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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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Carl Martin Allwood
I T.S. Brante, K. Johansson & S. Sunesson, (red.), Diskussioner om samhällsvetenskap Gränser, innehåll och framtid, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Lunds Universitet, Lund, Chapter in book 2004
Chapter in book

Actor - Observer differences in realism in confidence and frequency judgments.
Carl Martin Allwood, M Johansson
Acta Psychologica, Journal article 2004
Journal article

The cognitive interview: Effects on the realism in witnesses confidence in their free recall
Carl Martin Allwood, Karl Ask, Pär-Anders Granhag
Paper presented at the 1st meeting of the Nordic Network for research on Psychology and Law (NNPL), Oslo, Norway. , Conference paper 2004
Conference paper

Eyewitnesses under influence: How feedback affects the realism in confidence judgements.
Carl Martin Allwood, J Knutsson, Pär-Anders Granhag
Oral paper presented at the 14’th European Conference on Psychology and Law (Cracow, Poland), Conference paper 2004
Conference paper


Users´experience of a virtual reality architectural model compared with users´experience of the completed building.
Claes Wernemyr, Börje Westerdahl, Mattias Roupé, Kaj Suneson, Carl Martin Allwood
I Bártolo, P.J., G. Mitchell, A Mateus, F. Batista, J. Vasco, M. Correia, N. André, P. Lima, P. Novo, P. Custódio och P. Martinho (red.), Advanced research in virtual and rapid prototyping. Proceedings of the 1st International conference on advanced research in virtual and rapid prototyping, 1 – 4 October 2003, Leiria, Portugal., Conference paper 2003
Conference paper

Usability and perception of an architectural VR-model of an office building
Kaj Suneson, Claes Wernemyr, Börje Westerdahl, Mattias Roupé, Carl Martin Allwood
Human Factors in the Age of Virtual Reality, Conference paper 2003
Conference paper

The realism of confidence judgments of statements in the Cognitive and Standard Interviews
Carl Martin Allwood, Pär-Anders Granhag, Karl Ask
13th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Edinburgh, UK, 7-12 July, Conference paper 2003
Conference paper

Increased realism in eyewitness confidence judgments: The effect of dyadic collaboration
Carl Martin Allwood, Pär-Anders Granhag, M Johansson
Applied Cognitive Psychology, Journal article 2003
Journal article

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