Assistant professor

Björn Lindström

Assistant professor

Phone: +31 (0)20 59 86693


I am interested in the psychological, computational and neural mechanisms of social learning — how we learn from, and about each other. Social learning is crucial for human culture, and contributes to social norms, conformity, and ostracism, among many other important social phenomena. To understand social learning, I take an multi-methods approach that combines behavioral experiments, computational modeling of individual- and group-level processes, and neuroimaging.

I obtained a PhD in Psychology at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, in 2014. I then spent four years, funded by a Marie-Curie fellowship, at the Zürich Center for Neuroeconomics at the University of Zürich (with Philippe Tobler), and two years at the Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam (with David Amodio) as a postdoctoral researcher. I joined the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at VU Amsterdam as an Assistant Professor in 2020.

Research Interests

  • Social learning
  • Cultural evolution
  • Social decision-making
  • Social norms
  • Computional modeling
  • Reinforcement learning


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