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Hanna Bednarek

Ph.D. / Associate Professor


Institute of Psychology
Dean of the Faculty of Psychology in Warsaw
Department of Cognitive Psychology, Development and Education


Psychologist and philosopher. She is an expert in cognitive psychology, including perception, spatial orientation and disorientation, attention, working memory, imagination and decision making.

Her research interests focus on aviation psychology and public relations. She researches the role of optical illusion in advertising, architecture, fashion, sport, aviation, as well as the role of communication channels (visual and acoustic) in effective communication. She is also interested in media relations, cognitive processes in advertising, and aviation safety.

She collaborates with the Military Institute of Aviation Medicine in Warsaw. She is a member of the European Association for Aviation Psychology. She was a co-founder and, for five years, a Program Director of one of the first commercial radio stations in Poland.

She is an author of numerous publications, including the following books: Czy piloci ulegają złudzeniom percepcyjnym? Poznawcze uwarunkowania dezorientacji przestrzennej (Do Pilots Experience Optical Illusions? Cognitive Determinants of Spatial Disorientation) (2011), and Sztuka budowania wizerunku w mediach. Podręcznik menedżera, polityka i trenera public relations (The Art of Image Building in the Media. A Handbook for Managers, Politicians, and PR Coaches) (2005).

At SWPS University, she teaches cognitive processes, and leads a seminar on the psychology of cognitive processes, emotions and motivation. She is also a graduate thesis advisor.

Related information on SWPS University website