Research presentation

Helena Jahncke

Research presentation

Helena Jahncke

Associate professor

Research subject: Arbetshälsovetenskap


  • Work-life balance and a sustainable use of communication technologies: which methods and strategies are effective in promoting recovery for employees?
  • Switching from cell- and open plan offices to an activity based office: effects on sedentary behavior, concentration and health.
  • Test the effects of alternating physical and cognitive workload on performance, fatigue and recovery.
  • Specifying which cognitive functions become fatigued during prolonged work, and which activities and environmental factors promote restoration of these functions.


Scholarly articles, refereed

Jahncke, H. & Hallman, D. (2020). Objective measures of cognitive performance in activity based workplaces and traditional office types. Journal of Environmental Psychology. [Submitted] [More information]
Bjärntoft, S., Hallman, D., Mathiassen, S., Larsson, J. & Jahncke, H. (2020). Occupational and individual determinants of work-life balance among office workers with flexible work arrangements. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (4). 10.3390/ijerph17041418 [More information]
Bergsten, E., Haapakangas, A., Larsson, J., Jahncke, H. & Hallman, D. (2019). Effects of relocation to activity-based workplaces on perceived productivity : importance of change-oriented leadership. . [Submitted] [More information]
Mixter, S., Mathiassen, S., Lindfors, P., Dimberg, K., Jahncke, H., Lyskov, E. & Hallman, D. (2019). Stress-related responses to alternations between repetitive physical work and cognitive tasks of different difficulties. Applied Ergonomics. [Submitted] [More information]
Haapakangas, A., Hallman, D., Mathiassen, S. & Jahncke, H. (2019). The effects of moving into an activity-based office on communication, social relations and work demands – A controlled intervention with repeated follow-up. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 66. 10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101341 [More information]
Rolfö, L., Eklund, J. & Jahncke, H. (2018). Perceptions of performance and satisfaction after relocation to an activity-based office. Ergonomics, 61 (5), 644-657. 10.1080/00140139.2017.1398844 [More information]
Haapakangas, A., Hallman, D., Mathiassen, S. & Jahncke, H. (2018). Self-rated productivity and employee well-being in activity-based offices: the role of environmental perceptions and workspace use. Building and Environment, 145, 115-124. 10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.09.017 [More information]
Hallman, D., Mathiassen, S. & Jahncke, H. (2018). Sitting patterns after relocation to activity-based offices : a controlled study of a natural intervention. Preventive Medicine, 111, 384-390. 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.11.031 [More information]
Marsh, J., Ljung, R., Jahncke, H., MacCutcheon, D., Pausch, F., Ball, L. & Vachon, F. (2018). Why are background telephone conversations distracting?. Journal of experimental psychology. Applied, 24 (2), 222-235. 10.1037/xap0000170 [More information]
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]
Jahncke, H., Björkeholm, P., Marsh, J., Odelius, J. & Sörqvist, P. (2016). Office noise : can headphones and masking sound attenuate distraction by background speech?. Work : A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, 55 (3), 505-513. 10.3233/WOR-162421 [More information]
Staats, H., Jahncke, H., Herzog, T. & Hartig, T. (2016). Urban options for psychological restoration: common strategies in everyday situations. PLoS ONE, 11 (1). 10.1371/journal.pone.0146213 [More information]
Jahncke, H., Eriksson, K. & Naula, S. (2015). The effects of auditive and visual settings on perceived restoration likelihood. Noise & Health, 17 (74), 1-10. 10.4103/1463-1741.149559 [More information]
Jahncke, H., Hongisto, V. & Virjonen, P. (2013). Cognitive performance during irrelevant speech : effects of speech intelligibility and office-task characteristics. Applied Acoustics, 74 (3), 307-316. 10.1016/j.apacoust.2012.08.007 [More information]
Jahncke, H. (2012). Open-plan office noise : the susceptibility and suitability of different cognitive tasks for work in the presence of irrelevant speech. Noise & Health, 14 (61), 315-320. 10.4103/1463-1741.104901 [More information]
Jahncke, H. & Halin, N. (2012). Performance, fatigue and stress in open-plan offices : the effects of noise and restoration on hearing impaired and normal hearing individuals. Noise & Health, 14 (60), 260-272. 10.4103/1463-1741.102966 [More information]
Jahncke, H., Hygge, S., Halin, N., Green, A. & Dimberg, K. (2011). Open-plan office noise : Cognitive performance and restoration. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31 (4), 373-382. 10.1016/j.jenvp.2011.07.002 [More information]
Sörqvist, P., Marsh, J. & Jahncke, H. (2010). Hemispheric asymmetries in auditory distraction. Brain and Cognition, 74 (2), 79-87. 10.1016/j.bandc.2010.06.007 [More information]

Scholarly articles, non-refereed

Hartig, T. & Jahncke, H. (2017). Letter to the editor : Attention restoration in natural environments: Mixed mythical metaphors for meta-analysis. Journal of toxicology and environmental health. Part B, Critical reviews, 20 (5), 305-315. 10.1080/10937404.2017.1363101 [More information]
Jahncke, H. (2013). How much does irrelevant speech impair employees' work performance in open-plan offices?. Noise & Vibration Worldwide, 44 (9), 10-15. 10.1260/0957-4565.44.9.10 [More information]

Other articles (popular science, debate etc.)

Jahncke, H. & Keus van de Poll, M. (2019). Viktiga frågor glöms bort i debatten om kontorslandskap. Göteborgs-Posten (18-sep). [More information]
Hygge, S., Kjellberg, A., Sörqvist, P., Ljung, R. & Jahncke, H. (2012). Dålig akustik i klassrum ger sämre inlärning. Vi hörs, 2, 11-13. [More information]
Hygge, S., Jahncke, H., Ljung, R. & Sörqvist, P. (2011). Ökat brus i klassrum ger sämre inlärning hos elev. Husbyggaren (7), 34-35. External link [More information]
Jahncke, H. & Hygge, S. (2010). Buller i öppna kontorslandskap. Audionytt, 3, 16-18. [More information]
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