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Fredrik Björklund

Fredrik Björklund

My research in moral psychology concerns how we come to the judgment that something is morally blameworthy or praiseworthy. My research in social cognition concerns how stereotypes affect our peceptions of ourselves and others.

I am also involved in research on social desirability in personality assessment. We study how contextual factors may trigger evaluative (rather than descriptive) responding.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Agerström, J., & Björklund, F. (2013). Why people with an eye toward the future are more moral: The role of abstract thinking. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 373-381.
  • Agerström, J., & Björklund, F. (2009). Moral concerns are greater for temporally distant events and are moderated by value strength. Social Cognition, 27, 260-281.
  • Agerström, J., & Björklund, F. (2009). Temporal distance and moral concerns: Future immoral behavior is perceived as more wrong and evokes stronger prosocial intentions. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 31, 1-11.
  • Agerström, J., Björklund, F., & Carlsson, R. (2013). Look at yourself! Visual perspective influences moral judgment by level of mental construal. Social Psychology, 44, 42-46.
  • Agerström, J., Björklund, F., & Carlsson, R. (2012). Emotions in time: Moral emotions appear more intense with temporal distance. Social Cognition, 30, 181-198.
  • Agerström, J., Björklund, F., Carlsson, R., & Rooth, D-O. (2012). Warm and competent Hassan = cold and incompetent Eric: A harsh equation of real-life hiring discrimination. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 359-366.
  • Bäckström, M., & Björklund, F. (2013). Social desirability in personality inventories: Symptoms, diagnosis and prescribed cure. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 54, 152-159.
  • Bäckström, M., & Björklund, F. (2007). Structural modeling of generalized prejudice: The role of social dominance, authoritarianism, and empathy. Journal of Individual Differences, 28, 10-17.
  • Bäckström, M., Björklund, F., & Larsson, M. (2009). Five-factor inventories have a major higher order factor related to social desirability which can be reduced by framing items neutrally. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 335-344.
  • Björklund, F., Bäckström, M., & Jørgensen, Ø. (2011). In-group ratings are affected by who asks and how: Interactive effects of experimenter group-membership and response format. The Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 625-634.
  • Björklund, F., Bäckström, M., & Wolgast, S. (2012). Company norms affect which traits are preferred in job candidates and may cause employment discrimination. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 146, 579-594.
  • Björnsson, G., Eriksson, J., Strandberg, C., Francén Olinder, R., & Björklund, F. (in press). Motivational internalism and folk intuitions. Philosophical Psychology.
  • Carlsson, R., & Björklund, F. (2010). Implicit stereotype content: Mixed stereotypes can be measured with the Implicit Association Test. Social Psychology, 41, 213-222.
  • Carlsson, R., Björklund, F., & Bäckström, M. (2012). Mixed discriminatory judgments of individuals’ warmth and competence related abilities. Social Psychology, 43, 160-167.
  • Erlandsson, A., Björklund, F., & Bäckström, M. (2014). Perceived utility (not sympathy) mediates the proportion dominance effect in helping decisions. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27, 37-47.
  • Jørgensen, Ø., Bäckström, M., & Björklund, F. (2013). Bidirectional correction in social judgments: How a cue to the risk of bias causes more favorable ratings of some groups but less favorable of others. The Journal of Social Psychology, 153, 131-148.
  • Larsson, M. R., Björklund, F., & Bäckström, M. (2012). Right Wing Authoritarianism is a risk factor of torture-like abuse, but so is Social Dominance Orientation. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 927-929.

Other Publications:

  • Agerström, J., & Björklund, F. (2013). Temporal construal and moral motivation. In K. Heinrichs, F. Oser & T. Lovat (Eds.) Handbook of moral motivation: Theories, models, applications (pp. 181-196). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Bäckström, M., Björklund, F., & Larsson, M. (2011). Social desirability in personality assessment: Outline of a model to explain individual differences. In M. Ziegler, C. McCann, & R. D. Roberts (Eds.), New perspectives on faking in personality assessment. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Haidt, J., & Björklund, F. (2008). Social intuitionists answer six questions about moral psychology. W. Sinnott-Armstrong (Ed.), Moral psychology (Vol 2). The cognitive science of morality: Intuition and diversity (pp. 181-217). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Social Psychology

Fredrik Björklund
Department of Psychology
Lund University
Box 213
22100 Lund
Sweden

  • Phone: +46 46 222 87 75
  • Fax: +46 46 222 42 09

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