My name is Pontus Strimling. I work at the Institute For Future studies, I am coordinator of experiment based research at the Institute for Analytical Sociology in Norrköping and a part time researcher at the  Centre for studies of Cultural Evolution.

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 hygine changes become stricter.

Recent publicantions include:

Eriksson, K., & Strimling, P. (2015). Group differences in broadness of values may drive dynamics of public opinion on moral issues. Mathematical Social Sciences, 77, 1-8.

Eriksson, K., Andersson, P. A., & Strimling, P. (2015). Moderators of the disapproval of peer punishment. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 1368430215583519.

Eriksson, K., Cownden, D., Ehn, M., & Strimling, P. (2014). “Altruistic” and “Antisocial” Punishers are One and the Same. Review of Behavioral Economics,

Strimling, P., & Eriksson, K. (2014). Regulating the Regulation: Norms about Punishment.Reward and Punishment in Social Dilemmas, 52.

de Barra, M., Eriksson, K., & Strimling, P. (2014). How Feedback Biases Give Ineffective Medical Treatments a Good Reputation. Journal of medical Internet research, 16(8), e193.


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