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Erik Prytz

Senior Associate Professor

My research aim is to use principles and knowledge from the scientific field of human factors to solve practical problems in safety-critical domains.

Science of Human Factors

The scientific discipline of human factors aims to apply knowledge about humans, both strengths and limitations, to design safe, efficient and user-friendly systems and environments. The core of the discipline is our aggregated knowledge about how humans work, such as our cognitive functions and their relation to physiology and environmental factors.

My Research

 My research covers both fundamental research in controlled, experimental conditions as well as applied research where practical and domain-specific problems are the focus. Common themes in my research from the basic to applied are the following:

  • Simulation-based training
  • Stress and mental workload
  • Communication and teamwork

Much of my applied research is oriented towards emergency response, first aid and prehospital care, and disaster medicine. The themes listed above translate into questions such as “how can simulation technology be used to train medical skills and improve patient safety?”, “how will new technology change the work of emergency responders?”, or “what effects will sudden changes in workload have on the ability to perform cognitively demanding tasks?”.

I want to better understand how high workload and acute stress can lead to negative effects on human performance, how technical systems can be designed for simplified use to avoid such negative effects, and how simulation-based training can be used to ensure that operators can perform their tasks safely and efficiently under any circumstance.

Emergency Response Systems

Most of my research projects focus on emergency response systems, such as the fire and rescue service, emergency medical care, and the police. Emergency medical care and the role of immediate responders and volunteers have been a particular focus.

The research projects are often multi-disciplinary with researchers from disciplines such as cognitive science, computer science, medicine, informatics, or logistics. The common goal is to establish evidence on how to improve the emergency response systems to better respond to both small, everyday accidents and large, infrequent disasters. The goal is for society to be better prepared so that more lives can be saved when an accident strikes.

My background in brief

CV in brief

  • Associate professor in cognitive science, IDA, LiU (2021-)
  • Docent in cognitive science (2019)
  • Senior lecturer in cognitive science, IDA, LiU (2019-2021)
  • Researcher in disaster medicine, Östergötland County Council (2017-)
  • Research Collaborator, Mayo Clinic, USA (2017-)
  • Researcher, SICS East (2014-2017)
  • Research Fellow in cognitive science, IDA, LiU (2014-2019)
  • PhD in Human Factors Psychology, Old Dominion University, USA (2014)
  • Master of Science in cognitive science, LiU (2010)




  • Program chair, bachelors program in cognitive science (2020-)
  • Acting program chair, masters program in cognitive science (jun 2020 – dec 2020)
  • Director of the Forum Securitatis graduate school (2018-)
  • Committee for education quality assurance, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (2021-)
  • Crisis management group, Department of Computer and Information Science, LiU (2020-)
  • Department board, Department of Computer and Information Science, LiU (2021-)
  • Election committee for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences board (2020-)
  • Governing board for the Center for Advanced Research in Emergency Response (2021-)
  • Governing board for Security Link (2018-)
  • Focus area coordinator for research topic Human Factors, Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology (2015-)
  • Examiner and committee member for multiple licentiate and PhD theses


  • Courses in the BSc and MSc programs in cognitive science
  • Course examiner for the courses ”Humans in Complex Systems”, ”Human Factors”, and ”Distributed and Situated Cognition”
  • PhD courses in Human Factors, Emergency response

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Petter Norrblom, Carl-Oscar Jonson, Erik Prytz (2023) Where and how do people search for medical emergency equipment in public buildings? 67th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Continue to DOI
Petter Norrblom, Erik Prytz, Sofie Pilemalm, Tobias Andersson Granberg, Carl-Oscar Jonson (2023) Vad motiverar frivilliga att fortsätta vara frivilliga? Framtidens Skadeplats 2023 Continue to DOI
Marc Friberg, Wilhelm Brodin, Lukas Arkestål, Carl-Oscar Jonson, Erik Prytz (2023) Training Effectiveness Factors Associated with Laypeople Hemorrhage Control Training: A Systematic Literature Review Framtidens Skadeplats 2023 Continue to DOI
Erik Prytz, Björn Lidestam (2023) Projekt Säker Patientvård Under Transport (SPURT) Framtidens Skadeplats 2023 Continue to DOI
Björn Lidestam, Kajsa Weibull, Erik Prytz (2023) Full SPEED ahead: Säker och effektiv utryckningskörning genom simulatorbaserad träning Framtidens Skadeplats 2023 Continue to DOI

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