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Jessica Ljunberg

Jessica Ljunberg

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Psychology


Research summary

My past and current work spans over the occupational health area, from studying human interaction with vehicle environments and auditory alarms, to investigating the characteristics of auditory and tactile stimuli that mediate attention capture in cognitive tasks (e.g., short-term memory tasks, sustained attention tasks). I recently expanded my research field to include the study of cognitive aging, looking at the effect of bilingualism on cognitive performance.

In the autumn 2011 I received two large grants together with researchers from Sweden, Spain and Wales (Prof. Dylan Jones at School of Psychology) from the Swedish Research Council (310 379£) to investigate distraction by vibratory and auditory signals, and from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (409 085£) to study what auditory alarms affect attention and performance in complex settings.

Full list of publications

Publications can be found here.


Undergraduate education

1998 - Behavioral Scientist, Umeå University (3.5 years degree).

Postgraduate education

2006 - Doctor in Medical Science (Ph.D) at the faculty of Medicine, Umeå University, Umeå, (Title of thesis: Psychological responses to Noise and Vibration) Supervisors: Associate Prof. Gregory Neely and Prof. Ronnie Lundström.

2011 - Associate Professor (Docentur) in Psychology. August 1st, 2011.


2012 - Lecturer position at the Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Honours and awards

Awards/external committees

2011 - Awarded ”Kungliga Skytteanska Samfundets” prize at Umeå University, for younger researchers conducting excellent research within Social Sciences.

2008-present - Secretary in the international research group ICBEN (International Commission of Biological effects of Noise).