Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management

Department of Psychology - Research Groups/Laboratories


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


Biological and Cognitiv Psychology Research Group:

Visual perception, EEG research, neuroscience, infant development, balance control across the lifespan, early diagnosis.
Contact: Ruud van der Weel


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


Chemosensory laboratory:

Particular features of the olfactory system are remarkably consistent across various organisms, such as the characteristic glomeruli residing within the primary olfactory centre of the brain. In order to understand how a functional neural network processes olfactory information, we use a suitable model preparation, a moth brain. This small creature is particularly well adapted for chemical communication — a fact that is certainly reflected in its tiny brain. Also, the accessibility of the insect’s nervous system makes this organism appropriate for experimental research. By studying the moth brain, we intend to get new insight in the logic of chemosensory information coding.

Contact: Bente Gunnveig Berg


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


Communication, Contemplation and Wellbeing (CCW)

In the CCW research group we are studying various forms of communication, including face-to-face and mediated communication, transformative learning, at individual, organizational, and community levels. We approach the study of communication from multiple perspectives which allows for integrating interpretive, critical, cultural, structural, discourse analytical and existential approaches. Moreover, we are focusing on self-reflection, consciousness, and contemplative practices, as resources for human transformation. We are interested in studying contemplative practices like mindfulness meditation and yoga that recently have become increasingly widespread in many parts the world. The CCW research group is addressing how such practices can be resources for human growth and transformation, and the way they relate to more general human search for happiness, well-being and living a meaningful life.
Contact: Ingunn Hagen


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


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


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.
Contact: Ute Gabriel