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Carl Martin Allwood


Carl Martin Allwood

+46 31 786 6348

Room number: 417
Postal Address: Box 500, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 41314 Göteborg

Department of Psychology (More Information)
Box 500
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Carl Martin Allwood


  • Professor of psychology at the University of Gothenburg 2008-
  • Professor of psychology at Lund University 1998-2008
  • Different employments at the University of Gothenburg 1982-1998
  • Docent in psychology 1987
  • Ph.D. in psychology 1982


My teaching is mostly in cognitive psychology (often judgment and decision making), research methodology and theory of science. This teaching is mainly at the clinical psychologist program, Master’s level and at the postgraduate level.

Research interests

My main research interests are in cognitive psychology, social cognition and culture oriented psychology.

Current research

My research to a large extent concerns judgments (foremost various forms of metacognition) and decision making. Examples of my research on decision making are the social and cognitive skills associated with ability to make good decisions and the relation between cognitive style features such as decision making styles and perception of one’s own judgmental ability, organizational features and outcomes such as perceived stress in work life contexts.

One studied type of judgement is so-called confidence judgments of one’s own and others' answers to episodic and semantic memory tasks. Another studied type of judgments is answerability judgments, that is, assessments of if an (often complex) question is answered, may be answered in the near or distant future, or if it cannot be answered at all. A third type of studied judgement is knowledge/ignorance judgments (what I, or others, know and do not know and to what extent) and how those assessments relate to for ex risk perception.

Other parts  of my research concern forensic psychology (foremost witness psychology), research psychology (including research on features of creative knowledge environments), the anthropology of knowledge (for example the nature and challenges of indigenous psychologies), theory of science (for example on the problematic and chaotic nature of the distinction between qualitative and quantitative research approaches).

I have also carried out research in the area of psychology of technology. These studies have usually taken a usability perspective on computer programs and consequences for the usability of computer programs of how system development processes are carried out in organizations but also included studies of virtual reality (VR) in the construction process.

Selected publications

Buratti, S., Allwood, C.M., Karlsson, B. (2017). Who knows? Knowledge activation, belief in certainty of knowledge, maximization tendencies and need for cognition in answerability judgments. The Journal of General Psychology, 144, 35-58.

Allwood, C.M., & Salo, I. (2012). Decision making styles and stress. International Journal of Stress Management, 119, 34-47.

Allwood, C.M. (2012). The distinction between qualitative and quantitative research methods is problematic. Quality & Quantity, 46, 1417 – 1429.

Allwood, C.M. (2011). On the foundation of the indigenous psychologies. Social Epistemology, 25(1), 3–14. doi: 10.1080/02691728.2010.534564

Allwood, C.M., & P. Johnsson (Eds.). (2009). Mänskliga möten över gränser. Vård och social omsorg i det mångkulturella samhället Human meetings over borders: Care and social provision in the poly-cultural society. Stockholm: Liber.

Latest publications

Perceived Barriers to Decision Quality in Three Swedish Public Authorities
Ilkka Salo, Carl Martin Allwood
International Journal of Public Administration, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Analys Vi får inte glömma den ännu allvarligare klimatkrisen
Carl Martin Allwood
Utvecklingsmagasinet (Föreningen för Utvecklingsfrågor), Other 2020

Yang’s global psychology and beyond
Carl Martin Allwood
In L. Sundararajan, K. K. Hwang, & K.-H. Yeh (Eds.), Global Psychology from indigenous perspectives Visions inspired by K. S. Yang , Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Future prospects for indigenous psychologies
Carl Martin Allwood
The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Response to Hwang (2019)
Carl Martin Allwood
The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Journal article 2019
Journal article

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Decision making styles, stress and gender among investigators
Ilkka Salo, Carl Martin Allwood
Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Journal article 2011
Journal article


Grundläggande vetenskapsteori för psykologi och andra beteendevetenskaper.
Carl Martin Allwood, Martin G. Erikson
Lund, Studentlitteratur, Textbook 2010

The realism in children’s metacognitive judgments of their episodic memory performance
Carl Martin Allwood
In A. Efklides & P. Misailidi (Eds.) Trends and Prospects in Metacognition Research, New York, Springer, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

The influence of temporal distance on justice and care morality
Jens Agerström, Fredrik Björklund, Carl Martin Allwood
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Journal article 2010
Journal article

The relation between personality and the realism in confidence judgements in older adults
Mats Dahl, Carl Martin Allwood, M. Rennemark, Bo Hagberg
European Journal of Ageing, 7(4), 283-291, Journal article 2010
Journal article

Personality and self
Carl Martin Allwood
In K. Ekström (Ed.), Consumer behaviour – A Nordic perspective, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

Ritualer: tvångsupprepning eller självförverkligande?
Carl Martin Allwood
I A.-C. Hornborg (red), Den rituella människan – flervetenskapliga perspektiv, Linköping, Linköping University Electronic Press , Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

Earwitnesses: The effect of type of voice lineup in identification accuracy and the realism in confidence judgments.
Elisabeth Zetterholm, Farhan Sarwar, Carl Martin Allwood
In Schötz, S., & G. Ambrazaitis (Eds.), Proceedings from Fonetik 2010, Lund, June 2-4, 2010. The XXIIIth Swedish Phonetics Conference. Working papers 54, 2010. Center for Languages and Literature, Lund University., Conference paper 2010
Conference paper

Eyewitness confidence
Carl Martin Allwood
In P.A. Granhag (Ed.), Forensic psychology in context , Uffculme, Devon, UK, Willan Publishing, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book


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