2021 was an EPIC year!

This has been an EPIC year for our research group! EPIC members have authored/co-authored several scholarly articles that were published in 2021. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Dahl, T. I., & Nierenberg, E. (2021). Here’s the TRIQ: The Tromsø Interest Questionnaire based on the Four-Phase Model of Interest Development. Frontiers in Education, 6(402), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2021.716543

Moberg, L. T., Solvang, B., Sæle, R. G., & Myrvang, A. D. (2021). Effects of cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic-interpersonal treatments for eating disorders: A meta-analytic inquiry into the role of patient characteristics and change in eating disorder-specific and general psychopathology in remission. Journal of Eating Disorders, 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40337-021-00430-8

Nierenberg, E., Låg, T., & Dahl, T. I. (2021). Knowing and doing: The development of information literacy measures to assess knowledge and practice. Journal of Information Literacy, 15(2), 78–123. https://doi.org/10.11645/15.2.2795

Nierenberg, E., & Dahl, T. I. (2021). Is information literacy ability, and metacognition of that ability, related to interest, gender or education level? A cross-sectional study of higher education students. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1177/09610006211058907

Nordgård, R. K., & Låg, T. (2021). The effects of virtual reality on procedural pain and anxiety in pediatrics: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Virtual Reality, 2.  https://doi.org/10.3389/frvir.2021.699383

Rago, A. (2021). Disrupted or delayed? Stress discrimination among preterm as compared to full-term infants during the first year of life. Infant Behavior and Development. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2020.101520

Rago, A. (2021). The effect of lexical status on prosodic processing in infants learning a fixed stress language. Psychophysiology. https://doi.org.10.1111/psyp.13932

Rago, A., & Horvath, A. (2021). Short-term retention of proprioceptive information. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021820957147

Svartdal, F., Sæle, R. G., Dahl, T. I., Nemtcan, E., & Gamst-Klaussen, T. (2021). Study habits and procrastination: The role of academic self-efficacy. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2021.1959393

Sæle, R. G., & Aasheim, M. (2021). Kunnskapsoppsummering og klassifisering av tiltaket: Mitt valg! Ungdomsskole-versjonen. Ungsinn: Tidsskrift for virksomme tiltak for barn og unge. https://hdl.handle.net/10037/21870


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Welcome to the EPIC Cognitive Research Group

Life is mundane, and life is epic. We get that. That’s why we pursue pressing questions related to how we think and learn, and how we use those skills to manage our complex, everyday lives. Our fascinations lead us to exploring how and why thinking and learning make living rich and important, and how and why we sometimes cognitively stumble along the way.

Recent research projects span everything from basic research in metacognition, critical thinking, language comprehension, effective learning, information literacy, and the nature of interest and courage to topics in decision-making in uncertain circumstances, procrastination, youth anxiety, student dropout and delusional thinking. We work with basic and applied research both in and outside the lab. Target populations we have worked with are varied, spanning students, patients, tourists and even, once upon a time, moths.

With our diverse interests we have built a community where we make space for creative collaborations and space for following complementary research interests on our own or with others both within and far beyond UiT. Many of us also have the pleasure of doing research with students from all of our in-house study programs.

Our members and and their UiT home pages can be found below. To learn more about their personal interests, check out our members page, as well.

Permanent Faculty

Tove I. Dahl, Professor

Phone: +47 77645456
Email: tove.dahl@uit.no

Frode Svartdal, Professor

Phone: +47 77644345
Email: frode.svartdal@uit.no

Rannveig Grøm Sæle, Associate Professor

Phone: +47 77644852
Email: rannveig.sale@uit.no

Torstein Låg

Phone: +47
Email:  torstein.lag@uit.no

Jon-André Dalbakk, Senior Advisor

Phone: +47 77620951
Email: jon.a.dalbakk@uit.no


Research Fellows and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Thor Gamst-Klaussen, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Phone:+47 77620710
Email: thor.klaussen@uit.no

Magnus Ingebrigtsen, PhD student

Phone:+47 99293800
Email: magnus.ingebrigtsen@uit.no

Efim Nemtcan, PhD student

Email: ene014@post.uit.no

Ellen Nierenberg, PhD student

Phone:+47 77644133
Email: ellen.nierenberg@uit.no


Research and Master’s Student


Elisabeth Norman, (UiB, past Professor II)

Isabel Kreis (graduated with PhD, 2021, researcher at CARE)

Phone:+47 77645302
Email: isabel.kreis@uit.no

Connie Villemo Nilsen (graduated with PhD, 2019)

Kent Nordby (graduated with PhD, 2020)

Jens Andreas Terum (graduated with PhD)

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