Short CV/Education and training

Degrees

  • 2011
    Professor in humanities (awarded by President of Poland)

  • 2006
    Ph.D. habilitation in psychology – Jagiellonian University

  • 1996
    Ph.D. in psychology– Jagiellonian University

  • 1992
    M. A. in psychology – Jagiellonian University

Academic appointments

  • Since 2015
    Full Professor, Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

  • 2009 – 2015
    Professor (profesor UJ), Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

  • 2006 – 2009
    Associate professor (adiunkt habilitowany), Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

  • 2000 – 2001
    Post-doc position, College Park, Maryland USA

  • 1998 – 2006
    Assistant professor (adiunkt), Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

  • 1996 – 1998
    Junior Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Administrative positions

  • Since 2003
    Head of the Social Psychology Unit and Center for Social Cognitive Studies in the Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University

  • 2012 – 2020
    Vice-dean of the Philosophy Faculty at Jagiellonian University

  • 2008 – 2012
    Head of the Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University

Selected publications

  • Roets, A., Kruglanski, A., Kossowska, M., Pierro, A. Hong, Y. (2015) The Motivated Gatekeeper of Our Minds: New Directions in Need for Closure Theory and Research. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 52, 221-283.

  • Kossowska, M., Guinote, A., & Strojny, P. (2016). Power Boosts Reliance on Preferred Processing Styles. Motivation & Emotion, 40, 556–565 DOI 10.1007/s11031-016-9548-8.

  • Kossowska, M., Bukowski, M., Guinote, A., Dragon, & Kruglanski, A.W. (2016) Self-image threat decreases stereotyping: The role of motivation toward closure Motivation & Emotion, 40, 830–841.

  • Kossowska, M., Szwed, P., Wronka, E., Czarnek, G., Wyczesany, M. (2016). Anxiolytic function of fundamentalist beliefs: Neurocognitive evidence. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 390–395 .

  • 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, 08, 127–147. DOI:10.1111/bjop.12186

  • Kossowska, M., Szwed, P., Czernatowicz – Kukuczka, A., Sekerdej, M. i Wyczesany, M. (2017). From threat to relief: Expressing prejudice towards atheists as a self-regulatory strategy protecting the religious orthodox from threat. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:873. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00873

  • 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

  • Kossowska, M., Szumowska, E., Szwed, P. Czernatowicz-Kukuczka, & Kruglanski, A. (2020). Helping when the desire is low: Expectancy as a booster. Motivation and Emotion,44, 819-831. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-020-09853-3

  • Czarnek, G., Kossowska, M. & Szwed, P. (2020). Right-wing ideology reduces the effects of education on climate change beliefs in more developed countries. Nature Climate Change. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-00930-6Book:

  • Kossowska, M., Szumowska, E., Szwed, P. (2020). The Psychology of Tolerance in Times of Uncertainty. London Routledge.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Knowledge Resistance: Causes, Consequences and Cures founded by RIKSBANKENS JUBILEUMSFOND (M18-0310:1; 2019 – 2024, PI: Åsa Wikforss, co-applicant Małgorzata Kossowska)

  • 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: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/facts4eufuture/understanding-our-political-nature

  • Science on values. Enlightenment 2.0, Joint Research Center, European Commission (2019 – 2021). Grant with contribution of Malgorzata Kossowska. Project website: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/communities/en/community/enlightenment-20

  • Solidarity in the European Union Perspectives for resilient European societies, Joint Research Center, European Commission (2020 – 2021)

Research projects (Principal Investigator)

  • Motivational, affective, and cognitive sources of knowledge formation process: Implications for intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup phenomena. MAESTRO Grant, 2011/A/02/HS/000155 the National Centre for Science (2012 – 2018)

  • Motivational and cognitive determinants of judgment and decision making. N106 023 238 Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2010 – 2012)

  • Terrorism threat– cognitive determinants and social consequences. N106 006 32/0624 Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2007 – 2009)

  • Motivational mechanisms of overcoming cognitive limitations. N106 055 32/3557 Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2007 – 2009)

  • Cognitive inhibition. National Committee of Scientific Research (KBN) (2003 – 2005)

  • Formal model of political beliefs. National Committee of Scientific Research (KBN): (2000 – 2002)

  • Cognitive determinants of need for closure. Stefan Batory Foundation (2000 – 2001)

  • Personality and Current Political Beliefs. The Soros Foundation (1997 – 1998)

  • Personality and academic achievements. National Committee of Scientific Research (KBN) (1996 – 1997)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of Polish Academy of Science, since 2016

  • President of the Polish Association of Social Psychology, 2008 – 2014

  • Member of Executive Committee of European Association of Social Psychology, 2017 – 2022

  • Chairwomen of the NCN Council (2018 – 2020; the turn is finished 14th December 2020)

  • Member of the NCN Council, 2010 – 2015

Media coverage

  • PsyPost https://www.psypost.org/2018/04/religious-fundamentalism-associated-increased-sensitivity-errors-51069

  • PsyPost https://www.psypost.org/2017/06/study-personal-need-eliminate-uncertainty-predicts-belief-conspiracy-theories-49211

  • PsyPost https://www.psypost.org/2020/10/the-link-between-education-and-support-for-climate-change-is-weaker-among-right-wing-ideologists-in-developed-countries-58330

  • Nauka on Line http://www.naukaonline.pl/serwis/item/4367-chce-konca-nieczulosci

  • PAP http://naukawpolsce.pap.pl/aktualnosci/news,414856,badanie-teorie-spiskowe-rozkwitaja-gdy-brak-wiarygodnych-wyjasnien.html

  • BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04rhc27

  • https://www.polityka.pl/tygodnikpolityka/nauka/1540239,1,prof-malgorzata-kossowska-o-tym-jak-tworzymy-poglady-o-swiecie.read

  • https://www.polityka.pl/tygodnikpolityka/spoleczenstwo/1981762,1,polityka-i-wyksztalcenie-kto-nie-wierzy-w-katastrofe-klimatyczna.read?src=mt

  • https://audycje.tokfm.pl/gosc/14946,prof-Malgorzata-Kossowska-UJ

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