Decisions, emotion and experience

My research deals with one of the most fundamental questions in psychology - how emotions are elicited and how they affect us in our everyday lives. This is studied in four different main themes.

Prosocial helping/the decision to donate

There is a vast need for voluntary donations for both local and global causes. But what motivates us to help? We conduct research to examine the role of deliberate, emotional and moral drivers for helping behaviors.

Homo Heuristicus - how decisions are actually made

Decision making has been seen as a “rational” process where decision makers maximize utility. However, in most situations we make decision using simplified heuristics. We study when and why relying on emotional and habitual decision strategies may be beneficial in many situations.

Neuroeconomics - studies of how the brain and body make decisions

During the past 20 years, neuroeconomics has been established as an important research area. We study how people make decision with the help of brain imaging techniques.

Emotion, Music and Sound

What is it in a sound or a musical piece that can move us so deeply? We use experimental methods to study how music affect us in our everyday lives.



S Bouwmeester, P. P. J. L. Verkoeijen, B Aczel, F Barbosa, L Bègue, P Brañas-Garza, TGH Chmura, G Cornelissen, FS Døssing, AM Espín, AM Evans, S Ferreira-Santos, S Fiedler, J Flegr, M Ghaffari, A Glöckner, T Goeschl, L Guo, OP Hauser, R Hernan-Gonzalez, A Herrero, Z Horne, P Houdek, M Johannesson, Lina Koppel, P Kujal, T Laine, J Lohse, EC Martins, C Mauro, D Mischkowski, S Mukherjee, KOR Myrseth, D Navarro-Martínez, TMS Neal, J Novakova, R Pagà, TO Paiva, B Palfi, M Piovesan, RM Rahal, E Salomon, N Srinivasan, A Srivastava, B Szaszi, A Szollosi, K Ø Thor, Gustav Tinghög, JS Trueblood, JJ van Bavel, A. E. van ‘t Veer, Daniel Västfjäll, M Warner, E Wengström, J Wills, CE Wollbrant

Registered Replication Report: Rand, Greene, and Nowak (2012): Multilab direct replication of: Study 7 from Rand, D. G., Greene, J. D., & Nowak, M. A. (2012) Spontaneous giving and calculated greed. Nature, 489, 427–430.

In Perspectives on Psychological Science

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Michael Kirchler, David Andersson, Caroline Bonn, Magnus Johannesson, Erik O. Sorensen, Matthias Stefan, Gustav Tinghög, Daniel Västfjäll

The effect of fast and slow decisions on risk taking

In Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

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Camilla Strömbäck, Thérèse Lind, Kenny Skagerlund, Daniel Västfjäll, Gustav Tinghög

Does self-control predict financial behavior and financial well-being?

In Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance

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Selected publications

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

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

Publ 2016
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Pseudoinefficacy: negative feelings from children who cannot be helped reduce warm glow for children who can be helped

Authors: Daniel Västfjäll, Paul Slovic, Marcus Mayorga

Publ 2015
Type Article in journal
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Compassion Fade: Affect and Charity Are Greatest for a Single Child in Need

Authors: Daniel Västfjäll, Paul Slovic, Marcus Mayorga, Ellen Peters

Publ 2014
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