Biological psychology

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The Division of Biological Psychology

The Division of Biological Psychology does research and is responsible for undergraduate and master education as well as PhD studies in various aspects of biological psychology.

Psychology and brain function

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This research focus on studying the neurobiological basis of affective, cognitive and social functions using modern brain imaging techniques such as PET and fMRI.

A special focus is on how healthy aging affects brain function associated with these different psychological processes. Additional behavioral experimental studies are also conducted to investigate how aging effects various aspects of affective information processing.

Brain plasticity and feelings

In the Månsson lab, we focus on the brain's plasticity and how these changes affect our feelings. Mainly, we use functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study both clinical and healthy participants.

Fundamental cognitive processes

In Lundqvists’ lab the focus is on fundamental cognitive processes such as working memory, perception and attention. We are interested in linking neural mechanisms to behavior, and therefore use a combination of computational modelling, invasive recordings and non-invasive human recordings such as EEG and MEG. The goal is to cross these scales from neuron to cognition.

Work characteristics and health outcomes

Linda Magnussons Hansons research mainly focus on associations between various organizational and psychosocial work characteristics and health outcomes such as poor mental health, pain, cardiometabolic diseases, and mortality, and what can explain such relationships.

Epidemiology

Wang’s lab focuses on the influences of life-course psychosocial factors, biomarkers and their interactions with genetic/biologic factors on the risk of developing different health outcomes.

Environmental factors and how they affect cognitive and mental health

In the Stenfors Lab we study different aspects of cognitive and mental health, and how environmental factors in the living environment, occupational environment, behavior, stress, biological and physiological factors, affect these outcomes.

Neurobiology of language and communication

The broader topic of the Uddén Lab is the neurobiology of language and communication, with a focus on the development of communicative ability across adolescence and young adulthood. The main methods are FMRI, connectivity measures as well as behavioral methods with an individual difference approach.

Psychology and bodily functions

The general aim of this research program is to identify psychosocial, behavioral and biological factors linking psychosocial and socioeconomic conditions to well-being and health risks in men and women.

Biological psychology is an interdisciplinary research field aimed at understanding and explaining psychological functions from underlying biological processes. Examples of such processes are physiological activation of the nerve, cardiovascular, endocrine and immune systems, genetics and evolution. Biological psychology comprises subareas such as behavioral medicine, physiological psychology, neuropsychology and comparative psychology. The overarching notion is that mind and body, that is psychological and biological processes, are systematically related.

Social effects of sleep loss

In this lab, the focus is primarily on the social effects of sleep loss. Through experimental, survey-based, and field studies, we assess motivational and cognitive aspects of social interactions during insufficient sleep.

Research contacts

Visiting address
Frescati Hagv 8 - 14
Telephone: +46-8-16 2000 (exchange)
Fax: +46-8-15 9342

Head of department
Professor Håkan Fischer
hakan.fischer@psychology.su.se

Heads of divisions
Biological psychology
Professor Håkan Fischer
hakan.fischer@psychology.su.se

Clinical psychology
Professor Per Carlbring
per.carlbring@psychology.su.se

Cognitive psychology
Professor Timo Mäntylä
timo.mantyla@psychology.su.se

Perception and psychophysics
Professor Maria Larsson
maria.larsson@psychology.su.se

Personality, social and developmental psychology
Professor Torun Lindholm
tlm@psychology.su.se

Work and organizational psychology
Professor Magnus Sverke
magnus.sverke@psychology.su.se