My research focuses on understanding the psychological, computational, and neural mechanisms involved in social learning—the process through which we acquire knowledge from and about others. Social learning is a critical aspect of human culture and cultural evolution as it allows the transmission of ideas and behaviors across generations. To gain a comprehensive understanding of social learning, I employ a multi-methods approach, combining behavioral experiments, computational modeling, and neuroimaging techniques.
After completing my PhD in Psychology at Karolinska Institutet in 2014 (with Professor Andreas Olsson), I had the opportunity to further my research through a Marie-Curie fellowship at the Zürich Center for Neuroeconomics, University of Zürich, collaborating with Professor Philippe Tobler. During this time, I investigated the neural mechanisms underlying social learning.
I then joined the University of Amsterdam as a postdoctoral researcher for two years, working with David Amodio. From 2020 to 2022, I held a tenured Assistant Professor position at the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at VU Amsterdam. During this period, I further developed my own research program and had the opportunity to mentor students and collaborate with colleagues in the academic community.
In 2021, I was fortunate to receive a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant and a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship grant. These grants provide support for my research on social learning and cultural evolution. As of 2023, I have returned to the Karolinska Institutet and rejoined the Division for Psychology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience.