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Linda Hassing


Linda Hassing
+46 31 786 4258

Room number: 482
Postal Address: Box 500, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 41314 Göteborg

Department of Psychology (More Information)
Box 500
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Linda Hassing


Studied psychology at the University of Reykjavík in Iceland. Graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Gothenburg in 1998, with a thesis on episodic memory functioning in old age. Worked between 1998 and 2001 as a researcher at the Stockholm Aging Research Center, at the Karolinska Institute and at the School of Health Sciences at Jönköping University. Associate Professor in psychology at the University of Gothenburg since 2004.


I am involved in teaching in various courses at all levels. My teaching includes memory and cognition, psychological aging, aging studies, statistical analyses, and research methods. I also supervise undergraduate students as well as graduate students.

Research interests

I am interested in how lifestyle, across the lifespan, can influence the development of the memory and other cognitive functions function in old age. There is a great variation in how well preserved these functions are in old people. In my research I have studied how, for example, overweight in midlife and physical activity relate to later cognitive function and risk of dementia.

Current research

I work with data from the Swedish Twin Registry. I use survey data collected in the sixties and seventies (midlife data), as well as data from two longitudinal studies that started in the eighties and the nineties (old age data) to examine if lifestyle in midlife is of importance for development of memory and cognitive function in old age as well as risk of dementia.

Selected publications 

Kelly, A., Calamia, M., Koval, A., Muniz Terrera, G., Piccinin, A. M., Clouston, S., Hassing, L. B., Bennett, D. A., Johansson, B., and Hofer, S. M. (In Press). Independent and interactive impacts of hypertension and diabetes mellitus on verbal memory: A coordinated analysis of longitudinal data from England, Sweden and the United States. Psychology and Aging.

Björk Praetorius, M., Johansson, B., & Hassing, L. B. (In press). I forgot when I lost my grip - Strong associations between cognition and grip strength in level of performance and change across time in relation to impending death. Neurobiology of Aging.

Chatterjee, S., Peters, S. A. E., Woodward, M., Arango, S. M., Batty, D., Beckett, N., Beiser, A., Borenstein, A.R., Crane, P. K., Haan, M., Hassing, L. B., Hayden, K. M. , Kiyohara, T., Larson, E. B., Li, C-Y., Ninomiya, T., Ohara, T., Peters, R., Russ, T. C., Seshadri, S., Strand, B. H., Walker, R., Xu, W., & Huxley, R. R. (In Press). Meta-analysis - Type 2 diabetes as a risk factor for dementia in women compared with men: a pooled analysis of 2.3 million people comprising more than 100,000 cases of dementia. Diabetes Care.

Praetorius, M., Thorvaldsson, V., Johansson, B., & Hassing, L. B. (2014). Gender Differences in Cognitive Performance in Old Age: Adjusting for Longevity. The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 27, 129 – 137.

Praetorius, M., Thorvaldsson, V., Hassing, L. B., & Johansson, B. (2013). Substantial effects of APOE ε4 on memory decline in very old age: Longitudinal findings from a population-based sample. Neurobiology of Aging, 34, 2734–2739. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2013.06.002

Degl’Innocenti, A., Hassing, L. B., Lindqvist, A.-S., Andersson, H., Eriksson, L., Hagelbäck Hanson, F., Möller, N., Nilsson, T., Hofvander, B., & Anckarsäter, H. (2013). First Scientific Report from the Swedish National Forensic Psychiatric Register (SNFPR). International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37, 231–237. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2013.11.013

Dahl, A. K., Fauth, E. B., Ernsth-Bravell, M., Hassing, L. B., Ram, N., & Gerstof, D. (2013). Body Mass Index, change in Body Mass Index, and survival in old and very old persons. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61, 512–518. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12158

Dahl, A. K., Hassing, L. B., Fransson, E., I., et al. (2013). Body mass index across midlife and cognitive change in late life. International Journal of Obesity, 37, 296 – 302. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2012.37.

Dahl, A. K. & Hassing, L. B. (2012). Obesity and Cognitive Aging - a Systematic Review. Epidemiologic Reviews. doi: 10.1093/epirev/mxs002.

Hassing, L. B. (2011). Psykisk och kognitiv hälsa i ett livsloppsperspektiv. Psykologtidningen, 13-15.

Berg, A. I., Hassing, L. B., Thorvaldsson, V., & Johansson, B. (2011). Personality and personal control make a difference for life satisfaction in the oldest-old: Findings from a longitudinal population based study of individuals 80 and older. European Journal of Ageing, 8,13-20. doi: 10.1007/s10433-011-0181-9.

Hassing, L. B., Dahl, A., Pedersen, N. L. & Johansson, B. (2010). Overweight in midlife is related to lower cognitive function 30 Years Later: A prospective study with longitudinal assessments. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 29, 543-552. doi: 10.1159/000314874.

Dahl, A., Hassing, L. B., Fransson, E., & Pedersen, N. L. (2010). Agreement between self-reported and measured height, weight, and Body Mass Index in old age – A longitudinal study with 20 years of follow-up. Age and Ageing. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afq038.

Hassing, L. B., Dahl, A., Thorvaldsson, V., Berg, S., Gatz, M., Pedersen, N. L. & Johansson, B. (2009). Overweight in midlife and risk of dementia: A 40-year follow-up study. International Journal of Obesity, 33, 893-898. doi:10.1038/ijo.2009.104.

Dahl, A., Hassing, L. B., Fransson, E., Berg, S., Gatz, M., Reynolds, C., & Pedersen, N. L. (2009). Being overweight in midlife is associated with lower cognitive ability and steeper cognitive decline in late life. Journals of Gerontology A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 1, 57-62. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glp035.

Berg, A. I., Hassing, L. B., Nilsson, S. E., & Johansson, B. (2009). “As long as I’m in good health”. The relationship between medical diagnoes and life satisfaction in the oldest-old. Aging, Clinical, and Experimental Research, 21, 307-313.

Berg, A. I., Hoffman, L., Hassing L. B., McClearn, G., & Johansson, B. (2009). What matters, and what matters most for change in life satisfaction in the oldest-old: A study over 6-years among individuals 80+. Aging and Mental Health, 13, 191-201. doi: 10.1080/13607860802342227

Thorvaldsson, V., Hofer, S. M., Hassing, L. B., & Johansson, B. (2008). Cognitive Change as Conditional on Age Heterogeneity in onset of Mortality-Related Processes and Repeated Testing Effects, in Scott M. Hofer and Duane F. Alwin eds., Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Sage Publications, Inc.: New York. Pages 284-297.

Latest publications

Impact of Retirement on Cognitive Function - A Literature Review
Linn Elena Zulka, Isabelle Hansson, Linda Hassing
GeroPsych - The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Review on the Complex Relation between Retirement and Cognition – Unraveling the Mixed Evidence
Linn Elena Zulka, Isabelle Hansson, Linda Hassing
International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress (IAGG-ER), Gothenburg, Sweden, May 23-25, 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Cognition and Cognitively Demanding Activities Before and After Retirement
Linn Elena Zulka, Boo Johansson, Linda Hassing
24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, 2 - 4 May, Oslo, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Alcohol Consumption and Cognitive Aging – a Longitudinal Study across Twenty Years
Linda Hassing, Linn Elena Zulka, Valgeir Thorvaldsson
GSA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, 14 - 18 November, Boston, USA, Poster 2018

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Cognitive Change as Conditional on Age Heterogeneity in onset of Mortality-Related Processes and Repeated Testing Effects
Valgeir Thorvaldsson, S, M Hofer, Linda Hassing, Boo Johansson
Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book


Behavioral & Social Sciences : If I only had a good health”: A study of relationships between life satisfaction and medical diagnoses in the oldest-old.
Anne Ingeborg Berg, Linda Hassing, Sven Nilsson, G.E. McClearn, Boo Johansson
At the 60th Annual Scientific Meeting “The Era of Global Aging: Challenges and Opportunities” The Gerontologist, vol 47, Spical issue II, Oct. 2007, Conference paper 2007
Conference paper


What matters most for life satisfaction in the oldest-old?
A I Berg, Linda Hassing, G. E McClearn, Boo Johansson
Aging & Mental Health, Journal article 2006
Journal article


Åldrande och kognition
Linda Hassing, Boo Johansson
Nordisk Psykologi, Review article 2005
Review article

Markers or predictiors of life-satisfaction in the oldest-old? (Abstract, p. 161)
A. I Berg, Linda Hassing, Boo Johansson, G. E McClearn
At the 58th Scientific Meeting with the American Gerontological Society Published in The, Conference paper 2005
Conference paper


Comorbid type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension exacerbates cognitive decline: evidence from a longitudinal study
Linda Hassing, Scott M. Hofer, Sven E. Nilsson, Stig Berg, Nancy L. Pedersen et al.
Age and Ageing, Journal article 2004
Journal article

Importance of functional capacity for life-satisfaction in late life: Findings in a population-based sample aged 80 and older
Anne Ingeborg Berg, Linda Hassing, G.E. McClearn, Boo Johansson
Presented at 17th Nordic Congress in Gerontology (Stockholm, Sweden), Conference paper 2004
Conference paper

Measuring treatment satisfaction. A review of randomized controlled drug trials.
A. Degl'Innocenti, Linda Hassing, A. Ingelgård, K Kulich, I. Wiklund
Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs, Journal article 2004
Journal article

Type 2 diabetes mellitus contributes to cognitive change in the oldest old: A longitudinal population-based study
Linda Hassing, M. D Grant, S. M Hofer, N. L Pedersen, S. E Nilsson et al.
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Journal article 2004
Journal article


State provision down, off-spring’s up: the reverse substitution of old-age care in Sweden
Lennart Johansson, Gerdt Sundström, Linda Hassing
Ageing & Society, Journal article 2003
Journal article

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