Research projects 2019-2023

  1. Sleep and social interactions
  2. Sleep equality in parents of young children
  3. Sleep and psychosocial wellbeing in the workplace
  4. Individual differences in vulnerability to sleep loss
  5. Effects of waking up slowly or abruptly

Principal investigator

Tina Sundelin, PhD


National and international collaborators

  • Anna Andreasson, Docent, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Andreas Jemstedt, PhD, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Artin Arshamian, PhD, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Elizabeth Page-Gould, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Gustav Lundberg, PhD candidate, New York University, USA
  • Gustav Nilsonne, PhD, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • John Axelsson, Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Julie Lasselin, PhD, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Ken P. Wright, Professor, Boulder University, USA
  • Leonie Balter, PhD, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Mats Lekander, Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Predrag Petrovic, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Sarah West, Associate Professor, Trent University, Canada
  • Shane Landry, PhD, Monash University, Australia
  • Tessa West, Associate Professor, New York University, USA

Conference presentations 2019-2021

Sundelin, T., Holding, B.C., Page-Gould, E., Stellar, J., & Mendes, W.B. (2021). Tiredness predicts less liking of a new acquaintance. SPSP virtual meeting.

Sundelin, T., & West, T. (2020). Sleep loss and negotiations. SPSP, New Orleans, LA.

Sundelin, T. (2019). Effects of sleep loss on interpersonal communication and social impressions. World Sleep, Vancouver, Canada.

Sundelin, T., & Barnes, C.M. (2019). Methods for measuring and manipulating sleep. Sleep, Personality, and Social Processes Mini Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Sundelin, T., & Axelsson, J. (2019). Sleep deprivation decreases perceived competence. SPSP, Portland, OR.


Peer-reviewed journal publications

Holding, B.C., Ingre, M., Petrovic, P., Sundelin, T., & Axelsson, J. (2021). Quantifying cognitive impairment after sleep deprivation at different times of day: A proof of concept using ultra-short smartphone-based tests. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 15. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2021.666146

Balter, L. J. T., Sundelin, T., & Axelsson, J. (2021). Sickness and sleep health predict frustration and affective responses to a frustrating trigger. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-11. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-80461-4

Floros, O., Axelsson, J., Almeida, R., Tigerström, L., Lekander, M., Sundelin, T.*, & Petrovic, P.* (2021). Vulnerability in executive functions to sleep deprivation is predicted by subclinical attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 6(3), 290–298. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2020.09.019
* shared senior authorship

Holding, B. C., Sundelin, T., Schiller, H., Åkerstedt, T., Kecklund, G., & Axelsson, J. (2020). Sleepiness, sleep duration, and human social activity: An investigation into bidirectionality using longitudinal time-use data. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 117(35), 21209-21217. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2004535117

Sarolidou, G., Axelsson, J., Kimball, B.A., Sundelin, T., Regenbogen, C., Lundström, J.N., Lekander, M., & Olsson, M.J. (2020). People expressing olfactory and visual cues of disease are less liked. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375(20190272).

Lasselin, J.*, Sundelin, T.*, Wayne, P.M., Olsson, M.J., Paues Göranson, S., Axelsson, J., & Lekander, M. (2020). Biological motion during inflammation in humans. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 84, 147–153. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2019.11.019
* shared first authorship

Axelsson, J., Ingre, M., Kecklund, G., Lekander, M., Wright, K.P., & Sundelin, T. (2019). Sleepiness as motivation: a potential mechanism for how sleep deprivation affects behavior. Sleep. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsz291

Sundelin, T., Bayard, F., Schwarz, J., Cybulski, L., Petrovic, P., & Axelsson, J. (2019). Framing effect, probability distortion, and gambling tendency without feedback are resistant to two nights of experimental sleep restriction. Scientific Reports, 9:8554.

Holding, B.C., Sundelin, T., Cairns, P., Perrett, D.I., & Axelsson, J. (2019). The effect of sleep deprivation on objective and subjective measures of facial appearance. Journal of Sleep Research, 2019;e12860.

Holding, B.C., Sundelin, T., Lekander, M., & Axelsson, J. (2019). Sleep deprivation and its effects on communication during individual and collaborative tasks. Scientific reports, 9:3131.

Sarolidou, G., Axelsson, J., Sundelin, T., Lasselin, J., Regenbogen, C., Sorjonen, K., Lundström, J. N., Lekander, M., & Olsson, M.J. (2019). Emotional expressions of the sick face. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 80.

Axelsson, J., Sundelin, T., Lasselin, J., & Lekander, M. (2018). How can we improve identification of contagious individuals? Factors influencing sickness detection. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1889).

Axelsson, J., Sundelin, T., Olsson, M. J., Sorjonen, K., Axelsson, C., Lasselin, J., & Lekander, M. (2018). Identification of acutely sick people and facial cues of sickness. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1870).

Holding, B.C., Laukka, P., Fischer, H., Bänziger, T., Axelsson, J., & Sundelin, T. (2017). Multimodal emotion recognition is resilient to insufficient sleep: Results from cross-sectional and experimental studies. SLEEP, 40(11).

Karshikoff, B., Sundelin, T., Lasselin, J. (2017). Role of inflammation in human fatigue: Relevance of multi-dimensional assessments. Frontiers in Immunology, 8(21).

Sundelin, T., Lekander, M., Sorjonen, K., & Axelsson, J. (2017). Negative effects of restricted sleep on facial appearance and social appeal. Royal Society Open Science, 4.

Regenbogen, C., Axelsson, J., Lasselin, J., Porada, D., Sundelin, T., Peter M.G., Lekander, M., Lundström, J.N., & Olsson, M.J. (2017). Behavioral and neural correlates to multisensory detection of sick humans. PNAS, 114(24).

Talamas, S.N., Mavor, K.I., Axelsson, J., Sundelin, T., & Perrett, D.I. (2016). Eyelid-openness and mouth curvature influence perceived Intelligence beyond attractiveness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145(5), 603-620.

Sundelin, T., Karshikoff, B., Axelsson, E., Höglund, C.O., Lekander, M., & Axelsson, J. (2015). Sick man walking: Perception of health status from body motion. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 48, 53-56.

Sundelin, T., Lekander, M., Kecklund, G., Van Someren, E.J.W., Olsson, A., & Axelsson, J. (2013). Cues of Fatigue: Effects of sleep deprivation on facial appearance. SLEEP, 36(9). 1355-1360.

Axelsson, J.*, Sundelin, T.*, Ingre, M., Van Someren, E.J.W., Olsson, A., & Lekander, M. (2010). Beauty sleep: An experimental study on the perceived health and attractiveness of sleep deprived individuals. British Medical Journal, 341, c6614.
* shared first authorship

Book chapters

Sundelin, T., & Holding, B. C. (2019). Sleep and Social Impressions. In: Križan, Z. (Ed.), Sleep, Personality, and Social Behavior (p.119–133). Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-30628-1_8

Axelsson J., Sallinen, M., Sundelin T., & Kecklund, G. (2018). Sleep and Shift work. In F.P. Cappuccio, M.A. Miller, S.W. Lockley & S.M.W. Rajaratnam (Eds.), Sleep, health, and society (p.179-188). Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198778240

Other publications

Axelsson, J., & Sundelin, T. (2021). Napping in the afternoon can improve memory and alertness - here's why. The Conversation.

Lasselin, J., Karshikoff, B., & Sundelin, T. (2018). Understanding the role of inflammation in fatigue requires multidimensional assessments.

Axelsson, J., & Sundelin, T. (2017). What a leader should know about sleep. The European Business Review, (May-June 2017). p44-48.

Sundelin, T. (2015). Sömnbristens ansikte. Tidsskriftet SØVN, nr2. p. 30-31.