Dr. Tikka is a filmmaker and scholar whose research concerns psychophysiological and emotional basis of cinematic systems. Prior to her joining BFM, she was the Principal Investigator for the NeuroCine project at Aalto University in Finland. In 2010, she was a Fulbright scholar in the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at the University of Southern California and a researcher in residency in Neuroaesthetics at the Minerva Foundation, Berkeley. She was also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University, UK (2009-2011), and a lecturer in Film Theory and Film Analysis at the Baltic School of Film and Media at Tallinn University (2006-2007).
As a filmmaker, Dr. Tikka has directed the feature films Daughters of Yemanjá (1996) and Sand Bride (1998). She has also been involved in various interactive media projects, such as the Academy of Finland-sponsored Enactive Cinema, winning such awards as the Möbius Prix Nordic prize for interactive storytelling in 2005 and exhibiting her work internationally.
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Select publicationsTikka, P., and Kaipainen, M. (2016). Screendance as enactment in Maya Deren's At Land: Enactive, embodied, and neurocinematic considerations. In D. Rosenberg (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, pp. 303–320. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kauttonen, J., Hlushchuk, Y., and Tikka, P. (2015) Optimizing methods for linking cinematic features to fMRI data. NeuroImage, 110, pp. 136-148.
Kaipainen, M., Ravaja, N., Tikka, P., Vuori, R., Pugliese, R., Rapino, M., & Takala, T. (2011). Enactive systems and enactive media: Embodied human-machine coupling beyond interfaces. Leonardo, 44(5), pp. 433–438.
Tikka, P. (2008). Enactive Cinema. Simulatorium Eisensteinense [PhD dissertation]. University of Art and Design Helsinki.
Tikka, P. (2006). Cinema as externalization of consciousness. In R. Pepperell & M. Punt (eds.), Screen Consciousness: Mind, Cinema and World, pp. 139-162). Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.