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Faculty of Psychology in Warsaw
Attentional bias modification and depressive disorders
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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DESMOPSI System
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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Emotional mimicry in social context
Human faces are important sources of information, which shapes social interaction. Just at a quick glance, people not only can identify others, but they also can deduce other person’s intentions or ev ...

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Excessive buying as boredom-triggered behavior
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
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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Influence of aging on decision making and judgment
How does aging influence decision making processes? How do older people make judgments about others and events they participate in? A team of psychologists from SWPS University, led by Professor Grzeg ...

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Investigation of Information Coding in Short-Term Memory
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
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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Psychological and Biological sources of risk aversion
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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Seeing is believing? Suggestion and misinformation in the video transmission
The objective of the project is to study how video images and messages are perceived and assessed by viewers. During the project, the researchers will study the reactions of viewers to statements and  ...

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Social distortion mechanisms in comparative judgments. Alternative explanations proposal in the context of model-matching feature
Social distortions in comparative judgments may lead to the categorization of people and divisions and thus to depreciation of their values. The research project relates to the phenomenon known as Sel ...

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The role of cognitive limitations in predecisional information processing
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.
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?
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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