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Studying to music significantly impairs creativity

Studying to music significantly impairs creativity

Press releases   •   Mar 02, 2021 13:33 CET

The common belief that music enhances creativity is disproved by researchers University of Gävle and two universities in England; in fact, music has the opposite effect. “Regardless if the music made the participants feel good, if they liked the music or if they regularly listened to music while studying, music impaired their creative performance.”

Extensive collaboration between Sweden’s organized crime networks

Extensive collaboration between Sweden’s organized crime networks

Press releases   •   Mar 01, 2021 18:02 CET

Research shows that 15000 individuals are active within what is defined as organized crime and within violent extremist groups in Sweden. “This shouldn’t surprise anyone, as there are so many results that should alarm us and cause concern,” says Amir Rostami, reader in criminology at University of Gävle.

Gynecologists negative to reconstructive surgery after female genital cutting

Gynecologists negative to reconstructive surgery after female genital cutting

Press releases   •   Feb 17, 2021 17:36 CET

​“Gynecologists in Sweden are a very polarized group regarding clitoral reconstruction, and our study is one of very few on the subject,” says Malin Jordal, researcher and senior lecturer in caring sciences at University of Gävle. “Sexuality and sexual health have not been targeted much and we would like to highlight those issues now,”

Cities in Denmark are now both denser and greener to researchers’ surprise

Cities in Denmark are now both denser and greener to researchers’ surprise

Press releases   •   Feb 08, 2021 16:03 CET

​For the first time, researchers from University of Gävle who use satellite images can prove that cities in Denmark have become both denser and greener in the time period 1995-2015. As urban densification and greening tend to be seen as two incompatible goals, results from a major survey in Denmark surprised researchers.

Leasing instead of buying chemicals would make wonders for the environment

Leasing instead of buying chemicals would make wonders for the environment

Press releases   •   Jan 25, 2021 08:00 CET

​“Our concept could reduce chemical emissions in the atmosphere from today’s hundreds of tons to only 10-12 tons per year,” says Rodrigo Lozano, researcher in industrial engineering and management at University of Gävle. Originally, this concept comes from the UN industrial development organisation (Unido). It is a method to reduce trade and dumping of chemicals.

The Union welcomes the University’s research on the new jobs in e-commerce

The Union welcomes the University’s research on the new jobs in e-commerce

Press releases   •   Jan 14, 2021 14:50 CET

The workload is high and there are major psychosocial disorders, so we hope to be able to make a difference. Now, the Union has also reached out to us and asked for help,” Jennie Jackson concludes. This is the first study conducted in Sweden that focus on the new type of central warehouses in which employees pack food ordered online.

Academics find strength in nature during the COVID-19 pandemic

Academics find strength in nature during the COVID-19 pandemic

Press releases   •   Jan 11, 2021 17:01 CET

​A new study from University of Gävle shows that nature is by far the most important resource in coping with stress and with working remotely for staff at universities and university colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sustainability researcher at University of Gävle awarded prize in USA

Sustainability researcher at University of Gävle awarded prize in USA

Press releases   •   Jan 08, 2021 08:00 CET

​“This is a testimony to the fact that my work is recognised, and I was truly overwhelmed,” says Nuria Bautista Puig, sustainability researcher at University of Gävle. “This prize recognizes the contribution of higher education institutions to sustainable development, and it is the only prize of its kind on this level.”

“The Swedish Corona strategy was for a homogenous population”

“The Swedish Corona strategy was for a homogenous population”

Press releases   •   Dec 15, 2020 14:29 CET

“The Swedish strategy did not take the migrants’ ways of life into account. It looks as if those responsible completely missed this aspect in their preparations,” says Komalsingh Rambaree, reader in social work at University of Gävle. After the great immigration in 2015, Swedish authorities should have known that this is a vulnerable group, and their strategy should have intended to protect them.

Green jobs needed to tackle future crises in cities

Green jobs needed to tackle future crises in cities

Press releases   •   Dec 07, 2020 08:00 CET

“We need to create new green jobs to give protesters tools and opportunities to do something,” Johan Colding says. “Changing our view of what a job is and working with ecosystem services can create many jobs.” “We want people to become involved and to be able to contribute in a constructive manner.”

Stephan Barthel—the world’s most cited researcher on green cities

Stephan Barthel—the world’s most cited researcher on green cities

Press releases   •   Nov 25, 2020 08:00 CET

Clarivate’s annual list of Highly Cited Researchers 2020, it shows that Stephan Barthel, founder of Urban Studio at University of Gävle, again is one of the most cited researchers in the world. Stephan Barthel’s articles center on how development in urban green spaces can offer people new contexts and generate new behaviour and, at the same time, be connected global sustainable development.

40 percent less school bullying in Gävle

40 percent less school bullying in Gävle

Press releases   •   Nov 20, 2020 15:25 CET

​“In Gävle, teachers know who the children who are bullied are, and they put a stop to the bullying for at least three out of four pupils each term,” says Peter Gill, professor emeritus in education at University of Gävle. “In Gävle Municipality, the percentage of pupils who were bullied was lower, and the difference is substantial: school bullying is 40 percent lower than the rest of Sweden.”

Violence at work tends to increase after staff reductions

Violence at work tends to increase after staff reductions

Press releases   •   Nov 17, 2020 08:00 CET

When employers cut down on staff, more incidents of violence are reported to the Swedish Work Environment Authority, according to research. Violence often occurs at workplaces where clients are in need of help and support. “Actually, this is a work environment issue,” says Sofia Wikman, criminologist at University of Gävle.

Researchers in joint effort: “We need to make our cities sustainable”

Researchers in joint effort: “We need to make our cities sustainable”

Press releases   •   Nov 02, 2020 08:00 CET

“The research school is a brilliant example of how research in collaboration with external parties can contribute to finding solutions to the challenges we are facing. Three higher education institutions together strive to be at the absolute forefront in urban development,” says Patrik Thollander, director for “Future-Proof Cities.”

Collaboration may not always be the key for “greener” logistics

Collaboration may not always be the key for “greener” logistics

Press releases   •   Oct 29, 2020 09:59 CET

Why does the logistics industry fail to achieve its environmental goals despite the abundance of technological solutions available, asks Amer Jazairy, researcher in sustainable logistics at the University of Gävle. “ This is the first time that we researchers argue that collaboration is not always to be preferred when we have green logistics as our aim. More isn’t always better.”

“Scents bring back my memories”

“Scents bring back my memories”

Press releases   •   Oct 12, 2020 09:07 CEST

Researchers at the University of Gävle are developing an app that is aimed to inspire both residents and staff at residential care facilities to use the garden to promote well-being and health. “I observed how the garden can stimulate all senses, evoke old memories, and this is what we want to use the garden for,” Eva Dahlkvist explains.

Social engagement risk factor for teachers

Press releases   •   Sep 16, 2020 08:00 CEST

One out of ten teachers in Sweden suffers from stress-related exhaustion, a 50 percent higher percentage than in other professional groups. “Teachers with a strong social consciousness who are deeply involved in pupils and colleagues are the most vulnerable ones,” says Ola Nordhall, lecturer in psychology and doctoral student within occupational health at the University of Gävle.

The history of Mexico City teaches us how to preserve natural areas in cities

The history of Mexico City teaches us how to preserve natural areas in cities

Press releases   •   Sep 01, 2020 12:41 CEST

​“To understand history, how people have adapted the wetland to survive, is important in the protection of green areas in cities today,” says Maria Schewenius, environmental researcher at the University of Gävle. - Temperature control and air purification are very important functions. When cities become both larger and denser, they also become warmer and often have problems with air quality.

New clever method finds the best location for solar and wind farms

New clever method finds the best location for solar and wind farms

Press releases   •   Aug 17, 2020 09:00 CEST

​“I have developed an efficient method which can be used in selecting the best alternative from a million, or an infinite number, of alternatives,” says Goran Milutinovic, researcher at the University Gävle. When using data from geographic information systems, where every point on the map is a potential alternative, the new method becomes really useful.

Scents reveal which forests are of high biodiversity value and need protection

Scents reveal which forests are of high biodiversity value and need protection

Press releases   •   Aug 10, 2020 16:59 CEST

"When we develop systems with artificial scents for key and indicator species, one individual with no expertise in the field can investigate 100 forests by using small traps and, in this way, identify the most valuable ones," says Nils Ryrholm, professor in biology at the University of Gävle.