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Biological psychology is an interdisciplinary research area with a focus on understanding and explaining psychological functions with the help of underlying biological processes.

Examples of such processes can be physiological activity, especially the activity of the nervous system, as well as genetics and evolution. A few sub-areas that fall under the heading biological psychology are physiological psychology, comparative psychology and neuropsychology. Common to all sub-areas of biological psychology is that they assume that biological and psychological conditions are systematically related to each other, and that they seek to identify and map these relationships.

Source: The Swedish National Committee for Psychological Sciences

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Researchers discussing an fmri picture of the brain. Photo: Jens Olof Lasthein
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Researchers

Håkan Fischer

Professor

Department of Psychology
Håkan Fischer Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Lennart Högman

Universitetslektor

Department of Psychology
Lennart Högman, miljöbild

Lars Göran Kecklund

Professor, Deputy head of department

Department of Psychology
Göran Kecklund

Britt Gunnel Emelie af Klinteberg

Professor emerita

Department of Psychology
 Britt Af Klinteberg

Rita Almeida

Universitetslektor, Föreståndare SUBIC

Department of Linguistics
RitaAlmeida

Ove Almkvist

Professor emeritus

Department of Psychology
Ove Almkvist, porträtt. Foto: ORASIS, 2009

Anna Andreasson

Forskare

Department of Psychology
Anna Andreasson

John Axelsson

Professor

Department of Psychology
Pressbild John Axelsson. Foto: Sara Appelgren

Leonie Balter

Postdoktor

Department of Psychology
Leonie Balter

Holendro Singh Chungkham

Researcher

Department of Psychology
Holendro Singh Chungkham

Paolo D'Onofrio

Forskare

Department of Psychology
Paolo D'Onofrio

Emma Hagqvist

Gäst

Department of Psychology
Emma Hagqvist

Jaana Halonen

Forskare

Department of Psychology

Patrick Hammer

Postdoktor

Department of Psychology

Lina Hansson

PhD student

Department of Psychology
Lina Hansson

Rebecka Holmgren

phD student

Department of Psychology
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Robert Johansson

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
Robert Johansson Foto: Jalal Maleki

Julie Lasselin

Forskare

Department of Psychology
JLasselin

Mats Lekander

Professor

Department of Psychology
Mats Lekander

Arne Lowden

Docent

Department of Psychology
Arne Lowden

Ulf Lundberg

Professor emeritus

Department of Psychology
Ulf Lundberg, porträtt. Foto: Hans Bergman

Mikael Lundqvist

Forskare

Department of Psychology
Mikael Lundqvist

Linda Magnusson Hanson

Forskare

Department of Psychology
 Linda Magnusson Hanson

Charlotta Nilsen

Postdoc

Department of Psychology
Charlotta Nilsen

Gustav Nilsonne

Forskare

Department of Psychology
Gustav Nilsonne

Anna Nyberg

Forskare

Department of Psychology
Anna Nyberg

Paraskevi Peristera

Forskare

Department of Psychology

Diana Persson

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
Diana S Cortes, porträtt. Foto: Niklas Björling

Loretta Platts

Docent, Forskare

Department of Psychology
Loretta Platts Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Auriba Raza

Post-doctor/researcher

Department of Psychology

Lawrence Sacco

Researcher

Department of Psychology
Lawrence Sacco. Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Josephine Schneider

PhD student

Department of Psychology

Johanna Schwarz

Forskare

Department of Psychology
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Cecilia Stenfors

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
Cecilia Stenfors

Tina Sundelin

Forskare

Department of Psychology
Tina Sundelin Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Evelina Thunell

Forskare

Department of Psychology
EvelinaThunell

Philip Tucker

Forskare

Department of Psychology
Philip Tucker

Armita Törngren Golkar

Docent, Biträdande lektor

Department of Psychology
Armita Golkar. Foto: Ola Hedin

Julia Uddén

Biträdande universitetslektor

Department of Psychology
Julia Uddén Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Hui Xin Wang

Professor

Department of Psychology

Hugo Westerlund

Professor, stf föreståndare

Department of Psychology
Hugo Westerlund

Tianwei Xu

Postdoctoral

Department of Psychology
Tianwei Xu Profile Photo

Torbjörn Åkerstedt

Professor

Department of Psychology

Research groups

Research projects

Courses and programmes

The following courses are mainly in the area of biological psychology.

Please note the elegibility demands, which in some cases may include being admitted to an education programme.

Doctoral studies

For information about studying at the PhD level and finding courses in the area of clinical psychology, see the page Courses and programmes.

Around 5 PhD students study biological psychology at the Department of Psychology, leading to a new doctoral dissertation almost every year.

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Departments and centres

The research in this subject at Stockholm University is mainly done within the Division of Biological Psychology at the Department of Psychology. Most researchers at the Stress Research Institute also belong to this Division. The researchers also collaborate with SUBIC, Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre.

Department of Psychology Division of Biological Psychology Stress Research Institute SUBIC