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Attitudinal Influences on Moral Judgments
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Moral judgments and impressions are tremendously important. In extreme situations they can decide about life or death, for example convicted murderers perceived as untrustworthy (based on their appear ...

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Attentional bias modification and depressive disorders
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It is estimated that almost 10 percent of general population suffers from depression, but not everyone has access to effective treatments. Nowadays, depression is treated primarily with pharmacotherap ...

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Cognitive and motivational determinants of sympathetic magic in close relationships
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Does separation with a loved-one change the way we perceive mementos (e.g. souvenirs, clothes, and photographs) associated with the relationship? The research project conducted by psychologists from t ...

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DESMOPSI System
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Nowadays, the understanding of the need for psychological therapy in difficult or traumatic situations and the social acceptance of psychological intervention is growing. At the same time, in Poland a ...

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Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity
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We already know a lot about the impact of healthy eating and physical activity on wellbeing as well as on longevity and quality of life. Therefore it is surprising that still so many people lead unhea ...

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Excessive buying as boredom-triggered behavior
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Boredom is a very common feeling. People who feel bored usually engage in some stimulating activity, such as reading, watching TV, playing games, and meeting friends. However, some people turn to shop ...

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Executive function training in gestalt psychotherapy
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According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people around the world suffer from various forms depression, which is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contr ...

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Health Behavior Change During COVID-19 Pandemic
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In March 2020, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines on the best ways of preventing COVID-19, with handwashing being the key preventive be ...

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Investigation of Information Coding in Short-Term Memory
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The brain is human body’s central command system. Just as a computer, it has a working and operational memory and it archives some information for long periods of time. The older we get, the less reli ...

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Long-Term Musical Training and Reading Ability
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Neuroscientists have been interested in the undeniable impact of music on the human brain for many years. In his book Musicophilia, the noted neurologist Oliver Sacks describes how patients with serio ...

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Physical Activity and Health - Related Quality of Life
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Every year on January 1st, thousands of people make New Year’s resolutions related to their lifestyles. People mass enroll in fitness clubs and gyms, buy kitchen appliances for making healthy meals an ...

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Psychological and Biological sources of risk aversion
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Are men bigger risk takers than women? The research project, led by Szymon Wichary, Ph.D., provides data on personal differences and their impact risk taking and risk aversion. Combining data about th ...

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The Expertise Bias: its psychological mechanisms, sources and consequences on the example of epistemic authority ascribed to economic experts
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Consumers make decisions related to investing money, taking bank loans or buying insurance policies. They often consult their choices with financial experts. In the present project we carry out experi ...

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The influence of psychological knowledge on the decision-making process of legal professionals in the criminal justice system
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Witness testimony is a crucial element of the criminal justice system. However, memory is often false and perception distorted. Yet the testimony based on such imperfect data may change a person’s lif ...

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The role of cognitive limitations in predecisional information processing
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The project focuses on the impact of cognitive limitations on decision making. This impact is obvious in everyday decision-making, which we often do under time pressure or stress. The current project  ...

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To train or to play? A comparison of traditional and gamified training approaches: The role of psychophysiological, cognitive and motivational factors in the improvement of executive functions.
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The aim of the project is to better understand the processes undergoing during a traditional cognitive training and to compare them with analogous processes happening during a modern method of cogniti ...

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Turning depressed mood into a joke - is it beneficial?
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The application of emotion regulation skills in prevention of depression has been attempted repeatedly, without much success so far. Researchers from SWPS University will investigate the effects of hu ...

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