Our research topics

Our research lab is interdisciplinary and part of the Department of Psychology as well as Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. We focus on issues related to acculturation, extremism, prejudice and discrimination, gender relations and the environment. In our aim to understand human behavior across different contexts, we combine perspectives from cultural and social psychology, and the political sciences more broadly. Doing so, we use a variety of methods, including experimental, longitudinal, cross-sectional and multi-level designs, qualitative interviews, and a combination of explicit and implicit measures. Please find below some of the broad questions we examine. You can find examples of our research under “publications“.

Acculturation and Intercultural Relations

How do immigrants relate to their new society of living and their own heritage culture? What are the factors shaping relationships between different ethnic and religious groups in society?

Prejudice and Discrimination

What are the factors underlying prejudice and negative stereotypes? Why do people dehumanize other groups? How can hostility between groups be reduced? What kind of interventions can improve intergroup relations while also addressing status differences?

Extremism and Political Psychology

Why are some people willing to risk their lives for a political cause? Why do people join foreign battalions? What explains willingness to commit extremist violence?

Gender Roles and Relations

How do gender stereotypes affect the way we view non-traditional women? How do differences in feminist identification and hostile sexism explain attitudes towards movements such as #metoo?

Misinformation and Conspiracy Beliefs

What makes people susceptible to misinformation? What are the consequences of believing in conspiracy theories?

Environmental Psychology

How can we reduce meat consumption? How can we promote environment-friendly choices?

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