Samira Amini Hajibashi left PRIO in 2023. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Samira Amini Hajibashi

Samira Amini Hajibashi

Interests and experience

  • Cognitive and social neuroscience/ neurogenetics and evolutionary psychology
  • Individual differences in attention processing, mental effort, and cognitive control
  • Visual perception, reward/ emotion processing, and decision making,
  • Professional wellbeing, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices
  • Basic and applied research areas as well as social and political affairs

I am a Senior Researcher on the ERC Starting Grant project "Adapted to War" (AWAR).

We are going to investigate the existence of evolutionary cognitive adaptations to warfare. More specifically, we will design cognitive experiments and use online data collection platforms to investigate whether we humans, through evolution, are equipped with a cognitive processing mechanism by which we automatically use visual cues to assess coalitional formidability (i.e., the formidability of other individuals and groups), and produce adaptive behaviours so that to avoid falling as a victim in a protentional conflict.


Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Psychology Institute, University of Oslo, 2020


English (fluent)

Norwegian (Fluent)

Persian/ Farsi/ Dari (mother tongue)

Arabic and Spanish (basic)

Work positions
Senior ResearcherPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
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