Autobiographical memory concerns personal events from one’s life. The construction of events is complex and integrates an array of functions, for example, memory, perception, imagery, and language. Two central topics for the lab are the age distribution and phenomenological experiences (e.g., mental time travel, emotionality, vividness) of autobiographical memories.

Metacognition concerns the thoughts we have about our own cognitions. Metamemory, which concerns our thoughts about our memories, is an important part of the metacognitive research field. Metacognition or metamemory includes the online monitoring of our memories (e.g., you are certain that you remember the code to your Mastercard correctly) or ongoing learning (e.g., you think you have learned something very well), and how this information is used to control the behavior (e.g., you really think you need to spend more time practicing for an exam instead of going to the cinema). Another example of metacognition is our knowledge about different learning strategies, when and how to implement them (metacognitive knowledge).

Lab members


Work oppurtunites

If you are interested to write your thesis within any of our topics of interest, please contact either Johan Willander or Fredrik Jönsson.


Stenlund, T., Jönsson, F. U., & Jonsson, B., (in press). Group Discussions and Test-Enhanced Learning: Individual Learning Outcomes and Personality Characteristics. Educational Psychology.

Kubik, V., Olofsson, J. K., Nilsson, L.-G., & Jönsson, F. U. (2015). Putting action memory to the test: Testing affects subsequent restudy but not long-term forgetting of action events. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28(2), 209-219. DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1111378

Seddigh, A., Jönsson, F. U., Berntson, E., Bodin Danielsson, C., & Westerlund, H. (2015). Effect of better and worse noise absorption in open-plan office: A field study with a cross-over design. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 44, 34-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.08.004

Kubik, V., Nilsson, L.-G., Olofsson, J. K., & Jönsson, F. U. (2015). Effects of testing on subsequent re-encoding and long-term forgetting of action-relevant materials: On the influence of recall type. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 56(5), 475–481. DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12238

Cornell Kärnekull, S., Jönsson, F. U., Willander, J., Sikström, S., & Larsson, M. (2015). Long-term memory for odors: Influences of familiarity and identification across 64 days. Chemical Senses, 40(4), 259-267. DOI: 10.1093/chemse/bjv003

Kubik, V., Söderlund, H., Nilsson, L.-G., & Jönsson, F.U. (2014). Individual and Combined Effects of Enactment and Testing on Memory for Action Phrases. Experimental psychology, 61(5), 347-355. DOI: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000254

Jönsson, F. U., Kubik, V., Larsson Sundqvist, M., Todorov, I., & Jonsson, B. (2014). How crucial is the response format for the testing effect? Psychological Research, 78(5), 623-633. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-013-0522-8

Jönsson, F. U., & Stevenson, R. J. (2014). Odor knowledge, odor naming and the "tip of the nose" experience. In B. W. Schwartz & A. S. Brown (Eds.), Tip of the tongue states and related phenomena (pp. 306-326). Cambridge University Press.

Todorov, I., Kornell, N., Larsson Sundqvist, M., & Jönsson, F. U. (2013). Phrasing questions in terms of current (not future) knowledge increases preferences for cue-only judgments of learning. Archives of Scientific Psychology, 1, 7-13. DOI: 10.1037/arc0000002

Larsson Sundqvist, M., Todorov, I., Kubik, V., & Jönsson, F. U. (2012). Study for now, but judge for later: Delayed Judgments of Learning promote long-term retention. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 53(6), 450-454. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2012.00968.x

Jönsson, F.U., Hedner, M., & Olsson, M.J. (2012). The Testing Effect as a Function of Explicit Testing Instructions and Judgments of Learning. Experimental psychology, 59, 251-257.

Jönsson, F.U., & Olsson, M.J. (2012). Knowing what we smell. In G.M. Zucco, R.S. Herz, & B. Schaal (Eds.), Olfactory Cognition. From perception and memory to environmental odours and neuroscience (pp. 115-136). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Arshamian, A., Willander, J., & Larsson, M. (2011). Olfactory awareness is positively associated to odour memory. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23, 220-226.

Cornell Kärnekull, S., Jönsson, F.U., Larsson, M., & Olofsson, J.K. (2011). Affected by smells? Environmental chemical responsivity predicts odor perception. Chemical Senses, 36, 641-648.

Jönsson, F.U., Møller, P., & Olsson, M.J. (2011). Olfactory working memory: effects of verbalization on the 2-back task. Memory & Cognition, 39, 1023-1032.

Jönsson, F.U., & Kerimi, N. (2011). An investigation of students’ knowledge of the delayed judgements of learning effect. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23, 358-373.

Willander, J., & Baraldi, S. (2010). Development of a new Clarity of Auditory Imagery Scale. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 785-790.

Jönsson, F. U., & Lindström, B. (2010). Using a multidimensional scaling approach to investigate the underlying basis of Ease of Learning judgments. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 51, 103-108.

Larsson, M., Blåvarg, C., & Jönsson, F. U. (2009). Bad Odors Stick Better than Good Ones: Olfactory Qualities and Odor Recognition. Experimental psychology, 56, 375-380.

Larsson, M., & Willander, J. (2009). Autobiographical odor memory. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1170, 318-323.

Arshamian, A, Olofsson, J.K., Jönsson, F. U., & Larsson, M. (2008). Sniff your way to clarity: The case of olfactory imagery. Chemosensory perception, 1, 242-246.

Olsson, M. J., & Jönsson, F. U. (2008). Is it easier to match a name to an odor or vice versa? Chemosensory perception, 1, 184-189.

Willander, J., & Larsson, M. (2008). The mind's eye and autobiographical odor memory. Chemosensory Perception, 3, 210-215.

Willander, J., & Larsson, M. (2007). Olfaction and Emotion: The case of autobiographical memory. Memory & Cognition, 35, 1659-1663.

Willander, J., & Larsson, M. (2006). Smell your way back to childhood: Autobiographical odor memory. Psychnomic Bulletin & Review, 13, 240-244.

Sikström, S., & Jönsson, F. U. (2005). A Model for Stochastic Drift in Memory Strength to Account for Judgments of Learning. Psychological Review, 112(4), 932-950.

Jönsson, F. U., Tcheckova, A., Lönner, P., & Olsson, M. J. (2005). A metamemory perspective on odor naming and identification. Chemical Senses, 30, 353-365.

Jönsson, F. U., Olsson, H., & Olsson, M. J. (2005). Odor emotionality affects the confidence in odor naming. Chemical Senses, 30, 29-35.

Jönsson, F. U., & Olsson, M. J. (2003). Olfactory metacognition. Chemical Senses, 28, 651-658.

Olsson, M. J., Faxbrink, M., & Jönsson, F. U. (2002). Repetition priming in odor memory. In C. Rouby & B. Schaal (Eds.), Olfaction, taste, and cognition (pp. 246-260). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Schenkman, B., & Jönsson, F. U. (2000). Aesthetics and preferences of web pages. Behaviour and Information Technology, 19(5), 367-377.


2007-2009 Research grant to Fredrik Jönsson from the Swedish Research Council

2009-2011 Research grant to Johan Willander from the Swedish Research Council

2010-2012 Research grant to Fredrik Jönsson from the Swedish Research Council