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Emma Bäck

Associate senior lecturer

Emma Bäck
Associate senior lecturer
emma.back@psy.gu.se
+46 31 786 6286

Room number: 539
Postal Address: Box 500, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 41314 Göteborg


Department of Psychology (More Information)
Box 500
405 30 Göteborg
www.psy.gu.se
psykologi@psy.gu.se

Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Emma Bäck

My area of research is broadly focused on social psychology and I follow two lines of research within that field; political psychology and gender psychology, especially especially in relation to language. I have five currently ongoing projects (see below).

I am also an associate editor for the highly ranked, international, peer-reviewed journal Political Psychology.

I teach mainly in the fields of statistics and methodology, and social psychology. I also supervise theses on all levels. Feel free to contact me should you be interested in writing your thesis in one of the projects listed below. 1. Extrem aktivism? Psykologiska förklaringar till protestbeteende.

Ongoing projects: 

1. Extreme activism? Psychological explanations for protesting.
The main focus of this project is to explain why individuals participate in protests, given that the cost is relatively high, while the possibility to affect the political outcome is low. We use traditional political science theories about political partcipation, and use social psychological methods and explanations related to (fear of) social exclusion and conformity to a group to explain participation.

Project leader: Professor Hanna Bäck, Department of Political Science, Lund University

Funder: Swedish Research Council
 

2. Who is hen? Attitudes to, and cognitive effects of, a gender neutral pronoun.
The gender neutral pronoun hen has become increasingly established in the Swedish language as an alternative to the gendered pronouns han (he) and hon (she). The debate about the word has been heated and many have voiced concerns regarding possible consequences of using hen. However, there is no empirical evidence for such claims and the project aims at exploring how hen is percieved, what associations it elicits and how it affects stereotypical perceptions about gender.

Project leader: Dr. Marie Gustafsson-Sendén, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University

Co-applicant: Dr. Anna Lindqvist, Department of Psychology, Lund University

Funder: Swedish Research Council
 

3. Political participation among young people - From party democrats to social media activists.
Young people are less and less engaging themselves in traditional parties, despite a high interest in politics. One hypothesis is that they instead engage in other forms of political participation. Lately, social media, such as FaceBook, Twitter and the similar arenas have become an increasingly popular way to engage in political discussions, sharing political material, signing petitions and as a tool to organize demonstrations. The project aims at exploring if young people of today turn their back against the traditional political parties in order to engage in other forms of political participation.

Project leader: Dr. Malena Rosén-Sundström, Department of Political Science, Lund University

Co-applicants: Professor Hanna Bäck, Department of Political Science, Lund University

Dr. Nils Gustafsson, Department of Strategic Communication, Lund University.

Funder: Marianne and Marcus Wallenbergs Foundation
 

4. Expected leave? The effects of meeting with staff for pain patients well being and return to work.
In this project we aim to investigate how interactions with staff in the health care system may affect the length of sick leave for pain patients. Of special interest is the gender aspect. Women are more often on sick leave for pain and they are on longer leave than males. We explore if gender stereotypes about males as providers and women as weaker may affect this outcome.

Co-applicants: Dr. Stina Melander, Department of Political Science, Lund University

Professor Hanna Bäck, Department of Political Science, Lund University

Funder: AFA Insurance
 

5. The Political Psychology of Radicalization.
The current project aims to study the psychological mechanisms leading an individual to become radicalized, and investigate how the current state action plan against anti-democratic extremism is formulated, what responsibilities different societal institutions have, and what they do. We aim to formulate new governmental responses to radicalization based on our results. We investigate the radicalization process by the cross-fertilization of political science and psychology. We aim to establish a causal mechanism between rejection and proneness to radicalization in experimental studies, and validate our results by tracing discussions in online radical forums. We will also investigate the current state action plan is implemented, and formulate suggestions for how to counter radicalization. We take a multiple methods approach mixing quantitative and qualitative methods, which provides an overall better understanding of the radicalization process that is both generalizable and provides in-depth understanding. Social exclusion has often been presented as a risk factor for being recruited to radical and terrorist groups, but systematic research showing this causal link is lacking. The internet provides open access to radical online forums where the process can be traced back in time following individual members. This is a new and unique source of information since most of these interactions have previously taken place in interpersonal settings in closed groups. In order to counter radicalization it is vital to understand the social underpinnings. To date there is very little research on governmental responses to radicalization, and how different societal institutions are equipped to deal with this. How such strategies should be formulated and executed are dependent on such an understanding of the roots of radicalization. The project has high societal relevance and provides a deeper understanding of the circumstances under which individuals become radicalized.

Co-applicants: Professor Hanna Bäck, Department of Political Science, Lund University

Niklas Altermark, Department of Political Science, Lund University

FunderForte

Latest publications

Vem tycker om hen?
Anna Lindqvist, Marie Gustafsson-Sendén, Emma Bäck
Språk & Stil, Journal article 2016
Journal article

From 'I' to 'we' and from emotional to rational: Group formation and content changes in posts in an online xenophobic forum
Sverker Sikström, Marie Gustafsson-Sendén, Hanna Bäck, Emma Bäck
The 39th Annual Meeting of International Society for Political Psychology. Warsaw, Poland., Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

A throw from the extreme: Political attitude shift following inclusion by a radical group in the cyberball paradigm
Emma Bäck, Hanna Bäck, Niklas Altermark, Holly Knapton
The 39th Annual Meeting of International Society for Political Psychology. Warsaw., Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Predicting attitudes to and use of a gender neutral pronoun in Swedish
Emma Bäck, Hellen Vergoossen, Anna Lindqvist, Marie Gustafsson-Sendén
The Association for Psychological Science’s Annual Convention 2016. Chicago, USA, Poster 2016
Poster

Gemenskap och utstötning: Socialpsykologiska perspektiv på politiskt våld
Emma Bäck, Niklas Altermark
Våldets sociala dimensioner. (red.) Christofer Edling & Amir Rostami. , Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Attribution biases among people challenging social hierarchy
Tomasz Besta, Gulcin Akbas, Emma Bäck, Natasza Kosakowska-Berenzecka, Alexandra Vázquez
The 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Warsaw, Poland, 2016, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Contemporary arguments against gender neutral language
Hellen Vergoossen, Emma Bäck, Anna Lindqvist, Marie Gustafsson-Sendén
The Association for Psychological Science’s Annual Convention 2016. Chicago, USA, Poster 2016
Poster

Ethical concerns of experiments and content analysis in social media
Nils Gustafsson, Emma Bäck, Hanna Bäck
NordMedia 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Hen can do it: Effects of using a gender neutral pronoun in recruitment.
Emma Bäck, Anna Lindqvist, Marie Gustafsson-Sendén
Könskonstruktioner och språkförändringar: En rapport från den åttonde nordiska konferensen om språk och kön, Conference paper 2015
Conference paper

Methodological challenges of experiments in social media
Emma Bäck, Hanna Bäck, Nils Gustafsson
NordMedia 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

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2016

Vem tycker om hen?
Anna Lindqvist, Marie Gustafsson-Sendén, Emma Bäck
Språk & Stil, Journal article 2016
Journal article

From 'I' to 'we' and from emotional to rational: Group formation and content changes in posts in an online xenophobic forum
Sverker Sikström, Marie Gustafsson-Sendén, Hanna Bäck, Emma Bäck
The 39th Annual Meeting of International Society for Political Psychology. Warsaw, Poland., Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

A throw from the extreme: Political attitude shift following inclusion by a radical group in the cyberball paradigm
Emma Bäck, Hanna Bäck, Niklas Altermark, Holly Knapton
The 39th Annual Meeting of International Society for Political Psychology. Warsaw., Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Predicting attitudes to and use of a gender neutral pronoun in Swedish
Emma Bäck, Hellen Vergoossen, Anna Lindqvist, Marie Gustafsson-Sendén
The Association for Psychological Science’s Annual Convention 2016. Chicago, USA, Poster 2016
Poster

Gemenskap och utstötning: Socialpsykologiska perspektiv på politiskt våld
Emma Bäck, Niklas Altermark
Våldets sociala dimensioner. (red.) Christofer Edling & Amir Rostami. , Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Attribution biases among people challenging social hierarchy
Tomasz Besta, Gulcin Akbas, Emma Bäck, Natasza Kosakowska-Berenzecka, Alexandra Vázquez
The 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Warsaw, Poland, 2016, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Contemporary arguments against gender neutral language
Hellen Vergoossen, Emma Bäck, Anna Lindqvist, Marie Gustafsson-Sendén
The Association for Psychological Science’s Annual Convention 2016. Chicago, USA, Poster 2016
Poster

2015

Ethical concerns of experiments and content analysis in social media
Nils Gustafsson, Emma Bäck, Hanna Bäck
NordMedia 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Hen can do it: Effects of using a gender neutral pronoun in recruitment.
Emma Bäck, Anna Lindqvist, Marie Gustafsson-Sendén
Könskonstruktioner och språkförändringar: En rapport från den åttonde nordiska konferensen om språk och kön, Conference paper 2015
Conference paper

Methodological challenges of experiments in social media
Emma Bäck, Hanna Bäck, Nils Gustafsson
NordMedia 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

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