Current research projects

Behaviour in Crisis Lab – devoted to the interdisciplinary exploration of the mechanisms that shape the behaviour of individuals and societies during global crises. Lab led by Małgorzata Kossowska. Website:

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Adolescence & Democracy (IP-PAD). MSCA Doctoral Network financed by HORIZON EUROPE. Team: Małgorzata Kossowska, Jolanta Perek-Białas, Szymon Wichary, Lucas Mazur. Project website:

Moving from networked to patchworked society: motivational underpinnings and societal consequences. Project financed by the Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe (CHANSE) and led by Małgorzata Kossowska. Project website:

Active coping with uncontrollability: Cognitive effort investment as a personal control restoration strategy. OPUS 21 grant awarded to Marcin Bukowski by the Polish National Science Centre (2021 – 2026).

Updating beliefs regarding science and politics: The role of motivation and information processing strategies. Grant awarded to Gabriela Czarnek from the National Science Centre in the Sonata scheme (2022-2025, no. UMO-2021/43/D/HS6/03353).

Inclusivity Norms to Counter Polarization in European Societies (INCLUSIVITY). The project is funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung as part of the Challenges for Europe scheme. Project leader: Prof. Maarten van Zalk (Osnabrück University). Project partners: dr hab. Marcin Bukowski, prof. UJ (Jagiellonian University), Prof. Oliver Christ (FernUniversität in Hagen), Prof. Miranda Lubbers (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Prof. Eva Jaspers (UtrechtUniversity).

Understanding our political nature: how to put knowledge and reason at the heart of policymaking. Enlightenment 2.0, Joint Research Center, European Commission (2017-2019). Grant with contribution of Malgorzata Kossowska. Project website:

Science on values. Enlightenment 2.0, Joint Research Center, European Commission (2019-2021). Grant with contribution of Malgorzata Kossowska. Project website:

Impact of lack of control experiences on intergroup relations: The role of coalition formation and recategorization processes. HARMONIA grant awarded to Marcin Bukowski from the National Centre for Science (2019-2022).

Knowledge Resistance: Causes, Consequences and Cures (PI: Åsa Wikforss, Co-Applicant Malgorzata Kossowska), the project founded by RIKSBANKENS JUBILEUMSFOND (#M18-0310:1; 2019-2024)

Motivational and cognitive determinants of moral judgments: Implications for Inter-group relations. FUGA grant (2016/20/S/HS6/00317) awarded to Sindhuja Sankaran from the National Centre for Science (2016-2019)

Theory of goal commitment. OPUS grant (2015/19/B/HS6/01253) awarded to Katarzyna Jaśko from the National Centre for Science (2016-19).

The relationship between two dimensions of social perception – warmth and competence – from connectionist modeling perspective. HARMONIA grant (2016/22/M/HS6/00159) awarded to Piotr Dragon from the National Science Centre (2017-2020). In cooperation with prof. Daniel Wigboldus (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands).

Social cognition and interpersonal self-regulation in narcissism. OPUS grant awarded to Anna Czarna (2016-2019) awarded from National Science Centre (2016-2019).

Threat to control and social norms; Conformity, change of formation. BEETHOVEN project (2014/15/G/HS6/04529)  awarded to Marcin Bukowski and Katarzyna Jaśko from the National Science Centre (2015-2018).

Control deprivation, (inter)group relations, and political cognition”. OPUS grant awarded to Prof. Mirosław Kofta (Warsaw University) from the National Science Centre (2015-2018). In cooperation with Marcin Bukowski.

National identity in relational perspective: the impact of intragroup relations on intergroup attitudes. HARMONIA grant (2014/14/M/HS6/00917) awarded to Maciej Sekerdej from the National Centre for Science (2015-2018).

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, Maciej Sekerdej, team member). Read more about the project at COST Action website.

Motivational, affective, and cognitive sources of knowledge formation process: Implications for intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup phenomena. MAESTRO grant (2011/02/A/HS6/00155) awarded to prof. Małgorzata Kossowska from the National Centre for Science (2012-2018).

Control motivation and flexibility of social categorization processes. Grant awarded to Marcin Bukowski from the National Centre for Science.

The influence of social identity on beliefs about justice in intergroup relations. OPUS grant awarded to Katarzyna Jaśko by the National Centre for Science (2012-2015). In cooperation with: Małgorzata Kossowska.

The Dark Triad and moral and economic dilemmas. SONATA grant awarded to Anna Czarna from the National Centre for Science, Poland.

Narcissism. Postdoctoral research fellowship financed in the framework of SCIEX-NMSch by Rektorenkonferenz der Schweizer Universitäten (CRUS), University of Bern, Switzerland. Host mentor: Carolyn C. Morf, Fellow: Anna Czarna (2014-2015).

How bilingual experience influences flexibility of the cognitive system. Neural bases and consequences for social categorization. FOCUS program Project supported by the Polish Science Foundation (FNP). Project leader: Zofia Wodniecka, Ph.D. Cooperation: Marcin Bukowski.

Social-psychological antecedents and consequences of (il)legitimacy in power relations (Antecedentes y consecuencias psicosociales de la(i)legitimidad de las relaciones de poder). Grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to professor Rosa Rodríguez Bailón (Universidad de Granada). Cooperation: Marcin Bukowski.

Relational Models and intergroup relationsPrincipal Investigator: Sven Waldzus, cooperation: Maciej Sekerdej

Past research projects

Perceived efficacy at fulfilling the need for cognitive closure as part of the epistemic process. PRELUDIUM Grant from National Science Centre (DEC-2011/03/N/HS6/00997) awarded to Paweł Strojny. Co-operation: Małgorzata Kossowska and Agnieszka Strojny (2012-2015).

Dark Triad. Postdoctoral fellowship awareded to Anna Czarna co-financed by the European Union (the Human Capital Operational Programme) within the SET project at Jagiellonian University (2013-2015).

Two types of narcissism: grandiose and vulnerable – analysis of differences in chronic selfawareness levels, affect and social functioning. PRELUDIUM grant awarded by the National Centre for Science, Poland. Principal Investigator: Anna Czarna (2011-2014).

Narcissism and social functioning: maximizing own gains and conditions of including other people’s interests, Grant awarded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Education. Supervisor: Prof Andrzej Szmajke, executor: Anna Czarna (2010-2013).

Cognitive and motivational mechanisms compensating for cognitive deficits across the life-span (coordinator: prof. Grzegorz Sedek), (2010-2011). Cooperation: Małgorzata Kossowska, Katarzyna Jaśko.

Doctoral research project “Psychological underpinnings of democratic system justification”, funded by Polish Ministry of Education and Science awarded to Katarzyna Jaśko (coordinator: prof. Malgorzata Kossowska), (2009-2011).

Cognitive Models of Intergroup Relations. Postdoc research awarded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia no. PTDC/PSI/64219/2006 (2008 – 2010). Cooperation: Maciej Sekerdej

Grant from Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Poland) no. N106 006 32/0624 – „Terrorism threat– cognitive determinants and social consequences” (2007-2009). Principal Investigator: Principal Investigator: Małgorzata Kossowska.

Grant from Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Poland) no. N106 055 32/3557: „Motivational mechanisms of cognitive limitations overcoming” (2007-2009). Principal Investigator: Małgorzata Kossowska.

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).  Cooperation: Maciej Sekerdej

Clubbing as a form of performance and auto-promotion. Research grant awarded by the Higher Society Support Program, OSI Budapest (2004-2005). Team leader: Maciej Sekerdej

Gran from National Committee of Scientific Research (KBN): „Mechanism underlying cognitive inhibition” (2003-2005). Principal Investigator: Małgorzata Kossowska.

Club culture: Whence and Whither? Research grant awarded by the Higher Society Support Program, OSI Budapest (2003-2004). Team leader: Maciej Sekerdej

Image of the Other: Polish Attitudes towards Ukrainians. MA research grant awarded by the Open Society Institute, Budapest, Hungary (2002 – 2003). Cooperation: Maciej Sekerdej

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). Cooperation:  Maciej Sekerdej

Grant from National Committee of Scientific Research (KBN): “Formal model of political beliefs” (2000-2002). Principal Investigator: Małgorzata Kossowska.

Grant from the Stefan Batory Foundation: “Cognitive determinants of need for closure” (2000-2001). Principal Investigator: Małgorzata Kossowska.

Grant from the Soros Foundation: “Personality and Current Political Beliefs” (1997-1998). Principal Investigator: Małgorzata Kossowska.

Grant from National Committee of Scientific Research (KBN): “Personality and academic achievements” (1996-1997). Principal Investigator: Małgorzata Kossowska.