Learning and memory


The learning and memory research programme was funded together with the Swedish Research Council and others. Over SEK 70 million was awarded over a period of 5 years.

Learning at all levels has become increasingly important for the Swedish education system. Recent research in psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience has given us an understanding of children's learning – how they become motivated, how they create concepts and how they remember. At the same time, learning has changed in line with, for example, information from the internet and other interactive education programmes.

The Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, together with the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Educational Sciences Committee at the Swedish Research Council, has funded four research programmes in this field. The initiative is called Learning and Memory in Children and Youth. The total amount awarded is SEK 72 million for a period of five years.

The purpose of the initiative is to better understand how children and youth learn, how they are motivated, how they create concepts and how their memory works. The hope is also that the new knowledge will be used to create better conditions for learning in day-care centres, preschools, schools and universities.

The research domain is defined in three main headers:

  • Emotion and motivation
  • Conceptualisation and conceptual development
  • Interactive learning environments

Funding calls in 2006 A total of 18 applications were received, of which four researchers received a three-year grant with a possible extension after evaluation for another two years.

Stefan Samuelsson, Linköping University: An international longitudinal twin study of early linguistic and cognitive development, reading and writing, mathematics and attention

Roger Säljö, University of Gothenburg: Learning and remembering interactive technologies in a narrative perspective

Juha Kere, Karolinska Institutet: Biological mechanisms behind dyslexia: the genetic risk factors and their regulation

Torkel Klingberg, Karolinska Institutet: Brain Child – A longitudinal study of memory functions in children