Samuli Reijula

Samuli Reijula (né Pöyhönen)

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the philosophy of science at the University of Helsinki. I’m currently working on projects related to two themes:

  • Institutional epistemology. What are epistemically well-designed social systems like? That is, what are the social, cognitive and institutional conditions of well-functioning scientific research?
  • Evidence-based policy. How are findings from the behavioral sciences used to inform policy design? How should that translation be done?

I am also interested in the epistemology of simulation modeling, computational social science, AI, as well as issues related to natural kinds and conceptual change.

I am affiliated with TINT, the Centre for Philosophy of Social Science at the University of Helsinki, and my research is funded by the Academy of Finland.

Selected publications


  • Check out our cool poster at Cogsci 2018, “Social information can undermine individual performance in exploration-exploitation tasks.” Presented by first author Kyanoush Seyed Yahosseini
  • Looking forward to attending the European Summer School for Scientometrics (ESSS) in Vienna (July 2018).
  • Great news, the Academy of Finland has granted funding for a four-year research project directed by Professor Kristina Rolin. Our project is entitled Social and Cognitive Diversity in Science: An Epistemic Assessment. Looking forward to joining the research team next year!
  • In June 2018, I’m visiting the Centre for Adaptive Rationality (ARC) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Great to be back!
  • In April 2018, I received a 12-month grant from the Emil Aaltonen Foundation for research on the social epistemology of science.
  • In May 2018, I will do a brief Midwestern tour in the US. I’ll visit the Knowledge Lab at the University of Chicago, and the Department of Philosophy at Washington University at St. Louis.
  • In Dec 2016, my last name changed from Pöyhönen to Reijula.