I’m a researcher in the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University. My main research interests are focused on social cognition, epistemic motivation, multitasking and its cognitive and motivational predictors. I am also interested in morality and moral motivation.




  1. Self-verification in the context of epistemic motivation. OPUS grant (2017/27/B/HS6/01120) awarded to Ewa Szumowska from the National Centre for Science (2018-2021).
  2. Situtational predictors of multitasking in the context of the goal systems theory. Mobility Plus grant awarded to Ewa Szumowska from the Polish Ministry of Science (2018-2019).
  3. Theory of goal commitment. OPUS grant (2015/19/B/HS6/01253) awarded to Katarzyna Jaśko from the National Centre for Science (2016-19).
  4. The influence of prioritization on engaging in multitasking. Grant for young researchers awarded to Ewa Szumowska from the Faculty of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University (2017-2018).
  5. Laboratory of experimental philosophy: normative implications of the identified victim effect.Interdisciplinary grant awarded to Tomasz Żuradzki from the National Program of Humanities Development (2016-2018).
  6. Motivational rigidity as a striving to sustain an original strategy to perform tasks: evidence from the dual-task paradigm. Grant for young researchers awarded to Ewa Szumowska from the Faculty of Philosopy at the Jagiellonian University. In co-operation with Paulina Szwed (2015-2016).
  7. Motivational, affective, and cognitive sources of knowledge formation process: Implications for intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup phenomena. MAESTRO Grant awarded to prof. Małgorzata Kossowska by the National Centre for Science.



Papers in English

  1. Kruglanski, A. W., Fernandez, J. F.,  Factor, A. R., & Szumowska, E. (2018). Cognitive mechanisms in violent extremism. CognitionAdvance online publication.
  2. Klein, R. A., Vianello, M., Hasselman, F., Adams, B. G., Adams, R. B., Jr., Alper, S., … Nosek, B. A. (2018, November 19). Many Labs 2: Investigating Variation in Replicability Across Sample and Setting. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/9654g (pre-print available here: https://psyarxiv.com/9654g/).
  3. Kossowska, M., Szumowska, E., Dragon, P., Jaśko, K. & Kruglanski, A. (2018). Disparate Roads to Certainty: Processing Strategy Choices under Need for Cognitive Closure. European Review of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/10463283.2018.1493066 
  4. Szumowska, E., Popławska – Boruc, A., Kossowska, M. (2018). How many things do you (like to) do at once? The relationship between need for closure and multitasking preference and behavior. Personality & Individual Differences, 134, 222-231 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2018.06.023
  5. Szumowska, E., Kossowska, M., Roets, A. (2018). Motivation to comply with task rules and multitasking performance: The role of need for cognitive closure and goal importance, Motivation & Emotion, 42, 360–376, DOI: 10.1007/s11031-018-9678-2 Full text available here
  6. Sankaran, S., Szumowska, E., Kossowska, M. (2017). When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Motivation towards closure and effort investment in the performance of cognitive tasks. Motivation & Emotion. Advance online publication
  7. Szumowska, E., Szwed, P., Kossowska, M., Wright, R. (2017). Multifaceted Effects of Need for Cognitive Closure on Effort: A Cardiovascular Response Study. Motivation Science, 3(4), 369-382. doi: 10.1037/mot0000053Advance online publication
  8. Szumowska, E., & Kossowska, M. (2017). Motivational rigidity enhances multitasking performance: The role of handling interruptions. Personality and Individual Differences, 106, 81-89. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.10.040 Full text available here
  9. Szumowska, E. & Kossowska, M. (2017). Need for cognitive closure and attention allocation during multitasking: Evidence from eye-tracking studies. Personality and Individual Differences, 111, 272–280. doi: 0.1016/j.paid.2017.02.014  Full text available here
  10. Kossowska, M., Czernatowicz-Kukuczka, A., Szumowska, E., & Czarna, A. (2016). Cortisol and moral decisions among young men: The moderating role of motivation toward closure. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 249-253. Full text available here.
  11. Szumowska, E., & Kossowska, M. (2016). Need for Closure and Multitasking Performance: The Role of Shifting Ability. Personality and Individual Differences, 19, 12-17. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.02.055. Full text available here
  12. Szumowska, E., & Kossowska, M. (2014). Causal attributions of immoral behaviors in relation to moral identity and moral strictness. Przegląd Psychologiczny, 57(3), 409-422.

Chapters in English

  1. Szumowska, E. (2018). Measuring Multitasking Performance in the Face of Interruptions: Experimental Approach. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. DOI: 10.4135/9781526441935 Advanced online publication


  1. Kossowska, M., Szumowska, E., Szwed, P. (2018). Tolerancja w czasach niepewności [Tolerance in the Times of Uncertainty]. Sopot: Smak Słowa.