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Researcher Profile

Małgorzata Kossowska

WP II
Professor of Psychology
Institute of Psychology
Jagiellonian University
Full professor in psychology, head of the Social Psychology Unit and Center for Social Cognitive Studies in the Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University, vice-dean of the Philosophy faculty at Jagiellonian University (2012-2020), former head of the Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University (2008-2012); member of NCN Council (2012-2020) and since 2018 the chair of NCN Council, member of Polish Academy of Science (since 2016), between 2008-2014 President of the Polish Association of Social Psychology, Member of Executive Committee of European Association of Social Psychology (2017-2022).
She has authored over 80 papers published in Polish and international journals. She is also the author and co-author of seven books about social cognition, closed-mindedness, stereotyping, prejudice and tolerance. She was an associated editor of European Journal of Social Psychology and Journal of Social and Political Psychology, and is a member of the editorial board of Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Currently she is also an associate editor of European Review of Social Psychology.
Her areas of interest include the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of complex social phenomena (e.g. political beliefs, prejudice, stereotyping), social inequality in cultural context, cognitive rigidity and its relationships with social problem solving and decision making.

Selected Publications

Czarnek, G., Kossowska, M., & Szwed, P. (2020). Political ideology and attitudes toward vaccination: Study report. PsyArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/uwehk
Czarnek, G., Kossowska, M., & Szwed, P. (2021). Right-wing ideology reduces the effects of education on climate change beliefs in more developed countries. Nature Climate Change, 11(1), 9–13. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-00930-6
Kossowska, M., Szwed, P., & Czarnek, G. (2020). Trust in scientists and attitudes towards vaccines and vaccine policy: The role of perception of scientists as elitists. PsyArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/xzj9f
Kossowska, M., Szwed, P., & Czarnek, G. (2021). Ideology shapes trust in scientists and attitudes towards vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 24(5), 720–737. https://doi.org/10.1177/13684302211001946