Hi! I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Leadership & Organizational Behavior at BI Norwegian Business School. I am also affiliated with Trope Lab at New York University’s Department of Psychology. My PhD project seeks to understand how emotions and psychological distance influence decisions involving risk and uncertainty. I am a big fan of open and reproducible science, and an avid user of . I set up the first ReproducibiliTea journal club in Norway, that I’m currently co-running with a colleague. The goal of our journal club is to raise awareness of open science and reproducibility (see “Projects” for more info). I am also a local node leader for Norway’s Reproducibility Network (NORRN) .
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PhD in Organizational Behavior, present
BI Norwegian Business School, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
MSc in Leadership & Organizational Psychology, 2018
BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
BSc in Business & Economics, 2016
Mälardalen University, Sweden
A growing line of research has shown that individuals can regulate emotional biases in risky judgment and decision-making processes through cognitive reappraisal. In the present study, we focus on a specific tactic of reappraisal known as distancing. Drawing on appraisal theories of emotion and the emotion regulation literature, we examine how distancing moderates the relationship between fear and risk taking and anger and risk taking. In three pre-registered studies (Ntotal = 1,483), participants completed various risky judgment and decision-making tasks. Replicating previous results, Study 1 revealed a negative relationship between fear and risk taking and a positive relationship between anger and risk taking at low levels of distancing. Study 2 replicated the interaction between fear and distancing but found no interaction between anger and distancing. Interestingly, at high levels of distancing, we observed a reversal of the relationship between fear and risk taking in both Study 1 and 2. Study 3 manipulated emotion and distancing by asking participants to reflect on current fear-related and anger-related stressors from an immersed or distanced perspective. Study 3 found no main effect of emotion nor any evidence of a moderating role of distancing. However, exploratory analysis revealed a main effect of distancing on optimistic risk estimation, which was mediated by a reduction in self-reported fear. Overall, the findings suggest that distancing can help regulate the influence of incidental fear on risk taking and risk estimation. We discuss implications and suggestions for future research.
We performed an independent, direct, and better powered (N = 295) replication of Study 1, an experiment (N = 113) by Lammers, Stoker, and Stapel (2009). Lammers and colleagues distinguished between social power (influence over others) and personal power (freedom from the influence of others), and found support for their predictions that the two forms of power produce opposite effects on stereotyping, but parallel effects on behavioral approach. Our results did not replicate the effects on behavioral approach, but partially replicated the effects on stereotyping. Compared to personal power, social power produced less stereotyping, but neither form of power differed significantly from the control condition, and effect sizes were considerably lower than the original estimates. Potential explanations are discussed.
Together with researchers at University of Oslo and Østfold University College, we wrote a short piece (in Norwegian) that announces the establishment of the Norwegian Reproducibility Network ( NORRN)—a national initiative aimed at improving the transparency and reproducibility of research in Norway.
I was interviewed to share my thoughts on how leaders can improve their decision making by better understanding the role of emotions. The interviewed appeared in an article (in Norwegian) published in a Norwegian business newspaper that can be accessed👉 here .