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I’m a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University. My research interests cover principally the areas of intergroup relations, prejudice, stereotyping, and nationalism. I’ve published papers on antisemitism, nationality stereotypes and psychology of religion. Currently I am also involved in the research on the group processes in the framework of Relational Models Theory and theories of embodiment. I am a member of European Association of Experimental Social Psychology and International Society of Political Psychology.



Current research projects

  1. National identity in relational perspective: the impact of intragroup relations on intergroup attitudes. Research grant HARMONIA no. 2014/14/M/HS6/00917 awarded to Maciej Sekerdej by the National Centre for Science (2015-2018).
  2. COST Action IS 1205: Social psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged European Union. Workgroup 2: Lay representations of history in Europe:Concepts of nationhood and identities and Workgroup 4: The roles of lay representations of history and group-based emotions in inter-group conflict and reconciliation processes (2013 – 2016, team member). Read more.
  3. Relational Models and intergroup relations (Principal Investigator: Sven Waldzus).
  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 (2012-2017).

Past research projects

  1. Cognitive Models of Intergroup Relations. Postdoc research awarded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia no. PTDC/PSI/64219/2006 (2008 – 2010).
  2. Terror of terrorism: Cognitive determinants and social consequences. Research grant awarded by the State Committee for Scientific Research no. N106 006 32/0624 (2006 – 2009) (team member).
  3. Clubbing as a form of performance and auto-promotion. Research grant awarded by the Higher Society Support Program, OSI Budapest (2004-2005) (team leader).
  4. Club culture: Whence and Whither? Research grant awarded by the Higher Society Support Program, OSI Budapest (2003-2004) (team leader).
  5. Image of the Other: Polish Attitudes towards Ukrainians. MA research grant awarded by the Open Society Institute, Budapest, Hungary (2002 – 2003).
  6. How do the Poles see their neighbours: as friends, strangers or foes? Research grant awarded by the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship (SYLFF) (2002-2003) (with K. Sekerdej & E. Klima).


Publications in English

  1. Sekerdej, M., & Szwed, P. (2021). Perceived self-efficacy facilitates critical reflection on one’s own group. Personality and Individual Differences168, 110302.
  2. Senderecka, M., Kossowska, M., Sekerdej, M., & Szewczyk, J. (in press). Religious fundamentalism is associated with hyperactive performance monitoring: ERP evidence from correct and erroneous responses. Biological Psychology. Advanced online publication
  3. Sekerdej, M., Simao, C., Waldzus, S. i Brito, R. (2018). Keeping in Touch with Context: Non-verbal Behavior as a Manifestation of Communality and Dominance. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10919-018-0279-2 Full text available here
  4. Sekerdej, M., Kossowska, M., & Czernatowicz – Kukuczka, A. (2018). Uncertainty and Prejudice: The Role of Religiosity in Shaping Group Attitudes. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 091-0102. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2298 Full text available here 
  5. Kossowska, M., Czernatowicz-Kukuczka, A., & Sekerdej, M. (2017). Many faces of dogmatism: Prejudice as a way of protecting certainty against value-violators among dogmatic believers and atheists. British Journal of Psychology, 108, 127-147. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12186 Advanced online publication
  6. Kossowska M., Szwed P., Czernatowicz-Kukuczka A., Sekerdej M., & Wyczesany M. (2017) From Threat to Relief: Expressing Prejudice toward Atheists as a Self-Regulatory Strategy Protecting the Religious Orthodox from Threat. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:873. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00873 Full text available here
  7. Sankaran, S., Sekerdej, M., & Von Hecker, U. (2017). The role of Indian caste identity and caste inconsistent norms on status representation. Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (487). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00487 Advanced online publication
  8. Sekerdej, M. (2016). Rationalization & acceptance. In P. Joseph (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives (pp. 1437-1438). SAGE Publishing.
  9. Sekerdej, M., & Roccas, S. (2016). Love versus loving criticism: Disentangling conventional and constructive patriotism. British Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12142. Advanced online publication
  10. Kossowska, M., Sekerdej, M. (2015) Searching for certainty: Religious beliefs and intolerance toward value-violating groups. Personality and Individual Differences, in press.
  11. Jasko, K., Kossowska, M., & Sekerdej, M. (2013). Psychological determinants of the threat of terrorism and preferred approaches to counterterrorism: The case of Poland. W S. J. Sinclair & D. Antonius (red.), The Political Psychology of Terrorism Fears. Oxford University Press, in press.
  12. Sekerdej, M., & Kossowska, M. (2011). Motherland under attack! Nationalism, terrorist threat, and support for the restriction of civil liberties. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 42(1), 1-19.
  13. Brito, R., Waldzus, S., Sekerdej, M. & Schubert, T.W. (2011): The contexts and structures of relating to others: How memberships in different types of groups shape the construction of interpersonal relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28 (3), 406-431.
  14. Kossowska, M., Golec de Zavala, A., Sekerdej, M., & Kubik, T. (2010). Psychological determinants and consequences of terrorism threat perception. W D. Antonius, A. D. Brown, T. K. Walters, J. M. Ramirez, and S. J. Sinclair (red.), Interdisciplinary Analyses of Terrorism (ss. 71-100). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  15. Sekerdej, M., Sekerdej, K., & Klima, E. (2008). Image of the Other: Polish Attitudes Towards Ukrainians. Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
  16. Klima, E., Sekerdej, K., & Sekerdej, M. (2004). Neighbors or strangers? – Attitudes towards Ukrainians and Germans – Lodz, Przemysl, Opole. Revista Romana de Geografie Politica, 1-2, 59-72.

Publications in Polish

  1. Kossowska, M., Sekerdej, M., & Czernatowicz-Kukuczka, A. (2017). Religia i nietolerancja. O przekonaniach religijnych podszytych lękiem i ich społecznych konsekwencjach [Religion and intolerance: religious beliefs laced with anxiety and their social consequences]. W J. Brzeziński (red.), Obcy i swoi. Psychologiczna natura stosunków międzygrupowych (s. 95-118). Poznań: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Wydziału Nauk Społecznych UAM.
  2. Kossowska, M., & Sekerdej, M. (2016). Psychologia społeczna: idea i eksperyment [Social Psychology: Idea and experiment]. W M. Kielar-Turska, W stronę psychologii eksperymentalnej. W 110 rocznicę założenia Pracowni Psychologii Doświadczalnej na Uniwersytecie Jagiellońskim (s. 61-75). Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego.
  3. Sekerdej, M., Kossowska, M., & Trejtowicz, M. (2012). Bytowość, postawy narodowe i reakcje wobec obcych. W M. Drogosz, M. Bilewicz & M. Kofta (red.), Poza stereotypy: Esencjalizm, bytowość i dehumanizacja w postrzeganiu grup społecznych (s. 15-44). Warszawa: Scholar.
  4. Sekerdej, M., & Kossowska, M. (2011). Znaczenie potocznych teorii grupy w dynamice relacji międzygrupowych. W M. Kofta i M. Bilewicz (red.)Wobec obcych: zagrożenie psychologiczne a stosunki międzygrupowe (ss. 248-262). Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN.
  5. Sekerdej, M. (2008). Antysemityzm: postawa indywidualna czy norma kulturowa. Kultura i Społeczeństwo, 2, 157-176.
  6. Klima, E., Sekerdej, K., & Sekerdej, M. (2006). Postrzeganie mniejszości – raport z badań. Acta Universitatis Lodziensis, Folia Geographica Socio-oeconomica, 7, 53-72.
  7. Klima, E., Sekerdej, K., & Sekerdej, M. (2004). Postawy wobec Niemców w Łodzi i Opolu. Modelowe Nauczanie. Opolski Przegląd Edukacyjny, 5, 57-62.
  8. Sekerdej, K., & Sekerdej, M. (2003). Jak polska młodzież postrzega innych? Stereotypy narodowe wśród gimnazjalistów w Krakowie. Forum Europejskie, 5, 75-88.
  9. Sekerdej, M. (2001). Orientacje religijne a temperament. Kwartalnik Religioznawczy Nomos, 32-33, 97-106.