University of Oulu, 2016

The 2020 winner of the Eudaimonia Prize for an outstanding multidisciplinary doctoral thesis in human sciences announced

The 2020 winner of the Eudaimonia Prize for an outstanding multidisciplinary doctoral thesis in human sciences announced

The Eudaimonia Prize is awarded every year to an outstanding doctoral dissertation in multidisciplinary human sciences. With the prize Eudaimonia Institute (https://www.oulu.fi/eudaimonia/) wants to honour the excellent and high-quality research done by early-career researchers in human sciences at the University of Oulu. The selection criteria are high scientific quality, the dissertation’s scientific and societal significance, and the multidisciplinary nature of the dissertation. The prize is worth 2000 euros.

This year, the award was granted for the third time. The prize winner was selected by Professor Emerita Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen from the University of Helsinki. She is a renowned Finnish psychologist, and a pioneer in the field of experimental personality research. She is best known for her work in the field of temperament study. The Association of University Professors chose Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen as The Professor of the Year in 2008. She is a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters since 2001 and a member of Academia Europæa since 2013.

Eudaimonia received five proposals for an outstanding multidisciplinary doctoral thesis. Proposals came from four faculties, representing the diversity and breadth of research in human sciences at the University of Oulu.

The prize was awarded to Héctor Javier Pijeira Diaz for a dissertation with the title ‘Electrodermal activity and sympathetic arousal during collaborative learning’. The dissertation was examined in 2019 in the Faculty of Education. It investigates high school students’ individual and interpersonal physiology of electrodermal activity (EDA) during collaborative learning in naturalistic settings. By exploring collaborative learning, the thesis tackles a scientifically and societally important question. The thesis has also taken important steps in renewing research methods in learning sciences, particularly in the field of multimodal learning analytics.

In her decision, Professor Keltikangas-Järvinen highlights the multidisciplinarity of Pijiera Diaz’s dissertation. She notes that ‘multidisciplinarity’ is frequently used to mean the exploration of a problem from several viewpoints. However, in Pijeira Diaz’s dissertation, Keltikangas-Järvinen writes, the multidisciplinary approach has meant the systematic and consistent use of knowledge and methods from different research fields in every phase of the study, starting from the formulation of the research question and ending in the discussion and the conclusions. In her decision, Keltikangas-Järvinen also points out that the findings presented in the thesis are not only new, but they also have a clear practical value for application.

The Eudaimonia Institute extends its warmest congratulates to the winner!

Last updated: 23.11.2020