| Lotte Thomsen
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Lotte Thomsen

Associate professor & Principal Investigator


I am interested in how elementary kinds of relational motives underpin meaningful psychological and social phenomena and intergroup relations, how these relational primitives are represented,  and in how relational motives and meanings emerge in phylo- and ontogenesis.

I see this as a general psychological topic that relates to social, cognitive, evolutionary, and developmental psychology (as well as cognitive linguistics, pragmatist philosophy and social and anthropological theory.)

I currently address it using a combination of methods that includes questionnaires and surveys, social psychological scenario- and priming experiments, looking-time experiment with infants, experimental economics games, longitudinal panel studies, and ethnographic field work and participant observation.



  • 2015- Associate professor, University of Aarhus
  • 2012- Associate professor, University of Oslo
  • 2010  Assistant professor, University of Copenhagen & Post doctoral research fellow Harvard University
  • 2009 Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Harvard University
  • 2004 MA in Social Psychology with minors in Statistics and Culture, Brain, & Development
  • 2000 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, UCLA, Fulbright and University of California Education Abroad visiting scholar in Department of Psychology
  • 1998 Visiting student, University of Manchester
  • 1999-2002 Cand.psych., University of Copenhagen
  • 1996-1999 Bachelor of Psychology, University of Copenhagen