Henrik Olsson

Henrik has been co-leader of the group Collective Minds at the Complexity Science Hub together with Mirta Galesic since 2023.

He obtained his PhD in Psychology from Uppsala University, and held positions at Uppsala University, Umeå University, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, University of Warwick and is External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute.

He studies decision making, judgment under uncertainty, social cognition, belief dynamics, categorization, and visual perception. A recurrent theme in Henrik’s research is the development of new theories and the use of formal mathematical models to try to understand the underlying individual and social processes. Another theme is the ecological perspective. To understand adaptive behavior, we must consider how the environment, social or physical, is structured and how psychological processes exploit, or fail to exploit, these structures.

Henrik’s current work focuses on understanding how properties of individual decision strategies and social network structures affect belief dynamics and group performance by connecting research in social cognition and decision making with insights from physics, statistics, and machine learning.

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