Mikael Johansson

Professor of Psychology

Research Summary

The main goal of our research is to advance our understanding of the neurocognitive basis of memory and cognitive control. To this end, we combine methods from experimental psychology with electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) and hemodynamic (fMRI) brain imaging techniques.

My research interests include:
• Interactions across memory systems
• Formation and retrieval of episodic memories
• Emotion regulation and emotional memory
• Mechanisms underlying incidental and intentional forgetting
• Relationship between eye-movements and memory


I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in cognition, neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience.

Professional preparation

  • Ph.D. Psychology, Lund University, 2002
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Experimental Neuropsychology Unit, Department of Psychology, Saarland University, 2002–2004
  • Docent (Associate Professor) Psychology, Lund University, 2009
  • Professor of Psychology, Lund University, 2010


Doctoral Dissertation Award, Oscar II Foundation
Award to Young Scientist in Psychology, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Swedish National Committee for Psychological Sciences

Professional Activities

Ad Hoc Manuscript Refereeing

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences / Brain & Cognition / Brain Research / Cognition & Emotion/ Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience / Cognitive Brain Research / European Journal of Cognitive Psychology / Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience / NeuroImage / Neuropsychologia / Neuropsychology / Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews / Psychiatry Research / Psychophysiology / Scandinavian Journal of Psychology

Ad Hoc Grant Refereeing

Member of the evaluation panel in psychology, Swedish Research Council

Professional Memberships

Association for Psychological Science
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Swedish Neuropsychological Society
Member of the Swedish National Committee for Psychological Sciences (SNCFP) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Memory Lab Members

Current Doctoral Students

Susanna Bernstrup
Robin Hellerstedt
Emelie Stiernströmer

Former Doctoral Students

Anne-Cécile Treese (2009). Memory distortions induced by fluency – Behavioural and electrophysiological investigations.

Gerd Waldhauser (2011). Behavioral and electrophysiological correlates of inhibition in episodic memory.

Current Undergraduate Students

Amir Ghotaslou
Kristin Nordin

If you're interested in joining the lab to conduct research for a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis, or as an undergraduate research assistant, please contact Mikael Johansson.
Potential research projects (In Swedish)



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Uppdaterad: 2014-02-03


Mikael Johansson

+46 46-222 36 39



Related information
Institutionen för psykologi, Box 213, 221 00 Lund. Telefon: 046-222 00 00, Fax: 046-222 42 09