Arne Öhman

Andreas Olsson
Principal Investigator
Professor Emeritus
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My career spans forty years of academic work. I defended my Ph. D. thesis at Uppsala University, Sweden, 1971. The academic year 1975-76 I spent in Peter Lang’s laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop my skills as a psychophysiologist. Returning from the US in 1976, I was offered a professorship in somatic psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway. I stayed in Bergen until 1982, when I returned to my “Alma Mater” Uppsala University as a professor of Clinical Psychology. In 1993 I replaced Marianne Frankenhaeuser as a professor of psychology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, where I have been working until my retirement last summer. However, I continue my work at the Karolinska as a Professors Emeritus and a part time “Senior Scientist”.

I am a member of the Academia Europea, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science, a foreign member of the Finish Academy of Science and Letters, and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. 1997-2010 I was an elected member of the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet (which decides on the recipient(s) of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine).

I served as the President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research 1984-85, and I received this Society’s “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychophysiology” in 2001. In 2004 a received the honorary degree of “Doctor Philosophicus Honoris Causa” at the University of Bergen, Norway. 2000-2004 I served as Head of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska institutet.

Emotion, and particularly fear and fear conditioning, has been a central line in my research throughout my career. Collaborative work with my stude