John Axelsson on Sleep & the Effect on Cognitive Functions

The awareness of how sleep affects cognitive functions can help many individuals. And cognition is extensively measurable – with tools now available on the market.

John Axelsson, professor and expert in sleep and Neuroscience had his second appearance on one of Sweden’s most popular podcasts Framgångspodden, to shine light on the engaging topic of sleep, stress and effects on the brain.

“Cognition is everything” and has great effect on basic needs such as sleep. When sleeping, you recharge energy to the brain. Sleep is important to prepare the cognitive brain, rehearse new skills, ensures that daily activities is consolidated and fine-tune information processes for the next day.

The awareness of how sleep affects cognitive functions can help many individuals. And cognition is extensively measurable – with tools now available on the market.

Listen to Predrag:
(The episode is in Swedish)

Christine Bedinger in Powerful Women – How cognitive know-how fosters Talent Acquisition

Chrisine Bedinger is a Licensed psychologist and Specialist in Neuropsychology. She is a Scandinavian expert in adapting and developing gold standard neuropsychological tests of IQ and Executive functions. She is now applying her knowledge on a new arena - talent acquisition.

Cognition is everything. It is highly individual and fully measurable. Understanding cognition is key in understanding behavior and performance in different contexts. This is also the main challenge in talent acquisition. And exactly what a neuropsychologist do. Measure, interpret and explain cognitive capacity.

Capacio Experts' Research about Sleep and Brain Functions Featured in Svenska Dagbladet

Lack of sleep can quickly affect our brain function, emotion control and concentration, with or without diagnosis.

Brain function deteriorates and we become more erratic the less we sleep. The brain becomes slower, we make more mistakes and above all the function of the brain varies more.

In addition to this general insight, with cognitive assessment tools, it is possible to measure our individual functional level and how it varies, for example in the case of lack of sleep or under pressure. The result is unique and sharp tools to better understand and guide ourselves to function optimally.

Capacio Expert's Research on Football and Executive Functions Featured in The Guardian

The Guardian has featured research performed by our expert Predrag Petrovic on football / soccer and executive functions in an article about “Football Intelligence” and whether players can develop it.

“You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you"

- Johan Cruyff -

Capacio Experts Published New Study: Relation Between ADHD, Sleep and Performance

In a study published in the research journal Biological Psychiatry – Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, our experts Predrag Petrovic and John Axelsson show that healthy individuals with ADHD tendencies will become significantly worse in cognitive tasks if they do not sleep than those without such tendencies.

This suggests that a large proportion of the population is especially vulnerable to modern way of life with less sleep due to use of digital media late in the night. It also adds to the unresolved question why the effects of sleep deprivation is so variable between different individuals.

This suggests that a large proportion of the population is especially vulnerable to modern way of life with less sleep due to use of digital media late in the night. It also adds to the unresolved question why the effects of sleep deprivation is so variable between different individuals.

Check out all findings and the full article here

Inverse reviewed and commented on the study here

Capacio receives award for being among Top 10 Companies in Europe impacting business

We are very proud and honored to announce that Capacio has received the Top Assessment 2020 Award recognized by HR Tech Outlook in the category

Top 10 companies in Europe

at the forefront of providing assessment consulting/services and impacting business

Also, make sure to check out the article from HR Tech Outlook featuring Capacio and how we enrich objective assessment through neuroscience-based tools. You can access the article directly here and find out more.

Got interested? Contact us on our website to learn about our services!

Capacio Expert John Axelsson in EGN Podcast about sleep and the impact on our brain & leadership

Listen to the full, very exciting and entertaining podcast (available in Swedish only) with John here on “” to learn more about what sleep does for our health, for our brain functions, and how leaders can benefit from this knowledge.

“A Boss – The Lifeline for Sweden’s Managers” is a regular podcast series also available on e.g. Spotify and Acast for and by managers hosted by EGN CEO Daniel Stenmark. Welcoming known and unknown guests from Sweden’s entire business community, the podcast series in general talks about current trends and (new) tools that make leaders smarter and their everyday life a bit easier and more fun.

If you want to hire John as a speaker or learn more about your own cognitive capacities with our test or are interested about Capacio AB, contact us for additional information and your personal, your team’s or your organization’s assessment.


New Study: Cognitive Flexibility in Elite Soccer Players

Capacio expert Predrag Petrovic and his research team at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, published a new study in the Nature Publishing Group Journal in Scientific Reports on how cognitive flexibility may relate to success of elite soccer players.

"Level of play and coach-rated game intelligence are related to performance on design fluency in elite soccer players"

For more information, go ahead and read the full study here or access his blog about the study on Behavioral and Social Sciences at Nature Research.

On top, we are excited to announce that we will soon offer a webinar “Listen to the Expert” with Predrag Petrovic about the study results, executive functions and the science behind it. Executive functions and cognitive flexibility are not only connected to soccer but also relevant to gain deeper insights into behavior and performance in general.

Summary of the study and what the results mean for individuals and businesses

The study sets out to understand how executive brain functions – innate abilities – are the underlying mechanisms that to a large extent explain successful and less successful human behavior and performance.

In soccer, executive functions such as cognitive flexibility relate strongly to game intelligence, the ability to read a game and then quickly and accurately adjust behavior dynamically. This is a prerequisite for reaching an overall goal in a constantly changing environment and in the end overall success as a soccer player. Just like in sports, dynamics and new emerging situations occur equally in people’s day-to-day lifes and at the work place requiring an executive capacity for constant adaptations of (competitive) behavior and actions as well as sometimes quick strategy revisions. Understanding one’s very own executive functions and the related strengths and weaknesses can help to be more successful in terms of career or simply life in general. And for business to become better at securing the right person at the right place and time.

Contact us here on our website to stay tuned for more information and news about the future webinar.


Håkan Nilsson joins the Executive Board of Capacio AB

As of immediate effect Håkan Nilsson, CEO and Founder of IT logistics company Zinnovate International, will be functioning as a Senior Advisor to and Member of the Board of Capacio AB. At the same time, his company Zinnovate International will enter the Capacio Partner Program.

STOCKHOLM. Capacio AB is pleased to announce that as from now on, Håkan Nilsson, CEO and Founder of IT logistics company Zinnovate International, joins the Board of Capacio as a Senior Advisor while his company Zinnovate International will enter Capacio partner program in piloting Capacio cognitive assessment testing and services – Game Analysis. Being a young and fast accelerating digital company in Sweden, Capacio is very excited to welcome such an experienced, well-known and knowledgeable expert with a broad network on board. Håkan will be a valuable contribution in lifting Capacio to a whole new level.

During more than 30 years’ experience in the global forwarding and freight industry, including positions as CIO at TNT Freight Management and Geodis Wilson, Håkan has built a far-reaching expert knowledge and experience in relation to data, IT systems and services, digital innovation and disrupting business models, making him an extraordinary fit and complement to the board of Capacio. In his former positions, Håkan always payed foremost attention to customer satisfaction and orientation while not losing his focus to maximize shareholder value perfectly matching Capacio’s values. His certifications and awards confirm the industry-leading performance and experience, e.g. Best European CEO in the IT Management Logistics Industry 2017 or CIO of the year in 2008.

 “30 years of leading global teams taught me that people decisions are by far the most important ones you ever make. I’m super thrilled to partner up with Capacio on a digital journey to help companies move from bias- to evidence-based people selection and development.”

- Håkan Nilsson, CEO Zinnovate International

Zinnovate International to join Capacio Partner Program

In 2013, Håkan established Zinnovate International with a definitive goal in mind: to help large-scale logistic firms realize the full value of their IT investments. Now, Capacio is honored to welcome the company to its Partner Program. The Stockholm-based firm stands out from its peers for its bespoke IT service offerings, which combine efficient business processes with the very latest technological products. Moreover, the company enjoys a global reach through its network of international partners – an added bonus for clients, as the company always stays abreast of the latest technological innovations.

“Håkan Nilsson is a world-recognised leader dedicated to improving the IT capabilities of businesses in the supply chain. His knowledge of IT and experience in the industry is second to none and we’re delighted to have him in the Board and welcome Zinnovate to our partner program.”

- Ander Norén, CEO Capacio AB

Håkan’s and thus Zinnovate’s vision, pragmatic approaches and success moving forward builds upon three underlying pillars: transformation technology, processes and people. While he has proven to be successful in delivering solution for all of these, Capacio will help Zinnovate in the future through the assessment of executive capacity and abilities in form of cognitive testing to especially excel in the people dimension.

Zinnovate realizing the need and signing up for the Capacio Partner Program to apply Capacio’s services in the logistics industry with millions of employees is a great confirmation of Capacio’s existing, attractive value proposition and offering towards companies, employers and people operating on global scales.

If you or your company is also interested in becoming part of the Capacio Partner Program, send us an email via the contact form on our website.

For additional information and your personal, your team’s or your organization’s assessment, make sure to sign up for our cognitive test as well to learn first about our app release.

How Capacio helped me to learn everything about me that I never knew I wanted to know

There is a lot of things you hear about personality testing, profiling, talent identification and character traits that presumingly tell you whether you are going to be successful in your career – or not. When stumbling across Capacio and their offer to do a free assessment, that is based on neuropsychology, regarding my cognitive and executive capacity I was agreeing to run through their so called “GAME Analysis” being curious but honestly did not expect too much in terms of exciting results.

Having gone through many assessment centers and recruiting procedures with a lot of logic, math, leadership, capability and skills testing I honestly thought I knew it all. I know I am not the very best and fastest when it comes to numbers but above average in terms of data analytics, I am outgoing with leadership traits willing t0 take responsibility and ownership and am equipped with strong social and intercultural skills making me a well-functioning team player especially across hierarchies.

Snap – yes, I was (mostly) right, but was missing a hell lot more about me! Here is the short story of my very own Game Analysis and its cognitive functioning assessment, how I took the test and now know a lot more about myself than I did before.

My expectations were not too high. But what did I have to lose?

My name is Pascal, 27 years old, and I am currently enrolled as a Business & Management Master Student at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). Hoping that people will never stop learning during their life, I currently find myself in a phase of my mid- to end-twenties (yes, slowly approaching 30) willing to take very steep learning curves professionally along the way but most importantly personally as well when it comes to my character, behavior, performance and capabilities.

The acquaintance with Anders Norén (CEO, Capacio) through SSE, was the trigger for me to get curious about Capacio, their offering and their Game Analysis testing, which promises to reveal an individual’s executive capacity, brain processing and functioning abilities and cognitive profile. After informing myself a bit more on their website about what they do, I volunteered and was curious to take the 90-min face-to-face testing. My curiosity was ignited. Expectations not too high. But what did I have to lose?

Testing Day

The test was to be hold face-to-face with a licensed psychologist here in Stockholm and was going to last 90min. Quite a long time for such a test format but not necessarily longer than any other recruiting or personality test I have done before. Given the prior promise of delivering extensive test results the timing seemed to be reasonable.

We were seated on both sides of a small table facing each other. I did have no supporting material on me. No pen, no paper, no calculator. Nothing. This was a bit strange in the beginning, but I accommodated rather quickly once we started.

My tester made sure to slowly explain me everything upfront about the test, what kind of different tests to expect (reading, information processing, creativity, etc.) and what I would have to do in every sequence. If I needed a pen, he would give it to me and so forth.

The tests were as diverse as they could possibly be. Starting with having to read out different given words loudly in a given time frame, eventually having to connect dots in the fastest way possible to naming as many words related to a specific topic in one minute. They all were modified along the way with different levels of difficulty, engagement and interaction. For example, I had to remember and repeat number sequences that the tester would read out loud once. Starting easy with a few numbers, finishing off super difficult with up to 9 different numbers in a row. Sounds challenging? Super challenging!

The tasks were challenging but extremely exciting after all. It did not feel like a stressful recruiting test but rather like an actual GAME

Was it fun? YES! As I have done a lot of recruiting and screening tests in my life, this was the first time I did exercises like this and honestly, I have to say, they were challenging but extremely exciting after all. It did not feel like a stressful recruiting test but rather like an actual GAME. Super fun and always making me want to run another round!

Also, what I found really interesting was the fact that after every exercise I was asked to judge my own performance in comparison to others on a normal distribution chart. Obviously super hard to judge and I had the feeling I just blindly put a mark somewhere, yet, I realized I never dared to judge myself in the top chunk but rather a bit above average thinking I could not have it done the best way possible. Probably because of my prior experience with results from other profiling tests.

Test Results, my surprising learnings and 3 “wows”

One week after the testing, I met with two licensed psychologists again actually who would guide me through my test results. I honestly was a bit nervous when I entered the room. On the one hand telling myself whatever the test results will be, they will not change me as a person. Either they are crappy with low validity, then I will just forget about them or they are somewhat reasonable, justify what I know already, and I will just take them as a high-level confirmation of my abilities.

However, what happened then was really eye-opening and well exceeded my prior expectations. 3 things generally amazed me already within the first 5 minutes of the test result reporting (see graph below). Since thes3 take-aways sustainably impressed me, I would like to call them my “3 wows”.

Here they are:

1) The detailed qualitative feedback given by a licensed psychologist about my cognitive abilities based on my own, tangible test data.

I was truly amazed, how the psychologists analyzed my test results and qualitatively assessed my test data. Why? They not only interpreted in a very professional way how my brain works, but also translated these findings to my own behavior and potential performance by even daring to predict my future and current management abilities that which were strong in leadership and team building. Something I actually really like to do and what I feel comfortable with. They put so much thought in their assessment and have been extremely detailed and precise. I felt like I was being read out loudly in a very positive way. In the end I was even a bit sad I did not record the feedback because I could have used it exactly in any potential job interview. It had all the answers and statements about me I was always looking for.

For example, that I am an extremely strong strategic thinker that is capable of assessing problems and situation on a meta-level by keeping high cognitive flexibility in a given set of rules. I perform recognizably well with very challenging tasks while being only a bit above average when it comes to daily “boring” problems as my cognitive capabilities basically grow with the size of the problem. How awesome is that? I mean I kind of knew that I get bored easily and lose focus with “no-brainers” like setting up a short excel file about the company’s organization but could dig into questions such as “how should our company look like in 10 years?” for hours without losing track or excitement.

2) The confirmative nature of how precisely the test actually measured who and how I am as a person.

The examples mentioned above have been also the trigger to list my 2nd wow. I am still amazed and excited about how extremely accurate the test results and subsequently the psychologists were able to describe me. As I wrote earlier, I reflected a lot about myself already and know where I am strong and where not. Given, I only fulfilled a few tasks over the course of 90min, the Game Analysis was able to define me just as good as I could after 27 years.

It identified that I am just above average when it comes to multi-processing as I rather enjoy and feel comfortable about delivering 1 or 2 projects to the best extent possible than working on 100 things at the same time not being able to fully put my mind and heart into it. Yet, it assessed my strategic abilities and creative, cognitive flexibility accurately. It even analyzed that I have the maximum potential in these two categories which lies roughly 2 standard deviations above average test results. It also confirmed my process and scanning speed when it comes to analyzing problems, which is also something I got in all of my prior professional feedback sessions. And trust me, even though I’m only 27, there were many!

3) The additional, deep analytics and interpretation as well as different dimensions and angles that the test uses to describe my cognitive profile.

Lastly, and probably this is now the greatest take-away from the results and testing I did with Capacio, the interpretation of the results opened up completely new angles and perspectives in regard to my abilities, cognitive profile and executive capacity I haven’t heard before. Unlike many other tests that only take at the look at a person’s surface aka “yeah we have an extrovert here who likes to take risks”, the Game Analysis really goes deep and revealed way more things and behavioral traits about me that I never knew I wanted to know.

For instance, it showed me that I have a rather average short-term memory, which is true because I sometimes really fail to recall some individual numbers or sentences from a meeting that just happened. But at the same time, it identified that my working memory in comparison is clearly above average. This was interpreted as that once I processed information because I might find it more interesting, appealing or challenging as already described above, I am extremely good in actually working with this information for a long time. The test correctly identified that once I warmed up, nothing can really stop me in terms of productivity and quality. I reach high workflow levels with great abilities to maintain high performance.

And you know what? It’s true. This is exactly how I function in my professional life. I recall days where I started slow, but after half an hour for myself into a problem I did not want to stop and just took more and more of the problem apart ending up with a truly unique solution. Knowing about strengths like these really improves my self-awareness now as I can focus on optimizing my strengths while making sure to compensate more on my weaknesses such as paying more attention to “not-so-important” information pieces. The best part about this? It is evidence-based and proven – scientifically from neuroscience and neuropsychology.

Yet, these were not the only things I learned about me. There were many more such as my high speed, productivity, strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities in times of pressure but in a given set of rules. However, going in to deep would exaggerate this post.

After all, I can say I had prejudices towards Capacio and the related Game Analysis but got proven extremely wrong. Never have test results about myself, my (cognitive) profile and my functional abilities been more useful than this time.

And if you are still in doubt, why don’t you give it a chance and try it yourself. I am sure Capacio will be happy to help!

– Pascal Fischer (27), Stockholm School of Economics (MSc Business & Management)

on May 14th 2o2o

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