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Researcher Profile

Andreas Olsson

Professor of Psychology
Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Karolinska Institutet

Dr. Andreas Olsson is an associate professor in psychology and the director of the EmotionLab at Karolinska Institutet. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from New York University (2006) and received post-doctoral training at Columbia University. Broadly, Dr. Olsson’s research aims at understanding how emotional information is transmitted between individuals, learned and expressed in a range of social situations. He has a particular interest in how basic mechanisms of threat and safety learning together with social cognition shapes people’s memories and decisions trough interactions. His research includes measures of behavior, peripheral psychophysiology, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and computational approaches.

Selected Publications

Lindström, B., Golkar, A., Jangard, S., Tobler, P. N., & Olsson, A. (2019). Social threat learning transfers to decision making in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(10), 4732–4737.
Lindström, B., Jangard, S., Selbing, I., & Olsson, A. (2018). The role of a “common is moral” heuristic in the stability and change of moral norms. Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, 147(2), 228–242.
Olsson, A., McMahon, K., Papenberg, G., Zaki, J., Bolger, N., & Ochsner, K. N. (2016). Vicarious Fear Learning Depends on Empathic Appraisals and Trait Empathy. Psychological Science, 27(1), 25–33.
Pan, Y., Olsson, A., & Golkar, A. (2020). Social safety learning: Shared safety abolishes the recovery of learned threat. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 135, 103733.
Undeger, I., Visser, R. M., Becker, N., de Boer, L., Golkar, A., & Olsson, A. (2021). Model-based representational similarity analysis of blood-oxygen-level-dependent fMRI captures threat learning in social interactions. Royal Society Open Science, 8(11), 202116.