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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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User’ evaluations of a virtual reality architectural model compared with the experience of the completed building
Börje Westerdahl, Kaj Suneson, Claes Wernemyr, Mattias Roupé, Mikael Johansson et al.
Automation in Construction, Journal article 2006
Journal article

Psykologiska institutionen 50 år, - några minnen och iakttagelser
Carl Martin Allwood
I C. Fahlke, E. Hjelmquist, I. Lundberg, I. Nilsson, O. Persson, & T. Tjus (Red.), Ett ämne blir till psykologi i Göteborg - en kort historia med ett långt förflutet, 1956-2006, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Other 2006

Special issue on the indigeneous psychologies
Carl Martin Allwood, J.W. Berry
Psychology Press, Edited book 2006
Edited book

Child witnesses’ metamemory realism
Carl Martin Allwood, Pär-Anders Granhag, A.C Jonsson
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Journal article 2006
Journal article

Eyewitnesses under influence: How feedback affect the realism in confidence
Carl Martin Allwood, J Knutsson, Pär-Anders Granhag
Psychology, Crime & Law, Journal article 2006
Journal article

Origins and development of indigenous psychologies: An international analysis
Carl Martin Allwood, J.W. Berry
International Journal of Psychology, Journal article 2006
Journal article

Accuracy and the realism in confidence in children’s and adults’ event recall in response to free recall and focussed questions.
J. Holmgren, Carl Martin Allwood, Å. Innes-Kerr
Forensic recall and Eyewitness testimony, London, IA-IP Publishing., Chapter in book 2006
Chapter in book


Adjusting new initiatives to the social environment: Organizational decision making as learning, commitment creating and behavior regulation.
Carl Martin Allwood, Lisbeth Hedelin
I H. Montgomery, R. Lipshitz, & B. Brehmer (red.), How professionals make decisions. , Mahwah, N.J. USA, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates., Chapter in book 2005
Chapter in book

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