Nine senior researchers from four universities lead the program.
Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden)
Maria Larsson (PI)
Department of Psychology
Director of Gösta Ekman Laboratory
Chair of Perception & Psychophysics
I am the principal investigator of the OUSOS research program. My main research interest is olfactory cognition – in particular, autobiographical odor memory, odor imagery, and odor knowledge. I am also exploring how aging affects our sense of smell and how genetics, life-style factors, and diseases are related to smell function in old age. My research is funded by the Swedish Research Council and by the Swedish Foundation for Social Sciences and Humanities. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, music, reading, and hanging out with my cat.
Department of Psychology
Associate Professor (Docent)
My main research interest is the role of olfaction in memory, language, and dementia. Since 2013, I have been part of Pro Futura Scientia VII, a national career-development program for leading young researchers in the social sciences and humanities. I am currently a resident fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala. My research is funded by the Swedish Research Council and by the Swedish Foundation for Social Sciences and Humanities. When I am not working I enjoy reading, running, and taking my dog for long walks in the suburbs of Stockholm.
I am interested in wide range of topics and human odor memory is one of them. In addition to my research at the Gösta Ekman Lab at Stockholm University, I have a postdoctoral position at Karolinska Institute and at the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Donders Institute) in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I divide my time between Stockholm and Nijmegen. During my spare time I enjoy reading, looking at contemporary art, and Croquis drawing.
Umeå University (Umeå, Sweden)
My research explores intolerances to everyday chemical exposures. Why do some people get ill from the photocopier at work, a coworker's aftershave, or the hyacinths on the living room table? Is this chemical intolerance a permanent illness? Can it be treated? I also study the neuropsychology of decision making. I have a post-doctoral position at the University of Gävle and my research is funded by the University of Gävle and the Swedish Foundation for Social Sciences and Humanities. When not working or acting as a servant for my two young daughters, I escape reality through role playing games.
Using my background in applied statistics and neuroimaging methods, my research focuses on developing novel statistical models and methods for longitudinal cognitive data with missing values. As part of the interdisciplinary Ageing and Living Conditions programme, my current research interests are statistical theory and methods to study age-related cognitive change with multivariate outcomes, such as fMRI data. In my PhD thesis (2013) I examined statistical methods for analyzing age-related cognitive change under the supervision of Professor Xavier de Luna and Professor Lars Nyberg.
With a background in chemistry and biology, my main research interest deals with the health effects of volatile chemicals indoors and why some individuals but not others get sick in certain environments. The research is based on human exposures and the interdisciplinary approach is an important part of my projects which means that both individual as well as environmental factors are dealt with. The research is funded by The Swedish Research Council Formas. In my spare time I like to be outdoors and run, ski, or climb with my family.
My main research interest is in the chemical senses, studying (i) environmental hypersensitivity, (ii) sensory and cognitive changes in dementia and normal aging, (iii) prevalence, diagnosis and treatment of patients with chemosensory disorders and their quality of life, and (iv) food aversions and chemosensory perception in pregnancy. Apart from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, my research is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, and the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association’s Research Fund. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time in our summer house.
Malmö University (Malmö, Sweden)
School of Arts and Communication
I conduct design-oriented game studies research in the areas of game aesthetics, the sensory experience of gaming, and playtesting procedures for innovative game design. My background is eclectic: I hold a BFA in photography, an MA in Medieval English literature, and a Ph.D. in interaction design. My Ph.D. thesis (2008) investigated game lighting and its effect on the emotions and behavior of the player. Besides teaching courses in media design, interaction design, visual communications, and game design, I supervise thesis work at the bachelors, masters and doctoral level.
University College of Gävle (Gävle, Sweden)
My primary research interest concerns autobiographical memory -- that is, how individuals remember their past. More specifically, I’m interested in how various cues influence retrieval of events. I’m also very fond of statistics, which I’m currently teaching at the University College of Gävle. In addition to my lecturing position, I conduct research at the Gösta Ekman Lab at Stockholm University.