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Karl Ask


Karl Ask
+46 31 786 1937

Room number: 526
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 Karl Ask


Ph.D in Psychology 2006, Docent 2011, Professor 2018. Member of the research unit for Criminal, Legal, and Investigative Psychology (CLIP).


I teach social, cognitive, and legal psychology. Lecture topics include research methods, social cognition, emotion, and investigative psychology.


My primary research interests are: (1) Emotion and social cognition. How does our current emotional state influence judgments of others, particularly assignments of responsibility, blame, and punishment? (2) Credibility judgments. What social-cognitive processes are involved when people assess credibility? What are the roles of affective and cognitive feelings in these processes? (3) Investigative and legal decision making. How do motivation, emotion, and situational factors influence judgments of criminal evidence? (4) Psychology of crime victims. How are crime victims perceived and treated by the public and the legal system?

Latest publications

The Analysis of Nonverbal Communication: The Dangers of Pseudoscience in Security and Justice Contexts
Vincent Denault, Pierrich Plusquellec, Louise M. Jupe, Michel St-Yves, Norah E. Dunbar et al.
Anuario de Psicología Jurídica, Review article 2020
Review article

Beliefs about suspect alibis: A survey of lay people in the United Kingdom, Israel, and Sweden
Shiri Portnoy, Lorraine Hope, Aldert Vrij, Karl Ask, Sara Landström
The International Journal of Evidence & Proof, Journal article 2020
Journal article

The Claim that Confidence Can Predict Accuracy in Deception Detection is Premature
Timothy Luke, Karl Ask, Patrik Michaelsen, Lina Nyström
40th Annual Conference of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. Montreal: 15-18 November., Poster 2019

Investigative decision making
Karl Ask, Ivar Fahsing
The Routledge international handbook of legal and investigative psychology , London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

“I think you did it!”: Examining the effect of presuming guilt on the verbal output of innocent suspects during brief interviews
Shiri Portnoy, Lorraine Hope, Aldert Vrij, Pär-Anders Granhag, Karl Ask et al.
Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Eliciting Information in Intelligence Contexts: The Joint Influence of Helpfulness Priming and Interview Style
David Amon Neequaye, Karl Ask, Pär-Anders Granhag, Aldert Vrij
Investigative Interviewing – Research and Practice Journal , Journal article 2019
Journal article

Can reality monitoring criteria distinguish between true and false intentions?
Erik Mac Giolla, Karl Ask, Pär-Anders Granhag, Annica Karlsson
Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Journal article 2019
Journal article

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Why emotions matter: A test of stereotype and empathy accounts of the 'emotional victim effect'
Karl Ask, Sara Landström
19th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, 2-5 September, Sorrento, Italy, Conference paper 2009
Conference paper

Police officers’ views of effective interview tactics: The effects of weight of case evidence and discomfort with ambiguity
Helinä Häkkänen, Karl Ask, Mark Kebbell, Laurence Alison, Pär-Anders Granhag
Applied Cognitive Psychology, Journal article 2009
Journal article


Psykologiska påverkansfaktorer vid utredningsarbete.
Karl Ask, Pär-Anders Granhag
Handbok i rättspsykologi, Stockholm, Liber, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

Psykologiska perspektiv på bevisvärdering.
Pär-Anders Granhag, Karl Ask
Handbok i Rättspsykologi, Stockholm, Liber, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

Falska minnen och falska bekännelser
Karl Ask, Pär-Anders Granhag
Handbok i rättspsykologi. , Stockholm, Liber, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

Occupational norms and norm activation: Effects on police investigators’ processing of evidence
Karl Ask, Pär-Anders Granhag, Anna Rebelius
Paper presented at the 18th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Conference paper 2008
Conference paper

A survey of police officers’ and prosecutors’ beliefs about crime victim behaviors
Karl Ask
Paper presented at the 5th meeting of the Nordic Network for research on Psychology and Law, Copenhagen, Denmark, Conference paper 2008
Conference paper


Cognitive processing strategies in criminal investigations: Experimental evidence for situational influences
Karl Ask
Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2007, 4-6 June, Stockholm, Sweden, Conference paper 2007
Conference paper

Motivational bias in criminal investigators’ judgments of witness reliability
Karl Ask, Pär-Anders Granhag
Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal article 2007
Journal article

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