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Johan Lundström's research group


Multisensory Neuroscience

Johan Lundström’s group conducts basic research aimed toward a better understanding of the neural and perceptual basis for multisensory perception and integration of the chemical senses. Several different lines of ongoing research explore how the human brain allows us to perceive, process, and understand sensory information. The group’s research focus on the chemical senses (smell - taste - trigeminal) that, by their very nature, are conveyed almost exclusively as multisensory perceptions. This work involves a wide range of experimental methods, including psychophysical and cognitive tests in healthy individuals, functional brain imaging (fMRI, PET, and EEG/ERP), and structural brain imaging and morphometry. In addition, the lab is actively developing novel ways to deliver olfactory stimuli (olfactometers) and to measure olfactory performance and neural processing.

Research projects

  • Neural processing of perceptual congruency in the chemical senses
  • Behavioral and neural impact by the loss of smell in patients with idiopathic/polyp induced anosmia & congenital anosmia
  • Neural processing of flavor perception (contact: Dr. Janina Seubert)
  • The link between breathing and cognitive performance (contact: Dr. Artin Arshamian)
  • Development of olfactory presentation methods
  • Social chemosignals impact on perceptual processes

Selected publications

 Prefrontal Control Over Occipital Responses to Crossmodal Overlap Varies Across the Congruency Spectrum.
Lundström J, Regenbogen C, Ohla K, Seubert J
Cereb. Cortex 2018 Jul;():

The intraparietal sulcus governs multisensory integration of audiovisual information based on task difficulty.
Regenbogen C, Seubert J, Johansson E, Finkelmeyer A, Andersson P, Lundström J
Hum Brain Mapp 2018 03;39(3):1313-1326

A mammalian blood odor component serves as an approach-avoidance cue across phylum border - from flies to humans.
Arshamian A, Laska M, Gordon A, Norberg M, Lahger C, Porada D, et al
Sci Rep 2017 Oct;7(1):13635

Behavioral and neural correlates to multisensory detection of sick humans.
Regenbogen C, Axelsson J, Lasselin J, Porada D, Sundelin T, Peter M, et al
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2017 06;114(24):6400-6405

Central olfactory processing in patients with disorders of consciousness.
Nigri A, Ferraro S, Bruzzone M, Nava S, D'Incerti L, Bertolino N, et al
Eur. J. Neurol. 2016 Mar;23(3):605-12

Group members

Artin Arshamian

Assistant professor

Robin Fondberg

PhD student

Behzad Iravani

PhD student

Moa Peter

PhD student

Christina Regenbogen

Affiliated to research

Martin Schaefer

PhD student

Janina Seubert

Assistant professor

Regina Sullivan

Affiliated to research

Evelina Thunell

Postdoctoral researcher

Donald Wilson

Affiliated to research