I'm a licensed psychologist, consultant and researcher. I have a doctoral degree in cognitive neuroscience. I live in Stockholm/Sweden.
As a consultant and researcher, my main focus is the importance of the brain’s executive functions in the fields of sports and business.
By working with elite football teams and international companies I have developed a new approach to recruitment and talent management. By measure the brain capacity that drives how you handle and ongoing situation you will capture important variables behind successful behavior.
The information gained from cognitive test tools combined with an in-depth understanding of the brain capacity required to be successful at an elite level in either football or key business positions, I give football teams and companies the unique ability to predict behaviors among their players and co-workers.
I regularly give lectures on my research in order to share my knowledge of mental hygiene and self help techniques and how to develop the brain’s cognitive capacity in a football team and/or in a business team.
I have lived I China for six years and worked as a consultant for Volvo Cars, H&M, Essity, and Atlas Copco. My focus was management development and recruitment. In soccer I have collaborated with US soccer, IK Sirius and more.
Debatt: Vägra Kokain
I got so tired of eight years of fruitless debate about the increased gang violence. So I wrote a reply to Svenonius, Fjellner and Sokolnicki. It is now published in Dagens Industri. Link >>
Sjuka i Huvudet
Here I participate in a new episode of the podcast "Sick in the Head". Link >>
In this Spotify podcast I am interviewed together with Dr. Predarg Petrovic. The focus is on my dissertation and our five studies in the subject of executive functions. For one hour you will learn about what executive functions are, their significance in football, for the national task force, and in professional life. Executive functions and their relationship to sick leave as well as the importance of adaptation and building compensatory strategies for success are also addressed. You can find it on Spotify. Link >>
Soccer players have the highest ability to adjust
Lately I visited Malou von Sivers talk show Malou efter 10 on TV4 and talked about my research. Link >>
My book, "Hjärnboll fotbollsspelare okända intelligens” , written together with Predrag Petrovic and Thomas Learner was published spring 2018. There we explain the unique ability of information processing which distinguishes top elite soccer players. We also give a brief introduction about the executive function and how the cognition works in soccer. The book is in Swedish but is also translated into Dutch. Link >>
My meeting with professor
DO NOT MAKE FOOTBALL TOO INTELLECTUAL!
Math professor David Sumpter, who wrote the book Soccermatics, makes very fresh reflections about our meeting with his football team. The article is in English!
Here is a link to my dissertation, "EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS AND SUCCESSFUL BEHAVIOR". Adele Diamond professor of neuroscience at the University of British Columbia was the opponent. Link >>
Executive Functions & Successful Behaviors
In my latest published study I focus on the cognitive capacity of the executive functions when a person is under heavy stress. The study is made on subjects related to special forces and the test group was in a very good physical shape. The results showed positive correlation between the baseline results of fluent creativity and flexibility and the repeated test results the subjects made when they were under extreme stress. The physical shape of the individuals did not influence the result. However, the individuals with the best result on baseline dropped most in capacity when they were under heavy pressure. Could it be because of an "overdose" on dopamine? Link >>
"EXECUTIVE FUNCTION MEASURES OF COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY ARE ASSOCIATED WITH DAYS OF SICK LEAVE". Ready for submission
In my latest project I'm looking on the relation between the executive functions and sick leave. The preliminary data shows a negative significant correlation between EF and sick leave. The study is made on 111 individuals. Their amount of sick leave the last five years is compared with their creativity and cognitive flexibility. The capacity of EF does not prevent from sickness but seem to help the individuals for a faster recovery. You can read more about this in my dissertation.
The best brains win the World championship
Here is a link to a very good article made by a local parish newspaper in the Church of Sweden. It highlights the relationship between faith and science and the importance of anxiety, struggle and compensatory strategies for success. Link >>
"FOTBOLL SPELAS MED HJÄRNAN"
An interview on TV 4, Nyhetsmorgon, about the Executive function/Game intelligence, and why the brain's ability better assumes success in football than what the foot does.
"SÅ TRÄNAR DU DINA BARN PÅ BÄSTA SÄTT"
A good article on four pages in Dagens Nyheter, which is based on our new book and our research.
MY LATEST FOOTBALL RESEARCH
You will fined my latest soccer research in Scientific Reports (Nature).
Level of play and coach-rated game intelligence are related to performance on design fluency in elite soccer players. Link >>
Here I been interviewed for one hour about my life and my research on football and business. It is Niklas Holmgren the best sports commentator, operating on Viasat's Sport Channel, which make it to "Rock and Roll".
THE BARCELONA PROJECT
In february 2014 I was in Barcelona to assess Xavi and Iniesta, FC Barcelona and the world's best midfield pair. Here you can see a glimpse how I made the assessment and hear me talk about the result. Link>>
THE BOOK OF FOOTBALL AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS
Here's a link to my book I co-authored with one of FC Bayern Munich's coaches, Matthias Nowak.