The psychology of helping

I which situations do people help more or less? What types of recipients receive more and less money? Which psychological mechanisms (emotions, thoughts and beliefs) influence the degree of helping? How do we allocate resources in situations where we cannot help everyone? Are different people influenced differently by arguments used in charitable advertising? These questions (and many others) are central in my research. 

I was born and raised in the Swedish region called Småland, but I have also lived three years in Tokyo. In January 2015, I took my Ph.D. at Lund University and later the same year I began working as a postdoctoral researcher at Linköping University. I am part of the JEDI-Lab, and my research is about moral decision making, and more specifically decision making in helping situations.



Arvid Erlandsson, Arthur Nilsson, Gustav Tinghög, Daniel Västfjäll

Bullshit-sensitivity predicts prosocial behavior


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Daniel Västfjäll, Arvid Erlandsson, Paul Slovic, Gustav Tinghög

Commentary: Empathy and its discontents

In Frontiers in Psychology

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Paul Slovic, Daniel Västfjäll, Arvid Erlandsson, Robin Gregory

Iconic photographs and the ebb and flow of empathic response to humanitarian disasters

In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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Arvid Erlandsson, Fredrik Björklund, Martin Bäckström

Choice-justifications after allocating resources in helping dilemmas

In Judgment and decision making

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Daniel Västfjäll, Slovic Paul, William Burns, Arvid Erlandsson, Lina Koppel, Erkin Asutay, Gustav Tinghög

The Arithmetic of Emotion: Integration of Incidental and Integral Affect in Judgments and Decisions

In Frontiers in Psychology

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