Researchers

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Marcin Bukowski, PhD

I’m a researcher and lecturer in the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University. My main research interests are focused on social cognition, especially motivational and emotional factors that guide cognition in the social context. I’m especially interested in studying individual and situational variables (e.g. control motivation or epistemic motivation) that influence the flexibility of social categorization, knowledge activation and application, and thinking processes. I’m also interested in applying basic research findings in applied social contexts, such as the area of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.

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Anna Czarna, PhD

I am a researcher. My main research interests are focused on social, interpersonal, cognitive and affective correlates and consequences of the Dark Triad of personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellanism and psychopathy. I am also interested in evolutionary psychology, person perception and social relations investigated with network analytical tools. You can visit my homepage here.

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Aneta Czernatowicz – Kukuczka, PhD

I’m post-doctoral researcher in the Institute of Psychology of the Jagiellonian University. My main field of interest is social cognition, specifically cognitive and motivational determinants and consequences of religious/atheistic beliefs. Within the project we also examine the role of dogmatism as a self-regulation tool in the face of uncertainty. My second area of study focuses on the role of individual differences in decision-making process.

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Piotr Dragon, PhD

I’m a researcher and lecturer in the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University. My main research interests cover the areas of social cognition, epistemic motivation and impression formation. I am also interested in methodology, data analysis and programming.

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Katarzyna Jaśko, PhD

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.

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Sindhuja Sankaran, PhD

I’m a Postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University. I finished my graduate studies in India and completed my Phd at Cardiff University, UK.  My research focuses on the cognitive and motivational factors that influence information processing and self-regulatory mechanisms. I’m currently working on: i) Motivational and cognitive determinants of effort investment, ii) Control Motivation and iii) Multiple goal pursuit and individual differences. My other areas of interests include choking under pressure, mindsets and goals and embodied effects of status inequalities particularly in the context of Indian caste system.

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Maciej Sekerdej, PhD

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.

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Magdalena Śmieja, PhD

I am a researcher and lecturer in the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University. My current research explores the role of emotional intelligence in emotion regulation. We assume that people who are high in emotional intelligence use more adaptive regulatory strategies, what makes them resistant to undesirable effects of emotion on cognition. I am also interested in motivated cognition in the context of close relationships, especially in different factors influencing the structure of mental representation of the partner.

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Karolina Dukała, PhD

I’m a researcher in the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University. I am mainly interested in methods of interviewing, interrogating and deception detection. Now I am involved in project which is dedicated to construct the new theory of commitment. Specifically, we are trying to prove that dispositional and situational variables that foster the initiation of commitment are not necessary the same variables that affect its maintenance.

Joanna Pyrkosz – Pacyna, PhD

PhD students

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Gabriela Czarnek

I’ve graduated from psychology (Hons) at Jagiellonian University in 2012. At the moment I am a doctoral candidate under supervision of prof. Małgorzata Kossowska. My main research interests are focused on social cognition, especially on cognitive underpinnings of stereotyping. I am also interested in mechanism of socio-emotional aging.

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Joanna Grzymała – Moszczyńska

I’m a researcher and Ph.D. student in the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University working under supervision of Małgorzata Kossowska, Marcin Bukowski and Elisabeth Levy Paluck. My main research interests are focused on reduction of prejudice and discriminatory behaviors towards marginalized groups such as Roma minority or Syrian refugees, especially in educational context. In my work I am trying to combine my practical work as an diversity and antidiscrimination trainer with my scientific interests. I am also interested in psychological aspects of return migrations to Poland.

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Marta Maj

I’ve got a master degree in Biology and Psychology and I’m a PhD student at the Jagiellonian University since 2015. So far, my research was focused on existential uncertainty and intergroup perception. I’m also interested in various aspects of individual’s worldview (especially religiosity, search for meaning and hypocrisy) and motivational traits. I like to read about evolution, genetics and physics (esp. astronomy).

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Ewa Szumowska

I’m a researcher and Ph.D. student 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.

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Paulina Szwed

My main scientific interests lie in an attempt to understand the relationship between motivation and effort. This question interests me principally in the context of individual differencies (e.g. NFC). I’m also interested in motivational and cognitive processes underlying political or religious convictions.

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Agnieszka Strojny

I’m a researcher and Ph.D. student in the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University. My main research interests are focused on epistemic motivation and its impact on social judgment, especially attribution process.

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Marzena Rusanowska

I am a researcher and a Ph.D student in the Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University. I work under the supervision of prof. Małgorzata Kossowska, dr hab. prof. SWPS Izabela Krejtz and prof. John Nezlek from College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, USA.

My main research interests are focused on clinical disorders. I study cognitive attention biases and everyday functioning among people with emotional disorders. I am also very interested in the validity of depression diagnosis. As a qualified psychotherapist I join my research activity with psychotherapy practice with patients.

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Anna Potoczek

I am a researcher and Ph.D. student in the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University. I work under supervision of prof. Małgorzata Kossowska and Marcin Bukowski, Ph.D. My master thesis concerned the susceptibility to seeing illusory correlations. Currently I am involved in the research on norms perception in the context of control deprivation. I am also interested in stereotypes and prejudice.

Joanna Cyganiewicz

Krzysztof Hanusz

Kamila Grochowska

Marianna Król

Jacek Legierski

Marta Szastok