Scientific Publications

A few selected highlights…

  1. Ullén F, Hambrick DZ, and Mosing MA. (2016) Rethinking expertise: a multi-factorial gene-environment interaction model of expert performance. Psychol Bull 142(4):427-46.
  2. Pinho AL, Ullén F, Castelo-Branco M, Fransson P, and de Manzano Ö (2016). Addressing a paradox: Dual strategies for creative performance in introspective and extrospective networks. Cereb Cortex 26(7): 3052-3063.
  3. Mosing MA, Madison G, Pedersen NL, and Ullén F (2016). Investigating cognitive transfer within the framework of music practice: Genetic pleiotropy rather than causality. Dev Sci 19(3):504-12.
  4. Power RA, Steinberg S, Bjornsdottir G, Rietveld CA, Abdelloui A, Nivard MM, Johannesson M, Galesloot T, Hottenga JJ, Willemsen G, Cesarini D, Benjamin DJ, Magnusson PKE, Ullén F, Tiemeier H, Hofman A, van Rooij FJ, Walters GB, Sigurdsson E, Thorgeirsson TE, Ingason A, Helgason A, Kong A, Kiemeney LA, Koellinger P, Boomsma DI, Gudbjartsson D, Stefansson H, Stefansson K (2015). Polygenic risk scores for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder predict creativity. Nat Neurosci 18(7):953-5.
  5. Mosing MA, Madison G, Pedersen NL, Kuja-Halkola R, and Ullén F (2014). Practice does not make perfect: No causal effect of music practice on music ability. Psychol Sci 25(9): 1795-1803.
  6. Pinho AL, de Manzano Ö, Fransson P, Eriksson H, and Ullén F (2014). Connecting to create – expertise in musical improvisation is associated with increased functional connectivity between premotor and prefrontal areas. J Neurosci 34(18): 6156-6163.
  7. de Manzano Ö and Ullén F (2012). Goal-independent mechanisms for free response generation: creative and pseudo-random performance share neural substrates. NeuroImage 59(1): 772-780
  8. de Manzano Ö, Cervenka S, Karabanov A, Farde L, and Ullén F. (2010) Thinking outside a less intact box: thalamic dopamine D2 receptor densities are negatively related to psychometric creativity in healthy individuals. PLoS One 5(5): e10670.
  9. Karabanov A, Cervenka S, de Manzano Ö, Forssberg H, Farde L, and Ullén F. (2010) Dopamine D2 receptor density in the limbic striatum is related to implicit but not explicit movement sequence learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(16): 7574-7579.
  10. Bengtsson SL, Nagy Z, Skare S, Forsman L, Forssberg H, and Ullén F. (2005) Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development. Nat Neurosci 8, 1148-1150.

Peer reviewed papers (complete)

  1. Thompson WF, Mosing MA, and Ullén F (in press). Musical expertise – genetics, experience, and training. In Routledge Companion to Music Cognition, ed Richard Ashley and Renée Timmers. Routledge.
  2. Ullén F, Mosing MA, and Hambrick DZ (in press). The Multifactorial Gene-environment Interaction Model (MGIM) of expert performance. In The Science of Expertise: Behavioral, Neural, and Genetic Approaches to Complex Skill, ed David Z. Hambrick, Guillermo Campitelli, Brooke Macnamara. Routledge.
  3. Mosing MA, Peretz I, and Ullén F (in press). Genetic influences on musical expertise. In The Science of Expertise: Behavioral, Neural, and Genetic Approaches to Complex Skill, ed David Z. Hambrick, Guillermo Campitelli, Brooke Macnamara. Routledge.
  4. Madison G, Ullén F, and Merker B (in press). Metrically stuctured time and entrainment. In The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction, ed Micheline Lesaffre, Pieter-Jan Maes and Marc Leman. Routledge.
  5. Eriksson H, Harmat L, Theorell T, and Ullén F (in press). Similar but different: Interviewing monozygotic twins discordant for musical practice. Musicae Scientiae.
  6. Holm L, Karampela O, Ullén F, and Madison G (2017). Executive control and working memory are involved in sub-second repetitive motor timing. Exp Brain Res 235(3): 787-798.
  7. Lennartsson A-K, Bojner Horwitz E, Theorell T, and Ullén F (2017). Creative artistic achievement is related to lower levels of alexithymia. Creat Res J 29(1): 29-36.
  8. Madison G, Mosing MA, Verweij KJH, and Ullén F (2016). Common genetic influences on intelligence and auditory simple reaction time in a large Swedish sample. Intelligence 59: 157-162.
  9. Mosing MA, Verweij KJH, Abé C, de Manzano Ö, and Ullén F (2016). On the relationship between domain-specific creative achievement and sexual orientation in Swedish twins. Arch Sexual Behav 45(7):1799-806.
  10. Mosing MA and Ullén F (2016). Genetic influences on musical giftedness, talent and practice. In Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Music Education, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, ed Gary E. McPherson. Oxford University Press, pp. 156-167.
  11. Ullén F, Harmat L, Theorell T, and Madison G (2016). Flow and individual differences – a phenotypic analysis of data from more than 10,000 twin individuals. In: Flow Experience. Empirical Research and Applications, eds Harmat, L., Ørsted Andersen, F., Ullén, F., Wright, J., Sadlo, G. Springer Verlag, Switzerland, pp. 267-288.
  12. Mosing MA, Verweij KJH, Madison G, and Ullén F (2016). The genetic architecture of correlations between perceptual timing, motor timing, and intelligence. Intelligence 57: 33-40.
  13. Verweij KJH, Mosing MA, Ullén F, and Madison G (2016). Individual differences in personality masculinity-femininity: Examining the effects of genes, environment, and prenatal hormone transfer. Twin Res Human Gen 19(2):87-96.
  14. Theorell T, Lennartsson A-K, de Manzano Ö, Pedersen NL, and Ullén F (2016). Self-reported psychological demands, skill discretion and decision authority at work – a twin study. Scand J Public Health 44(4):354-60.
  15. Ullén F, Hambrick DZ, and Mosing MA. (2016) Rethinking expertise: a multi-factorial gene-environment interaction model of expert performance. Psychol Bull 142(4):427-46.
  16. Pinho AL, Ullén F, Castelo-Branco M, Fransson P, and de Manzano Ö (2016). Addressing a paradox: Dual strategies for creative performance in introspective and extrospective networks. Cereb Cortex 26(7): 3052-3063. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhv130
  17. Mosing MA, Madison G, Pedersen NL, and Ullén F (2016). Investigating cognitive transfer within the framework of music practice: Genetic pleiotropy rather than causality. Dev Sci 19(3):504-12.
  18. Hambrick DZ, Macnamara BN, Campitelli G, Ullén F, and Mosing MA (2016). A new look at expertise: Beyond the experts are born vs made debate. Psychology of Learning and Motivation, vol 64: 1-55.
  19. Theorell T and Ullén F (2016). Epidemiological studies of the relationship between cultural experiences and public health. In: Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing, eds. Clift, S. and Camic, P.M. Oxford University Press, London, pp. 55-64.
  20. Müssgens DM and Ullén F (2015). Transfer in motor sequence learning: effects of practice schedule and sequence context. Front Human Neurosci. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00642
  21. Bojner Horwitz E, Lennartsson A-K, Theorell T, and Ullén F. (2015) Engagement in dance is associated with emotional competence in interplay with others. Front Psychol 6:1096. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01096
  22. Power RA, Steinberg S, Bjornsdottir G, Rietveld CA, Abdelloui A, Nivard MM, Johannesson M, Galesloot T, Hottenga JJ, Willemsen G, Cesarini D, Benjamin DJ, Magnusson PKE, Ullén F, Tiemeier H, Hofman A, van Rooij FJ, Walters GB, Sigurdsson E, Thorgeirsson TE, Ingason A, Helgason A, Kong A, Kiemeney LA, Koellinger P, Boomsma DI, Gudbjartsson D, Stefansson H, Stefansson K (2015). Polygenic risk scores for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder predict creativity. Nat Neurosci 18(7):953-5.
  23. Mosing MA, Verweij KJH, Madison G, Pedersen NL, Zietsch BP, and Ullén F (2015). Did sexual selection shape human music? Testing predictions from the sexual selection hypothesis of music evolution using a large genetically informative sample of over 10,000 twins. Evolution Hum Behav 36(5): 359-366.
  24. Harmat L, de Manzano Ö, Theorell T, Högman L, Fischer H, and Ullén F (2015). Physiological correlates of the flow experience during computer game playing. Int J Psychophysiol 97: 1-7.
  25. Ullén F, Mosing MA, and Madison G. (2015) Associations between motor timing, music practice, and intelligence studied in a large sample of twins. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1337: 125-129.
  26. Theorell T, Lennartsson A-K, Madison G, Mosing MA, and Ullén F. (2015) Predictors of continued music practice – from childhood and adolescence to adult years. Acta Paediatr 104(3): 274-284.
  27. Butković A, Ullén F, and Mosing MA. Personality and related traits as predictors of music practice: Underlying environmental and genetic influences (2015). Personal Individ Diff 74: 133-138.
  28. Mosing MA, Pedersen NL, Madison G, and Ullén F. (2014) Genetic pleiotropy explains associations between musical auditory discrimination and intelligence. PLoS One 9(11): e113874.
  29. Theorell T, Mosing MA, Lennartsson A-K, and Ullén F (2014). Musical activity and emotional competence – a twin study. Front Psychol 5: 774.
  30. Mosing MA, Madison G, Pedersen NL, Kuja-Halkola R, and Ullén F (2014). Practice does not make perfect: No causal effect of music practice on music ability. Psychol Sci 25(9): 1795-1803.
  31. Pinho AL, de Manzano Ö, Fransson P, Eriksson H, and Ullén F (2014). Connecting to create – expertise in musical improvisation is associated with increased functional connectivity between premotor and prefrontal areas. J Neurosci 34(18): 6156-6163.
  32. Ullén F, Mosing MA, Holm L, Eriksson H, and Madison G (2014). Psychometric properties and heritability of a new online test for musicality, the Swedish Musical Discrimination Test. Personal Individ Diff 63: 87-93.
  33. Madison G, Karampela O, Ullén F, and Holm L (2013). Effects of practice on variability in an isochronous serial interval production task: asymptotical levels of tapping variability after training are similar to those of musicians. Acta Psychol 143: 119-128.
  34. de Manzano Ö, Cervenka S, Jucaite A, Hellenäs O, Farde L, and Ullén F (2013). Individual differences in the proneness to have flow experiences are linked to dopamine D2-receptor availability in the striatum. NeuroImage 67: 1-6.
  35. Magnusson PKE, Almqvist C, Rahman I, Ganna A, Viktorin A, Walum H, Halldner L, Lundström S, Ullén F, Långström N, Larsson H, Nyman A, Hellner Gumpert C, Råstam M, Anckarsäter H, Cnattingius S, Johannesson M, Ingelsson E, Klareskog L, de Faire U, Pedersen NL, and Lichtenstein P (2013). The Swedish Twin Registry – establishment of a biobank and other recent developments. Twin Res Hum Genet 16(1): 317-329.
  36. Holm L, Ullén F, and Madison G (2013). Motor and executive control in repetitive timing of brief intervals. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform 39(2): 365-380.
  37. Mosing MA, Cesarini D, Johannesson M, Magnusson PKE, Pedersen NL, Nakamura J, Madison G, and Ullén F (2012). Genetic and environmental influences on the relationship between flow proneness, locus of control and behavioral inhibition. PLoS One 7(11): e47958.
  38. Madison G and Ullén F (2012). Statistical learning and prejudice. Behav Brain Sci 20: 30-31.
  39. de Manzano Ö and Ullén F (2012). Activation and connectivity patterns of the presupplementary and dorsal premotor areas during free improvisation of melodies and rhythms. NeuroImage 63: 272-280.
  40. Mosing MA, Magnusson PK, Pedersen NL, Nakamura J, Madison G, and Ullén F (2012). Heritability of proneness for psychological flow experiences. Personal Individ Diff 53(5): 699-704.
  41. Ullén F, Söderlund T, Kääriä L, and Madison G (2012). Bottom-up mechanisms are involved in the relation between accuracy in timing tasks and intelligence – further evidence using manipulations of state motivation. Intelligence 40: 100-106.
  42. Ullén F, de Manzano Ö, Almeida R, Magnusson PK, Pedersen NL, Nakamura J, Csikszentmihalyi M, and Madison G (2012). Proneness for psychological flow in everyday life: associations with personality and intelligence. Personal Individ Diff 52(2): 167-172.
  43. Forsman LJ, de Manzano Ö, Karabanov A, Madison G, and Ullén F (2012). Differences in regional brain volume related to the extraversion-introversion dimension – a voxel based morphometry study. Neurosci Res 72: 59-67.
  44. de Manzano Ö and Ullén F (2012). Goal-independent mechanisms for free response generation: creative and pseudo-random performance share neural substrates. NeuroImage 59(1): 772-780
  45. Holmström L, de Manzano Ö, Vollmer B, Forsman L, Valero-Cuevas FJ, Ullén F, and Forssberg H (2011). Dissociation of brain areas associated with force production and stabilization during manipulation of unstable objects. Exp Brain Res 215(3-4): 359-367.
  46. Holm L, Ullén F, and Madison G (2011). Intelligence and temporal accuracy of behavior: unique and shared associations with reaction time and motor timing. Exp Brain Res 214(2): 175-83.
  47. Madison G, Gouyon F, Ullén F, and Hörnström K. (2011) Modeling the tendency for music to induce movement in humans: first correlations with low-level audio descriptors across music genres. J Exp Psychol: Hum Percept Perform 37(5): 1578-94.
  48. Harmat L, Ullén F, de Manzano Ö, Olsson E, Elofsson U, von Scheele B, and Theorell T. (2011) Heart rate variability during piano playing: a case study of three professional solo pianists playing a self-selected and a difficult prima vista piece. Music Med. 3(2): 102-107
  49. de Manzano Ö, Cervenka S, Karabanov A, Farde L, and Ullén F. (2010) Thinking outside a less intact box: thalamic dopamine D2 receptor densities are negatively related to psychometric creativity in healthy individuals. PLoS One 5(5): e10670.
  50. Vollmer B, Holmström L, Forsman L, Krumlinde-Sundholm L, Valero-Cuevas FJ, Forssberg H, and Ullén F. (2010) Evidence of validity in a new method to measure dexterity in children and adolescents. Dev Med Child Neurol 48(5): 348-352.
  51. Karabanov A, Cervenka S, de Manzano Ö, Forssberg H, Farde L, and Ullén F. (2010) Dopamine D2 receptor density in the limbic striatum is related to implicit but not explicit movement sequence learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(16): 7574-7579.
  52. de Manzano Ö, Theorell T, Harmat L and Ullén F. (2010) The psychophysiology of flow during piano playing. Emotion 10(3): 301-311.
  53. Ullén F, de Manzano Ö, Theorell T and Harmat L. (2010) The physiology of effortless attention: correlates of state flow and flow proneness. In: Effortless attention: a new perspective in the cognitive science of attention and action, ed. Bruya, B.J. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 205-218.
  54. Forsman L, Madison G and Ullén F. (2009) Neuroticism is correlated with drift in serial time interval production. Personal Individ Diff 47(3): 229-232.
  55. Karabanov A, Blom Ö, Forsman L, and Ullén F. (2009) The dorsal auditory pathway is involved in performance of both auditory and visual rhythms. NeuroImage 44(2): 480-488.
  56. Madison G, Forsman L, Blom Ö, Karabanov A and Ullén F. (2009) Correlations between intelligence and components of serial timing variability. Intelligence 37(1): 68-75.
  57. Bengtsson SL, Ullén F, Ehrsson HH, Hashimoto T, Kito T, Naito E, Forssberg H, and Sadato N. (2009) Listening to rhythms activates motor and premotor cortex. Cortex 45(1): 62-71.
  58. Ullén F. Is activity regulation of late myelination a plastic mechanism in the human nervous system? (2009) Neuron Glia Biol 5(1-2): 29-34.
  59. Karabanov A, and Ullén F. (2008) Implicit and explicit learning of temporal sequences studied with the process dissociation procedure. J Neurophysiol 100, 733-739.
  60. Ullén F, Forsman L, Blom Ö, Karabanov A and Madison G. (2008) Intelligence and accuracy in a simple timing task share neural correlates in the prefrontal white matter. J Neurosci 28(16): 4238-4243.
  61. Ullén, F. (2008) Neuropsychology of movement sequence learning. In: Theories and principles for intervention of hand function in children with cerebral palsy, ed. Eliasson, A.-C. Mac Keith Press. London, UK., 43-60.
  62. Bengtsson, S.L., Csíkszentmihályi, M. and Ullén, F. (2007) Cortical regions involved in the generation of musical structures during improvisation. J Cogn Neurosci 19, 1-13.
  63. Ullén, F. (2007) Independent neural control of rhythmic sequences – behavioral and fMRI evidence. Physiol & Behav. 92, 193-198.
  64. Bengtsson SL and Ullén F. (2006) Dissociation between melodic and rhythmic processing during piano performance from musical scores. NeuroImage 30, 272-284.
  65. Ullén, F., Bengtsson, S.L., Ehrsson, H.H., and Forssberg, H. (2005) Neural control of rhythmic sequences. In The Neurosciences and Music II. Ann NY Acad Sci 1060, 368-376.
  66. Bengtsson SL, Nagy Z, Skare S, Forsman L, Forssberg H, and Ullén F. (2005) Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development. Nature Neurosci 8, 1148-1150.
  67. Bengtsson SL, Ehrsson HH, Forssberg H, Ullén F. (2005) Effector-independent voluntary timing: behavioural and neuroimaging evidence. Eur J Neurosci 22, 3255-3265.
  68. Bengtsson SL, Ehrsson HH, Forssberg H, Ullén F. (2004) Dissociating brain regions controlling the temporal and ordinal structure of learned movement sequences. Eur J Neurosci 19(9), 2591-2602.
  69. Ullén, F., Ehrsson, H.H. and Forssberg, H. (2003). Neural networks coordinating the hands in time. J Neurophysiol 89, 1126-1135.
  70. Ullén, F., Bengtsson, S.L. (2003). Independent processing of the temporal and ordinal structure of movement sequences. J Neurophysiol 90, 3725-3735.
  71. Kozlov, A. , Ullén, F., Fagerstedt, P., Aurell, E., Lansner, A., and Grillner, S. (2002). Mechanisms for lateral turns in lamprey in response to descending unilateral commands: a modeling study. Biol Cybern 86, 1-14.
  72. Kozlov, A., Fagerstedt, P., Ullén, F., and Aurell, E. (2001). Turning behaviour in lamprey in response to descending unilateral commands: experiments and modelling. Neurocomputing 38-40, 1373-1378.
  73. Fagerstedt, P. and Ullén, F. (2001). Lateral turns in the lamprey. I. Patterns of motoneuron activity. J Neurophysiol 86, 2246-2256.
  74. Fagerstedt, P., Deliagina, T.G., Orlovsky, G.N., Grillner, S. and Ullén, F., (2001). Lateral turns in the lamprey II. Activity of reticulospinal neurons during the generation of fictive turns. J Neurophysiol 86, 2257-2265.
  75. Ullén, F., Deliagina, T.G., Orlovsky, G.N. and Grillner, S. (1997). Visual pathways for postural control and negative phototaxis in lamprey. J. Neurophysiol. 78, 960-976.
  76. Ullén, F., Deliagina, T.G., Orlovsky, G.N. and Grillner, S. (1996). Visual potentiation of vestibular responses in lamprey reticulospinal neurons. Eur J Neurosci 8, 2298-2307.
  77. Ullén, F., Deliagina, T., Orlovsky, G. and Grillner, S. (1995). Spatial orientation in lamprey I. Control of pitch and roll. J Exp Biol 198, 665-673.
  78. Ullén, F., Deliagina, T., Orlovsky, G. and Grillner, S. (1995). Spatial orientation in lamprey II. Visual influence on orientation during locomotion and in the attached state. J Exp Biol 198, 675-681.
  79. Deliagina, T.G., Ullén, F, Gonzalez, M.-J., Ehrsson, H., Orlovsky, G.N. and Grillner, S. (1995). Initiation of locomotion by lateral line photoreceptors in lamprey: behavioural and electrophysiological studies. J Exp Biol 198, 2581-2591.
  80. Ullén, F., Orlovsky, G., Deliagina, T. and Grillner, S. (1993). Role of dermal photoreceptors and lateral eyes in initiation and orientation of locomotion in lamprey. Behav Brain Res 54, 107-110.
  81. Deliagina, T.G., Grillner, S., Orlovsky, G.N. and Ullén, F. (1993). Visual input affects the response to roll in reticulospinal neurons of the lamprey. Exp Brain Res 95, 421-428.

2. Books

  1. Harmat, L., Ørsted Andersen, F., Ullén, F., Wright, J., Sadlo, G. (Eds.) (2016). Flow Experience. Empirical Research and Applications. ISBN 978-3-319-28634-1. Springer Verlag.

3. Popular science, book reviews, essays

  1. Hambrick DZ, Ullén F, and Mosing M (2016). Is innate talent a myth? Scientific American, 20 Sept 2016, online edition. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-innate-talent-a-myth/
  2. Theorell T and Ullén F (2016). Vilka samband ser vi mellan kulturaktiviteter och hälsa? I Kultur och hälsa i praktiken (ed. Sigurdson O and Sjölander A). Göteborgs Universitet, pp. 49-64.
  3. Ullén F (2016). Blir jag bättre på annat också av att musicera? Om samband mellan musik och kognitiva förmågor och vad de kan bero på. Horisont. Tidskrift för Litteratur och Kultur. 1/2016, 6-10.
  4. Ullén F (2015). Blir vi smartare av musik? – en kritisk analys av forskningsläget. I Kultur & Folkhälsa – antologi om forskning och praktik (ed Bojner Horwitz E, Hogstedt C, Wistén P, and Theorell T). Tolvnitton Förlag, pp. 227-235.
  5. Theorell T and Ullén F (2015). Kultur och folkhälsa – vilka samband ser vi? I Kultur & Folkhälsa – antologi om forskning och praktik (ed Bojner Horwitz E, Hogstedt C, Wistén P, and Theorell T). Tolvnitton Förlag, pp. 15-40.
  6. Ullén F. Inspiration, skapande och psykisk sjukdom (2013). I Kroppen i humanioraperspektiv (ed Palm, A. och Stenström, J.). Makadam Förlag, pp. 23-36.
  7. Ullén F. Kreativitet och psykisk sjukdom (2012). I Nya tankar om kreativitet och flow (ed Klein G). Brombergs Förlag, pp. 121-132.
  8. Ullén F. Tidig musikträning och hjärnans utveckling hos barn (2012). I Körsång påverkar, forskare berättar (ed Ekman-Frisk L och Fagius G). Wessmans Musikförlag, Visby, pp. 39-48.
  9. Ullén F. Kreativitet är granne med galenskap (2010). Tvärsnitt 3: 2010.
  10. Ullén F. Den musicerande hjärnan (2009). Opus 21, 36-38.
  11. Ullén F. Frederic Rzewski: Nonsequiturs. Writings and lectures on improvisation, composition, and interpretation. (2009) Nutida Musik 4/2008-09, 47-48. [book review]
  12. Ullén, F. Dreams, truths and responsibilities. (2007). Nexus 48, 89-96.
  13. Ullén, F. Musik har en semantisk komponent. (2005) Läkartidningen 42, 102: 3018.
  14. Ullén, F. Jan Fagius: Hemisfärernas musik. Om musikhanteringen i hjärnan. (2002) Läkartidningen 1, 87. [book review]
  15. Ullén, F. I hjärnan på en pianist: reflexioner kring pianospelet ur neurovetenskaplig synvinkel. (1999) Nutida musik 2/1999, 22-27.

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