Johanna Maksimainen

Research Focus

  • Emotional experience and impacts of music and visual arts
  • Music listening behavior
  • Musical pleasure, affect, conflicting emotions
  • Interdisciplinary musicology
  • Music psychology


Academic Education

2011Ph.D. Cognitive Science, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
2008Ph.Lic. Art History, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
2007M.A. Art History, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
2006B.A. Art History, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland



Tiihonen, M., Brattico, E., Maksimainen, J., Wikgren, J. & Saarikallio, S. (accepted). Constituents of music and visual art related pleasure - A critical integrative literature review. Frontiers in Psychology, section Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience.

Maksimainen, J., Wikgren, J., Eerola, T., & Saarikallio, S. (2016). Mechanisms of pleasure in visual and musical domains: An EEG study of everyday aesthetic objects. Poster presentation in International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA) Biennal Congress, 29.8.-1.9.2016, Vienna, Austria.

Maksimainen, J. & Saarikallio, S. (2016). Pleasurable music is serious, exciting and bodily experienced, while pleasurable visual objects are light, calming, and aesthetically pleasing. Proceedings of International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, July 2016, San Francisco, USA.

Maksimainen, J. & Saarikallio, S. (2015). Affect from art: Subjective constituents of everyday pleasure from music and pictures. Overview and early results. J. Ginsborg et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth Triennal Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Science of Music (ESCOM), 11-22 August 2015, Manchester, UK. USB flash drive format.

Kuuva, S. & Maksimainen, J. (2014). Between indifference, devotion and sexual arousal.
Emotional experience of art audience reflected through appraisal theory. A. Kozbelt (Ed.), Proceedings of IAEA Biennal Congress, CD-format (284-289). New York, USA.

Maksimainen, J. & Saariluoma, P. (2013). Human resources' influence on corporate social responsibility. J. Westover (Ed.), Socially Responsible and Sustainable Business Around the Globe – The New Age of Corporate Social Responsibility, 67-83. CG Publisher.

Silvennoinen, M., Pirhonen, A. & Maksimainen, J. (2013). Designing patient education and counseling practices: Interaction instead of procedure execution. Proceedings of IEEE 2nd International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health (SEGAH 2013), CD-format.

Pirhonen, A., Maksimainen, J., & Sillence, E. (2012). The design of information technology as design of the information society. H. Li (Ed.), TUCS Lecture Notes (125-132). TUCS Lecture Notes (16). Turku: Turku centre for computer science, University of Turku.

Maksimainen, J., Jokivuori, P. & Saariluoma, P. (2010). Trust and corporate social responsibility in information system design. J. Heikkilä, M. Hannula, N. Helander, I. Ilvonen & M. Seppä (Eds.), Proceedings of EBRF 2009, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Halttunen, V., Maksimainen, J. & Pirhonen, A. (2010). Less, slower, better. Do information society visions have healthy alternatives? In R. Suomi & I. Ilveskoski (Eds.), Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Well-being in the Information Society (WIS 2010) (77-88). TUCS General Publication (56). Turku: Turku Centre for Computer Science.


Maksimainen, J. (2011). Aspects of Values in Human-Technology Interaction Design: a Content-Based View to Values. Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä studies in computing, 144.

Maksimainen, J. (2008). Levynkansikuvituksen naisrepresentaatiot ilmiönä ja naiseuden määrittelypaikkana 1990-2000 -luvuilla. [Representations of femininity in 1990-2000 album cover art: Defining and re-defining womanhood] Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä.