Helena Gunnarsson

Helena Gunnarsson

Senior lecturer
Department of Psychology Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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In 2018, I received my PhD grade and I have worked as a senior lecturer since then. My research area is pain perception, pain and emotional states, and the effect of different pain states on cognitive functions. My research is interdisciplinary containing areas of biology, nursing science and psychology.


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


In my research I am investigating how different pain states affect different cognitive functions and how different pain dimensions are related to negative emotional states. My research is also about how different thinking strategies could affect pain perception in experimental pain. Both experimental methods, where pain is induced in healthy participants and clinical pain samples are used in my research. At present, a project investigating the effect of different emotional states on pressure pain thresholds are running. This research is conducted in cooperation with members in the Pain Research Group.


Article in journal (Refereed)

Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)