School of Bioscience
"I conduct research on the psychological and neural basis of altered and positive states of consciousness".
Main areas of research
The first line of my research focuses on studying the psychological and neural basis of altered states of consciousness utilizing the model system of the dreaming brain. I am especially interested in dream emotions and methodological issues in investigating dream (emotional) content.
The second line of my research explores the psychological and neural basis of (mental) well-being using a multidisciplinary and multilevel framework that draws on the concepts, theories and research from philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and (molecular) biology.
I also investigate well-being across waking and dreaming states, that is, how waking well-being is related to dream (emotional) content.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=0GF-M4oAAAAJ&hl=en
KU131G Basic Neuroscience (course coordinator; lecturer)
KU331G Central Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience (course coordinator; lecturer)
KU105G Positive Psychology and Well-Being (course coordinator; lecturer)
KU328G Miniconference in Positive Psychology (course coordinator; lecturer)
KU523G Bachelor Degree Project in Cognitive Neuroscience (supervisor)
KU724A Master Degree Project in Cognitive Neuroscience (supervisor)
Merits and Awards
(2015) the Golden Apple (Guldäpplet) award 2015 for outstanding teaching, University of Skövde, Sweden
(2010) the Golden Apple (Guldäpplet) award 2010 for outstanding teaching, University of Skövde, Sweden
How to Study Dream ExperiencesSikka PilleriinDreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology, and Culture Volume 1 (153-166). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2019.
Dream emotions: a comparison of home dream reports with laboratory early and late REM dream reportsSikka Pilleriin, Revonsuo Antti, Sandman Nils et al.Journal of Sleep Research, 2018, 27(2), 206-214.
Peace of mind and anxiety in the waking state are related to the affective content of dreams
Sikka Pilleriin, Pesonen Henri, Revonsuo AnttiScientific Reports, 2018, 8.
How You Measure Is What You Get: Differences in Self- and External Ratings of Emotional Experiences in Home DreamsSikka Pilleriin, Feilhauer Diana, Valli Katja et al.American Journal of Psychology, 2017, 130(3), 367-384.
Methodological Issues in Measuring Dream EmotionsSikka Pilleriin, Revonsuo Antti, Valli KatjaThe 33rd Annual International Dream Conference (organized by the International Association for the Study of Dreams), Kerkrade, the Netherlands, June 24-28, 2016. 2016.
I know how you felt last night, or do I?: Self- and external ratings of emotions in REM dreamsSikka Pilleriin, Valli Katja, Virta Tiina et al.Consciousness and Cognition, 2014, 25, 51-66.
Subjective and objective measures of affective states in REM sleep dreamsSikka Pilleriin, Valli Katja, Virta Tiina et al.The 16th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC16), Brighton, UK, July 2-6, 2012. 2012.
The Existence of a Hypnotic State Revealed by Eye MovementsKallio Sakari, Hyönä Jukka, Revonsuo Antti et al.PLoS ONE, 2011, 6(10).
D-Serine metabolism in C6 glioma cells: Involvement of alanine-serine-cysteine transporter (ASCT2) and serine racemase (SRR) but not D-amino acid oxidase (DAO)Sikka Pilleriin, Walker Rosie, Cockayne Rebecca et al.Journal of Neuroscience Research, 2010, 88(8), 1829-1840.
What is an altered state of consciousness?Revonsuo Antti, Kallio Sakari, Sikka PilleriinPhilosophical Psychology, 2009, 22(2), 187-204.