Integrative Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (ICON Lab)

Research group

Short description

The fields of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology study the relationship between brain and behavior. In the ICON Lab, we answer research questions about how the brain produces (and is shaped by) thoughts, emotions, and behavior, and how the brain relates to mental health. We use methods such as neuroimaging and cognitive tests in experimental studies, in larger population-based studies, and in studies of patients.

A common theme in the ICON Lab is to answer questions about how the brain produces (and is shaped by) thoughts, emotions, and behavior, and how the brain relates to mental health. This theme is by nature interdisciplinary and research in this field often requires collaboration between psychologist and medical doctors to successfully apply methods such as brain imaging and cognitive tests in studies of both healthy volunteers and patients. Our research has a focus on the plasticity of the brain during learning, aging of the brain in relation to memory performance, and how cognition and emotion are affected in neurological and psychiatric conditions. 

The ICON lab organizes education in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology at the department of psychology. The courses are listed below:

PX1161 Neuropsychology 30 hec (single subject course, first cycle)

PM1629 Biological psychology, 15 hec (first cycle, psychology programme)

PS2107 Human neuropsychology, 9 hec (part of the international master in psychology)

PZ2201 Neuropsychology - Diagnostic and Test Methodology in Clinical Work with Adults, 15 hec (second cycle, for psychologists)

PX2129 Neuropsychology for psychologists 15 hec (second cycle, for psychologists)


Project Members

Martin Lövdén, Professor      
Learning, Plasticity, Development, Aging

Stefan Winblad, Associate Professor  
Executive functions, emotions, social cognition, neurological  and psychiatric disorder

Marie Eckerström, Associate Professor      
Clinical neuropsychology, Cognitive dysfunction in relation to dementia disorders, work-related stress disorder, and viral infections in the central nervous system

Sindre Rolstad, Associate Professor
Clinical neuropsychology,

Gaia Olivo, Assistant professor   
Learning, Plasticity, Development, Brain Imaging, fMRI

Amos Pagin, Doctoral student   
Intelligence, Learning

Isac Sehlstedt, Doctoral student     
Working memory, executive functions, mentalizing, language development, touch, EEG, eye tracking

Gustaf Glavå, Doctoral student   
Pathological Fatigue, fNIRS, Clinical Neuropsychology

Maria Gröndal, Doctoral student
Emotions, irritability/ anger, hormones, women’s health, premenstrual symptoms