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Adjunct Professor, Psychology
Academy Research Fellow, Psychiatry
Vaccine hesitancy - motives and intervention; JITSUVAX H2020,

Areas of expertise

vaccine attitudes
vaccination behavior
working memory
executive functions


I have a master's degree in the Swedish language (year 2005) and a master's degree in psychology (year 2006) from the Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) in Turku, Finland. I obtained my PhD in psychology in 2013 at ÅAU. After that I worked as a post doctoral researcher in the BrainTrain project at the psychology department at the ÅAU 2013-2017. In 2018, I was awarded the title of docent in cognitive psychology at the University of Turku (UTU). Since 2018, I have been working as an Academy Research Fellow at UTU investigating vaccine attitudes in Finland. This project continues until 2023. During the upcoming years (April 2021-December 2023), I will also be the PI of the Finnish team in an project at UTU that is lead by the University of Bristol and investigates attitudes towards vaccinations among health care workers in five European countries and develops tools to tackle vaccine hesitancy. This project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme.


The two main aims of my current research projects are to investigate the motives behind vaccine hesitancy and refusal of vaccines, and to develop and test techniques that can be used to improve vaccine-related communication between health authorities, health care workers, scientists, and the general public.


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Fearing the disease or the vaccine: The case of COVID-19 (2021)

Personality and Individual Differences
Linda C. Karlsson, Anna Soveri, Stephan Lewandowsky, Linnea Karlsson, Hasse Karlsson, Saara Nolvi, Max Karukivi, Mikael Lindfelt, Jan Antfolk
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)