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Research

The Center researches human behavior in various social situations. Some of the research topics undertaken by the researchers include, social impact, morality and lying, pro-health behavior, inclusion and exclusion, mobbing, and kindness towards animals.

Idea

Contemporary social psychology is a highly advanced science with respect to its methodology and statistics. It searches for answers to many questions and looks for explanations that help us understand human decisions and behaviors. While searching for newer and more refined methods, we often forget that the best way to test a scientific hypothesis is the tried and true method of conducting experiments. Not forfeiting the advanced methods, researchers at the Social Behavior Research Center concentrate on experimental research on human behavior.

Research Objectives

Researchers at the Center conduct a number of common research projects. Some examples of initiatives exploring various lines of inquiry include:

  • social influence in the context of Milgram experiment paradigm
  • strategies of social influence
  • correlation between the weather, crime and moral behaviors
  • lies and their determinants
  • chain behavior change and compensatory behaviors
  • moral foundations of vegetarianism
  • the question-behavior effect, the voter’s effect
  • determinants and consequences of ostracism and bullying
  • the need for a meaning and sense of life and its consequences.

Research Team

258 dariusz dolinski

Professor

Dariusz Doliński

Head of the Social Behavior Research Center
social psychologist

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258 katarzyna byrka new

Associate Professor

Katarzyna Byrka

social psychologist
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258 tomasz grzyb

Associate Professor

Tomasz Grzyb

social psychologist
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258 malgorzata gamian wilk

Associate Professor

Małgorzata Gamian-Wilk

social psychologist
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258 katarzyna cantarero

Assistant Professor

Katarzyna Cantarero

psychologist
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aleksandra niemyjska

Assistant Professor

Aleksandra Niemyjska

psychologist
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Projects

Current Projects

  • Conflict avoidance - avoidance and its consequences for obedience in the Milgram paradigm
    Duration of research project: 2018 – 2021
    Principal Investigators: Professor Dariusz Doliński and Associate Professor Tomasz Grzyb
    Funding source: National Science Centre
    Program: OPUS
  • Segmentation of electrical energy consumers using the stage-change model: Analysis of factors enhancing adoption of demand side management tools
    Duration of research project: 2017-2019
    Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Katarzyna Byrka
    Funding source: National Science Centre
    Program: OPUS (consortium with the Wrocław University of Science and Technology)
  • Compensatory behaviors as strategies for neutralizing negative effects of not meeting deadlines
    Duration of research project: 2015-2019
    Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Katarzyna Byrka
    Funding source: National Science Centre
    Program: SONATA

 

 

 

Project completed in recent years

  • Cognitive and motivational determinants of sympathetic magic in close relationships
    Duration of research project: 2015-2018
    Principal Investigator: Assistant Professor Aleksandra Niemyjska
    Funding source: National Science Centre
    Program: SONATA
  • The need for sense-making – determinants and consequences
    Duration of research project: 2015 -2018
    Principal Investigator: Assistant Professor Katarzyna Cantarero
    Funding source: National Science Centre
    Program: FUGA
  • Cognitive structuring and its cognitive-motivational determinants as an explanatory framework for different psychological phenomena
    Duration of research project: 2013-2017
    Principal Investigators: Professor Dariusz Doliński
    Funding source: National Science Centre
    Program: OPUS
  • Individual antecedents of workplace bullying within integrative bullying model: Victims characteristics.
    Duration of research project: 2014-2017
    Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Małgorzata Gamian-Wilk
    Funding source: National Science Centre
    Program: SONATA
  • Field experiment as a research method in social psychology: methodology, ethics, and practice
    Duration of research project: 2013 -2015
    Principal Investigators: Associate Professor Tomasz Grzyb
    Funding source: National Science Centre
    Program: FUGA
  • The spillover effect in environmental and health domains
    Duration of research project: 2011 -2014
    Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Katarzyna Byrka
    Funding source: Foundation for Polish Science (FNP)
    Program: POMOST
  • Cross-cultural differences in the acceptance of lying in view of the Moral Foundations Theory
    Duration of research project: 2011 -2014
    Principal Investigator: Assistant Professor Katarzyna Cantarero
    Funding source: National Science Centre
    Program: PRELUDIUM
  • Anthropology of lying in everyday life
    Duration of research project: 2012 -2013
    Principal Investigator: Assistant Professor Katarzyna Cantarero
    Funding source: Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW).
    Program: The National Programme for the Development of Humanities
  • Social influence ‒ psychological mechanisms
    Duration of research project: 2010-2013
    Principal Investigators: Professor Dariusz Doliński
    Funding source: National Science Centre
  • Attitudes toward social groups within Campbell’s paradigm
    Duration of research project: 2010 -2011
    Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Katarzyna Byrka
    Funding source: Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW)
    Program: Iuventus Plus

 

 

Location

SWPS University 
Faculty of Psychology in Wrocław
Ostrowskiego 30b,
53-238 Wrocław, Poland

Contact

Social Behavior Research Center
Faculty of Psychology in Wrocław
e-mail: sbrc.wroclaw@swps.edu.pl