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Angelica Hagsand


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Haraldsgatan 1
41314 Göteborg
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Box 500
40530 Göteborg

About Angelica Hagsand


Born 1985. B.Sc. in psychology 2009. B.Sc. in sociology with focus on social psychology 2009. Exchange student in psychology at University of Western Sydney, Australia 2009. Master degree in psychology 2010. Earned degree of doctor of philosophy in psychology in June 2014. Lecturer/Researcher: 2015. Post doc USA/Sweden: July 2015- June 2018. Researcher: July 2018 - current.


Currently, I am teaching in neuropsychology, addiction and personality psychology and I am also supervising bachelor theses and clinical psychologist theses. If any students at University of Gothenburg is interested in my research and would like to write a thesis in one of my areas, you are welcome to contact me.

Research interests

My doctoral thesis studied how alcohol affect witness memory of a crime and we investigated this in a lab at Sahlgrenska hospital. After my PhD, I was a post doc researcher at the Department of Psychology, Florida International University, USA. Together with the American research team we continued to more closely examine the effects of alcohol on witness memory using new methods. Beyond this, I have also been involved in research projects on alcohol-dependence.

Hence, my research is interdisciplinary and stretches between cognitive psychology, legal psychology, social psychology, biological psychology, addiction psychology and personality psychology. More specific, my research interest concerns both the acute effects of alcohol on cognition and behavior (i.e. witness memory of a crime, how alcohol affect suspects during interrogation), and the long-term consequences of alcohol-dependence. I am also interested in police studies.

Active role in the following research groups

Chair of the research unit Addiction Psychology: Experimental and Clinical research (APEC), Department of Psychology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Member at the Center for Education and Research on Addiction (CERA) at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Member of the legal psychology research unit Investigative Interviewing lab at the Department of Psychology, Florida International University, USA.

Current research

My current research on sober, alcohol/drug- intoxicated suspects, victims, and witnesses to crimes are being conducted both as pure experiments in the lab and as quasi-experiments in the field, as well as online experiments. I also conduct police studies with collaborators from the Swedish Police Authority.

Current research projects

Alcohol-intoxicated eyewitnesses in the field: Do high intoxication level, emotional distress, and choice of investigative method affect the memory of a crime? The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Science. PI: Angelica Hagsand. Co-PI: Emma Roos af Hjelmsäter (researcher) & Nadja Schreiber Compo (Department of Psychology, Florida International University).

Selected publications

Mindthoff, A., Hagsand, A.V., Schreiber Compo, N., & Evans, J. (2019). Does alcohol loosen the tongue? Intoxicated persons' willingness to report transgressions or criminal behavior carried out by themselves or others. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 33, 414-425. doi: 10.1002/acp.3480

Altman, C., Schreiber Compo, N., Hagsand, A. V., & Evans, J. R. (2019). State of intoxication: A review of the effects of alcohol on witnesses’ memory. In J. Dickinson, N. Schreiber Compo, R. N., Carol, M. McCauley & B. Schwartz (Eds.). Evidence-based investigative interviewing. Routledge, NY.

Schreiber Compo, N., Vallano, J., Rivard, J., Hagsand, A. V., Pena, M., & Altman, C. (2019). Methods of studying eyewitness memory. In Otani, H., & Schwartz, B. L. (Eds.), Research Methods in Human Memory. Routledge, London.

Altman, C., Schreiber Compo, N., McQuiston, D., Hagsand, A.V, & Cervera, J. (2018). Witnesses’ memory for events and faces under elevated levels of intoxication. Memory, 26, 946-959. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2018.1445758

Hagsand, A. V. (2018). Experimental design in the laboratory: How to measure the difference between alcohol-intoxicated and sober witnesses’ memories of a crime. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Ltd. doi: 10.4135/9781526440891

Hagsand, A. V., Roos af Hjelmsäter, E., Granhag, P.A. Fahlke, C., & Söderpalm Gordh, A. (2017). Witnesses stumbling down memory lane: The effects of alcohol, retention interval, and repeated interviewing. Memory, 25, 531-543. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2016.1191652

Dahlgren, A., Wargelius, H.L., Berglund, K., Fahlke, C., Blennow, K., Zetterberg, H., Oreland, L., Berggren, U., Balldin, J. (2011) Do Alcohol-dependent Individuals with DRD2 A1 Allele Have an Increased Risk of Relapse? A Pilot Study. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 46(5): 509-513 doi:10.1093/alcalc/agr045