I am interested in how elementary kinds of relational motives underpin meaningful psychological and social phenomena and intergroup relations, how these relational primitives are represented, and in how relational motives and meanings emerge in phylo- and ontogenesis.
I see this as a general psychological topic that relates to social, cognitive, evolutionary, and developmental psychology (as well as cognitive linguistics, pragmatist philosophy and social and anthropological theory.)
I currently address it using a combination of methods that includes questionnaires and surveys, social psychological scenario- and priming experiments, looking-time experiment with infants, experimental economics games, longitudinal panel studies, and ethnographic field work and participant observation.
2009 Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Harvard University
2004 MA in Social Psychology with minors in Statistics and Culture, Brain, & Development
2000 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, UCLA, Fulbright and University of California Education Abroad visiting scholar in Department of Psychology
1998 Visiting student, University of Manchester
1999-2002 Cand.psych., University of Copenhagen
1996-1999 Bachelor of Psychology, University of Copenhagen
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Oslo, August 2012 →
Research Fellow, Harvard University, January 2010 →
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, December 2009 – August 2012
Teaching Fellow (Research in Intergroup Relations) Harvard University, 2007 - 2008
Teaching Assistant (Research Methods in Social Psychology) UCLA, 2002
Teaching Assistant (Social Psychology) UCLA, 2001
Lecturer (Social Psychology) Open University, University of Copenhagen, 1999 - 2000
Teaching Assistant (Social Psychology), University of Copenhagen, 1998
Analysist, Strategisk Forum, Huset Mandag Morgen, 1999 - 2000
Thomsen, L. & Carey, S. (2013). Core Cognition of Social Relations. IN M.Banaji & Gelman, S. (Eds.). Navigating the Social World: What infants, children and other species can teach us. New York: Oxford University Press.
IJzerman, H., Karremans, J., Thomsen, L., & Schubert, T. (2013). Sharing forCaring: Warmth embodies communal sharing among young children. Journal of Social Psychology.
Ho, A. K., Sidanius, J., Pratto, F., Levin, S., & Thomsen, L. (2012) Social Dominance Orientation: Revisiting the structure and function of a variablepredicting social and political attitudes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 583
Thomsen, L., Frankenhuis, W. E., Ingold-Smith, M., & Carey. S. (2011). Big & Mighty: Preverbal infants mentally represent social dominance. Science, 331, 477-480
Thomsen, L. Green, E., Ho, A., Levin, S., van Laar, C., Sinclair, S. & Sidanius, J. (2010). Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: SDO Asymmetrically Predicts Perceived Ethnic Victimization among White and Latino Students Across Three Years. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 225-238.
Green, E., Thomsen, L., & Sidanius, J. , Staerkle, C., & Potanina, P.(2009).Reactions to crime as a hierarchy-regulating strategy: The moderating role of social dominance orientation. Social Justice Research, 22, 416-436.
Fiske, A.P., Thomsen, L., & Thein, S. M. (2009). Differently embodying different relationships, European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 1294-1297.
Navarette, D., Olson, A., Ho, A., Mendes, W., Thomsen, L., & Sidanius, J.(2009) Fear Extinction to an Outgroup Face: The Role of Target Gender. Psychological Science, 20, 155-158.
Ho, A. Thomsen, L, & Sidanius, J. (2009). Perceived Academic Competenceand Overall Job Evaluations: The Case of Afro- and Euro-American students' evaluations of Afro- and Euro- American professors. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 389-400.
Thomsen, L., Green, E., & Sidanius, J. (2008). We Will Hunt Them Down: How social dominance orientation and right-wing authoritarianism fuel ethnic persecution of immigrants in fundamentally different ways. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1455-1464.
Thomsen, L., Sidanius, J. & Fiske, A. (2007). Interpersonal leveling, independence, & self-enhancement: A comparison between Denmark and the US and relational practice framework for cultural psychology. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 445-469.