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My research regards people’s attitudes in controversial issues, and how they explain reasons/causes for their own attitudes vs. someone with the opposite attitude. In earlier studies I found that people tend to explain their own and members’ of their ingroups attitudes more with external, and legitimate causes, whereas they explain opponents’ attitudes more with internal, and illegitimate causes. But I also found that they could correctly estimate the (opposite) pattern of causes in opponents’ answers to the same questions. In these studies I researched attitudes towards animal experimentation, increased immigration, and (in Israel) peace negotiations with Syria.

I am also interested in decision making, democratic deliberations, and democratic participation. I collaborate with researchers in other areas w ithin psychology, e.g. developmental psychologist Eva Hoff on young people’s self-esteem, and other scientific areas, like political scientist Malena Rosén Sundström, in a project on why young people do not become members of the traditional political parties as often.

In supervising a bachelor’s thesis I came into contact with a research area that studies language use in Incel chat fora, compared to other chat fora and other texts.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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