SCI team:
Jonas Olofsson

Jonas Olofsson

Principal Investigator of the SCI lab

Jonas is an associate professor at Stockholm University Department of Psychology and an adjunct associate professor at the New York University School of Medicine. He received his PhD in 2008 at Umeå University and was appointed as docent at Stockholm University in 2009. He is a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, a former Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, and currently serves on the board of the Young Academy of Sweden. He has conducted research at New York University, Northwestern University, The Scripps Research Institute and the Karolinska Insitute.

Thomas Hörberg

Thomas Hörberg

Postdoctoral fellow

Thomas is a postdoc with a PhD in linguistics. He is interested in olfactory perception, olfactory language, and the cognitive processes underlying language production and comprehension. He studies interactions and competition between the senses. In his research on olfactory perception, he uses electrophysiological and behavioral measures. His work on olfactory language is based upon machine learning on large text collections.

Elmeri Syjänen

Elmeri Syjänen

phD
Robert Lindroos

Robert Lindroos

Researcher

I am a former chef who studied physics and biology (civil engineer at KTH and doctor of neuroscience at KI).

My dissertation at KI was about how a part of the brain, called the basal ganglia, is affected by neuromodulation. For this purpose, we used detailed data models. Here at SCI-LAB, my project is about building more abstract models of how the sense of smell connects to different forms of memory structures.

Marta Zakrzewska

Marta Zakrzewska

PhD candidate

Marta is interested in olfaction, the sense of smell. In her PhD project,she studies how disease-avoidance contributes to shaping social interactions, specifically focusing on the role of odors and odor disgust. She uses electrophysiological measures to understand the contribution of cognitive and affective components to prejudice. She enjoys EEG research, programming (Python, R, MATLAB) and finding the best statistical approaches to data. Marta received a MA in Clinical Psychology from University of Social Sciences and Humanities SWPS (Warsaw, Poland), a BA in Psychology from Marshall University (USA), and BA in Psychology from University of Debrecen (Hungary).

Stephen Pierzchajlo

Stephen Pierzchajlo

PhD candidate

Stephen is a phd candidate, working on the neurological foundation of olfactory perception.

Petter Kallioinen

Petter Kallioinen

PhD candidate

Petter’s research focus on how comprehension is reflected in the electrophysiological response called N400. He is particularly interested in the dynamics of comprehension: how meaning is incrementally built from input of linguistic units such as speech sounds, words, sentences and narratives, and how this is reflected in EEG. Petter works as an EEG technician at the linguistics department at Stockholm University where he helps linguists adapt their research questions to brain wave research. He pursues a PhD at Cognitive Science Department in Lund, with Jonas Olofsson as supervisor. He studied philosophy, psychology and cognitive science at Stockholm University.

Johannes Nilsson

Johannes Nilsson

Lecturer, Interaction Design, Malmö University

Johannes interests lies in physical and embodied interaction design, especially playful, and of course, olfactory interactions. Within Sci-Lab he is developing a platform for smell training. This includes design research, game design, and tangible interaction design. Johannes received a BA in Interaction Design from Malmö University (Sweden) and has a background as product developer and manufacturer within carpentry. He have been designing and teaching at Arduino Verkstad in Malmö, teaching design and prototyping at Malmö University, and freelancing as design consultant in various projects.

Simon Niedenthal

Simon Niedenthal

Associate Professor, Interaction Design, Malmö University

Simon is interested in olfactory interaction design and playful uses of scent. In the Nosewise project we explore whether regular training through smell-enabled digital games can improve memory and expand sensory capacity. This involves designing interactive systems that output scent, and prototyping new game forms in which smell decisions serve to advance gameplay. Simon received a BA (English) from Carleton College (Minnesota, USA), an MA in Medieval English from the University of Toronto (Canada), a BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design (California, USA), and a Ph.D. in Interaction Design from Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden).

Camilla Sandöy

Camilla Sandöy

Research Assistant

Camilla works as a research assistant while completing her master’s degree in Psychology at Stockholm University. Camilla has a passion for research, and has been involved in several research projects in the lab, for example involving multisensory interactions.

Teodor Jernsäther

Teodor Jernsäther

Research Assistant

Teodor works as a research assistant with olfactory perception research and with research administration for the lab.

Sandra Challma

Sandra Challma

Research Assistant

Sandra works as a research assistant, currently focusing on olfaction and its relationship to higher cognitive functions that are investigated in experimental settings, including electroencephalography (EEG) measures. Her passion for research in psychology involves exploring the multi-sensory interactions of the brain using neuroimaging. Sandra received her BA in Psychology from San Diego State University (US), and her MS in Psychology from Stockholm University (Sweden).

William Fredborg

William Fredborg

Research Assistant

William works as a research assistant and is involved in projects focusing on smell training. Some aims of these projects are to create more naturalistic olfactory environments using multimedia displays and making smell training accessible to people at home. He has previously worked with cognitive training for older adults at the Karolinska Institute and holds an M.A. in psychology from Stockholm University.

Georgios Menelaou

Georgios Menelaou

Research Assistant
Peter Lundén

Peter Lundén

Research Engineer

Peter is interested in sound and olfaction technologies, with many years of experience and expertise in programming, signal processing and virtual environment (VR) technology. He is currently developing an olfactometer designed for VR. He has constructed and built a large loudspeaker array for the highly realisting reproduction of sound environments based on higher order ambisonics. The loudspeaker array has been used in soundscape research. He is also involved in research projects on echolocation in blind individuals (how they use self-generated sounds to navigate) and has built technology used in echo-location experiments.

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