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Peer-reviewed articles




Do Borderline Personality Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder co-aggregate in families? A population-based study of 2 million Swedes. Kuja-Halkola R, Lind Juto K, Skoglund C, Rück C, Mataix-Cols D, Pérez-Vigil A, Larsson J, Hellner C, Långström N, Petrovic P, Lichtenstein P, Larsson H. Mol Psychiatry. 2018 doi: 10.1038/s41380-018-0248-5.

Sickness behavior is not all about the immune response: Possible roles of expectations and prediction errors in the worry of being sick. Lasselin J, Petrovic P, Olsson MJ, Paues Göranson S, Lekander M, Jensen KB, Axelsson J. Brain Behav Immun. 2018 pii: S0889-1591(18)30577-4.

Distinct brain structure and behavior related to ADHD and conduct disorder traits. Bayard F, Nymberg Thunell C, Abé C, Almeida R, Banaschewski T, Barker G, Bokde ALW, Bromberg U, Büchel C, Quinlan EB, Desrivières S, Flor H, Frouin V, Garavan H, Gowland P, Heinz A, Ittermann B, Martinot JL, Martinot MP, Nees F, Orfanos DP, Paus T, Poustka L, Conrod P, Stringaris A, Struve M, Penttilä J, Kappel V, Grimmer Y, Fadai T, van Noort B, Smolka MN, Vetter NC, Walter H, Whelan R, Schumann G, Petrovic P; IMAGEN Consortium. Mol Psychiatry. 2018. doi: 10.1038/s41380-018-0202-6. PMID: 30108313


Cue reactivity and opioid blockade in amphetamine dependence: A randomized, controlled fMRI study. Guterstam J, Jayaram-Lindström N, Berrebi J, Petrovic P, Ingvar M, Fransson P, Franck J. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018;191:91-97. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.06.023. PMID: 30096639


The Predictive Coding Account of Psychosis. Sterzer P, Adams RA, Fletcher P, Frith C, Lawrie SM, Muckli L, Petrovic P, Uhlhaas P, Voss M, Corlett PR. Biol Psychiatry. 2018. pii: S0006-3223(18)31532-4. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.05.015. PMID: 30007575


Bipolar disorder type I and II show distinct relationships between cortical thickness and executive function. Abé C, Rolstad S, Petrovic P, Ekman CJ, Sparding T, Ingvar M, Landén M. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2018 . doi: 10.1111/acps.12922. PMID: 29907968


The effect of sleep restriction on empathy for pain: An fMRI study in younger and older adults. Tamm S, Nilsonne G, Schwarz J, Lamm C, Kecklund G, Petrovic P, Fischer H, Åkerstedt T, Lekander M. Sci Rep. 2017 Sep 25;7(1):12236. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12098-9. PMID: 28947790


Longitudinal co-variations between inflammatory cytokines, lung function and patient reported outcomes in patients with asthma. Lodin K, Lekander M, Syk J, Alving K, Petrovic P, Andreasson A. PLoS One. 2017 Sep 15;12(9):e0185019. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185019. eCollection 2017. Erratum in: PLoS One. 2018;13(5):e0197795. PMID: 28915273

Delusion-proneness displays comorbidity with traits of autistic-spectrum disorders and ADHD. Louzolo A, Gustavsson P, Tigerström L, Ingvar M, Olsson A, Petrovic P. PLoS One. 2017;12(5):e0177820. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177820. PMID: 28542365


Endogenous opioids regulate social threat learning in humans. Haaker J, Yi J, Petrovic P, Olsson A. Nat Commun. 2017;8:15495. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15495. PMID: 28541285

Effects of 25 mg oxazepam on emotional mimicry and empathy for pain: a randomized controlled experiment. Nilsonne G, Tamm S, Golkar A, Olsson A, Ingvar M, Petrovic P. Royal Society Open Science. 2017;4(3):160607. doi: 10.1098/rsos.160607. PMID: 28405353.


Core executive functions are associated with success in young elite soccer players. Vestberg T, Reinebo G, Maurex L, Ingvar M, Petrovic P. PLoS One. 2017 12(2):e0170845. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170845. PMID: 2817873


Reliability and Construct Validity of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Revised in a Swedish Non-Criminal Sample - A Multimethod Approach including Psychophysiological Correlates of Empathy for Pain. Sörman K, Nilsonne G, Howner K, Tamm S, Caman S, Wang HX, Ingvar M, Edens JF, Gustavsson P, Lilienfeld SO, Petrovic P, Fischer H, Kristiansson M. PLoS One. 2016 11(6):e0156570. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156570. eCollection 2016.PMID: 27300292


A History of Psychosis in Bipolar Disorder is Associated With Gray Matter Volume Reduction. Ekman CJ, Petrovic P, Johansson AG, Sellgren C, Ingvar M, Landén M. Schizophr Bull. 2016. pii: sbw080. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 27289116


Top-Down Dysregulation-From ADHD to Emotional Instability. Petrovic P, Castellanos FX. Front Behav Neurosci. 2016 May 23;10:70. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00070. eCollection 2016. PMID: 27242456


Testosterone Administration Related Differences in Brain Activation during the Ultimatum Game. Kopsida E, Berrebi J, Petrovic P, Ingvar M. Front Neurosci. 2016 Mar 1;10:66. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00066. eCollection 2016. PMID: 26973448


Resignation Syndrome: Catatonia? Culture-Bound? Sallin K, Lagercrantz H, Evers K, Engström I, Hjern A, Petrovic P. Front Behav Neurosci. 2016 Jan 29;10:7. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00007. eCollection 2016. PMID: 26858615

Neurobiological aspects of personality disorders and emotional instability (in Swedish). Petrovic P. Läkartidningen 113, 2016 (2016;113:D43C). 


Intrinsic functional connectivity of insular cortex and symptoms of sickness during acute experimental inflammation. Lekander M, Karshikoff B, Johansson E, Soop A, Fransson P, Lundström JN, Andreasson A, Ingvar M, Petrovic P, Axelsson J, Nilsonne G. Brain Behav Immun. 2015  pii: S0889-1591(15)30080-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2015.12.018. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26732827


Cortical Thickness, Volume, and Surface Area in Bipolar Disorder Type I and II. Abé C, Ekman CJ, Sellgren C, Petrovic P, Ingvar M, Landén M. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience 2015 41(1):150093. doi: 10.1503/jpn.150093. PMID: 26645741


Linking unfounded beliefs to genetic dopamine availability. Schmack K, Rössler H, Sekutowicz M, Brandl EJ, Müller DJ, Petrovic P, Sterzer P. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015 Sep 30;9:521. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00521. eCollection 2015. PMID: 26483654

New findings about schizophrenia can provide new diagnostics and treatment (in Swedish)Schalling M, Engberg G, Andreassen OA, Erhardt S, Cunningham J, Agartz I, Petrovic P, Cervenka S, Fatouros-Bergman H. Läkartidningen 112, 2015 (2015;112:DH34).


Placebo analgesia and its opioidergic regulation suggest that empathy for pain is grounded in self pain. Rütgen M, Seidel EM, Silani G, Riečanský I, Hummer A, Windischberger C, Petrovic P, Lamm C. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Oct 13;112(41):E5638-46. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1511269112. Epub 2015 Sep 28. PMID: 26417092


Manic episodes are related to changes in frontal cortex: a longitudinal neuroimaging study of bipolar disorder 1. Abé C, Ekman CJ, Sellgren C, Petrovic P, Ingvar M, Landén M. Brain. 2015 Nov;138(Pt 11):3440-8. doi: 10.1093/brain/awv266. Epub 2015 Sep 15. PMID: 26373602


When Passive Feels Active--Delusion-Proneness Alters Self-Recognition in the Moving Rubber Hand Illusion. Louzolo A, Kalckert A, Petrovic P. PLoS One. 2015 10(6):e0128549. PMID: 26090797

Significant grey matter changes in a region of the orbitofrontal cortex in healthy participants predicts emotional dysregulation. Petrovic P, Ekman CJ, Klahr J, Tigerström L, Rydén G, Johansson AG, Sellgren C, Golkar A, Olsson A, Öhman A, Ingvar M, Landén M. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2016 11(7):1041-9. PMID: 26078386


Sharing pain and relief: neural correlates of physicians during treatment of patients. Jensen KB, Petrovic P, Kerr CE, Kirsch I, Raicek J, Cheetham A, Spaeth R, Cook A, Gollub RL, Kong J, Kaptchuk TJ. Mol Psychiatry. 2014; 19(3):392-8. PMID: 23358155


Altruism costs--the cheap signal from amygdala. Gospic K, Sundberg M, Maeder J, Fransson P, Petrovic P, Isacsson G, Karlström A, Ingvar M. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2014; 9(9):1325-32 PMID: 23945997


Delusions and the role of beliefs in perceptual inference. Schmack K, Gòmez-Carrillo de Castro A, Rothkirch M, Sekutowicz M, Rössler H, Haynes JD, Heinz A, Petrovic P, Sterzer P Journal of Neuroscience. 2013; 33(34):13701-12. PMID: 23966692


When Pinocchio's nose does not grow: belief regarding lie-detectability modulates production of deception. Sip KE, Carmel D, Marchant JL, Li J, Petrovic P, Roepstorff A, McGregor WB, Frith CD. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013;7:16. PMID: 23382715


Effects of L-dopa and oxazepam on resting-state fMRI connectivity: A randomized, cross-sectional placebo study. Flodin P, Gospic K, Petrovic P, Fransson P. Brain Connectivity. 2012;2(5):246-53 PMID: 22957904


Executive functions predict the success of top-soccer players. Vestberg T, Gustafson R, Maurex L, Ingvar M, Petrovic P. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e34731 PMID: 22496850


Limbic justice: Amygdala Involvement in Immediate Rejection in the Ultimatum Game. Gospic K, Mohlin E, Fransson P, Petrovic P, Johannesson M, Ingvar M. PLOS Biology. 2011; 9(5): 1-8 PMID: 21559322


Effects of oxazepam on affective perception, recognition and evoked related potentials. Olofsson JK, Gospic K, Petrovic P, Ingvar M, and Wien S. Psychopharmacology. 2011; 215(2):301-9. PMID: 21197615


How the number of learning trials affects placebo and nocebo responses. Colloca L, Petrovic P, Wager TD, Ingvar M, Benedetti F. Pain 2010; 151(2):430-9. PMID: 20817355


A prefrontal non-opioid mechanism in placebo analgesia. Petrovic P, Kalso E, Petersson KM, Andersson J, Fransson P, Ingvar M. Pain. 2010;150(1):59-65. PMID: 20399560


Irritability in pre-clinical Huntington's disease. Klöppel S, Stonnington CM, Petrovic P, Mobbs D, Tüscher O, Craufurd D, Tabrizi SJ, Frackowiak RS. Neuropsychologia. 2010;48(2):549-57. PMID: 19878688


From threat to fear: the neural organization of defensive fear systems in humans. Mobbs D, Marchant JL, Hassabis D, Seymour B, Tan G, Gray M, Petrovic P, Dolan RJ, Frith CD. Journal of Neuroscience. 2009;29(39):12236-43. PMID: 19793982


The NMDA agonist D-Cycloserine facilitates fear memory consolidation in humans. Kalisch R, Holt B, Petrovic P, De Martino B, Klöppel S, Büchel C, Dolan RJ Cerebral Cortex. 2009;19(1):187-96. PMID: 18477687


Effects of oxytocin and prosocial behavior on brain responses to direct and vicariously experienced pain. Singer T, Snozzi R, Bird G, Petrovic P, Silani G, Heinrichs M, Dolan RJ. Emotion. 2008;8(6):781-91. PMID: 19102589


Blocking central opiate function modulates hedonic impact and anterior cingulate response to rewards and losses. Petrovic P, Pleger B, Seymour B, Klöppel S, De Martino B, Critchley H, Dolan RJ. Journal of Neuroscience. 2008;28(42):10509-16. PMID: 18923027


Believing is seeing: expectations alter visual awareness. Sterzer P, Frith C, Petrovic P. Current Biology. 2008 Aug 26;18(16):R697-8. PMID: 18727901


Subliminal instrumental conditioning demonstrated in the human brain. Pessiglione M, Petrovic P, Daunizeau J, Palminteri S, Dolan RJ, Frith CD. Neuron. 2008;59(4):561-7. PMID: 18760693


Oxytocin attenuates affective evaluations of conditioned faces and amygdala activity. Petrovic P, Kalisch R, Singer T, Dolan RJ. Journal of Neuroscience. 2008;28(26):6607-15. PMID: 18579733


Learning affective values for faces is expressed in amygdala and fusiform gyrus. Petrovic P, Kalisch R, Pessiglione M, Singer M, Dolan RJ. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 2008;3(2):109-18. PMID: 19015101


Emotional perception modulated by an opioid and a cholecystokinin agonist. Gospic K, Gunnarsson T, Fransson P, Ingvar M, Lindefors N, Petrovic P. Psychopharmacology.  2008;197(2):295-307. PMID: 18071677

Placebo and Nocebo - Two sides of the same coin? Petrovic P. Pain 2008;136(1-2):5-6.


When fear is near: threat imminence elicits prefrontal-periaqueductal gray shifts in humans. Mobbs D, Petrovic P, Marchant JL, Hassabis D, Weiskopf N, Seymour B, Dolan RJ, Frith CD. Science. 2007 Aug 24;317(5841):1079-83. PMID: 17717184


Predictability modulates the affective and sensory-discriminative neural processing of pain. Carlsson K, Andersson J, Petrovic P, Petersson KM, Ohman A, Ingvar M. Neuroimage. 2006;32(4):1804-14. PMID: 16861005


Placebo in emotional processing - induced expectations of anxiety relief activate a generalized modulatory network. Petrovic P, Dietrich T, Fransson P, Andersson J, Carlsson K, Ingvar M. Neuron. 2005;46(6):957-69. PMID: 15953423

Opioid and placebo analgesia share the same network. Petrovic P. Seminars in pain medicine 2005;3 (31-36)


Context-dependent deactivation of the amygdala during pain. Petrovic P, Carlsson K, Petersson KM, Hansson P, Ingvar M. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2004;16(7):1289-301. PMID: 15453980 *


Brainstem involvement in the initial response to pain. Petrovic P, Petersson KM, Hansson P, Ingvar M. Neuroimage. 2004;22(2):995-1005. PMID: 15193631 *


Imaging cognitive modulation of pain processing.  Petrovic P and Ingvar M. Pain. 2002;95(1-2):1-5.


A regression analysis study of the primary somatosensory cortex during pain. Petrovic P, Petersson KM, Hansson P, Ingvar M. Neuroimage. 2002;16(4):1142-50. PMID: 12202100 *


Placebo and opioid analgesia - imaging a shared neuronal network. Petrovic P, Kalso E, Petersson KM, Ingvar M. Science. 2002;295(5560):1737-40. PMID: 11834781 *


Thalamic activation in photic myoclonus. Träff J, Petrovic P, Ingvar M. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. 2000;101(5):339-43. PMID: 10987325


Tickling expectations: neural processing in anticipation of a sensory stimulus. Carlsson K, Petrovic P, Skare S, Petersson KM, Ingvar M. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2000;12(4):691-703. PMID: 10936920


Pain-related cerebral activation is altered by a distracting cognitive task. Petrovic P, Petersson KM, Ghatan PH, Stone-Elander S, Ingvar M. Pain. 2000;85(1-2):19-30. PMID: 10692599 *


A PET activation study of dynamic mechanical allodynia in patients with mononeuropathy. Petrovic P, Ingvar M, Stone-Elander S, Petersson KM, Hansson P. Pain. 1999;83(3):459-70. PMID: 10568854 *

* = Included in PhD-Thesis


Känslostormar - emotionell instabilitet och hjärnan. Natur och Kultur. Petrovic P. 2015. Boken är även översatt till danska.        


Hjärnboll - fotbollsspelares okända intelligens. Natur och Kultur. Vestberg T, Petrovic P, Lerner T. 2018. Boken översatts till holländska och engelska.

Book Chapters

Kognitiv Neuropsykiatri. Petrovic P. (Book chapter in Psykiatri, textbook in psychiatry, Studentlitteratur 2016)

Placing placebo in normal brain function with neuroimaging. Ingvar M, Petrovic P, Jensen K. (Book chapter in Placebo and Pain: From Bench to Bedside, Luana Colloca, Magne Arve Flaten, Karin Meissner (ed). Academic Press 2013).


Anxiety from an Evolutionary Perspective and the Relationship between Anxiety and Cancer Pain. Petrovic P. (Book chapter in Cancer Pain: From Molecules to Suffering. Judith A. Paice, Rae F. Bell, Eija A. Kalso, and Olaitan A. Soyannwo (ed). IASP press, Seattle, USA 2010)


Placebo Analgesia and the Brain. Petrovic P. (Book chapter in Pleasures of the brain. Kringelbach ML, Berridge KC (ed). Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK 2009)


Cognitive modulation of cortical responses to pain. Peyron R, Rainville P, Petrovic P, Garcia-Larrea.  (Book phapter in Proceedings of the 10thWorld Congress on Pain. Dostrovsky JO, Carr DB, Koltzenburg M (ed). IASP Press 2003)


Cognitive control of emotion and pain in the human brain. Petrovic P. (Book chapter in From basic pain mechanisms to headache. Olesen J, Jensen TS (ed).Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK 2006)

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