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Nilsson, A. (2024). Antidemocratic tendencies on the left, the right, and beyond: A critical review of the theory and measurement of left-wing authoritarianism. Political Psychology. Toggle description

Nilsson, A. (2024). Opening pandora’s box: Person-sensitive conceptualization and measurement in psychological science. Journal for Person-Oriented Research, 10(1), 51-60. Toggle description

Jørgensen, Ø. & Nilsson, A. (2024). Why should we punish and how? The role of moral intuitions and personal worldviews for punitiveness and sentencing preferences. Psychology, Crime & Law. Toggle description

Sinclair, S., Nilsson, A., & Holm, K. (2024). The role of political fit and self-censorship at work for job satisfaction, social belonging, burnout, and turnover intentions. Current Psychology, 43, 20935-20947. Toggle description


Aspernäs, J., Erlandsson, A., & Nilsson, A. (2023). Misperceptions in a post-truth world: Effects of subjectivism and cultural relativism on bullshit receptivity and conspiracist ideation. Journal of Research in Personality, 105. Toggle description

Aspernäs, J., Erlandsson, A., & Nilsson, A. (2023). Motivated formal reasoning: Ideological belief bias in syllogistic reasoning across diverse political issues. Thinking & Reasoning, 29(1), 43-69. Toggle description

Sinclair, S., Nilsson, A., & Agerström, J. (2023). Judging job applicants by their politics: Effects of target-rater political dissimilarity on discrimination, cooperation, and stereotyping. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 11(1), 75-91. Toggle description


Nilsson, A. (2022). Measurement invariance of moral foundations across population strata. Journal of Personality Assessment, 105(2), 163-173. Toggle description

Erlandsson, A., Nilsson, A., Ali, P. A., & Västfjäll, D. (2022). Spontaneous charitable donations in Sweden before and after COVID: A natural experiment. Journal of Philanthrophy and Marketing. Toggle description

Nilsson, A. & Sinclair, S. (2022). Death, ideology, and worldview: Evidence of death anxiety but not mortality salience effects on political ideology and worldview. Meta Psychology. Toggle description

Sinclair, S., Nilsson, A., & Agerström, J. (2022). Tolerating the intolerant: Does realistic threat lead to increased tolerance of right-wing extremists? The Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 10(1), 35-47. Toggle description


Nilsson, A., Montgomery, H., Dimdins, G., Sandgren, M., Erlandsson, A., & Taleny, A. (2020). Beyond 'liberals' and 'conservatives': Complexity in ideology, moral intuitions, and worldview among Swedish voters. European Journal of Personality, 34, 448-469. Toggle description

Nilsson, A., Erlandsson, A., & Västfjäll, D. (2020). Moral foundations theory and the psychology of charitable giving. European Journal of Personality, 34, 431-447. Toggle description

Nilsson, A. & Jost, J. T. (2020). Rediscovering Tomkins’ polarity theory: Humanism, normativism, and the psychological basis of left-right ideological conflict in the U.S. and Sweden. PLoS ONE, 15(7):e0236627. Toggle description

Nilsson, A. & Jost, J. T. (2020). The authoritarian-conservatism nexus. Current Opinion in Behavioural Sciences, 34, 148-154. Toggle description

Nilsson, A., Erlandsson, A., Västfjäll, D., & Tinghög, G. (2020). Who are the opponents of nudging? Insights from moral foundations theory. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology. Toggle description


Nilsson, A., Erlandsson, & Västfjäll, D. (2019). The complex relation between receptivity to pseudo-profound bullshit and political ideology. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45(10), 1440-1450. Toggle description

Forsberg, E., Nilsson, A., & Jørgensen, Ø. (2019). Moral dichotomization at the heart of prejudice: The role of intolerance of ambiguity and moral foundations in generalized prejudice. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10(8), 1002-1010. Toggle description

Sinclair, S., Nilsson, A., & Cederskär, E. (2019). Explaining gender-typed educational choice in adolescence: The role of social identity, self-concept, goals, grades, and interests. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110(A), 54-71. Toggle description

Erlandsson, A., Nilsson, A., Tinghög, G., Andersson, D., & Västfjäll, D. (2019). Donations to outgroup-charities, but not ingroup-charities, predict helping intentions towards street-beggars in Sweden. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 48(4), 814-838. Toggle description

Jost, J. T., Nilsson, A., & Shipley, A. (in press). A few words about authoritarianism, conservatism, and related constructs. In F. Funke, T. Petzel, C. Cohrs, & J. Duckitt (Eds.), Perspectives on authoritarianism (pp. 411-428). Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer VS. Toggle description


Nilsson, A. (2018). A Q-methodological study of personal worldviews. Journal for Person-Oriented Research, 4(2), 78-94. Toggle description

Erlandsson, A., Nilsson, A., Tinghög, G., & Västfjäll, G. (2018). Bullshit-sensitivity predicts prosocial behavior. PLoS ONE, 13(7): e0201474. Toggle description

Erlandsson, A., Nilsson, A., & Västjäll, D. (2018). Attitudes and donation behavior when reading positive and negative charity appeals. Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, 4(2), 444-474. Toggle description

Lundh, L-G. & Nilsson, A. (2018). Psykologin som vetenskap: Vetenskapsteoretiska och forskningsmetodologiska grunder [Psychology as a science: Philosophy of science and methodological foundations]. Lund, Sweden: Studentlitteratur. Toggle description


Nilsson, A., Erlandsson, A., & Västfjäll, D. (2016). The congruency between moral foundations and intentions to donate, self-reported donations, and actual donations to charity. Journal of Research in Personality, 65, 22-29. Toggle description

Nilsson, A. & Strupp-Levitsky, M. (2016). Humanistic and normativistic metaphysics, epistemology, and conative orientation: Two fundamental systems of meaning. Personality and Individual Differences, 100: Dr. Sybil Eysenck Young Researcher Award, 85-94. Toggle description


Nilsson, A. & Erlandsson, A. (2015). The Moral Foundations taxonomy: Structural validity and relation to political ideology in Sweden. Personality and Individual Differences, 76, 28-32. Toggle description

Nilsson, A. (2015). Disentangling the holism of intentional systems from the interactionism of mechanistic systems in person-oriented research. Journal for Person-Oriented Research, 1(3), 171-183. Toggle description

Nilsson, A. (2015). Humanism and Normativism facet scales and short scales. Lund Psychological Reports, 15(1), 1-16. Toggle description


Nilsson, A. (2014). A non-reductive science of personality, character, and well-being must take the person's worldview into account. Frontiers in Psychology: Personality and Social Psychology, 5:961. Toggle description

Nilsson, A. (2014). Personality psychology as the integrative study of traits and worldviews. New Ideas in Psychology, 32, 18-32. Toggle description

Nilsson, A. (2014). Humanistic and normativistic worldviews: Distinct and hierarchically structured. Personality and Individual Differences, 64, 135-140. Toggle description

Doctoral dissertation

The psychology of worldviews: Toward a non-reductive science of personality

Picture of Artur Nilsson's doctoral dissertation in psychologyMy dissertation (abstract here, download it here) introduced an integrative framework for personality psychology that sought to reconcile the ambition to understand persons as rational, self-aware, meaning-making creatures with a rigorous scientific methodology. I particularly emphasized the importance of the person's worldview and also presented a number of empirical studies of worldviews.

My doctoral dissertation was awarded the King Oscar II scholarship in 2014. This scholarship is given to authors of the best doctoral dissertations at Lund University. This is the statement from the award committee translated from Swedish:

"Artur Nilsson demonstrates an extraordinary ability for creative and critical thinking when he develops a framework that will guide the future empirical study of personality. Because he was not part of a research group during his dissertation work, the result can be considered a virtually independent contribution to the field. In addition to his analytical acuity, he demonstrates an ability for diligent empirical work and considerable proficiency in method development and statistical analysis in his dissertation".
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