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Annika Svedholm-Häkkinen

Senior Research Fellow, Tampere Institute for Advanced Study
Tampere University
phone number+358504337360
City Centre Campus

About me

I am a cognitive psychologist interested in thinking and reasoning, with a particular interest in thinking styles, individual differences, and why we are sometimes so rational and sometimes so irrational. I have done reasearch on cognitive and social cognitive topics such as argumentation, heuristics, fallacies, domain-general and domain-specific information processing, intuitive and analytic thinking, beliefs, empathy, social skills, intuitive physics abilities, non-social or physical cognition, cognitive gender differences, cognitive abilities, working memory, and occupational choices. Methodologically, my research experience spans correlational studies, experimental research designs, and behavioral methodology such as reaction time measurements, pupillometry and mouse tracking. My current research focuses on how laypeople understand and think about informal everyday arguments. I collaborate nationally with the Critical research consortium (, which is funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC), and which aims to develop methods to support critical reading in children and adolescents. My international collaborations are with researchers in Sweden and the US.

Fields of expertise


Alternate description

Tampere Institute for Advanced Study

Research topics

argument literacy, thinking, reasoning

Research unit

Tampere Institue for Advanced Study,

Research fields

cognitive psychology