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Maria Sandgren

Maria Sandgren


Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Maria Sandgren
Senior Lecturer
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Phone: +46 8 608 4014
ME 246 Moas Båge


In my research project POLOR "Psychological mechanisms underlying political orientations in an old and a new democracy - A comparative study between Latvia and Sweden" funded by The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies. Other members of the research group are professor emeritus Henry Montgomery, Stockholm University, and professor Girts Dimdins, University of Lativa. We explore what psychological aspects of political ideology are universal and which ones are more culture-specific. In a range of minor studies we are interested to investigate how individuals judge realistic political proposal for example how factors like sexism and world views affect judgments of law proposal regarding increased gender equality. Other studies regard how judgments vary due to different presentation formats of political proposals and how trust is related to party sympathies.

Another research field of interest is psychology of aesthetics where my studies are about singing; well-being, personality, expert performance, singing as profession, choral singing.


During the years I have been teaching in many areas such as social psychology, cognition, gender, creativity, psychology of aesthetics, personality, life span psychology, statistics and research methods, scientific writing and also done supervision of theses in political psychology, social psychology and work and organizational psychology.