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Lars-Christer Hydén

Professor Emeritus

My research concerns the way social interaction is affected when a person develops communicative disabilities, for instance losing the ability to use langue or certain cognitive functions, through brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Research about living with dementia

I'm doing research on social interaction involving persons with communicative disabilities, i.e. dementia. For example, how persons with Alzheimer's disease and their significant others re-organize their social interaction to manage the challenges presented by the disease.

I am professor of Social Psychology and director of Center for Dementia Research (CEDER). I'm also guest professor at Nordland University, Bodö, Norway.

I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from Stockholm University in 1988. I worked at Stockholm University and from 1997 at Linköping University. I am Advisory Board Member at The Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London, and member of the research group around the ESCR founded program ”Neighbourhoods and Dementia Research Project”, at Manchester University, UK.

I have written and edited some fifteen books, most recently Health, Culture and Illness: Broken Narratives (with Jens Brockmeier), Beyond Narrative Coherence (with Matti Hyvärinen, Maria Saarenheimo and Maria Tamboukou), The Travelling Concept of Narrative (with Matti Hyvärinen and Mari Hatavara), Beyond Loss: Dementia, Personhood, Identity (with Hilde Lindemann and Jens Brockmeier), and What is Narrative Research? (with Corinne Squire, Molly Andrews and others).




Lars-Christer Hydén, Anna Ekström, Ali Reza Majlesi (2024) 'Proto-conversation' as a practice in late-stage dementia care Pragmatics and Society, Vol. 15, p. 178-195 Continue to DOI


Elias Ingebrand, Christina Samuelsson, Lars-Christer Hydén (2023) Supporting people living with dementia in novel joint activities: Managing tablet computers Journal of Aging Studies, Vol. 65, Article 101116 Continue to DOI
Anna Ekström, Ali Reza Majlesi, Lars-Christer Hydén (2023) Assisted eating as a communicative activity : A framework of joint attention and co-ordinated embodied actions Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders/Equinox, Vol. 14, p. 79-105 Continue to DOI
S M Atiqur Rahman, Bettina Meinow, Lars-Christer Hydén, Susanne Kelfve (2023) Patterns of long-term care utilization during the last five years of life among Swedish older adults with and without dementia PLOS ONE, Vol. 18, Article e0286930 Continue to DOI
Lars-Christer Hydén, Anna Ekström, Ali Reza Majlesi (2023) Intercorporeal collaboration: Staging, parsing, and embodied directives in dementia care Health Continue to DOI

Selected publications

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Lars-Christer Hydén (2014)

Journal of Aging Studies , Vol.29 , s.115-123 Continue to DOI

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Lars-Christer Hydén, Charlotta Plejert, Christina Samuelsson, Linda Örulv (2012)

Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders/Equinox , Vol.4 , s.211-247

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Lars-Christer Hydén (2011)

Journal of Aging Studies , Vol.25 , s.339-347 Continue to DOI