Linda Hassing


Department of Psychology
Visiting address
Haraldsgatan 1
41314 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 500
40530 Göteborg

About Linda Hassing


Studied psychology at the University of Reykjavík in Iceland. Graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Gothenburg in 1998, with a thesis on episodic memory functioning in old age. Worked between 1998 and 2001 as a researcher at the Stockholm Aging Research Center, at the Karolinska Institute and at the School of Health Sciences at Jönköping University. Associate Professor in psychology at the University of Gothenburg since 2004.


I am involved in teaching in various courses at all levels. My teaching includes memory and cognition, psychological aging, aging studies, statistical analyses, and research methods. I also supervise undergraduate students as well as graduate students.

Research interests

I am interested in how lifestyle, across the lifespan, can influence the development of the memory and other cognitive functions function in old age. There is a great variation in how well preserved these functions are in old people. In my research I have studied how, for example, overweight in midlife and physical activity relate to later cognitive function and risk of dementia.

Current research

I work with data from the Swedish Twin Registry. I use survey data collected in the sixties and seventies (midlife data), as well as data from a longitudinal study (Octo-Twin) that started in the and the nineties (old age data) to examine if lifestyle in midlife is of importance for development of memory and cognitive function in old age as well as risk of dementia.