Fredrik Ullén

Fredrik Ullén


About me

I am a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet. I am also internationally active as a concert pianist, and am so far represented on 25 CD records, the great majority on BIS Records.

Research description

My research focuses on the neuropsychology of expertise and creativity, i.e. the mechanisms in the brain that allow us to perform at a high level within a specific field, after many years of focused training. Specific interests include how the brain represents and controls musical skills, the importance of intrinsic motivation for learning and creativity, and the interplay between genes and environment during the acquisition of expertise. We also study musical improvisation as a tool to understand creative problem solving and its brain mechanisms. Methodologically, we combine neuroimaging with experimental psychology and behavior genetic analyses.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Fellow of Academia Europaea, 2017.

Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, 2007.