Welcome

My name is Pontus Strimling. I work as a researcher at the Institute For Future studies.

My research deals with how cultural traits change over time, particularly how norms are created, sustained and transformed. Throughout my career, I have worked with a range of interdisciplinary collaborators across the field and I have published in Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Mathematics, Linguistics, and Economy.  My goal is to further the understanding of cultural change to the point where it can be used to predict and transform the outcome of real-world cultural change. To this end, I use formal models to understand and illustrate how macro cultural processes function.  These models are informed by data gathered from experiments ensuring that the micro-processes from which the models aggregate their prediction are in line with reality.  My work ranges from basic research on the rules surrounding punishment to applied research on why norms of hygiene changes become stricter.

As an introduction to my work here is a talk I gave on the rise of modern values.

And here is a talk on some coming effects of Artifical Intelligence

 

Recent publications include:

  1. Strimling, P., de Barra, M., & Eriksson, K., (forthcoming). Asymmetries in Punishment Propensity May Drive the Civilizing Process. Nature Human Behavior
  2. Eriksson, K., Cownden, D., & Strimling, P. (2017). Social learning may lead to population level conformity without individual level frequency bias. Scientific reports7(1), 17341.
  3. Eriksson, K., Strimling, P., Andersson, P. A., Aveyard, M., Brauer, M., Gritskov, V., … & Molho10, C. (2017). Cultural Universals and Cultural Differences in Meta-Norms about Peer Punishment.Management and Organization Review in press
  4. Eriksson, K., Strimling, P., Andersson, P. A., & Lindholm, T. (2017). Costly punishment in the ultimatum game evokes moral concern, in particular when framed as payoff reduction.Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 69, 59-64.
  5. Cownden, D., Eriksson, K., & Strimling, P. (2017). A popular misapplication of evolutionary modeling to the study of human cooperation. Evolution and human behavior38(3), 421-427.
  6. Eriksson, K., Andersson, P. A., & Strimling, P. (2017). When is it appropriate to reprimand a norm violation? The roles of anger, behavioral consequences, violation severity, and social distance. Judgment and decision making12(4), 396.
  7. Ross, C. T., Strimling, P., Ericksen, K. P., Lindenfors, P., & Mulder, M. B. (2016). The Origins and Maintenance of Female Genital Modification across Africa.Human Nature, 1-28.
  8. Eriksson, K., Strimling, P., Andersson, P. A., & Lindholm, T. (2016). Costly punishment in the ultimatum game evokes moral concern, in particular when framed as payoff reduction.Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
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