Hi and welcome to my website!

I am psychologist, scientist and lecturer in higher education.

I am senior researcher at Uppsala University (Sweden), where I lead the project “An Embodied Account of Early Executive Functioning” at the Uppsala Child and Babylab. This project is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

My research in developmental psychology investigates:

  • How do babies develop new motor skills?
  • How is movement linked to cognition and self regulation?
  • How do we develop a sense of our (moving) body?

I mainly use motion-tracking techniques and behavioural tasks to study these questions experimentally. I am passionate about embodied cognitive science, dynamic systems approaches, and active/direct perception perspectives. What I find especially fascinating about research on body movements and embodiment is that it can be a window into early preverbal processes. 

For my empirical research and my theoretical contributions to embodied cognitive science, I was awarded the Benzelius Prize (from the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala) and the Annual Award to an Outstanding Young Researcher in Psychology (from the Swedish National Committee for Psychological Sciences at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences). I have a PhD in Psychology from Uppsala University (Sweden) and a Psychology Diploma (≈ MSc) with a Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy focus from University of Potsdam (Germany).

I enjoy tweeting about science, research and academia (@JannaGottwald). I am passionate about science communication in English, Swedish or German. You can learn more about my research at OSFResearchGate, GoogleScholarMendeley, publons, ORCID, and LinkedIn. And when I am not busy doing science, I am most likely taking pictures (instagram: @kvinnalene).