Division of Biological psychology and treatment research


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Description

Our research division is focused on sleep and recovery associated with stress. The main idea is that stress/load gives long-term effects only when recovery is disturbed. The emphasis is on recovery processes as reflected in the activity of the central nervous system (such as deep sleep, the immune system and endocrine variables as growth hormone and testosterone). This paired with the possible causal factors such as stress, shift work, and the outcome variables such as illness, accident, sickness and mortality.

The research also includes responses to stress reduction, sleep advice, improving shift schedules and light therapy. The work includes further development of measurement indicators of poor recovery (for example, sleep fragmentation, fatigue measurement, risk of accidents) and stress.

The variables used are mostly:

  • Diaries (sleep, fatigue, stress)
  • Questionnaires (sleep, fatigue, stress, health)
  • Registers
  • EEG/EOG/EMG (via digital ambulatory equipment in the field or in our isolation lab),
  • Blood parameters (cortisol, melatonin, testosterone, prolactin, GH, immune – often from plasma obtained during sleep)
  • Actigraphy
  • Performance measures (reaction time, vigilance, simulation).

The unit also conducts research on the burnout similar permits etiology and how to treat and rehabilitate the people affected. Research into such diagnosis and disease mechanisms is done in close collaboration with the Foundation Stress reception pursuing treatment and rehabilitation of people with stress-related disorders.


Group members

Prof Torbjörn Åkerstedt
Position
Director of the Stress Research Institute

Background/Education
PhD in Psychology

Research profile/Current work
I am a professor and director of the Stress Resear...


Dr Paolo D'Onofrio

Position
Research Assistant

Background/Education
PhD in Psychology 2011

Research profile/Current work
I work as a sleep- and stress researcher ...


Dr Göran Kecklund

Position
Deputy Division Manager, Researcher

Background/education

PhD in Psychology in 1997, accredited sleep specialist 2009

Research profile/current work
I work as a sleep...


Dr Arne Lowden

Position
Researcher

Background/Education
PhD in Psychology 1999. Accredited sleep specialist 2010.

Research profile/Current work

I work as a sleep-and stress rese...


Ms Helena Schiller

Position
Research Assistant

Background/Education
I have a Bachelor's degree in Behavioural Science with psychology as my main subject (Stockholm University, 2011). For the moment I study ...


Dr Philip Tucker

Position
Researcher

Background/Education
PhD in Psychology 1994

Research profile/Current work

I am working as a guest researcher at the Stress Research Institute, ...


Mr Wessel van Leeuwen

Position
Researcher

Background/Education

MSc. in Neurosciences

Research profile/Current work
After having obtained my masters degree in Neurosciences at the Vrije Un...



Last updated on 2017-23-03 at 08:57