Biography

Sara Bengtsson is a cognitive neuroscientist, and joined the school of Psychology as a senior lecturer in 2017. She has an MSc in Chemistry from Lund University (2000) and a PhD in Brain Imaging from Karolinska Institutet (2005). After obtaining her PhD, Sara worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL. She then joined Karolinska Institutet as an assistant professor in 2010. Her research interests include error monitoring, working memory, motivation, and social cognition.

Indicative Publications

Schiffler, B. C., Almeida, R., Granqvist, M., & Bengtsson, S. L. Memory-reliant post-error slowing is associated with successful learning and fronto-occipital activity. Journal of cognitive neuroscience. 28.10 (2016):1539-52.

Appelgren, A., Penny, W., & Bengtsson, S. L. Impact of feedback on three phases of performance monitoring. Experimental psychology. 61.3 (2014):224-33.

Bengtsson, S. L., Dolan, R. J., & Passingham, R. E. Priming for self-esteem influences the monitoring of one’s own performance. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience 6.4 (2010): 417-425.

Bengtsson, S. L., Lau, H. C., & Passingham, R. E. Motivation to do well enhances responses to errors and self-monitoring. Cerebral Cortex 19.4 (2008): 797-804.

All Publications

Schiffler, B. C., Bengtsson, S. L., Lundqvist, D.

(2017)

The Sustained Influence of an Error on Future Decision-Making,

in Frontiers in Psychology

8

article no. 1077

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Schiffler, B. C., Almeida, R., Granqvist, M., Bengtsson, S. L.

(2016)

Memory-reliant Post-error Slowing Is Associated with Successful Learning and Fronto-occipital Activity,

in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

28

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pp. 1539-1552

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Appelgren, A., Bengtsson, S. L., Söderqvist, S.

(2016)

Incremental View on Intelligence and High Intrinsic Motivation Increase Working Memory Training Compliance,

in Applied Cognitive Psychology

30

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pp. 289-293

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Appelgren, A., Bengtsson, S. L.

(2015)

Feedback on Trait or Action Impacts on Caudate and Paracingulum Activity,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e0129714

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Appelgren, A., Penny, W., Bengtsson, S. L.

(2014)

Impact of Feedback on Three Phases of Performance Monitoring,

in Experimental Psychology

61

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pp. 224-233

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Bengtsson, S. L., Penny, W. D.

(2013)

Self-associations influence task-performance through Bayesian inference,

in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

7

article no. 490

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Bengtsson, S. L., Dolan, R. J., Passingham, R. E.

(2011)

Priming for self-esteem influences the monitoring of one's own performance,

in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

6

(4)

pp. 417-425

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Passingham, R. E., Bengtsson, S. L., Lau, H. C.

(2010)

Medial frontal cortex: from self-generated action to reflection on one's own performance,

in Trends in Cognitive Sciences

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pp. 16-21

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Bengtsson, S. L., Haynes, J., Sakai, K., Buckley, M. J., Passingham, R. E.

(2009)

The Representation of Abstract Task Rules in the Human Prefrontal Cortex,

in Cerebral Cortex

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pp. 1929-1936

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Bengtsson, S. L., Lau, H. C., Passingham, R. E.

(2009)

Motivation to do Well Enhances Responses to Errors and Self-Monitoring,

in Cerebral Cortex

19

(4)

pp. 797-804

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Bengtsson, S. L., Ullén, F., Ehrsson, H. H., Hashimoto, T., Kito, T., Naito, E., Forssberg, H., Sadato, N.

(2009)

Listening to rhythms activates motor and premotor cortices,

in Cortex

45

(1)

pp. 62-71

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Bengtsson, S. L., Csíkszentmihályi, M., Ullén, F.

(2007)

Cortical Regions Involved in the Generation of Musical Structures during Improvisation in Pianists,

in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

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pp. 830-842

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Bengtsson, S. L., Ullén, F.

(2006)

Dissociation between melodic and rhythmic processing during piano performance from musical scores,

in NeuroImage

30

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pp. 272-284

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Ullén, F., Bengtsson, S. L., Ehrsson, H. H., Forssberg, H.

(2005)

Neural Control of Rhythmic Sequences,

in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

1060

pp. 368-376

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Bengtsson, S. L., Ehrsson, H. H., Forssberg, H., Ullén, F.

(2005)

Effector-independent voluntary timing: behavioural and neuroimaging evidence,

in European Journal of Neuroscience

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pp. 3255-3265

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Bengtsson, S. L., Nagy, Z., Skare, S., Forsman, L., Forssberg, H., Ullén, F.

(2005)

Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development,

in Nature Neuroscience

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pp. 1148-1150

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Bengtsson, S. L., Ehrsson, H. H., Forssberg, H., Ullén, F.

(2004)

Dissociating brain regions controlling the temporal and ordinal structure of learned movement sequences,

in European Journal of Neuroscience

19

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pp. 2591-2602

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Ullén, F., Bengtsson, S. L.

(2003)

Independent Processing of the Temporal and Ordinal Structure of Movement Sequences37,

in Journal of Neurophysiology

90

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pp. 3725-3735

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Bengtsson, S., Berglund, H., Gulyas, B., Cohen, E., Savic, I.

(2001)

Brain activation during odor perception in males and females,

in NeuroReport

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pp. 2027-2033

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Research Group Membership

Sara Bengtsson is affiliated to the Neurophysiology Unit, Dept Clin Neurosci, Karolinska Institutet

Teaching Interests

Lecturer PSY-5017B: Cognitive Psychology (2nd Year)
Project Supervisor:  Research Project (3rd Year)

I welcome Y3, Master, intern, PhD students who are interested in the following, or related topics;

role of motivation, confidence, self-image, feedback, or motor actions on learning and cognitive performance. Studies are typically lab-based behavioural and/or brain imaging experiments.

 

PhD Supervisor

Current PhD students:

Mr Andreas Lidström, UEA

Former PhD students:

Dr Björn Schiffler, Karolinska Institutet

Dr Alva Appelgren, Karolinska Institutet

Dr Pär Flodin, Karolinska Institutet (co-supervisor)

Administrative Posts

PGT and PGR Admissions