Jonas Persson

Title: Senior Researcher

Sector: Psychology


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Jonas Persson

Jonas Persson received his PhD from Umeå University in 2002. After a one-year post doc, also at Umeå University, he spent three years as an international research fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Michigan. From 2008 he has been heading an independent research group on the neural basis for cognition and aging at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, which has been funded by the Swedish Science Council. During that period he also became an associate professor at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University.

Jonas Persson is a senior researcher at the Aging Research Center and a professor at Örebro University. His research primarily deals with the interaction between brain structure-function and higher cognitive functions in aging, with a particular focus on memory (episodic/working memory) and executive control functions. These questions are addressed by means of structural (brain anatomy) and functional (brain function) MRI and measures of cognitive performance.

Projects (PI):

The transience and persistence of memory: Linking neurobehavioral mechanisms of adaptive forgetting to adult aging and mood

The relation between dopamine-regulating genes, neurocognition, and aging

Selected publications

Peira, N., Ziaei, M., and Persson, J. (2016). Age differences in brain systems supporting transient and sustained processes involved in prospective memory and working memory. NeuroImage.  125: 745-755.

Persson, J., Rieckmann, A., Kalpouzos, G., Fischer, H., and Bäckman, L. (2015). Influences of a DRD2 polymorphism on updating of long-term memory representations and caudate BOLD activity: Magnification in aging. Human Brain Mapping. 36 (4): 1325-1334.

Persson, J., Pudas, S., Nilsson, LG., & Nyberg, L. (2014). Longitudinal assessment of default-mode function in aging. Neurobiology of Aging. (35) 9: 2107-17.

Ziaei, M., Peira, N., Persson, J. (2014). Brain systems underlying attentional control and emotional distraction during working memory encoding. NeuroImage.  (87): 276-286.

Pudas, S., Persson, J., Josefsson, M., de Luna, X., Nilsson, LG., Nyberg, L. (2013). Brain characteristics of individuals resisting age-related cognitive decline over two decades. Journal of Neuroscience. 33 (20): 8668-8677.

Persson, J., Larsson, A., & Reuter-Lorenz, P. A. (2013). Imaging fatigue of interference control reveals the neural basis of executive resource depletion. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25 (3): 338-351.

Marklund, P., & Persson, J. (2012). Context-dependent switching between proactive and reactive working memory control mechanisms in the right inferior frontal gyrus. NeuroImage. 63, 1552-1560.

Persson, J., Pudas, S., Lind, J., Kauppi, K., Nilsson, LG., & Nyberg, L. (2012). Longitudinal structure – function correlates in elderly reveal MTL dysfunction with cognitive decline. Cerebral Cortex, 22 (10): 2297-2304.

Nyberg, L., Salami, A., Andersson, M., Eriksson, J., Kalpouzos, G., Kauppi, K., Lind, J., Pudas, S., Persson, J., Nilsson, LG. (2010). Longitudinal evidence for diminished frontal cortex function in aging. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A. 107(52): 22682-6

Persson, J., Lustig, C, Nelson, J. K., Reuter-Lorenz, P. A. (2007) Age difference in deactivations: A link to cognitive control Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(6) 1-12.

Persson, J., Lind, J., Larsson, A., Ingvar, M., Crutz, M., Van Broeckhoven, C., Adofsson, R., Nilsson. L-G., Nyberg, L. (2006). Altered brain white-matter integrity in non-demented carriers of the APOE ε4 allele: A risk for AD? Neurology, 66 (7) 1029-1033.

Persson, J., Nyberg, L. Lind, J. Larsson, A., Nilsson, L-G., Ingvar, M., Buckner, R. L. (2006) Structure – Function Correlates of Cognitive Decline in Aging. Cerebral Cortex 16(7) 907-15.