I am currently researching the cognitive foundations of patriotism and nationalism. I am enrolled in the Doctoral School in the Social Sciences, and my main focus is on how individuals perceive and react to social situations. I find it fascinating to explore the different ways in which our thoughts and emotions can affect our behaviour in the social domain.



  1. Stypendist in the project “Between nationalism and cosmopolitanism: Perceptual and motivational factors shaping critical national attachment” awarded to Maciej Sekerdej within the SONATA BIS scheme by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN) (2019-2024)
  2. PI in the project „Cognitive underpinnings of patriotism” awarded within the PRELUDIUM scheme by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN) (2023-2026)


  1. Kołeczek, M., & Sekerdej, M. (2023). Switching between System 1 and System 2: The nature of competing intuitions and the role of disfluency. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 46, e127. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X22003016
  2. Sekerdej, M., Rupar, M., Jamróz‐Dolińska, K., & Kołeczek, M. (2023). Greater expectations or less sugar‐coating? Perceptual underpinnings of constructive patriotism. British Journal of Social Psychologyhttps://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12634
  3. Jamróz-Dolińska, K., Sekerdej, M., Rupar, M., & Kołeczek, M. (2023). Do Good Citizens Look to the Future? The Link Between National Identification and Future Time Perspective and Their Role in Explaining Citizens’ Reactions to Conflicts Between Short-Term and Long-Term National Interests. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletinhttps://doi.org/10.1177/01461672231176337
  4. Kołeczek, M., Jamróz-Dolińska, K., Rupar, M., & Sekerdej, M. (2022). Thinking like a patriot: Criticising the country and the nation is linked to the differences in thinking style and cognitive ability. Personality and Individual Differences195, 111670. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2022.111670
  5. Rupar, M., Jamróz‐Dolińska, K., Kołeczek, M., & Sekerdej, M. (2021). Is patriotism helpful to fight the crisis? The role of constructive patriotism, conventional patriotism, and glorification amid the COVID‐19 pandemic. European Journal of Social Psychology51(6), 862-877. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2777