At the Department of Psychology we have some solid examples of research infrastructure on different levels, from specific lab equipment and databases to complete research environments.

Ljudas at the lakeside. Photo: Östen Axelsson.
Ljudas at the lakeside. Photo: Östen Axelsson.



This lab, GEL for short, is named after the Swedish figurehead of perceptual psychology, Gösta Ekman. It is the home of the research division for perception and psychophysics.

The research focuses on how we perceive the world around us using our senses of sight, hearing and smell. For example, we study the psychological effects of noise, how our sense of smell can be used to detect dementia, how blind people can learn to navigate using other senses, and how people with an irrational fear of spiders can unlearn their strong emotional reactions.

GEL has specially adapted experiment rooms for advanced scent exposure, sound reproduction and registration of brain activity and eye movement.

It is an international research environment with representation from over a dozen nationalities and funding from several major external research grants.

Contact: Maria Larsson,


REWHARD is a national infrastructure aiming to facilitate research on how working and living conditions, health, wellbeing and sickness absence influence each other across the life course.

REWHARD comprises the databases SLOSH, LNU, IMAS and STODS and is funded primarily by the Swedish Research Council, the Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.


There is a website mainly intended for researchers interested in using services offered by REWHARD.



Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre (SUBIC) is a strategic initiative by Stockholm University. SUBIC provides an infrastructure for brain imaging research with a focus on human and animal brain functions.

The research conducted at SUBIC covers linguistic and behavioural fields in the humanities and social sciences, as well as law, zoology, mathematics and other disciplines in the natural sciences.

SUBIC is a unique facility in Sweden, with multidisciplinary research opportunities across all faculties. SUBIC is initially managed by the Department of Linguistics, but is a collaborative effort between several departments at Stockholm University.

The Departments of Psychology, Linguistics and Zoology have been the driving forces behind bringing SUBIC to Stockholm University. SUBIC’s physical location is in the Arrhenius Laboratory, where the facilities has been adapted to the operation’s security, accessibility and technical requirements.

Head: Francisco Lacerda,



The Psychology Clinic is a registered care unit at Stockholm University situated at the Department of Psychology, dedicated to both clinical training and clinical psychological research.

At the clinic, approximately 150 students perform psychotherapy under supervision with about 350 patients every year, as part of the Masters program in clinical psychology (in cognitive behavior therapy or psychodynamic therapy).

For clinical research it can provide not only therapy- and supervision rooms with an integrated video system, but also a secure web-based system for handling of clinical data as well as the integration of tools for doing online therapy.


The sleep laboratory contains three temperature-controlled bedrooms that are insulated from external environmental factors, such as noise and light. It also contains a kitchen and a bathroom.

The laboratory has special equipment for recording and analysing polysomnography (EEG – the electrical activity of the brain; EOG – eye movements; and EMG – muscle activity), breathing and heart rates.  It is also possible to carry out computerised performance tests in the laboratory.

The equipment for recording polysomnography can also be used in field studies. In addition, the laboratory has more than 20 activity sensors (so-called “actigraphs”) for monitoring sleep in field studies.

Stockholm University Sleep Laboratory

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