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Jens Agerström

Jens Agerström

My research falls within social psychology and work and organizational psychology.

One research program examines how psychological distance (e.g., temporal distance) and level of mental construal influence moral judgment, moral behavior, and anticipated emotional reactions. I also study social norms and altruism, and more specifically the practical utility of signalling local versus global norms in the context of charitable giving.

Another research program concerns discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, obesity, and height. In particular, my research focuses on implicit and explicit prejudice and stereotypes as causes of hiring discrimination in the real labor market and within the health care system. To understand how both implicit and explicit biases play out in organizational settings, my research combines methods from both social psychology and behavioral economics.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Agerström, J., & Björklund, F. (2009). Moral concerns are greater for temporally distant events and are moderated by value strength. Social Cognition, 27, 261-282.
  • Agerström, J., & Björklund, F. (2009). Temporal distance and moral concerns: Future morally questionable behavior is perceived as more wrong and evokes stronger prosocial intentions. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 31, 49-59.
  • Agerström, J., Björklund, F., & Allwood, C. M. (2010). The influence of temporal distance on justice and care morality. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 51, 46-55.
  • Gunnarsson H., Grahn, B., & Agerström, J. (2016). Increased deep pain sensitivity in persistent musculoskeletal pain but not in other musculoskeletal pain states, Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 13, 1-5
  • Agerström, J. (2014). Why does height matter in hiring? Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 52, 35-38.
  • 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.
  • Carlsson, R., & Agerström, J. (2016). A closer look at the discrimination outcomes in the IAT literature. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12288
  • Gunnarsson H., Grahn, B., & Agerström, J. (2016). Impaired psychomotor ability and attention in patients with persistent pain - a cross-sectional comparative study. Journal of Pain Research.
  • 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., & Rooth. D-O. (2012). Warm and Competent Hassan = Cold And Incompetent Eric: The Harsh Equation of Real-life Hiring Discrimination. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 359-366.
  • Agerström, J., Carlsson, R., Nicklasson L., & Guntell, L. (2016). Using descriptive social norms to increase charitable giving: The power of local norms. Journal of Economic Psychology, 52, 147-153.
  • Agerström, J., Gunnarsson, H., & Stening, K. (2017). Does physical pain impair abstraction. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 29, 748-754.
  • Agerström, J., & Rooth, D. (2011). The role of automatic obesity stereotypes in real hiring discrimination. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 790-805
  • Agerström, J., & Rooth, D. (2009). Implicit prejudice and ethnic minorities: Arab-Muslims in Sweden. International Journal of Manpower, 30, 43-55.
  • Lindersson, L., Guntell, L., Carlsson, R., & Agerström. J. (2018). Reassessing the impact of descriptive norms on charitable intentions. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing.
  • Agerström, J., Björklund, F., & Carlsson, R. (2012). Emotions in time: Moral emotions appear more intense with temporal distance. Social Cognition, 30, 181-198.
  • Carlsson, R., Agerström, J., Björklund, F., Carlsson, M., & Rooth, D. (2014). Testing for backlash in hiring: A field experiment on agency, communion, and gender. Journal of Personnel Psychology
  • Carlsson, R., Agerström, J, Williams, D, & Burns, G. (2018). A primer on the benefits of using differential treatment analysis when predicting discrimination. The Quantitative Methods for Psychology.
  • Gunnarsson, H., & Agerström, J. (2018). Clinical pain, abstraction, and self-control: Being in pain makes it harder to see the forest for the trees and is associated with lower self-control. Journal of Pain Research, 11, 1105-1114

Other Publications:

  • Agerström, J., & Björklund, F. (2013). Temporal construal and moral motivation. In K. Heinrichs & F. Oser (Eds.) Handbook of moral motivation: Theories, Models, Applications. Rotterdam: Sense.

Courses Taught:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Psychology

Jens Agerström
Department of Psychology
Linnaeus University
351 95 Växjö

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