Helena Gunnarsson

Helena Gunnarsson

Senior lecturer
Department of Psychology Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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In June 2018 I received my PhD, and now I am working as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


In teaching, I am most active in courses in biological psychology, health psychology, and developmental psychology.


In several research projects, I have investigated the influence of different pain states on pain perception and cognitive functions, such as psychomotor ability, sustained attention, abstract thinking, and self-control. I have investigated how experimental pain influence cognitive functions, as well as how clinical musculoskeletal pain influence different cognitive functions. Previous studies have also investigated how different clinical pain states influences pain perception and how different dimensions of pain could affect the anxiety and depression levels coexisting with clinical pain states. In ongoing projects, it has been examined how perception of pain is influenced by abstract thinking, concrete thinking, and distraction. The Pain Research Group is working towards a better understanding of how different types of pain influence our every-day thinking and functioning.


Article in journal (Refereed)

Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)