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Research interests

Description of research and teaching

My research interests include low and intermediate levels of visual processing, face perception, memory and attention. My current position is Academy reserach fellow and I am principal investigator in Face Memory research project. I did my PhD thesis and first post-doc project in Visual Science group, second post-doc in Vision Systems Neuroscience group, and third post-doc in the Attention and Memory Networks group.


Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive neuroscience, Adjunct professor, University of Helsinki

Psychology, PhD, University of Helsinki

Fields of Science

  • 515 Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychophysics
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Visual Perception
  • Working memory
  • Experimental Psychology

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


Perceived emotional expressions of composite faces

Kilpeläinen, M. & Salmela, V., 10 Mar 2020, In : PLoS One. 15, 3, 15 p., 0230039.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Spatio-temporal dynamics of face perception

Muukkonen, I., Ölander, K., Numminen, J. K. & Salmela, V., 1 Apr 2020, In : NeuroImage. 209, 12 p., 116531.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Integration of facial features under memory load

Ölander, K., Muukkonen, I., Saarela, T. P. & Salmela, V. R., 29 Jan 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 10 p., 892.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Recall of facial expressions and simple orientations reveals competition for resources at multiple levels of the visual hierarchy

Salmela, V. R., Ölander, K., Muukkonen, I. & Bays, P. M., 22 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Vision. 19, 3, p. 1-13 13 p., 8.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Modulation of Brain Activity During Selective Attention to Natural Speech

Leminen, A., Verwoert, M., Moisala, M., Salmela, V. & Alho, K., 28 Sep 2018, p. 14-15. 2 p.

Research output: Conference materialsAbstract

Open Access


Multisensory Signals and Meanings (SigMe)

Saarinen, J., Aaltonen, O. K., Vainio, M., Järvikivi, J., Laurinen, P., Tiippana, K., Vainio, L., Salmela, V., Kurki, I., Aalto, D., Arnhold, A., Kilpeläinen, M., Korvala, J., Lehtinen, M., Nurminen, L. O., Peromaa, T., Saalasti, S. & Melike, U.

23/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011


Faculty PhD Thesis Award

Viljami Salmela (Recipient), 10 Jun 2010

Prize: Prizes and awards

Teacher of the year

Viljami Salmela (Recipient), 3 May 2007

Prize: Prizes and awards


Examination of doctoral dissertation

Viljami Salmela (Opponent)
2 Feb 2020

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

OHBM 2019

Viljami Salmela (Attendee)
9 Jun 201913 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

A population coding model for simple and complex visual objects in working memory

Viljami Salmela (Speaker)
3 Nov 20187 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Cambridge University

Viljami Salmela (Visiting researcher)
1 Jan 201830 Jun 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution