Klingberg Laboratory


Torkel Klingberg

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 863 59
Organizational unit: Department of Neuroscience (Neuro), C4
E-mail: Torkel.Klingberg@ki.se

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Research focus

The research of this group is aimed at better understanding the neural basis for cognitive and academic development during childhood and training-induced plasticity of the brain. In particular, we focus on working memory and attention, which are central aspects of cognition. Among the academic abilities we are especially interested in is development of mathematical ability.

The methodology includes functional MRI to study brain activity, diffusion tensor imaging to measure myelination, neural network models, genetic analysis and computerized measures of behavior. A major focus is development of computerized methods for improving attention and working memory in children with working memory deficits.


Overview of mechanisms of working memory training, from animal neurophysiology, human neuroimaging, genetics and neural network simulations (from Constantinides and Klingberg, 2016).

Selected publications

Grit Is Associated with Structure of Nucleus Accumbens and Gains in Cognitive Training.
Nemmi F, Nymberg C, Helander E, Klingberg T
J Cogn Neurosci 2016 Nov;28(11):1688-1699

The neuroscience of working memory capacity and training.
Constantinidis C, Klingberg T
Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 2016 07;17(7):438-49

Specialization of the Right Intraparietal Sulcus for Processing Mathematics During Development.
Schel M, Klingberg T
Cereb. Cortex 2017 09;27(9):4436-4446

Changes in cortical dopamine D1 receptor binding associated with cognitive training.
McNab F, Varrone A, Farde L, Jucaite A, Bystritsky P, Forssberg H, et al
Science 2009 Feb;323(5915):800-2

Prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia control access to working memory.
McNab F, Klingberg T
Nat. Neurosci. 2008 Jan;11(1):103-7

Group members

Annie Möller - PhD student

Fahimeh Darki - Postdoc

Federico Nemmi - Postdoc

Douglas Sjöwall - Postdoc

Teng Li - PhD Student

Nicholas Judd - Master Student

Ninni Påhlsson - Master Student

Margot Schel - Postdoc

Rita Almeida - Statistician

Torkel Klingberg - Professor