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.

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Daniel Västfjäll, Slovic Paul, William Burns, Arvid Erlandsson, Lina Koppel, Erkin Asutay, Gustav Tinghög (2016)

Frontiers in Psychology , Vol.7 , s.325- Continue to DOI

Daniel Västfjäll, Paul Slovic, Marcus Mayorga, Ellen Peters (2014)

PLOS ONE , Vol.9 , s.e0100115- Continue to DOI

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Jay J. Van Bavel, Aleksandra Cichocka, Valerio Capraro, Hallgeir Sjåstad, John B. Nezlek, Tomislav Pavlović, Mark Alfano, Michele J. Gelfand, Flavio Azevedo, Michèle D. Birtel, Aleksandra Cislak, Patricia L. Lockwood, Robert Malcolm Ross, Koen Abts, Elena Agadullina, John Jamir Benzon Aruta, Sahba Nomvula Besharati, Alexander Bor, Becky L. Choma, Charles David Crabtree, William A. Cunningham, Koustav De, Waqas Ejaz, Christian T. Elbaek, Andrej Findor, Daniel Flichtentrei, Renata Franc, Biljana Gjoneska, June Gruber, Estrella Gualda, Yusaku Horiuchi, Toan Luu Duc Huynh, Agustin Ibanez, Mostak Ahamed Imran, Jacob Israelashvili, Katarzyna Jasko, Jaroslaw Kantorowicz, Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko, André Krouwel, Michael Laakasuo, Claus Lamm, Caroline Leygue, Ming-Jen Lin, Mohammad Sabbir Mansoor, Antoine Marie, Lewend Mayiwar, Honorata Mazepus, Cillian McHugh, John Paul Minda, Panagiotis Mitkidis, Koppel Lina, Daniel Västfjäll, Gustav Tinghög (2022) National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic Nature Communications, Vol. 13, Article 517 Continue to DOI

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