Jacob Strandell

Ph.D. in Cognitive Sociology









Understanding real-life human behavior requires a highly interdisciplinary approach including mental, social and cultural factors. Studying why and how individuals act as they do necessitates an understanding of the relationship between socio-cultural factors, such as ideas, norms and institutions, and mental mechanisms such as motivation, perception and identity.

I research two main fields: culture-cognition interaction, which involves developing interdisciplinary frameworks of how culture shapes individual minds, and interpersonal relationships. The latter is a substantive field where I strive to understand how cultural ideals, neuro-biological and psychological mechanisms interact in love, sex and relationship practices.




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My current position is as assistant professor at Uppsala University. I finished my PhD-research at the University of Copenhagen with a dissertation titled “Culture-Cognition Interaction: Bridging Cultural Sociology and Cognitive Science.” Before this, I attained my master’s degree at Lund University.




Culture and cognition; Self, identity and self-esteem; Motivation; Learning and cultural reproduction; Cognitive science & neuroscience

Interpersonal Relationships; Romantic Love; Non-monogamy; Sexuality; Epidemiology; Individualization

Interdisciplinary theory; Conceptualization; Interdisciplinary Frameworks; Visual models

Qualitative inquiry; Focus groups, In-depth interviews, Discourse Analysis




Contact: jacobstrandell@gmail.com