Prof. Dr. Fredrik Ullén


  • Gen-Umwelt-Interaktion bei musikalischem Engagement und musikalischem Können
  • Die neuronale Grundlage des Erlernens und der Leistung von Fertigkeiten
  • Neuronale Mechanismen der Kreativität
  • Die Neuropsychologie des Flow-Erlebens
  • Kulturelles Engagement, Wohlbefinden und Gesundheit




2010Professor für Kognitive Neurowissenschaft
1996PhD, Medizin
1990Master Performing Arts (solo piano)

Akademische Tätigkeiten

Seit April 2021Direktor der Abteilung "Kognitive Neuropsychologie" des Max-Planck-Instituts für empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt am Main  
Seit 2012Professor für Kognitive Neurowissenschaft, Institut für Neurowissenschaft, Karolinska Institut, Stockholm
2010–2011Professor für Kognitive Neurowissenschaft, Institut für die Gesundheit von Frauen und Kindern, Karolinska Institut, Stockholm
2009–2010Dozent für Kognitive Neurowissenschaft, Institut für die Gesundheit von Frauen und Kindern, Karolinska Institut, Stockholm
2006–2009Forscher, Institut für die Gesundheit von Frauen und Kindern, Karolinska Institut, Stockholm
2001–2005Assistant professor, Institut für die Gesundheit von Frauen und Kindern, Karolinska Institut, (Swedish Scientific Council Position)
05/2006Associate professor (docent), Karolinska Institut
1999–2001Post-doctoral fellow (Hjärnfonden), Institut für die Gesundheit von Frauen und Kindern, Karolinska Institut
1997–1999Post-doctoral fellow (Swedish Scientific Council position), Studies of Artificial Neural Systems, NADA, Royal Institute for Technology; und Institut für Neurowissenschaft Karolinska Institut, Stockholm

Externe Tätigkeiten

Seit 2020Wissenschaftlicher Beirat, Centre Européen de Musique, Paris, France
2013–2021Vorstandsmitglied, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden
2013–2018Mitglied des Nominierungsausschußes, Swedish Royal Academy of Music



Zeitschriftenartikel (peer reviewed)

Christensen, J. F., Wesseldijk, L. W., Mosing, M. A., Fayn, K., Schmidt, E.-M., Blattmann, M., Sancho-Escanero, L., Ullén, F. (2024). The dancer personality: Comparing dancers and non-dancers in Germany and Sweden. Personality and Individual Differences, 222, 112603. doi:

Wesseldijk LW, *Ullén F, and *Mosing MA (in press). Music and genetics. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. *shared senior authorship

Gustavson D, Coleman P, Wang Y, Nitin R, Petty L, Bush C, Mosing MA, Wesseldijk L, Ullén F, Below J, Cox N, and Gordon R. (in press). Exploring the genetics of rhythmic perception and musical engagement in the Vanderbilt Online Musicality Study. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Wesseldijk LW, Lu Y, Karlsson R, *Ullén F, and *Mosing MA. (in press). A comprehensive investigation into the genetic relationship between music engagement and mental health. Translational Psychiatry. *shared senior authorship

Wassiliwizky, E., Wontorra, P. & Ullén, F. (2023) How being perceived to be an artist boosts feelings of attraction in others. Scientific Reports 13, 18747.

Ullén, F. (2022). Expertise and the brain of the performing artist. In M. Skov & M. Nadal (Eds.). Handbook of Neuroaesthetics. New York: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003008675-30

Wesseldijk LW, Abdellaoui A, Gordon RJ, 23andMe Research Team, *Ullén F, and *Mosing MA (2022). Using a polygenic score in a family design to understand genetic influences on musicality. Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/s41598-022-18703-w. *shared senior authorship

Bairnsfather JE, Ullén F, Osborne MS, Wilson SJ, and Mosing MA (2022). Investigating the relationship between childhood music practice and pitch-naming ability in professional musicians and a population-based twin sample. Twin Research and Human Genetics. doi:10.1017/thg.2022.29

Manting CL, Gulyás B, Ullén F, and Lundqvist D. (2022). Steady-state responses to concurrent melodies: source distribution, top-down and bottom-up attention. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhac260

Niarchou M, Gustavson DE, Sathirapongsasuti JF, Anglada-Tort M, Eising E, Bell E, McArthur E, Straub P, The 23andMe Research Team, McAuley JD, Capra JA, Ullén F, Creanza N, Mosing MA, Hinds D, Davis LK, Jacoby N, and Gordon RL (2022). Genome-wide association  study of musical beat synchronization demonstrates high polygenicity. Nature Human Behavior. doi:10.1038/s41562-022-01359-x

de Manzano, Ö., & Ullén, F. (2021). Domain specific traits predict achievement in music and multipotentiality. Intelligence, 89, Article 101584. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2021.101584

Wesseldijk, L. W., Gordon, R. L., *Mosing, M. A., & *Ullén, F. (2021). Music and verbal ability—A twin study of genetic and environmental associations. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/aca0000401 *shared senior authorship

Manting, C. L., Gulyas, B., Ullén, F., & Lundqvist, D. (2021). Auditory steady-state responses during and after a stimulus: Cortical sources, and the influence of attention and musicality. NeuroImage, 233, Article 117962. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.117962

Kuckelkorn, K., de Manzano Ö., & Ullén, F. (2021). Musical expertise and personality - differences related to occupational choice and instrument categories. Personality and Individual Differences, 173, Article 110573. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.110573

Sorjonen, K., Madison, G., Hemmingsson, T., Melin, B., & Ullén, F. (2021). Further evidence that the Worst Performance Rule is a special case of the correlation of sorted scores rule. Intelligence, 84, Article 101516. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2020.101516

Wesseldijk, L. W., *Mosing, M. A., & *Ullén, F. (2021). Why is an early start of training related to musical skills in adulthood? A genetically informative study. Psychological Science, 32(1), 3-13. doi:10.1177/0956797620959014 *shared senior authorship

Manting, C. L., Andersen, L. M., Gulyas, B., Ullén, F., & Lundqvist, D. (2020). Attentional modulation of the auditory steady-state response across the cortex. NeuroImage, 217, Article116930. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116930

Sorjonen, K., Madison, G., Melin, B., & Ullén, F. (2020). The correlation of sorted scores rule. Intelligence, 80, Article 101454. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2020.101454

Wesseldijk, L. W., *Ullén, F., & *Mosing, M. A. (2020). Does listening to music increase your ability to discriminate musical sounds? Personality and Individual Differences, 161, Article 110001. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.110001  *shared senior authorship

de Manzano, Ö., Kuckelkorn, K. L., Ström, K., & Ullén, F. (2020). Action-perception coupling and near transfer: Listening to melodies after piano practice triggers sequence-specific representations in the auditory-motor network. Cerebral Cortex, 30(10), 5193-5203. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhaa018

Mosing, M. A., Hambrick, D. Z., & Ullén, F. (2019). Predicting musical aptitude and achievement: Practice, teaching, and intelligence. Journal of Expertise, 2(3), 184-197.

Wesseldijk, L. W., Ullén, F., & Mosing, M. A. (2019). The effects of playing music on mental health outcomes. Scientific Reports, 9, Article 12606. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-49099-9

Wesseldijk, L. W., *Mosing, M. A., & *Ullén, F. (2019). Gene-environment interaction in expertise: The importance of childhood environment for musical achievement. Developmental Psychology, 55(7), 1473-1479. doi:10.1037/dev0000726 *shared senior authorship

Theorell, T., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2019). Associations between musical aptitude, alexithymia, and working in a creative occupation. Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, 13(1), 49-57. doi:10.1037/aca0000158

Forsberg, L., Sigurdsson, S., Launer, L. J., Gudnason, V., & Ullén, F. (2019). Structural covariability hubs in old age. NeuroImage, 189, 307-315. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.01.032

de Manzano, Ö., & Ullén, F. (2018). Genetic and environmental influences on the phenotypic associations between intelligence, personality, and creative achievement in the arts and sciences. Intelligence, 69, 123-133. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2018.05.004

Mosing, M. A., & Ullén, F. (2018). Genetic influences on musical specialization: a twin study on choice of instrument and music genre. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1423(1), 427-434. doi:10.1111/nyas.13626

Hambrick, D. Z., Burgoyne, A. P., Macnamara, B. N., & Ullén, F. (2018). Toward a multifactorial model of expertise: beyond born versus made. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1423(1), 284-295. doi:10.1111/nyas.13586

de Manzano, Ö., & Ullén, F. (2018). Same genes, different brains: Neuroanatomical differences between monozygotic twins discordant for musical training. Cerebral Cortex, 28(1), 387-394. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhx299

Mosing, M. A., Butkovic, A., & Ullén, F. (2018). Can flow experiences be protective of work-related depressive symptoms and burnout? A genetically informative approach. Journal of Affective Disorders, 226, 6-11. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.09.017

Holm, L., Karampela, O., Ullén, F., & Madison, G. (2017). Executive control and working memory are involved in sub-second repetitive motor timing. Experimental Brain Research, 235(3), 787-798. doi:10.1007/s00221-016-4839-6      

Lennartsson, A.-K., Horwitz, E. B., Theorell, T., & Ullén, F. (2017). Creative artistic achievement is related to lower levels of alexithymia. Creativity Research Journal, 29(1), 29-36. doi:10.1080/10400419.2017.1263507

Eriksson, H., Harmat, L., Theorell, T., & Ullén, F. (2016). Similar but different: Interviewing monozygotic twins discordant for musical practice. Musicae Scientiae, 21(3), 250-266. doi:10.1177/1029864916649791

Madison, G., Mosing, M. A., Verweij, K. J. H., Pedersen, N. L., & Ullén, F. (2016). Common genetic influences on intelligence and auditory simple reaction time in a large Swedish sample. Intelligence, 59, 157-162. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2016.10.001

Mosing, M. A., Verweij, K. J. H., Abé, C., de Manzano, Ö., & Ullén, F. (2016). On the relationship between domain-specific creative achievement and sexual orientation in Swedish twins. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45(7), 1799-1806. doi:10.1007/s10508-016-0708-4

Mosing, M. A., Verweij, K. J. H., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2016). The genetic architecture of correlations between perceptual timing, motor timing, and intelligence. Intelligence, 57, 33-40. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2016.04.002

Verweij, K. J. H., Mosing, M. A., Ullén, F., & Madison, G. (2016). Individual differences in personality masculinity-femininity: Examining the effects of genes, environment, and prenatal hormone transfer. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 19(2), 87-96. doi:10.1017/thg.2016.8

Theorell, T., de Manzano, Ö., Lennartsson, A.-K., Pedersen, N. L., & Ullén, F. (2016). Self-reported psychological demands, skill discretion and decision authority at work: A twin study. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 44(4), 354-360. doi:10.1177/1403494815626610

Ullén, F., Hambrick, D. Z., & Mosing, M. A. (2016). Rethinking expertise: A multifactorial gene–environment interaction model of expert performance. Psychological Bulletin, 142(4), 427-446. doi:10.1037/bul0000033

Pinho, A. L., Ullén, F., Castelo-Branco, M., Fransson, P., & de Manzano, Ö. (2016). Addressing a paradox: Dual strategies for creative performance in introspective and extrospective networks. Cerebral Cortex, 26(7), 3052-3063. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhv130

Mosing, M. A., Madison, G., Pedersen, N. L., & Ullén, F. (2016). Investigating cognitive transfer within the framework of music practice: genetic pleiotropy rather than causality. Developmental Science, 19(3), 504-512. doi:10.1111/desc.12306

Müssgens, D. M., & Ullén, F. (2015). Transfer in motor sequence learning: Effects of practice schedule and sequence context. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, Article 642. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00642

Bojner Horwitz, E., Lennartsson, A.-K., Theorell, T. P. G., & Ullén, F. (2015). Engagement in dance is associated with emotional competence in interplay with others. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, Article 1096. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01096

Power, R. A., Steinberg, S., Bjornsdottir, G., Rietveld, C. A., Abdellaoui, A., Nivard, M. M., Johannesson, M., Galesloot, T. E., Hottenga, J. J., Willemsen, G., Cesarini, D., Benjamin, D. J., Magnusson, P. K., Ullén, F., Tiemeier, H., Hofman, A., van Rooij, F. J., Walters, G. B., Sigurdsson, E., Thorgeirsson, T. E., Ingason, A., Helgason, A., Kong, A., Kiemeney, L. A., Koellinger, P., Boomsma, D. I., Gudbjartsson, D., Stefansson, H., & Stefansson, K. (2015, Jul). Polygenic risk scores for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder predict creativity. Nature Neuroscience, 18(7), 953-955. doi:10.1038/nn.4040

Mosing, M. A., Verweij, K. J. H., Madison, G., Pedersen, N. L., Zietsch, B. P., & Ullén, F. (2015). Did sexual selection shape human music? Testing predictions from the sexual selection hypothesis of music evolution using a large genetically informative sample of over 10,000 twins. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36(5), 359-366. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2015.02.004

Harmat, L., de Manzano, Ö., Theorell, T., Högman, L., Fischer, H., & Ullén, F. (2015). Physiological correlates of the flow experience during computer game playing. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 97(1), 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2015.05.001

Ullén, F., Mosing, M. A., & Madison, G. (2015). Associations between motor timing, music practice, and intelligence studied in a large sample of twins. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1337(1), 125-129. doi:10.1111/nyas.12630

Theorell, T., Lennartsson, A. K., Madison, G., Mosing, M. A., & Ullén, F. (2015). Predictors of continued playing or singing--from childhood and adolescence to adult years. Acta Paediatrica 104(3), 274-284. doi:10.1111/apa.12870

Butkovic, A., Ullén, F., & Mosing, M. A. (2015). Personality related traits as predictors of music practice: Underlying environmental and genetic influences. Personality and Individual Differences, 74, 133-138. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.10.006

Mosing, M. A., Pedersen, N. L., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2014). Genetic pleiotropy explains associations between musical auditory discrimination and intelligence. PLoS ONE, 9(11), Article e113874. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113874

Theorell, T. P., Lennartsson, A.-K., Mosing, M. A., & Ullén, F. (2014). Musical activity and emotional competence - a twin study. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 774-774. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00774

Mosing, M. A., Madison, G., Pedersen, N. L., Kuja-Halkola, R., & Ullén, F. (2014). Practice does not make perfect: No causal effect of music practice on music ability. Psychological Science, 25(9), 1795-1803. doi:10.1177/0956797614541990

Pinho, A. L., de Manzano, Ö., Fransson, P., Eriksson, H., & Ullén, F. (2014). Connecting to create: expertise in musical improvisation is associated with increased functional connectivity between premotor and prefrontal areas. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34(18), 6156-6163. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.4769-13.2014

Ullén, F., Mosing, M. A., Holm, L., Eriksson, H., & Madison, G. (2014). Psychometric properties and heritability of a new online test for musicality, the Swedish Musical Discrimination Test. Personality and Individual Differences, 63, 87-93. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.01.057

Madison, G., Karampela, O., Ullén, F., & Holm, L. (2013). Effects of practice on variability in an isochronous serial interval production task: Asymptotical levels of tapping variability after training are similar to those of musicians. Acta Psychologica, 143(1), 119-128. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.02.010

de Manzano, Ö., Cervenka, S., Jucaite, A., Hellenäs, O., Farde, L., & Ullén, F. (2013). Individual differences in the proneness to have flow experiences are linked to dopamine D2-receptor availability in the dorsal striatum. NeuroImage, 67, 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.10.072

Magnusson, P. K., Almqvist, C., Rahman, I., Ganna, A., Viktorin, A., Walum, H., Halldner, L., Lundström, S., Ullén, F., Långström, N., Larsson, H., Nyman, A., Gumpert, C. H., Råstam, M., Anckarsäter, H., Cnattingius, S., Johannesson, M., Ingelsson, E., Klareskog, L., de Faire, U., Pedersen, N. L., & Lichtenstein, P. (2013). The Swedish twin registry: Establishment of a biobank and other recent developments. Twin Research and Human Genetics : The Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies, 16(1), 317-329. doi:10.1017/thg.2012.104

Holm, L., Ullén, F., & Madison, G. (2013). Motor and executive control in repetitive timing of brief intervals. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(2), 365-380. doi:10.1037/a0029142

Mosing, M. A., Pedersen, N. L., Cesarini, D., Johannesson, M., Magnusson, P. K., Nakamura, J., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2012). Genetic and environmental influences on the relationship between flow proneness, locus of control and behavioral inhibition. PLoS ONE, 7(11), Article e47958. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047958

Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2012). Statistical learning and prejudice. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35(6), 440-441. doi:10.1017/s0140525x12001422

de Manzano, Ö., & Ullén, F. (2012). Activation and connectivity patterns of the presupplementary and dorsal premotor areas during free improvisation of melodies and rhythms. NeuroImage, 63(1), 272-280. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.06.024

Mosing, M. A., Magnusson, P. K. E., Pedersen, N. L., Nakamura, J., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2012). Heritability of proneness for psychological flow experiences. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(5), 699-704. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2012.05.035

Ullén, F., Söderlund, T., Kääriä, L., & Madison, G. (2012). Bottom-up mechanisms are involved in the relation between accuracy in timing tasks and intelligence - Further evidence using manipulations of state motivation. Intelligence, 40(2), 100-106. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2012.01.012

Ullén, F., de Manzano, Ö., Almeida, R., Magnusson, P. K. E., Pedersen, N. L., Nakamura, J., Csíkszentmihályi, M., & Madison, G. (2012). Proneness for psychological flow in everyday life: Associations with personality and intelligence. Personality and Individual Differences, 52(2), 167-172. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.10.003

Forsman, L. J., de Manzano, Ö., Karabanov, A., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2012). Differences in regional brain volume related to the extraversion-introversion dimension-A voxel based morphometry study. Neuroscience Research, 72(1), 59-67. doi:10.1016/j.neures.2011.10.001

de Manzano, Ö., & Ullén, F. (2012). Goal-independent mechanisms for free response generation: Creative and pseudo-random performance share neural substrates. NeuroImage, 59(1), 772-780. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.07.016

Holmstrom, L., de Manzano, Ö., Vollmer, B., Forsman, L., Valero-Cuevas, F. J., Ullén, F., & Forssberg, H. (2011). Dissociation of brain areas associated with force production and stabilization during manipulation of unstable objects. Experimental Brain Research, 215(3-4), 359-367. doi:10.1007/s00221-011-2903-9

Holm, L., Ullén, F., & Madison, G. (2011). Intelligence and temporal accuracy of behaviour: unique and shared associations with reaction time and motor timing. Experimental Brain Research, 214(2), 175-183. doi:10.1007/s00221-011-2817-6

Madison, G., Gouyon, F., Ullén, F., & Hörnström, K. (2011). Modeling the tendency for music to induce movement in humans: First correlations with low-level audio descriptors across music genres. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Human Perception and Performance, 37(5), 1578-1594. doi:10.1037/a0024323

Harmat, L., Ullén, F., de Manzano, Ö., Olsson, E., Elofsson, U., von Scheele, B., & Theorell, T. (2011). Heart rate variability during piano playing: A case study of three professional solo pianists playing a self-selected and a difficult prima vista piece. Music and Medicine, 3(2), 102-107.

de Manzano, Ö., Cervenka, S., Karabanov, A., Farde, L., & Ullén, F. (2010). Thinking outside a less intact box: Thalamic dopamine D2 receptor densities are negatively related to psychometric creativity in healthy individuals. PLOS ONE, 5(5), Article e10670. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010670

Vollmer, B., Holmström, L., Forsman, L., Krumlinde-Sundholm, L., Valero-Cuevas, F. J., Forssberg, H., & Ullén, F. (2010). Evidence of validity in a new method for measurement of dexterity in children and adolescents. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 52(10), 948-954. doi:j.1469-8749.2010.03697.x

Karabanov, A., Cervenka, S., de Manzano, Ö., Forssberg, H., Farde, L., & Ullén, F. (2010). Dopamine D2 receptor density in the limbic striatum is related to implicit but not explicit movement sequence learning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(16), 7574-7579. doi:10.1073/pnas.0911805107

de Manzano, Ö., Theorell, T., Harmat, L., & Ullén, F. (2010). The psychophysiology of flow during piano playing. Emotion, 10(3), 301-311. doi:10.1037/a0018432

Forsman, L. J., Madison, G., & Ullén, F. (2009). Neuroticism is correlated with drift in serial time interval production. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(3), 229-232. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2009.02.020

Karabanov, A., Blom, Ö., Forsman, L., & Ullén, F. (2009). The dorsal auditory pathway is involved in performance of both visual and auditory rhythms. NeuroImage, 44(2), 480-488. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.08.047

Madison, G., Forsman, L., Blom, Ö., Karabanov, A., & Ullén, F. (2009). Correlations between intelligence and components of serial timing variability. Intelligence, 37(1), 68-75. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2008.07.006

Bengtsson, S. L., Ullén, F., Henrik Ehrsson, H., Hashimoto, T., Kito, T., Naito, E., Forssberg, H., & Sadato, N. (2009). Listening to rhythms activates motor and premotor cortices. Cortex, 45(1), 62-71. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2008.07.002

Ullén, F. (2009). Is activity regulation of late myelination a plastic mechanism in the human nervous system? Neuron Glia Biology, 5(1-2), 28-33. doi:10.1017/s1740925x09990330

Karabanov, A., & Ullén, F. (2008). Implicit and explicit learning of temporal sequences studied with the process dissociation procedure. Journal of Neurophysiology, 100(2), 733-739. doi:10.1152/jn.01303.2007

Ullén, F., Forsman, L., Blom, Ö., Karabanov, A., & Madison, G. (2008). Intelligence and variability in a simple timing task share neural substrates in the prefrontal white matter. The Journal of Neuroscience, 28(16), 4238-4243. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0825-08.2008

Bengtsson, S. L., Csíkszentmihályi, M., & Ullén, F. (2007). Cortical regions involved in the generation of musical structures during improvisation in pianists. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(5), 830-842. doi:10.1162/jocn.2007.19.5.830

Ullén, F. (2007). Independent neural control of rhythmic sequences — behavioral and fMRI evidence. Physiology & Behavior, 92(1), 193-198. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2007.05.036

Bengtsson, S. L., & Ullén, F. (2006, 2006/03/01/). Dissociation between melodic and rhythmic processing during piano performance from musical scores. NeuroImage, 30(1), 272-284. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.09.019

Ullén, F., Bengtsson, S. L., Ehrsson, H. H., & Forssberg, H. (2005). Neural control of rhythmic sequences. The Neurosciences and Music II: From Perception to Performance, 1060(1), 368-376. doi:10.1196/annals.1360.031

Bengtsson, S. L., Nagy, Z., Skare, S., Forsman, L., Forssberg, H., & Ullén, F. (2005, 2005/09/01). Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development. Nature Neuroscience, 8(9), 1148-1150. doi:10.1038/nn1516

Bengtsson, S. L., Ehrsson, H. H., Forssberg, H., & Ullén, F. (2005). Effector-independent voluntary timing: behavioural and neuroimaging evidence. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 22(12), 3255-3265. doi:10.1111/j.1460-9568.2005.04517.x

Bengtsson, S. L., Ehrsson, H. H., Forssberg, H., & Ullén, F. (2004, May). Dissociating brain regions controlling the temporal and ordinal structure of learned movement sequences. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 19(9), 2591-2602. doi:10.1111/j.0953-816X.2004.03269.x

Ullén, F., Forssberg, H., & Ehrsson, H. H. (2003). Neural networks for the coordination of the hands in time. Journal of Neurophysiology, 89(2), 1126-1135. doi:10.1152/jn.00775.2002

Ullén, F., & Bengtsson, S. L. (2003). Independent processing of the temporal and ordinal structure of movement sequences. Journal of Neurophysiology, 90(6), 3725-3735. doi:10.1152/jn.00458.2003

Kozlov, A. K., Ullén, F., Fagerstedt, P., Aurell, E., Lansner, A., & Grillner, S. (2002). Mechanisms for lateral turns in lamprey in response to descending unilateral commands: a modeling study. Biological Cybernetics, 86(1), 1-14. doi:10.1007/s004220100272

Kozlov, A. K., Fagerstedt, P., Ullén, F., & Aurell, E. (2001). Turning behavior in lamprey in response to descending unilateral commands: Experiments and modeling. Neurocomputing, 38-40, 1373-1378. doi:10.1016/S0925-2312(01)00498-2

Fagerstedt, P., & Ullén, F. (2001). Lateral turns in the lamprey. I. Patterns of motoneuron activity. Journal of Neurophysiology, 86(5), 2246-2256.

Fagerstedt, P., Orlovsky, G. N., Deliagina, T. G., Grillner, S., & Ullén, F. (2001). Lateral turns in the lamprey. II. Activity of reticulospinal neurons during the generation of fictive turns. Journal of Neurophysiology, 86(5), 2257-2265. doi:10.1152/jn.2001.86.5.2257

Ullén, F., Deliagina, T. G., Orlovsky, G. N., & Grillner, S. (1997). Visual pathways for postural control and negative phototaxis in lamprey. Journal of Neurophysiology, 78(2), 960-976. doi:10.1152/jn.1997.78.2.960

Ullén, F., Deliagina, T. G., Orlovsky, G. N., & Grillner, S. (1996). Visual potentiation of vestibular responses in lamprey reticulospinal neurons. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 8(11), 2298-2307. doi:10.1111/j.1460-9568.1996.tb01193.x

Ullén, F., Deliagina, T. G., Orlovsky, G. N., & Grillner, S. (1995). Spatial orientation in the lamprey. I. Control of pitch and roll. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 198(3), 665-673.

Ullén, F., Deliagina, T. G., Orlovsky, G. N., & Grillner, S. (1995). Spatial orientation in the lamprey. II. Visual influence on orientation during locomotion and in the attached state. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 198(3), 675-681.

Deliagina, T. G., Ullén, F., Gonzalez, M. J., Ehrsson, H., Orlovsky, G. N., & Grillner, S. (1995). Initiation of locomotion by lateral line photoreceptors in lamprey: behavioural and neurophysiological studies. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 198(12), 2581-2591.

Ullén, F., Orlovsky, G. N., Deliagina, T. G., & Grillner, S. (1993). Role of dermal photoreceptors and lateral eyes in initiation and orientation of locomotion in lamprey. Behavioural Brain Research, 54(1), 107-110. doi:10.1016/0166-4328(93)90053-S


Harmat, L., de Manzano, Ö., & Ullén, F. (2021). Flow in music and arts. In C. Pfeifer & S. Engeser (Eds.), Advances in Flow Research (pp. 377-391). Springer International Publishing.  doi:10.1007/978-3-030-53468-4_14

Mosing, M. A., Madison, G., Pedersen, N. L., Kuja-Halkola, R., & Ullén, F. (2021). Genetics and musical expertise. In W. F. Thompson & K. N. Olsen (Eds.), The Science and Psychology of Music: From Mozart at the Office to Metallica at the Gym (pp. 64-68). ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Ullén, F., de Manzano, Ö., & Mosing, M. A. (2019). Neural mechanisms of expertise. In P. Ward, J. M. Schraagen, & E. M. Roth (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Expertise: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198795872.013.6

Theorell, T., & Ullén, F. (2018). Music practice and emotion handling. In L. O. Bonde & T. Theorell (Eds.), Music and Public Health: A Nordic Perspective (pp. 55-67). Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-76240-1_4

Theorell, T., Harmat, L., Eriksson, H., & Ullen, F. (2018). Talking about childhood music: A twin study. In J. F. Christensen & A. Gomila (Eds.), Arts and the Brain: Psychology and Physiology Beyond Pleasure (Vol. 237, pp. 279-289). Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/bs.pbr.2018.03.011

Ullén, F., Mosing, M. A., & Hambrick, D. Z. (2017). The multifactorial gene-environment interaction model (Mgim) Of Expert Performance. In D. Z. Hambrick, G. C. Campitelli, & B. N. Macnamara (Eds.), The Science of Expertise: Behavioral, Neural, and Genetic Approaches to Complex Skill (pp. 365-375). Routledge, Frontiers of Cognitive Psychology. doi:10.4324/9781315113371 

Mosing, M., Peretz, I., & Ullén, F. (2017). Genetic influences on music expertise. In D. Z. Hambrick, G. Campitelli, & B. N. Macnamara (Eds.), The Science of Expertise: Behavioral, Neural, and Genetic Approaches to Complex Skill.  Routledge, Frontiers of Cognitive Psychology. doi:10.4324/9781315113371  

Thompson, W. F., Mosing, M. A., & Ullén, F. (2017). Musical expertise: Genetics, experience, and training. In R. Ashley & R. Timmers (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Music Cognition (pp. 415-426). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. doi:10.4324/9781315194738 

Madison, G., Ullén, F., & Merker, B. (2017). Metrically structured time and entrainment. In M. Lesaffre, P.-J. Maes, & M. Leman (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction (pp. 22-30). Taylor & Francis Group.

Mosing, M. A., & Ullén, F. (2016). Genetic influences on musical giftedness, talent and practice. In G. E. McPherson (Ed.), Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology (pp. 156-167). Oxford University Press.

Ullén, F., Harmat, L., Theorell, T., & Madison, G. (2016). Flow and individual differences – a phenotypic analysis of data from more than 10,000 twin individuals. In L. Harmat, F. Ø. Andersen, F. Ullén, J. Wright, & G. Sadlo (Eds.), Flow Experience: Empirical Research and Applications (pp. 267-288). Springer International Publishing.

Hambrick, D. Z., Macnamara, B. N., Campitelli, G., Ullén, F., & Mosing, M. A. (2016). Chapter one - beyond born versus made: A new look at expertise. In B. H. Ross (Ed.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation (Vol. 64, pp. 1-55). Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/bs.plm.2015.09.001

Theorell, T., & Ullén, F. (2015). Epidemiological studies of the relationship between cultural experiences and public health In S. Clift & P. M. Camic (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing: International Perspectives on Practice, Policy and Research (pp. 55-64). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/med/9780199688074.003.0008

Ullén, F., de Manzano, Ö., Theorell, T., & Harmat, L. (2010). 10 The physiology of effortless attention: Correlates of state flow and flow proneness. In B. Bruya (Ed.), Effortless Attention: A New Perspective in the Cognitive Science of Attention and Action (pp. 205-218). The MIT Press.

Ullén, F. (2008). Neuropsychology of movement sequence learning. In A.-C. Eliasson & P. Burtner (Eds.), Improving Hand Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Theory, Evidence and Intervention (Vol. 178, pp. 43-60). Mac Keith Press.


Harmat, L., Ørsted Andersen, F., Ullén, F., Wright, J., & Sadlo, G. (Eds.). (2016). Flow experience: Empirical Research and Applications. Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28634-1


Ullén, F. (2020). Den Musicerande Människan: Slutrapport Från ett Forskningsprogram. Makadam Förlag.

Populärwissenschaft, Reviews und Essays

Theorell, T., & Ullén, F. (2018). Om känslor och musik. Studier på tvillingar. In J. Björkman & A. Jarrick (Eds.), Musikens Makt (pp. 33-49). Makadam Förlag.

Hambrick, D. Z., Ullén, F., & Mosing, M. (2016). Is innate talent a myth? Scientific American.

Theorell, T., & Ullén, F. (2016). Vilka samband ser vi mellan kulturaktiviteter och hälsa? In O. Sigurdson & A. Sjölaner (Eds.), Kultur och Hälsa i Praktiken (pp. 49-64). Göteborgs Universitet.

Ullén, F. (2016). Blir jag bättre på annat också av att musicera? Om samband mellan musik och kognitiva förmågor och vad de kan bero på. Horisont. Tidskrift för Litteratur och Kultur, 6-10.

Ullén, F. (2015). Blir vi smartare av musik? - en kritisk analys av forskningsläget. In E. Bojner-Horwitz, C. Hogstedt, P. Wistén, & T. Theorell (Eds.), Kultur & Folkhälsa - Antologi om Forskning och Praktik (pp. 227-235). Tolvnitton Förlag.

Theorell, T., & Ullén, F. (2015). Kultur och folkhälsa - vilka samband ser vi? . In E. Bojner-Horwitz, C. Hogstedt, P. Wistén, & T. Theorell (Eds.), Kultur & Folkhälsa - Antologi om Forskning och Praktik (pp. 15-40). Tolvnitton Förlag.           

Ullén, F. (2013). Inspiration, skapande och psykisk sjukdom. In A. Palm & J. Stenström (Eds.), Kroppen i humanioraperspektiv (pp. 23-36). Makadam Förlag.

Ullén, F. (2012). Kreativitet och psykisk sjukdom. In G. Klein (Ed.), Nya Tankar om Kreativitet och Flow (pp. 121-132). Brombergs Förlag.

Ullén, F. (2012). Tidig musikträning och hjärnans utveckling hos barn In Körsång Påverkar, Forskare Berättar (pp. 39-48). Wessmans Musikförlag.

Ullén, F. (2010). Kreativitet är granne med galenskap. Tvärsnitt 3.

Ullén, F. (2009). Den musicerande hjärnan. Opus, 21, 36-38.

Ullén, F. (2009). [book review] Frederic Rzewski: Nonsequiturs. Writings and lectures on improvisation, composition, and interpretation. Nutida Musik, 4/2008-09, 47-48.

Ullén, F. (2007). Dreams, truths and responsibilities.48, 89-96.

Ullén, F. (2005). Musik har en semantisk komponent. Läkartidningen 102(42), 3018.

Ullén, F. (2002). [book review] Jan Fagius: Hemisfärernas musik. Om musikhanteringen i hjärnan. Läkartidningen 1, 87.

Ullén, F. (1999) I hjärnan på en pianist: reflexioner kring pianospelet ur neurovetenskaplig synvinkel. Nutida Musik, 2, 22-27.

Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

2021Wissenschaftliches Mitglied der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
2017Fellow of Academia Europaea
2007Fellow of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music


Tätigkeiten als Pianist

  • Internationally active as concert pianist since the 90s, with solo recitals e.g. at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Hamburg), Dinard International Music Festival (Dinard, France), Risör Chamber Music Festival (Risör, Norway), Georg Enescu Festival (Bucarest), Rarities of Piano Music Festival (Husum, Germany), Taubman Piano Festival (Williamstown, USA), Istanbul Recitals (Istanbul),  Båstad Chamber Music Festival (Båstad, Sweden), Nordlyd Music Festival (Trondheim, Norway), Tallinn International Piano Festival (Tallinn), Numus Festival (Århus, Denmark), PerPiano Festival (Marche, Italy), Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, New York, Chicago, Paris, Budapest, Helsinki, Dublin, Malmö, Gothenburg, Stockholm New Music Festival, Stockholm Electron Music Festival; two national Swedish tours arranged by Concerts Sweden
  • Represented on 25 CDs (see List of CD recordings)
  • Accolades for CDs include Diapason d'or (Diapason), CHOC (Le Monde de la Musique), Stern des Monats (FonoForum), Doppel DC Monats (Piano News), Editor's Selection (International Piano), Recommandé (Repertoire), Empfehlung (Neue Zeitschrift für Musik), Take Five (Gramophone), Want List (Fanfare), Outstanding (International Record Review)
  • Large number of recordings (live, studio) for European national radio stations (Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Germany, Estonia etc), including e.g. live performances of Ligeti's Horn Trio with Christian Tetzlaff (vn) and Bruno Schneider (horn); Olga Neuwirth's Piano Concerto with Stockholm Symphony Orchestra; John Pickard's Piano Concerto with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra; complete Ligeti Piano Studies; various recital programmes
  • World première performances of pieces by George Flynn, Barnabas Dukay, Barnabas Horváth, Adriano Guarnieri, Sten Melin, Kent Olofsson, Christer Lindwall, Fredrik Hedelin, Kati Agocs, Mårten Josjö, Kim Hedås, Max Reger (see BIS-CD-1083), Kaikhosru Sorabji (premiere concert performance of 27 Sorabji pieces)
  • Sounding example:

Diskographie – Verzeichnis der CD-Aufnahmen

(24–25) Sorabji

Sorabji: 100 Transcendental Studies, vol. VII (2020). BIS Records CD-2433. Solo recital (double CD). Sorabji: Transcendental Studies 84–100.

♪ Record of the Year (Art Music Lounge, 2020)
♪ Klassik Heute Empfehlung 2021 (“Das ist Weltklasse... Hören und Staunen!”)
♪ ”phenomenal virtuosity” (Sunday Times, 2021)
♪ Critic's Choice of the Year 2021, American Record Guide


(23) Sorabji

Sorabji: 100 Transcendental Studies, vol. V (2016). BIS Records CD-2223. Solo recital. Sorabji: Transcendental Studies 72–83.

♪ “amazing technical facility and superb musicianship... No other pianist today could give a more dedicated, musical, and technically proficient performance than Ullen.” (American Record Guide, 2016)

(22) Sorabji

Sorabji: 100 Transcendental Studies, vol. IV (2015). BIS Records CD-1853. Solo recital. Sorabji: Transcendental Studies 63–71. 

♪ "Everything is done with soberly understated mastery...The sound is natural and Ullén's playing brilliant, both in its grandiloquence and its inner-world confidences.” (music-web international, 2016)

(21) John Pickard

John Pickard – Tenebrae (2013). BIS Records CD-1873. Solo with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (cond. Martyn Brabbins). John Pickard: Piano Concerto.

♪ Outstanding (International Record Review, 2013) 
♪ “beautifully handled by Swedish pianist Fredrik Ullén, a first-class virtuoso”
(Classical CD Review, 2013)

(20) Liszt & Messiaen

Liszt & Messiaen – Piano Music (2012). BIS Records CD-1803. Solo recital. Liszt: Two legends; Consolations; Santa Dorotea; Unstern. Messiaen: Petites esquisses d'oiseaux; Cantéyodjayâ.

♪ "one of the more remarkable musicians before the public today" (International Record Review, 2012)

(19) 1948–2001

1948–2001: A Ligeti Odyssey (2012). BIS Records CD-1503. Solo tracks (compilation). Ligeti: Invention; Etudes 3, 17 and 18.

(18) Sorabji

Sorabji: 100 Transcendental Studies, vol. III (2010). BIS Records CD-1713. Solo recital. Sorabji: Transcendental Studies 44–62.

♪ "Die technische Anforderungen… erfüllen nicht selten den Tatbestand der Unspielbarkeit. Da grenzt es bisweilen an ein Wunder, das Fredrik Ullén stets die Übersicht behält…" (Piano News)

(17) Sorabji

Sorabji: 100 Transcendental Studies, vol. II (2009). BIS Records CD-1533. Solo recital. Sorabji: Transcendental Studies 26–43.

♪ 5/5
♪ 10/10 Klassik Heute  ("the Swedish keyboard acrobat in top form.. at the limits of what is playable")
♪ CD des Dobbelmonat, Piano News ("phenomenal", "at least as exciting and rewarding as the first Sorabji CD")
♪ 5/5 Opus
♪ 6/6 Dagens Nyheter ("demonic virtuosity", "deeply fascinating")
♪ 5/5 Musica

(15–16) George Flynn

George Flynn – Trinity (2007). BIS Records CD-1593/1594. Solo recital (double CD). George Flynn: Trinity.

♪ 6/6 Svenska Dagbladet ("a performance at master level")
♪ 5/5 ("a perfect interpretation")

(14) Sorabji

Sorabji: 100 Transcendental Studies, vol. I (2006). BIS Records CD-1373. Solo recital. Sorabji: Transcendental Studies 1–25.

♪ 10/10 KlassikHeute
♪ 10/10 Classics Today ("sets a standard for present and future Sorabji überpianists")
♪ Double 5 stars, BBC Music Magazine
♪ Editor's Selection, International Piano
♪ CD of the week (Sveriges Radio)

(13) György Ligeti

György Ligeti: Complete Piano Music (2006), BIS Records CD-1683/1684. Solo compilation (double CD). Ligeti: Complete piano works.

♪ 10/10

(12) Intersections

Intersections (2004), Caprice Records, CAP 21725. Solo recital. Schubert: Moments Musicaux, Kurtág: pieces from Games and Splinters 

♪ CD of the Week (Swedish National Radio 2004)

(11) Rarities of Piano Music

Rarities of Piano Music at 'Schloss vor Husum' 2003 (2004). Danacord CD 619. Solo tracks (live recording). Stenhammar, from Late Summer Nights (op. 33 no. 5). Scriabin, Quatre Préludes op. 22. Sorabji, Transcendental Study 13.

(10) Now

Now (2002). BIS Records CD-1213. Solo with Stockholm Chamber Brass. Poul Rouders: Break Dance.

(9) Rarities of Piano Music

Rarities of Piano Music at 'Schloss vor Husum' 2001 (2002). Danacord CD 589. Solo tracks (live recording). Bartók, Hungarian Folk Songs from the Csík District. Laura Netzel, Etude: La fileuse.

(8) Il Liuto d'Orfeo

Il Liuto d'Orfeo (2002). dB Productions, dB CD 54. Solo track. Kent Olofsson: Treccia for piano.

(7) Got a minute?

Got a minute? Aspects of Chopin's Minute Waltz (2000), BIS Records CD-1083. Solo recital. Chopin transcriptions by various composers, including first recordings and performances by Reger (Five Special Studies) and Sorabji

♪ 10/10 ("My ears are still smiling")
♪ 5/5, FonoForum ("a superb recording")
♪ 10/10 KlassikHeute
♪ Recommandé, Repertoire
♪ Take Five, Gramophone ("a remarkable achievement")
♪ Best Swedish CDs 2000 (NärVarHur 2001)
♪ "a technique reminiscent of Horowitz and Wild, and a temperament reminiscent of Cherkassy and the young Bolet" (American Record Guide 2001)

(6) Stockhausen

Stockhausen (2000). Caprice Records, CAP 21642. Duo recital with Jonny Axelsson, percussion. Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstück V, IX; Kontakte; Zyklus 

♪ Recommendation, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, 2000 ("Ullén's interpretation of the piano pieces is a precise translation of Stockhausen's idea")

(5) My cup of tea

My cup of tea (2000). Phono Suecia, PSCD 116. Solo track and ensemble with Eric Ericsson's Chamber Choir. Sten Melin: C'est ne pas possible, Landet som icke är.

(4) Key

Key (2000). Phono Suecia, PSCD 12. Solo track. Pavol Simai: Sisyfos.

(3) The complete piano music of György Ligeti

The complete piano music of György Ligeti vol. II (1998), BIS Records CD-983. Solo recital. György Ligeti: Musica Ricercata, Early Pieces, Three Pieces for Two Pianos, Etudes 15 and 16.

♪ 5/5 Diapason 
♪ "a triumph of interpretation as well as recording" (Gramophone)

(2) The complete piano music of György Ligeti

The complete piano music of György Ligeti vol. I (1996), BIS Records CD-783. Solo recital. György Ligeti: Etudes book I and II, Invention, Two capriccios, Trois Bagatelles, Chromatic phantasy.

♪ Diapason d'or
♪ CHOC de Le Monde de la Musique ("perfect mastery")
♪ Stern des Monats (FonoForum)
♪ Recomendado (CD Compact)
♪ Want List (Fanfare, 3 different reviewers) ("Unbelievable!... I can only add my wonder and admiration.")
♪ Joker, Crescendo ("a fantastic pianist")
♪ "single most important classical release of the year… world class performances" (KlassikNet)

(1) Queen Sonja International Music Competition

Queen Sonja International Music Competition.Vol I. Norwegian Music (1992). Pro Musica, PPC 9030. Solo track (live recording). Fartein Valen: Legend op. 1.