Mats J. Olsson's research group

Human olfaction

The overall aims of Mats J. Olssons groups research is to understand how we perceive different odorants, and how these characteristics feed into later cognitive stages of processing, such as memory and metacognition. Moreover, Mats J. Olssons group investigate how exposure to body odor affect our mood, behavior, and physiology.

Research projects

  • How are odorous substances integrated perceptually?
  • What can body odor communicate?

Selected publications

Communication of health in experimentally sick men and women: A pilot study.
Lasselin J, Lekander M, Paues-Göranson S, Olsson M, Axelsson J
Psychoneuroendocrinology 2018 Jan;87():188-195

Identification of acutely sick people and facial cues of sickness.
Axelsson J, Sundelin T, Olsson M, Sorjonen K, Axelsson C, Lasselin J, et al
Proc. Biol. Sci. 2018 01;285(1870):

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

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

Yawning, a thermoregulatory mechanism during fever? A study of yawning frequency and its predictors during experimentally induced sickness.
Marraffa A, Lekander M, Solsjö P, Olsson M, Lasselin J, Axelsson J
Physiol. Behav. 2017 Dec;182():27-33

Nosewitness identification: effects of negative emotion.
Alho L, Soares S, Ferreira J, Rocha M, Silva C, Olsson M
PLoS ONE 2015 ;10(1):e0116706

The scent of disease: human body odor contains an early chemosensory cue of sickness.
Olsson M, Lundström J, Kimball B, Gordon A, Karshikoff B, Hosseini N, et al
Psychol Sci 2014 Mar;25(3):817-23

Mind over age--stereotype activation and olfactory function.
Miller S, Gordon A, Olsson M, Lundström J, Dalton P
Chem. Senses 2013 Feb;38(2):167-74

The smell of age: perception and discrimination of body odors of different ages.
Mitro S, Gordon A, Olsson M, Lundström J
PLoS ONE 2012 ;7(5):e38110

The testing effect as a function of explicit testing instructions and judgments of learning.
Jönsson F, Hedner M, Olsson M
Exp Psychol 2012 Jan;59(5):251-7

Olfactory working memory: effects of verbalization on the 2-back task.
Jönsson F, Møller P, Olsson M
Mem Cognit 2011 Aug;39(6):1023-32

Group members

Emilia Johansson

Research engineer

Stephanie Juran