Education and Degrees
- Ph.D. in Psychology, 2017, Department of Psychology, Umeå University.
Thesis title: Attention capture by sudden and unexpected changes: a multisensory perspective.
Available from the DiVA database: http://umu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1156775)
- M.Sc. in Cognitive Science, 2012, Department of Psychology, Umeå University.
Thesis title: Attention Capture: The Impact of Change in Spatial Sound Source on Behavior.
- B.Sc. in Cognitive Science, 2011, Department of Psychology, Umeå University.
Thesis title: Attention Capture: Studying the Distracting Effect of One’s Own Name.
Available from DiVA Database: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46607.
- January 2019 – Postdoctoral Researcher
the Swedish Institute of Disability Research, Linköping University
- Aug 2018 – Oct 2018: Research Assistant
Department of Psychology, Umeå University.
Project: How does perceived safety look in broken vs unbroken communication chains.
Literature study commissioned by SOS Alarm.
- Oct 2012 – June 2018: PhD Student and Teaching Assistant
Department of Psychology, Umeå University.
Planning of studies, programming of experiments, literature search, data analysis, scientific communication, and many more. See the section “Teaching responsibilities” for an overview of my pedagogical experience
- June 2011: Undergrad. Research Assistant/project assistant
Department of Psychology, Umeå University.Recruitment of participants and data collection.
International peer-reviewed journals
Marsja, E., Marsh, J.E., Hansson, P., & Neely, G. (Accepted). Examining the Role of Spatial Changes in Bimodal and Uni-Modal To-Be-Ignored Stimuli and How They Affect
Short-Term Memory Processes. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00299
Marsja, E., Neely, G., & Ljungberg, J. K. (2018). Investigating Deviance Distraction and the Impact of the Modality of the To-Be-Ignored Stimuli. Experimental Psychology, 65(2), 61–70. doi.org/10.1027/1618-3169/a000390
Ljungberg, K. J., Parmentier, F. B. R., Jones, D. M., Marsja, E., & Neely, G. (2014). “What’s in a name?” “No more than when it’s mine own”. Evidence from auditory oddball distraction. Acta Psychologica, 150C, 161–166. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.05.009
Publications In Preparation/Submitted/Under Revision
Marsja E. Elbe, P., & Sörman, D. (Manuscript in Preparation). Examining the Factor Structure of the Swedish Translation of the Attentional Control Scale and it’s relation to objective measures of attention.
Rosa, E., Marsja, E., & Ljungberg K.J. (Submitted).Exploring residual capacity: The effectiveness of a vibrotactile warning during increasing levels of mental workload in the cockpit.
Marsh, J., Sörqvist, P., Marsja, E., Röer J.P., & Ljungberg, K.J. (Under Revision). Irrelevant vibro-tactile stimuli produce a changing-state effect: Implications for theories of interference in short-term memory.
Marsja, E., Neely, & Ljungberg, K.J (Under Revision). Deviance distraction in the auditory and tactile modalities after repeated exposure: differential aspects of tactile and auditory deviants
Current research collaborations
- Associate Professor Jessica K. Ljungberg, Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
- Professor Gregory Neely, Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
- Dr. Patrik Hansson, Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
- Dr. John E. Marsh, School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, UK
- Professor Patrik Sörqkvist, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Högskolan i Gävle, Gävle
Marsja, E., Marsh, J.E., Neely G., Hansson P., Ljungberg K.J., (2017, April). Domain-generality or domain-specificity of the short-term memory: insights from a multisensory distraction paradigm. Re-thinking the Senses Spring School, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Poster.
Marsja, E., Marsh, J.E., Neely G., Hansson P., Ljungberg K.J., (2016, September). Do Spatial Changes in Sounds and Vibrations Affect Visuo-spatial and Verbal Short-Term Memory? Attention and Control: Insights from Distraction, Workshop, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. Invited Talk.
Marsja, E., Marsh, J.E., Neely G., Hansson P., Ljungberg K.J., (2016, June). Spatial Change in Multisensory Distractors Impact on Verbal and Spatial Short Term Memory. International Multisensory Research Forum 17th annual meeting, Suzhou, CHN. Oral presentation.
Marsja, E., Neely G., Ma, L., Ljungberg K.J., (2015, August). Cross-modality matches of intensity and attention capture dimensions of auditory and vibrotactile stimuli. Fechner Day 2015. The 31st Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics, Québec, CA. Poster.
Marsja, E., Neely, G., Parmentier, F.B.R., Ljungberg, K.J., (2014, October) Deviance Distraction Is Contingent on Stimuli Being Presented within the Same Modality. Psychonomic Society’s 55th Annual Meeting. Long Beach, CA, USA. Poster.
Ljungberg, K.J., Parmentier, F.B.R., Marsja, E., Neely, G., Jones, D., (2014, January). Any Tom, Dick, or Harry will do: Hearing one’s own name distracts no more than any other in a cross-modal oddball task. Experimental Psychology Society Meeting. London, UK. Poster.
Marsja, E., Neely, G., Parmentier, F.B.R., Ljungberg, K.J., (2013, October). Maintenance of the distractive effect of deviating vibrotactile stimuli in a cross-modal oddball paradigm. Fechner day 2013. The 29th Annual meeting of the International Society of Psychophysics, Freiburg, DE. Poster.
Popular Science and Education-Related Articles
Marsja, E. (2016, July). Python Programming in Psychology – From Data Collection to Analysis. JEPS Bulletin – The Official Blog of the Journal of European Psychology Students. Invited Blog Post. Retrieved from http://blog.efpsa.org/2016/07/12/python-programming-in-psychology-from-data-collection-to-analysis/
Funding and Grants
6000 SEK from the Department of Psychology for participating in the spring course Re-thinking the Senses Spring School, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2017.
15000 SEK from Lars Hiertas Minnesfond for the project Är korttidsminnet domän-generellt eller domän-specifikt? (Is short-term memory domain-general or domain specific?), 2016.
12 000 SEK from the Faculty of Social sciences, Umeå University for participating in the workshop Attention and Control: Insights from Distraction and visiting a researcher at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, 2016.
8000 SEK from the Department of Psychology for participating the conference 17th International Multisensory Research Forum 15-18 June, Souzou, China, 2016.
10 000 SEK from JC Kempes minnesfond for the project Is everyday distractibility related to attention capture by vibrating deviants?, 2014.
9 000 SEK from Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse for participating in the conferences Psychonomic Society’s 55th Annual Meeting, 20-23 November, and APCAM, 20 November, Long Beach, USA, 2014.
6000 SEK from the Department of Psychology for participating the conference Fechner Day 2013 (the 29th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics) 21-25 October, Freiburg i.Br., Germany, 2013.
partment of Psychology for participating the conference Fechner Day 2013 (the 29th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics) 21-25 October, Freiburg i.Br., Germany, 2013.
Skills & Training
2017 Spring School Re-Thinking the Senses, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Teaching: past & current areas at undergraduate level
- Applied Cognitive Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Research Methods
- Project work
The majority of lectures, seminars, lab demonstrations, supervision of group project (both involving empirical and applied projects) and supervision of thesis’ have been given at the Department of Psychology Umeå University, Sweden (2014 – 2017). I have also held workshops, and supervised projects at the Department of Behavioral Science and Learning, Linköping University (2019). At Umeå University and Linköping University, I have so far taught 950 and 44 clock hours, respectively.
Supervision of master students
Ma, L. (2015). Department of Psychology, Umeå University. “Cross-Modal Matching of Distractibility in Auditory and Tactile Stimuli”. Master Thesis in Cognitive Science (15 ECTS)
Blide, M. (2014). Department of Psychology, Umeå University. “Att orka lämna ett misshandelsförhållande: Anknytningens beydelse (To cope leaving abusive relationships: The importance of attachment). Master Thesis in Clinical Psychology (30 ECTS)
- Good skills in Microsoft Word and Excel
- Good skills in statistical software such as SPSS and R
- Good programming skills in Python (v2.7.x) and R
- Good skills in programming and performing experiments using both E-prime, and Python (i.e., PsychoPy, OpenSesame, & Expyriment)
- Basic programming skills in Visual Basic, E-basic (E-prime), MATLAB, and LaTeX
Oct 2018 R Workshop “Step-by-Step”
Department of Psychology, Umeå University.
An introduction to R statistical programming language – presented to senior researchers with a focus on basic programming and an introduction to the R environment.
You can find an even more detailed CV here (e.g., with a table of courses I teach in). RMarkdown and R (and some LaTeX) were used to create the CV.