Malena Ivarsson

Malena Ivarsson


Head of Department

Senior Lecturer

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Social Sciences


My work at Södertörn University is divided into two functions, subject coordination and teaching. In my function as a subject coordinator of psychology, my goal is to improve the quality of the education, and expand the subject of psychology internally and externally. As a teacher, I am currently responsible for essay writing on B- and C-level. I have previously been teaching in social psychology, cross-cultural psychology, cognition, development psychology, gender and equality psychology, motivation, methodology and statistics.

My research deals mainly with psycho-physiology, i.e. the relationship between psychological processes and physiological reactions. Current research is about exploring sleep behaviors among patients with chronic fatigue symptoms.

In May 2014 I defended my thesis Psycho-physiological reactions to violent video gaming: Experimental studies of heart rate variability, cortisol, sleep and emotional reactions in teenage boys. Link External link.

Ivarsson M, Anderson M, Åkerstedt T, Lindblad F. Playing a violent television game affects heart rate variability. Acta Paediatr. 1, 166-172, 2009.

Ivarsson M, Anderson M, Åkerstedt T, Lindblad F. Playing a violent television game does not affect saliva cortisol. Acta Paediatr. 6, 1052-1053, 2009.

Ivarsson, M., Anderson, M., Åkerstedt, T., & Lindblad, F. (2013). The effect of violent and nonviolent video games on heart rate variability, sleep, and emotions in adolescents with different violent gaming habits. Psychosomatic medicine, 75(4), 390-396.

Before my university studies, I worked for more than fifteen years in the advertising business with design, art direction and photography, both as an employee and in a business of my own.

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