappi


1 media contribution

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Håll ögat på vägen

Mikko Otto Tapio Lappi


1 media contribution

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Miten mutkat luetaan oikein?

Mikko Otto Tapio Lappi


1 media contribution

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