Pilleriin Sikka is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Skövde (Sweden). Currently, she is also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory, Stanford University where she performs research on emotions and emotion regulation together with prof. James J. Gross. Pilleriin is also affiliated with the University of Turku (Finland). Previously, she worked at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford (UK). She holds a PhD degree in Psychology (University of Turku, Finland), MSc degree in Neuroscience (University of Oxford, UK), and MSc and BSc degrees in Psychology (University of Tallinn).
KU136G Basic Neuroscience (course coordinator; lecturer)
KU337G Central Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience (course coordinator; lecturer)
KU105G Positive Psychology and Well-Being (course coordinator; lecturer)
KU135G Psychology from a Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective (lecturer)
KU328G Miniconference in Positive Psychology (course coordinator; lecturer)
KU526G Tutorial in Cognitive Neuroscience (lecturer/supervisor; examiner)
KU523G Bachelor Degree Project in Cognitive Neuroscience (supervisor; examiner)
KU724A Master Degree Project in Cognitive Neuroscience (supervisor; examiner)
Merits and Awards
(2020) the Golden Apple (Guldäpplet) award 2020 for outstanding teaching, University of Skövde, Sweden
(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
Pilleriin's main research interests include emotions and emotion regulation across the wake-sleep cycle and their relationship to health and well-being. More specifically, she studies (1) the nature and continuity of emotional experiences across different states of consciousness—from wakefulness to mind-wandering (or daydreaming) to sleep; (2) how emotions experienced during dreaming are associated with emotion regulation in wakefulness; and (3) the psychological and neurobiological correlates of peace of mind—an aspect of mental well-being—and its relation to emotion regulation.
In her research she uses a multidisciplinary and multilevel framework that draws on the concepts, theories, and research from philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and (molecular) biology and integrates different research areas, such as emotion research, sleep and dream research, consciousness research, and well-being research.
Royal Society Open Science
2021. Article. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.200589
Consciousness and Cognition
2021. Article. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2021.103189
2021. Article. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-00784-9
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
2021. Article. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2021.104137
2020. Article. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13665
2020. Doctoral thesis.
Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology, and Culture: Volume 1
2019. Chapter in book.
Journal of Neuroscience
2019. Article. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2884-18.2019
2018. Article. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-30721-1
Journal of Sleep Research
2018. Article. https://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.12555