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My research has focused on well-being, organizational psychology, and professor C. Robert Cloninger’s model of personality in which character is suggested to modify the significance or meaning of what is experienced, hence also changing emotional reactions and habits. Together with Professor Henrik Anckarsäter at the Center of Ethics, Law and Mental Health (http://celam.gu.se), University of Gothenburg, I have investigated the genetic effects on these personality dimensions and their influence on symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders and dysfunction and suffering derived from these symptoms.
I have been also developing research, with Professor Sverker Sikström at Lund University, using computational methods (i.e., Latent Semantic Analysis) to quantify a person’s written explanations of life events, life narrative, and own reflections of specific situations. We have been using this method to also define concepts (e.g., the semantic content of the word “happiness"), to conduct common statistical analysis using narratives and psychometric measures of well-being, and investigate individual behavior in social networks (e.g., Facebook).
Last but not the least, I’m the founder and lead researcher of the Network for Empowerment and Well-Being together with professor Trevor Archer and Doctor Max Rapp Ricciardi at the Psychology Department, University of Gothenburg. This is an international network supporting researchers and students in this field.