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Kajsa Igelström

Assistant Professor, Docent

My research goal is to understand how variations in brain function are related to different strengths and challenges in people with autism or ADHD.

Perception and cognition in autism och ADHD

Neuropsychiatric disorders occur when the brain develops in unusual ways. Differences in thinking style and sensory perception can cause many problems but can also be associated with great strengths. If we can understand both strengths and challenges on the individual level, it may ultimately help people to harness their strengths and minimize limitations.

My group uses virtual reality and brain imaging to test perception, attention and cognitive function in children and adults with autism or ADHD.

I also run the international outreach project Extraordinary Brains, which aims to improve acceptance and understanding of people with neurodevelopmental differences.



Peter Bang, Danait Kidane Andemichael, Johan Pieslinger, Kajsa Igelström (2024) Sensory symptoms associated with autistic traits and anxiety levels in children aged 6-11 years
Peter Bang, Kajsa Igelström (2024) Relationships between autistic trait dimensions and speech understanding, affective sound intolerance, and general auditory perception


Peter Bang, Kajsa Igelström (2023) Modality-specific associations between sensory differences and autistic traits Autism Continue to DOI


Johan Pieslinger, Joost Wiskerke, Kajsa Igelström (2022) Contributions of face processing, social anhedonia and mentalizing to the expression of social autistic-like traits Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Vol. 16, Article 1046097 Continue to DOI
Erika Högstedt, Kajsa Igelström, Laura Korhonen, Pia Käcker, Ina Marteinsdottir, Mathilda Björk (2022) 'It's like it is designed to keep me stressed' - Working sustainably with ADHD or autism Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, p. 1-12 Continue to DOI