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Ninni Persson


About me

Short CV:

PhD, 2016, Stockholm University

Licensed Psychologist, 2008, the National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden.

MSc Psychology, 2007, Gothenburg University

Research description

Research Interests:

  • Behavioral and neural plasticity
  • Bi-directional brain-behavior relations
  • Emotion processing
  • Episodic memory in health and disease
  • Gene-environment interaction in relation to cognition
  • Multi-modal imaging of the aging brain (structure, function, estimates of iron)
  • Precursors of individual differences in brain aging
  • Longitudinal and multivariate structural equation modeling



Persson, N., Lavebratt, C., Ebner, N. et al. (2017). Influence of DARPP-32 genetic variation on BOLD activation to happy faces. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 12, Issue 10, 1658–1667,

Persson N., Persson J., Lavebratt C., and Fischer, H. (2017). Effects of DARPP-32 genetic variation on prefrontal cortex volume and episodic memory performance. Front. Neurosci. 11:244. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00244.

Persson N., Lavebratt, C., Sundström, A. and Fischer, H. (2016). Pulse Pressure magnifies the effect of COMTVal158Met on 15 Year Episodic Memory Trajectories. Front. Aging Neurosci. 8:34.

Persson, N., Ghisletta, P., Dahle, C.L., Bender, A.R., Yang, Y., Yuan, P., Daugherty, A., Raz, N. (2016). Regional brain shrinkage and change in cognitive performance over two years: The bidirectional influences of the brain and cognitive reserve factors. NeuroImage, 126, 15-26.

Persson N., Wu,J.,  Zhang,Q.,  Liu, T., Shen, J., Bao, R., Ni, M.,  Liu, T, Wang, Y. Spincemaille, P. (2015). Age and Sex Related Differences in Subcortical Brain Iron Concentrations among Healthy Adults. NeuroImage, 122, 385-398.

Persson, N. (2015). The aging brain and changes in cognitive performance : Findings from morphometry and quantitative susceptibility mapping of iron. Department of Psychology, Stockholm University. (thesis) ISBN 9789176492956

Persson, N., Ghisletta, P., Dahle, C. L., Bender, A. R., Yang, Y., Yuan, P., Daugherty, A, Raz, N. (2014). Regional brain shrinkage over two years: Individual differences and effects of pro-inflammatory genetic polymorphisms. NeuroImage, 28, 334-348.

Persson N., Lavebratt, C., & Wahlin, Å. (2013). Synergy Effects of HbA1c and Variants of APOE and BDNFVal66Met Explains Individual Differences in Memory Performance. Neurobiol Learn Mem., 106:274-82.

Persson, N., Viitanen, M., Almkvist, O., & Wahlin, Å. (2013). A principal component analysis model of medical health: Implications for cognitive deficits and decline among adults in a population-based sample. J Health Psychol, Volume 18, Issue 10, 1268 – 1287.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Persson, N. (2013). The Rolf Zetterström Award [100 000 SEK].

Persson, N. (2012). Thord-Gray Memorial Award, American-Scandinavian Foundation, NYC, NY, USA (approx. 160 000 SEK [award in 18 000 USD$]).

Persson, N. (2012-2013). Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences [170 000 SEK].

Research Funding:

Solstickan Post-doctoral fellow (2016-2017) [approx. 850 000 SEK].

Swedish National Research Council (2017-2020) [3 150 000 SEK].

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