Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department Neuroscience since 2010.
The primary goal of Fredrik Ullén's research is to reveal the neural mechanisms of expertise, musical expertise in particular. Important components include the learning of movement sequences and other motor skills, the brain's management of rhythm and timing, the link between timing and intelligence, as well as creativity in expertise.
The research methods involve a combination of neuroimaging techniques (MRI, PET), behavioural experiments and psychological tests. In addition, the interaction between genetic factors and training in different types of expertise is being studied in ongoing twin studies.