I’m a researcher in the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University. I am interested in psychological mechanisms that influence the perception of social justice in unequal intergroup settings. Specifically, I study the relation between social identity and psychological reactions to intergroup inequalities and perception of discrimination by members of low-status groups in various social contexts. My second area of interest focuses on motivational and cognitive underpinnings of decision-making processes.



Current research projects

  1. Theory of goal commitment. Project funded by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN) in the years 2016-19 (2015/19/B/HS6/01253).
  2. Psychological mechanisms of solidarity with disadvantaged groups. Project funded by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN) in the years 2016-19 (2015/17/D/HS6/00362).
  3. Threat to control and social norms; Conformity, change of formation. Project funded in the BEETHOVEN scheme by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN) in the years 2015-18 (2014/15/G/HS6/04529). In cooperation with: Marcin Bukowski (PI), Philipp Jugert (PI), & Immo Fritsche.
  4. 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.

Past research projects

  1. The influence of social identity on beliefs about justice in intergroup relations. OPUS grant awarded to dr Katarzyna Jaśko by the National Centre for Science (2012-2015). In cooperation with: Małgorzata Kossowska (UJ).
  2. Cognitive and motivational mechanisms compensating for cognitive deficits across the life-span (coordinator: prof. Grzegorz Sedek), (2010-2011).
  3. Doctoral research project “Psychological underpinnings of democratic system justification”, funded by Polish Ministry of Education and Science (coordinator: prof. Malgorzata Kossowska), (2009-2011).


Publications in English

  1. Jasko, K., Kruglanski, A., Hassan, A., & Gunaratna, R. (in press). ISIS: Its history, ideology, and psychology. In: Handbook of contemporary Islam and Muslim lives.
  2. Kruglanski, A. W., Chernikova, M., & Jasko, K. (in press). The forward rush: On locomotors’ future focus. In: The psychology of thinking about the future. Full text available here
  3. Miklikowska M., Jasko, K., & Kudrnac, A. (2022). The Making of a Radical: The Role of Peer Harassment in Youth Political Radicalism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. doi:10.1177/01461672211070420
  4. Potoczek, A., Bukowski, M., de Lemus, S., Jiménez-Moya, G., Rodríguez-López, Á., & Jasko, K. (2022). Walk This Way: Ingroup Norms Determine Voting Intentions for Those Who Lack Sociopolitical Control. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 014616722110700. doi:10.1177/01461672211070070 Full text available here
  5. Potoczek, A., Bukowski, M., Jasko, K., Czepluch, F., Fritsche, I., Jugert, P., & Kossowska, M. (2022). Acting collectively against air pollution: When does control threat mobilize environmental activism? Registered report. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 102, 104352. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2022.104352
  6. Jasko, K., Grzymala-Moszczynska, J., Maj, M., Szastok, M., & Kruglanski, A. (2020). Making Americans Feel Great Again? Personal Significance and Reactions to the Results of the 2016 US Election. Political Psychology, 41(4), 717-736.
  7. Jaśko, K., Pyrkosz-Pacyna, J., Czarnek, G., Dukała, K., & Szastok, M. (2020).  A comparison of men and women graduating from STEM. Job outcomes, attributions for success, and desired job characteristics. Journal of Social Issues, 76(3), 512-542. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12392
  8. Kruglanski, A. W., Jasko, K., & Friston, K. (2020). All Thinking is “Wishful” Thinking. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2020.03.004
  9. Webber, D., Kruglanski, A., Molinario, E., & Jasko, K. (2020). Ideologies that justify political violence. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, 107–111. doi:10.1016/j.cobeha.2020.01.004 Full text available here
  10. Jasko, K., & LaFree, G. (2019). Who is More Violent in Extremist Groups? A Comparison of Leaders and Followers. doi:10.31234/osf.io/h7xd2
  11. Jasko, K., Webber, D., Kruglanski, A. W., Gelfand, M., Taufiqurrohman, M., Hettiarachchi, M., & Gunaratna, R. (2019). Social context moderates the effects of quest for significance on violent extremism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000198
  12. Jasko, K., Szastok, M., Grzymala-Moszczynska, J., Maj, M., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2019). Rebel with a Cause: Personal Significance from Political Activism Predicts Willingness to Self-Sacrifice. Journal of Social Issues. doi:10.1111/josi.12307
  13. 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 29, 161-211. Doi https://doi.org/10.1080/10463283.2018.1493066
  14. Kruglanski, A. W., Factor, A., & Jasko, K. (2018). Is “behavior” the problem? Social Psychological Bulletin, 13, e26138.
  15. Kruglanski, A., Jasko, K., Milyavsky, M., Chernikova, M., Webber, D., Pierro, A., & di Santo, D. (2018). Cognitive consistency theory in social psychology: A paradigm reconsidered. Psychological Inquiry. 29(2), 45-59.
  16. Kruglanski, A. W., Jasko, K., Milyavsky, M., Chernikova, M., Webber, D., Pierro, A., & di Santo, D. (2018). All about cognitive consistency: A reply to commentaries. Psychological Inquiry29(2), 109-116.
  17. Kruglanski, A.W., Jasko, K., Webber, D., Chernikova, M., & Molinario, E. (2018). The making of violent extremists. Review of General Psychology, 22(1), 107-120.
  18. Jasko, K., LaFree, G., Kruglanski, A. (2017). Quest for significance and violent extremism: The case of domestic radicalization. Political Psychology, 38, 815-831. doi: 10.1111/pops.12376 Full text available here
  19. Kruglanski, A.W., Chernikova, M., Jasko, K. (2017). Social psychology circa 2016: A field on steroids. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 1-10. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2285 Full text available here
  20. Kruglanski, A.W., Jasko, K., Chernikova, M., Dugas, M., Webber, D. (2017). To the fringe and back: Violent extremism and the psychology of deviance. American Psychologist, 72, 217-230. doi: 10.1037/amp0000091 Advanced online publication
  21. Kruglanski, A.W., Chernikova, M., & Jasko, K. (2016). Aspects of motivation: Reflections on Roy Baumeister’s essay. Motivation and Emotion, 1. doi:10.1007/s11031-015-9534-6
  22. Kruglanski, A., Jaśko, K., Chernikova, M., Milyavsky, M., Babush, M., Baldner, C., & Pierro, A. (2015). The rocky road from attitudes to behaviors: Charting the goal systemic course of actions. Psychological Review. doi: 10.1037/a0039541
  23. Kruglanski, A.W., Jasko, K., Chernikova, M., Milyavsky, M., Babush, M., Baldner, C., & Pierro, A. (2015). The rocky road from attitudes to behaviors: Charting the goal systemic course of actions. Psychological Review, 122(4), 598-620.
  24. Jaśko, K., Czernatowicz-Kukuczka, A., Kossowska, M., & Czarna, A. Z. (2015). Individual differences in response to uncertainty and decision making: The role of behavioral inhibition system and need for closure. Motivation & Emotion. doi:10.1007/s11031-015-9478-x.
  25. Czernatowicz-Kukuczka, A., Jaśko, K. & Kossowska, M. (2014). Need for closure and dealing with uncertainty in decision making context: The role of the behavioral inhibition system and working memory capacity. Personality and Individual Differences, 70, 126–130.
  26. Kossowska, M., Jaśko, K., & Brycz, H. (2014). The interplay between motivation and cognition: New ideas. Polish Psyhological Bulletin, 45, 257-258. 
  27. Jaśko, K., Kossowska, M., & Sekerdej, M. (2013) Psychological determinants of the threat of terrrorism and preferred approaches to counterterrorism: The case of Poland. In S.J. Sinclair, D. Antonius (red.), The political psychology of terrorism fears. Oxford: University Press.
  28. Jaśko, K., & Kossowska, M. (2013). The impact of superordinate identification on the justification of intergroup inequalities. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol.. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1946
  29. Kossowska, M., & Jaśko, K. (2013). Interaction between need for cognitive closure and working memory capacity as a predictor of pre-decisional information searching and decision strategy. In D. Cervone, M. W. Eysenck, M. Fajkowska, T. Maruszewski (red.), Personality dynamics: Embodiment, meaning construction, and the social world. Warsaw Lectures on Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 3. Clinton Corners, NY: Eliot Werner.
  30. Kossowska, M., Jaśko, K., & Bar-Tal, Y. (2012). Need for closure and cognitive structuring among younger and older adults. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 43, 40-49. doi: 10.2478/v10059-012-0005-6
  31. Kossowska, M., Jaśko, K., Bar-Tal, Y., & Szastok, M. (2012). The relationship between need for closure and memory for schema-related information among younger and older adults, Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 19 (1-2), 283-300. doi: 10.1080/13825585.2011.632617

Publications in Polish

  1. Trejtowicz, M., Jaśko, K. (2010). Analiza przyczynowa poza metodą eksperymentalną [Causal analysis without an experimental design].Psychologia Społeczna, 2-3, 260-272.
  2. Jaśko, K., Kossowska, M. (2008). Wpływ wartości na rozumienie pojęcia demokracji [The influence of values on the understanding of the concept of democracy], Psychologia Społeczna, 3, 243-257.
  3. Jaśko, K. (2007). Demokracja w Polsce z perspektywy jej „zwykłych” uczestników [Democracy in Poland from the perspective of „the ordinary citizens”], Studia Polityczne, 3, 27-37.