Björn Lindström

Björn Lindström

Principal Researcher
Visiting address: Nobels väg 9, 17165 Solna
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 Psykologi A Olsson Lindström, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • 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


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  • Principal Researcher, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Karolinska Institutet, 2017

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