Samira Amini Hajibashi

Samira Amini Hajibashi

Senior Researcher

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 design cognitive tasks 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 the formidability of other individuals and groups and eventually avoid falling as a victim in a protentional conflict.

Work experience:

2022 – present: Senior Researcher, PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo)

2021- 2022: Senior Researcher, NKVTS (Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic stress Studies)

2014 – 2020: Researcher and lecturer, Psychology Institute, UiO,

2012 – 2014: Research assistant, Psychology Institute, UiO,

2019 – 2019: Supervisor (Bachelor theses), Bjørknes Høyskole,

2006 – 2007: Seminar Leader, Payamenoor University, Iran

2000 – 2009: Radiograph, public hospitals, and private radiography clinics, Iran

Volunteer Work:

2015 – present: Reviewer, International scientific journals including Cognitive Processing Journal, Perceptual and Motor Skills Journal, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

2018: Member of the organizing committee at the 6th national NRSN conference

2016 – 2018: Member of various evaluation and organizing committees, Psychology Institute, UiO

2016 – 2018: Board member, The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo

2016 – 2017: Member of Ph.D. Program Council, The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo

2016 – 2018: Red Cross, Network after imprisonment

2017 – 2018: Council member, LIM (EQUALITY, INTEGRATION, DIVERSITY)

2015 – 2016: Norwegian trainer, Red Cross


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

M.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Psychology Institute, University of Oslo, 2013

B.A. in General Psychology at the Payamenoor University, Iran, 2007

Associate's degree in Radiography at University of Teheran, Iran, 2001


English (fluent)

Norwegian (Fluent)

Persian/ Farsi/ Dari (mother tongue)

Arabic and Spanish (basic)

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