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Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychology
Ph.D (FT)
Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS); Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology; the FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study.

Areas of expertise

prenatal stress
early life stress
postnatal stress
fear reactivity
executive functioning
socioemotional development
cognitive development
structural equation modelling
milk cortisol
brain structure


Pronouns: she/hers


Teacher education (60 ects); experience from teaching and lecturing from all age groups and educational levels

Taught courses currently:

PSYK3933 Developmental psychology I

PSYK4323 Master's thesis (Psychology)


I am psychologist and post-doctoral researcher (Ph.D.) affiliated in Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) under the division of Psychology, the FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study.

My research focuses on early life stress effects on child self-regulation development and the neural mechanisms underlying these effects in a multi-cohort setting. The aim is to do as replicable research as possible. I am also interested in the inter-individual differences in sensitivity to stress and environment, and how these differences in plasticity are shaped by the environment across development.


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Infant and Child MRI: A Review of Scanning Procedures (2021)

Frontiers in Neuroscience
Copeland Anni, Silver Eero, Korja Riikka, Lehtola Satu J., Merisaari Harri, Saukko Ekaterina, Sinisalo Susanne, Saunavaara Jani, Lähdesmäki Tuire, Parkkola Riitta, Nolvi Saara, Karlsson Linnea, Karlsson Hasse, Tuulari Jetro J.
(A2 Katsausartikkeli tieteellisessä aikauslehdessä)

Neonatal Amygdala Volumes and the Development of Self-Regulation from Early Infancy to Toddlerhood (2021)

Nolvi Saara, Tuulari Jetro J., Pelto Juho, Bridgett David J., Eskola Eeva, Lehtola Satu J., Hashempour Niloofar, Korja Riikka, Kataja Eeva-Leena, Saunavaara Jani, Parkkola Riitta, Lähdesmäki Tuire, Scheinin Noora M., Fernandes Michelle, Karlsson Linnea, Lewis John D., Fonov Vladimir S., Collins D. Louis, Karlsson Hasse
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Fearing the disease or the vaccine: The case of COVID-19 (2021)

Personality and Individual Differences
Linda C. Karlsson, Anna Soveri, Stephan Lewandowsky, Linnea Karlsson, Hasse Karlsson, Saara Nolvi, Max Karukivi, Mikael Lindfelt, Jan Antfolk
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)