Staffan Hygge
Staffan Hygge

Staffan Hygge

Professor em.
Environmental Psychology
Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development


Opetator:  026-64 85 00
Direct: 026-64 81 53

Research areas

My main research areas include the effects of acute and chronic noise exposure on memory and learning in children and adults. I have been part of such laboratory studies and field studies in Sweden and abroad.

Research projects

Recent larger and externally funded research projects:

2011-13 Formas - The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning - The Burden of Noise - Rethinking criteria for acceptable acoustical conditions in the classroom.

2011-13 Vetenskapsrådet - The Swedish Research Council - What is the nature of working memory capacity? Towards answering a fundamental question in cognitive science.

2008-10 AFA Försäkring — AFA Insurance - Noise in open plan offices - Experiments and intervention studies with normal hearing and hearing impaired subjects. Buller i kontorslandskap - Experiment och interventionsstudier med normalhörande och hörselnedsatta personer.

2008-10 Vetenskapsrådet - The Swedish Research Council - The theoretical underpinnings of noise as an impediment to learning and memory for children in school - Den teoretiska grundvalen för buller som ett hinder för inlärning och minne hos skolbarn.

Recent publications

Jahncke, H., Hygge, S., Mathiassen, S., Hallman, D., Mixter, S. & Lyskov, E. (2017). Variation at work : alternations between physically and mentally demanding tasks in blue-collar occupations. Ergonomics, 60 (9), 1218-1227. 10.1080/00140139.2017.1282630 [More information]
Rudner, M., Keidser, G., Hygge, S. & Rönnberg, J. (2016). Better visuospatial working memory in adults who report profound deafness compared to those with normal or poor hearing : data from the UK Biobank resource. Ear and Hearing, 37 (5), 620-622. 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000314 [More information]
Hurtig, A., Keus van de Poll, M., Pekkola, E., Hygge, S., Ljung, R. & Sörqvist, P. (2016). Children’s recall of words spoken in their first and second language : Effects of signal-to-noise ratio and reverberation time. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.02029 [More information]
Hygge, S. (2017). When and why does a long reverberation time improve comprehension and recall?. Proceedings 12th International Congress on Noise as a Public HealthProblem (ICBEN), Zürich, Switzerland, 18-22 June, 2017. [More information]
Jahncke, H., Hygge, S., Mathiassen, S., Hallman, D., Mixter, S. & Lyskov, E. (2016). A cross-sectional study of alternations between physical and mental tasks. . [More information]

Selected international publications

Selected international publications

Keidser, G., Seeto, M., Rudner, M., Hygge, S., & Rönnberg, J. (2015). On the relationship between functional hearing and depression. International Journal of Audiology, 54:10, 653-664. DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2015.1046503

Hygge, S., Kjellberg, A. & Nöstl, A. (2015). Speech intelligibility and recall of first and second language words heard at different signal-to-noise ratios. Frontiers in Psychology (section Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience), 6:1390. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01390

Rönnberg, J., Hygge, S., Keidser, G., & Rudner, M. (2014). The effect of functional hearing loss and age on long- and short-term visuospatial memory: Evidence from the UK Biobank resource. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience,6:326. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00326

Mathiassen, S. E., Hallman, D., Lyskov, E. & Hygge, S. (2014). Can cognitive activities during breaks in repetitive manual work accelerate recovery from fatigue?: A controlled experiment. PLOS ONE, November 06, 2014. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112090.

Ljung, R., Israelsson, K., & Hygge, S. (2013). Speech intelligibility and recall of spoken material heard at different signal-to-noise ratios and the role played by working memory capacity. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27, 198-203.

Jahncke, H., Hygge, S., Halin, N., Green, A.M., Dimberg, K. (2011). Open-plan office noise: Cognitive performance and restoration. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31, 373-382.

Hygge S (2011) Noise and cognition in children. In: J.O. Nriagu (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Volume 4, pp. 146—151 Burlington: Elsevier.

Hygge, S. & Kim, R. (2011) Environmental noise and cognitive impairment in children. In L. Fritschi (Ed.), Burden of Disease from Environmental Noise - Quantification of healthy life years lost in Europe. (pp 45-53). WHO Regional Office for Europe. ( 136466/e94888.pdf)

Hygge, S. & Kjellberg, A. (2010). Editorial commentary — Special issue on noise, memory and learning. Noise & Health, 12, 199.

Matheson, M., Clark, C., Martin, R., van Kempen, E., Haines, M., Lopez-Barrio, I, Hygge, S., & Stansfeld, S. (2010). The effects of road traffic and aircraft noise exposure on children´s episodic memory: The RANCH Project. Noise & Health, 12, 244-254.

Stansfeld, S., Hygge, S., Clark, C., & Alfred, T. (2010). Night time aircraft noise and children´s cognitive performance in the Munich and RANCH studies. Noise & Health, 12, 255-262.

Sörqvist, P., Halin, N., & Hygge, S. (2010). Individual differences in susceptibility to the effects of speech on reading comprehension. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 24, 67-76.

Ljung, R., Sörqvist, P., & Hygge, S. (2009). Effects of road traffic noise and irrelevant speech on children´s reading and mathematical performance. Noise & Health, 11, 194-198

Hygge, S. (2007). Noise: Effects on Health. In S. Ayers, A. Baum, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Wallston, J. Weinman & R. West (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of psychology, health and medicine (2nd ed., pp. 137-141). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University.

Evans, G.W., & Hygge, S. (2007). Noise and cognitive performance in children and adults. In L. M. Luxon & D. Prasher (Eds.), Noise and its effects (pp. 549-566). Chichester: John Wiley.

Enmarker, I., Boman, E., & Hygge, S. (2006). Structural equation models of memory performance across noise conditions and age groups. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 47, 449-460.

Boman, E., Enmarker, I., & Hygge, S. (2005). Strength of noise effects on memory as a function of noise source and age. Noise & Health, 7, 11-26.

Stansfeld, S.A., Berglund, B., Clark, C., Lopez-Barrio, I., Fischer, P., Öhrström, E., Haines, M.M., Head, J., Hygge, S., van Kamp, I., & Berry, B.F. (2005). Aircraft and road traffic noise and children´s cognition and health: A cross-national study. Lancet, 365, 1942-1949.

Boman, E., Enmarker, I., & Hygge, S. (2005). Strength of noise effects on memory as a function of noise source and age. Noise & Health, 7, 11-26.

Hygge, S. (2003). Classroom experiments on the effects of different noise sources and sound levels on long-term recall and recognition in children. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 17, 895-914.

Hygge, S., Boman, E., & Enmarker, I. (2003). The effects of road traffic noise and meaningful irrelevant speech on different memory systems. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 44, 13-21.

Hygge, S., Evans, G.W., & Bullinger, M. (2002). A prospective study of some effects of aircraft noise on cognitive performance in school children. Psychological Science, 13, 469-474.

Knez, I., & Hygge, S. (2002). Irrelevant speech and indoor lighting: Effects on cognitive performance and self-reported affect. Applied Cognitive Psychology,16, 709-718.

Haines, M. M., Stansfeld, S.A., Brentnall, S., Head, J., Berry, B., Jiggins, M., & Hygge, S. (2001). West London schools study: Aircraft noise at school and child performance and health. Psychological Medicine, 31, 1385-1396.

Knez, I., & Hygge, S. (2001). The circumplex structure of affect: A Swedish version. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology,42, 389-398.

Hygge, S., & Knez, I. (2001). Effects of noise, heat and indoor lighting on affect and cognitive performance. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 21, 291-299.

Bullinger, M., Hygge, S., Evans, G.W., Meis, M., & von Mackensen, S. (1999). The psychological cost of aircraft noise for children. Psychologische Beeinträchtigung von Kindern durch Fluglärm. Zentralblatt für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin, 202, 127-138.

Evans, G.W., Bullinger, M., & Hygge, S. (1998). Chronic noise exposure and physiological response: A prospective study of children living under environmental stress. Psychological Science, 9, 75-77.

Evans, G.W., Hygge, S., & Bullinger, M. (1995). Chronic noise and psychological stress. Psychological Science, 6, 333-338.

Hygge, S., Rönnberg, J., Larsby, B., & Arlinger, S. (1992). Normal-hearing and hearing-impaired subjects' ability to just follow conversation in competing speech, reversed speech and noise backgrounds. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 35, 208-215.

Staffan Hygge