Department of Psychology - Research Groups

Biological and Cognitiv Psychology Research Group:
Perception (visual, auditory, olfactory), EEG research, neuroscience, infant development, balance control across the lifespan, early diagnosis. Comparative neuroscience. By studying the moth brain we aim at exploring basic principles underlying olfactory information processing. Research on how cross-modal information is integrated in the brain.
Contact: Ruud van der Weel, 

Consumption, Environment and Traffic:
The research group analyses drivers of environmentally relevant consumption from small scale every day consumption decisions to large scale investment decisions. Furthermore, potentials for behavioural change and the analysis of change processes is a research topic of the group across behavioural domains. Research projects are targeting high impact behaviours in the domains transport, housing, food, consumption, leisure, culture and empowerment.
Contact: Christian Klöckner, 

Evolutionary psychology and individual differences:
Evolutionary psychology approaches to mate choice, partner preferences, sexual behavior, sexual harassment and jealousy. Personality psychology, including theoretical work of the evolution and biological basis of individual differences and psychopathology and individual differences related to health, sleep and personnel selection
Contact: Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair,

Adult Clinical Psychology Research Group:
Clinical research on psychological disorders among adults. Personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Cognitive therapy and Meta-cognitive therapy. Schizophrenia, prevention, mental health promotion, the relation between psychological and somatic health, resilience, therapeutic alliance, cancer, heart disorder and psychological health. Relation between psychological factors and chronic pain disorders.
Contact: Roger Hagen, 

Childhood and Development Research Group:
Developmental psychopathology, longitudinal studies, genetics, temperament, attachment, social skills, parent-child interaction, therapy, obesity, physical activity, social exclusion, peer relations, student-teacher relationship, temperament, personality, self-esteem, executive functioning, day-care effects, ADHD, depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, sleep disorders, physiological reactivity, victimization
Contact: Lars Wichstrøm,

Learning and Skill Development:
Learning and skill development in a life span perspective, ability versus skill, underlying factors contributing to skill development, speech learning in infants
Contact: Hermundur Sigmundsson,

Center for Safety and Human Factors:
Safety; major accidents, safety in high risk organizations, petroleum related safety, implementation of new technology and societal safety 
Human Factors; governing systems and implementation of new technology
Risk; risk perception, risk communication and human reliability analysis 
Contact: Karin Laumann,

Occupational Health Psychology and Health Promotion Research group:
Workplace health promotion, research on how to improve the health and well-being of people at work, research on work-related stress, presenteeism and absenteeism
Contact: Per Øystein Saksvik,

SCaLa – Speech, Cognition and Language Research Group:
Study of speech and language production, perception, processing, representation and development, interplay of speech, language and cognition.
More information: 
Contact: Ute Gabriel,

Contact information

Visiting address:

Department of Psychology
Dragvoll, Building 12, Level 5
Phone: (+47) 73 59 19 60
Fax: (+47) 73 59 19 20
Opening hours:
08.30 -11.30 & 12.30 -14.00


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Department of Psychology
NO-7491 Trondheim

Department of Psychology