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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

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

Approaches to culture-oriented research and teaching
Carl Martin Allwood
Culture across the curriculum: A psychology teacher's handbook, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge university Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Relating Decision-Making Styles to Social Orientation and Time Approach
Martin Geisler, Carl Martin Allwood
Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal article 2018
Journal article

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Earwitnesses: The effect of voice differences in identification accuracy and the realism in confidence judgments
Elisabeth Zetterholm, Farhan Sarwar, Carl Martin Allwood
I P. Branderud & H. Traunmüller (Eds.), Proceedings, FONETIK 2009, The XXIIth Swedish Phonetics Conference , Conference paper 2009
Conference paper


Virtual Reality Supporting Environmental Planning Processes: A Case Study of the City Library in Gothenburg.
Kaj Suneson, Carl Martin Allwood, Ilona Heldal, Dan Paulin, Mattias Roupé et al.
Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, 12th International Conference,, Conference paper 2008
Conference paper

Strategic Perspectives on the Use of Virtual Reality within the Building Industries of Four Countries.
David Greenwood, Margaret Horne, Emine Mine Thompson, Carl Martin Allwood, Claes Wernemyr et al.
Architectural Engineering and Design Management, Journal article 2008
Journal article

Virtual Reality As a New Tool in the City Planning Process.
Kaj Suneson, Carl Martin Allwood, Dan Paulin, Ilona Heldal, Mattias Roupé et al.
Tsinghua Science and Technology, Journal article 2008
Journal article

Barns minne och realism i konfidensbedömningar vid fria återgivningsfrågor och fokuserade frågor om en upplevd händelse.
Carl Martin Allwood, Å. Innes-Ker
Policing in Scandinavia. Proceedings from the conference on Policing research in Växjö August 2007, Conference paper 2008
Conference paper

Forskningspsykologins möjligheter –Vad kan forskningspsykologi göra för vetenskapsstudier?
Carl Martin Allwood
I M. Hallberg, (red.) (2008). Vi vet något. Festskrift till Jan Bärmark , Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

Children's and adults' realism in their event-recall confidence in responses to free recall and focused questions
Carl Martin Allwood, Åse Helene Innes-Ker, Jessica Holmgren, Gunilla Fredin
Psychology, Crime & Law, Journal article 2008
Journal article

Creative Knowledge Environments
Sven Hemlin, Carl Martin Allwood, Ben R. Martin
Creativity Research Journal, Journal article 2008
Journal article

Vittnens kommunikation med andra: Effekter på minnesbehållning och metakognitiv realism
F. Sarwar, Carl Martin Allwood, Å. Innes-Kerr
Policing in Scandinavia. Proceedings from the conference on Policing research in Växjö August 2007, Conference paper 2008
Conference paper

"Use" discourses in system development: Can communication be improved?
Carl Martin Allwood, D Hakken
S. P. Gill (ed.): Cognition, communication and interaction : transdisciplinary perspectives on interactive technology, London, Springer, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

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