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SWPS Researchers Receive Over 4M in Grants from NCN

OVER 4M IN GRANTS FROM NCNSeveral psychologists, social scientists and culture experts from SWPS University have been awarded over PLN 4 million in research grants from the National Science Center (NCN).

Confronting obesity: Co-creating policy with adolescents

Researchers from SWPS University will participate in a Horizon 2020 international research project, CO-CREATE, aimed at reducing childhood obesity and its co-morbidities by working with adolescents to create, inform and disseminate obesity-preventive evidence-based policies.

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Procrastination is a self-regulation failure in which people delay some actions despite knowing that their behavior will lead to discomfort. It is estimated to affect 15-20% of population. Procrastination leads to a significant decrease of performance, life satisfaction and quality of life. Negative effects of procrastination also affect social life. Previous research has shown that procrastination is related to impulsivity, executive dysfunctions in domain of inhibition and impaired emotion regulation. Our previous studies demonstrated an undermined behavioral control in the context of negative emotions and impaired error processing in procrastinators.

 

RESEARCH PROJECT

Neuronal mechanisms

of executive and emotion regulation deficits in procrastination

Research UnitUNI SWPS english
Grant Amount  PLN 571,428
Funding SourceNCN logo poziom en2

Duration of Research Project: August 2018 – August 2021

 

Procrastination is a self-regulation failure in which people delay some actions despite knowing that their behavior will lead to discomfort. It is estimated to affect 15-20% of population. Procrastination leads to a significant decrease of performance, life satisfaction and quality of life. The proposed project will help to gain a deeper understanding of interactions between negative emotions and executive dysfunctions in procrastination and to explore how this interaction is influenced by impulsivity and emotion regulation abilities.

Project Objectives

Project

Procrastination is a self-regulation failure in which people delay some actions despite knowing that their behavior will lead to discomfort. It is estimated to affect 15-20% of population. Procrastination leads to a significant decrease of performance, life satisfaction and quality of life. Negative effects of procrastination also affect social life. Previous research has shown that procrastination is related to impulsivity, executive dysfunctions in domain of inhibition and impaired emotion regulation. Our previous studies demonstrated an undermined behavioral control in the context of negative emotions and impaired error processing in procrastinators.

Methodology

In this project, researchers will use the evoked potential method in a group of students displaying low and high levels of procrastination. The students will need to complete a parametric go/no go task (PGNG, consisting of several levels of difficulty, requiring various levels of cognitive resources), which will result in a monetary or a social reward. This methodology will help us to define how emotion regulation and the level of task difficulty impacts behavior dysfunctions related to behavior regulation occurring in procrastinating students and to study the neuronal foundation of these dysfunctions.

 

We have an opportunity to show that procrastination of difficult tasks may be related to executive dysfunctions of the brain. If we are successful, “sloth” will have to be deleted from the list of seven deadly sins!

Associate Professor Jarosław Michałkowski, Principal Investigator

 

Research Application

The project will help to gain a deeper understanding of interactions between negative emotions and executive dysfunctions in procrastination and to explore how this interaction is influenced by impulsivity and emotion regulation abilities. The use of EEG will not only bring new valuable scientific results about the neuronal dynamics of executive dysfunctions, but also develop new experimental procedures for further research on procrastination and other self-control and emotion regulation problems such as gambling, substance abuse or ADHD. In the long term, the collected experimental data may contribute to the development of new and more effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of different self-control disorders.

Researchers

258 jaroslaw michalowski

 Associate Professor

Jarosław Michałowski 

Principal Investigator
Director of the Institute of Psychology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Design in Poznań

258 wiwatowska ewa

 

Ewa Wiwatowska, M.A.

Research Assistant 
psychologist

 

 

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