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Lund Memory Lab

Memory is fundamental to human life. The capacity to learn from experience to inform future thinking and behavior is critical for achieving beneficial life outcomes. Retrieval cues in the present bring to mind past experiences by triggering the reactivation of stored memories, allowing us to revisit the past to inform current thinking and behavior.

Memory for past experiences shapes how we perceive the world and influences our decisions and actions based on expected outcomes. Our research on learning and memory investigates how the brain supports adaptive behavior by generating predictions, detecting errors, and updating memories to improve future predictions. 

We study the neural and cognitive mechanisms supporting memory formation, retrieval, change and forgetting. We use a broad range of experimental methods, including behavioral, eye tracking and brain-imaging techniques, with a particular emphasis on high time-resolution recordings of brain activity (EEG). Machine learning approaches to EEG measures of brain activity allow the decoding of mental states over time to reveal the temporal dynamics of cognition. Co-registration of eye tracking and EEG data gives insight into the formation of memories across fixations. 

Several lines of our research have clinical relevance, for example, elucidating how memory and cognitive control are affected in psychiatric conditions and explain change in psychotherapy (e.g. in depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome).

The research is funded by grants from the Crafoord Foundation, the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, and the Swedish Research Council.


Brain-Computer Interface Research

Early diagnostics and prognostics of Alzheimer’s disease

eSSENCE: The e-Science Collaboration

LAMiNATE (Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Teaching)

Photo of a brain activity test. Photo: Kennet Ruona.


For further information please contact:

Mikael Johansson
+46 (0)46 222 36 39
mikael [dot] johansson [at] psy [dot] lu [dot] se (mikael[dot]johansson[at]psy[dot]lu[dot]se)