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Johan Lundström


Associate Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania


Ph.D., Psychology; Uppsala University, Sweden

Research Summary

My research is aimed toward a better understanding of the cerebral basis for chemosensory and multimodal processing. Several different lines of ongoing research explore how the human brain allows us to perceive, process, and understand chemosensory and multimodal information. In particular, our lab is concerned with the complex processing of social chemosignals, signals that act along the border between perception and cognition. Lately, we are also investigating the neuronal basis of multimodal processing using our chemical senses, a natural multimodal sensation, as a stepping board.


neuroscience, biological psychology, sensation & perception, chemical communication, multimodal processing, brain imaging

Recent Publications

Boesveldt, S.; Lundström, J.N. (2014) Detecting Fat Content of Food from a Distance: Olfactory-Based Fat Discrimination in Humans. PLoS ONE, 9, e85977.

Mainland, J.D.; Lundström, J.N.; Reisert, J.; Lowe, G. (2014) From Molecule to Mind: an Integrative Perspective on Odor Intensity. Trends in Neuroscience, 1062, 1-12.

Olsson, M.J.; Lundström, J.N.; Kimball, B.A.; et al. (2014) The scent of disease: Human body odor contains an early chemosensory cue of sickness. Psychological Science, 20:1-7.

Seubert, J.; Gregory, K.M.; Chamberland, J.; Dessirier, J-M.; Lundström, J.N. (2014) Odor Valence Linearly Modulates Attractiveness, but Not Age Assessment, of Invariant Facial Features in a Memory-Based Rating Task. PLoS ONE, 9, e98347.

Åhs, F.; Miller, S.S.; Gordon, A.R.; Lundström, J.N. (2013) Aversive learning increases sensory detection sensitivity. Biological Psychology, 92, 135-141.

Lundström, J.N.; Mathe, A.; Schaal, B.; Frasnelli, J.; et al. (2013) Maternal status regulates cortical responses to the body odor of newborns. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 1-6.

Miller, S.S.; Gordon, A.R.; Olsson, M.J.; Lundström, J.N.; Dalton, P. (2013) Mind over age: Social priming and olfactory function. Chemical Senses, 38, 167-174.

Schriever, V.A.; Hummel, T.; Lundström, J.N.; Freiherr, J. (2013) Size of nostril opening as a measure of intranasal volume. Physiology & Behavior, 110-111, 3-5.

Seubert, J.; Freiherr, J.; Djordjevic, J.; Lundström, J.N. (2013) Statistical localization of human olfactory cortex. NeuroImage, 66, 333-342.

Seubert, J.; Freiherr, J.; Frasnelli, J.; Hummel, T.; Lundström, J.N. (2013) Orbitofrontal cortex and olfactory bulb volume predict distinct aspects of olfactory performance in healthy subjects. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 2448-2456.

Frasnelli, J.; Lundström, J.N.; Schöpf, V.; Negoias, S.; Hummel, T.; Lepore, F. (2012) Dual processing streams in chemosensory processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 288.

Wise, P.; Wysocki, C.J.; Lundström, J.N. (2012) Stimulus selection for intranasal sensory isolation: eugenol is an irritant. Chemical Senses, 37, 509-514.

Mitro, S.; Gordon, A.R.; Olsson, M.J.; Lundström, J.N. (2012). The smell of age: perception and discrimination of body odors of different ages. PLoS ONE, 7, e38110.

Jadauji, J.B.; Djordjevic, J.; Lundström, J.N.; Pack, C.C. (2012). Modulation of olfactory perception by visual cortex stimulation. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 3095-3100.

Lundström, J.N.; Gordon, A.R.; Wise, P.; Frasnelli, J. (2012) Individual differences in the chemical senses: is there a common sensitivity? Chemical Senses, 37, 371-378.

Freiherr, J.; Boesveldt, S.; Gordon, A.R.; Alden, E.C.; Hernandez, M.; Lundström, J.N. (2011) The 40-item Monell Extended Sniffin’ Sticks Identification Test (MONEX-40). Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 205,10-16.

Frasnelli, J.; Albrecht, J.; Bryant, B.; Lundström, J.N. (2011) Perception of specific trigeminal chemosensory receptor agonists. Neuroscience, 189, 377-383.

Boesveldt, S.; Tessler-Linday, S.; Schumm, L.P.; McClintock, M.K.; Hummel, T.; Lundström, J.N. (2011) Gustatory and olfactory dysfunction in older adults: a national probability study. Rhinology, 49, 324-330.

Veldhuizen, M.G.; Albrecht, J.; Zelano, C.; Boesveldt, S.; Breslin, P.; Lundström, J.N. (2011) Identification of human gustatory cortex by activation likelihood estimation. Human Brain Mapping, 32, 2256-2266.

Frasnelli, J.; Lundström, J.N.; Boyle, J.A.; Katsarkas, E.; Jones-Gotman, M. (2011) The vomeronasal organ is not involved in the perception of endogenous odors. Human Brain Mapping, 32, 450-460.

Lundström, J.N.; Gordon, A.R.; Albrecht, J.; Alden, E. C.; Boesveldt, S. (2010) Methods for building an inexpensive computer-controlled olfactometer for temporally precise behavioral experiments. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 83, 1-23.

Boesveldt, S.; Olsson, M.J.; Lundström, J.N. (2010) Carbon chain length and the stimulus problem in olfaction. Behavioral Brain Research, 215, 110-113.

Boesveldt, S.; Frasnelli, J.; Gordon, A.R.; Lundström, J.N. (2010) The fish gone bad: negative food odors elicit faster and more accurate reactions than other odors. Biological Psychology, 84, 313-317.

Albrecht, J.; Kopietz, R.; Frasnelli, J.; Wiesmann, M.; Hummel T.; Lundström, J.N. (2010) The neuronal correlates of intranasal trigeminal function – An ALE meta-analysis of human functional brain imaging data. Brain Research Review, 62, 183-196.

Frasnelli, J.; Lundström, J.N.; Boyle, J.A.; Djordjevic, J.; Zatorre, R.J.; Jones-Gotman, M. (2010) Neuroanatomical correlates of olfactory performance. Experimental Brain Research, 201, 1-11.

Lab Staff

Janina Seubert, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Valentina Parm, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Amy Gordon, B.A., Graduate Student
Kristen Gregory, B.A., Research Technician