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:
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, 27(2), 173-200.
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.
Eriksson, K., Strimling, P., & Coultas, J. C. (2015). Bidirectional associations between descriptive and injunctive norms. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 129, 59-69.
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.
Jansson, F., Parkvall, M., & Strimling, P. (2015). Modeling the evolution of creoles. Language Dynamics and Change, 5(1), 1-51.
Cownden, D., Eriksson, K., & Strimling, P. (2015). The implications of learning across perceptually and strategically distinct situations. Synthese, 1-18.