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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
Director, Stockholm University Brain Imaging Center


Ph.D., Psychology; Uppsala University, Sweden

Research Summary

My research is aimed toward a better understanding of the neural and behavioral function of the olfactory system, and how it interacts with the other senses to interpret our environment in health and disease. To this end, several different lines of ongoing research explore various aspects of these questions using a wide range of experimental methods, including psychophysical and behavioral tests, functional brain imaging (fMRI and EEG/ERP), structural brain imaging, and psychophysiological measures. In addition, the lab is actively developing novel ways to deliver olfactory stimuli (olfactometers) and to measure olfactory performance and neural processing.


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

Recent Publications

Iravani, B., Arshamian, A., Ravia, A., Mishor, E., Snitz, K., Shushan, S., Roth, Y., Perl, O., Honigstein, D., Weissgross, R., Karagach, S., Ernst, G., Okamoto, M., Mainen, Z., Monteleone, E., Dinnella, C., Spinelli, S., Mariño-Sánchez, F., Ferdenzi, C., Smeets, M., … Lundström, J.N. (2020). Relationship between odor intensity estimates and COVID-19 prevalence prediction in a Swedish population. Chemical Senses. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjaa034.

Peter, G.M., Mårtensson, G., Postma, M, Engström-Nordin, L., Westman, E., Boesveldt, S., and Lundström, J.N. (2020). Morphological changes in secondary, but not primary, sensory cortex in individuals with life-long olfactory sensory deprivation. NeuroImage. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117005.

Iravani, B., Arshamian, A., Ohla, K., Wilson, D.A., and Lundström, J.N. (2020). Non-invasive recording from the human olfactory bulb. Nature Communication. 11(1), 648.

Opendak, M., Theisen, E., Blomkvist A, Hollis, K., Lind, T., Sarro, E., Lundström, J.N., Tottenham, N., Dozier, M., Wilson, D.A., and Sullivan, R.M. (2020). Adverse caregiving in infancy blunts neural processing of the mother. Nature Communication. 11(1), 1119.

Korb, S., Massaccesi, C., Gartus, A., Lundström, J.N., Rumiati, R., Eisenegger, C., and Silani, G. (2020). Facial responses of adult humans during the anticipation and consumption of touch and food rewards. Cognition. 194, 104044.

Sarolidou, G., Axelsson, J., Kimball, B.A., Sundelin, T., Regenbogen, C., Lundström, J.N., Lekander, M., and Olsson, M.J. (2020). People expressing olfactory and visual cues of disease are less liked. Philosophical Transaction Royal Society London, B – Biological Sciences. 375(1800).

Porada, D.K., Regenbogen, C., Seubert, J., Freiherr, J., and Lundström, J.N. (2019). Multisensory enhancement of odor object processing in primary olfactory cortex. Neuroscience. 418, 254-265.

Peter, G.M., Porada, D.K., Regenbogen, C., Olsson, M.J., and Lundström, J.N. (2019). Sensory loss enhances multisensory integration performance. Cortex. 120, 116-130.

Sarolidou, G., Axelsson, J., Sundelin, T., Lasselin, J., Regenbogen, C., Sorjonen, K., Lundström, J.N., Lekander, M., and Olsson, M.J. (2019). Emotional Expression of the Sick Face. Brain Behavior and Immunology. 80, 286-291.

Hedblom, M., Gunnarsson, B., Knez, I., Schaefer, M., Thorsson, P., and Lundström, J.N. (2019). Reduction of Physiological Stress by Urban Green Space in a Multisensory Virtual Experiment. Scientific Reports. 9(1): 10113.

Hedblom M, Gunnarsson B, Schaefer M, Knez I, Thorsson P, and Lundström J.N. (2019). Sounds of Nature in the City: No evidence of bird song improving stress recovery. International Journal of Environmental Research on Public Health. 16(8): 1390.

Opendak M, Robinson-Drummer P, Blomkvist A, Zanza RM, Wood K, Jacobs, L, Chan S, Tan S, Woo J, Venkataraman G, Kirschner E, Lundström JN, Serrano P, Wilson DA, and Sullivan RM. (2019). Neurobiology of Maternal Regulation of Infant Fear: The role of mesolimbic dopamine and its disruption by maltreatment. Neuropsychopharmacology. 44(7), 1247-1257.

Ripp, I., zur Nieden, A-N., Blankenagel, S., Franzmeier, N., Lundström. J.N., and Freiherr, J. (2018). Multisensory integration processing during olfactory-visual stimulation – an fMRI graph theoretical network analysis. Human Brain Mapping. 39(9), 3713-3727.

Lundström, J.N., Regenbogen, C., Ohla, K., and Seubert, J. (2019). Prefrontal control over occipital responses to crossmodal overlap varies across the congruency spectrum. Cerebral Cortex. 29(7), 3023-3033.

Granqvist, P., Vestbrand, K., Döllinger, L., Tullio Liuzza, M., Olsson, M.J., Blomkvist, A., and Lundström, J.N. (2019). The Scent of Security: Odor of Romantic Partner Alters Subjective Discomfort and Autonomic Stress Responses in an Adult Attachment-Dependent Manner. Physiology and behavior. 198, 144-150

Åhs, F., Rosén, J., Kastrati, G., Fredriksson, M., Ågren, T., and Lundström, J.N. (2018). Biological preparedness and resistance to extinction of skin conductance responses conditioned to fear relevant animal pictures: A systematic review. Neuroscience & Biobehavior Review, 95, 430-437.

Arshamian, A., Iravani, B., Majid, A., and Lundström, J.N. (2018). Respiration modulates olfactory memory consolidation in humans. Journal of Neuroscience. 38(48), 10286-10294.

Lab Staff

Kristen Gregory, B.S., Lab Manager