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Kirsti Jylhä

Telephone: +46 8 402 12 00

Kirsti Jylhä

PhD, Psychology

I received my doctorate at Uppsala University in 2016. In my thesis, I studied psychology of climate change denial. My focus was more specifically on investigating which ideological variables help explain the variation in, for example, individuals’ tendency to believe that human activities are causing changes in the climate system and that these changes may have negative consequences.

My research aims generally at studying the psychological and social underpinnings of sociopolitical opinions and ideological worldviews, as well as how these opinions and worldviews in their turn influence individuals’ attitudes and behaviors in different contexts.

At the Institute for Futures Studies, I study with Pontus Strimling and Jens Rydgren how people's voting behavior and party choice are influenced by underlying psychological structures and sociological factors.

Three recently published works:

  • Jylhä, K. M. (2018). Denial versus reality of climate change. In D. DellaSala, & M. Goldstein (Eds). Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene. Elsevier.

  • Hellmer, K., Stenson T. J., & Jylhä, K. M. (2018). What's (not) underpinning ambivalent sexism?: Revisiting the roles of ideology, religiosity, personality, demographics, and men's facial hair in explaining hostile and benevolent sexism. Personality and Individual Differences, 122, 29-37.

  • Jylhä, K. M., Cantal, C., Akrami, N. & Milfont, T. L. (2016). Denial of anthropogenic climate change: Social dominance orientation helps explain the conservative male effect in Brazil and Sweden. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 184-187.