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Social Behavior Research Center

Institute of Psychology

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.

Centrum Badań nad Zachowaniami Społecznymi uniwersytet SWPS

Research Goals

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
 
Byrka, Katarzyna
Bio
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Permanent employee
Tak
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Specialization
Social psychologist, specializing in environmental and health psychology
First and last name
Katarzyna Byrka
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Associate Professor
City
wroclaw
Discipline
psychology
Position
profesor uczelni
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Ph.D. / Associate Professor Katarzyna ByrkaSocial psychologist, specializing in environmental and health psychology
Cantarero, Katarzyna
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Tak
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Specialization
Psychologist, researching moral judgements and finding meaning in life
First and last name
Katarzyna Cantarero
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
City
wroclaw
Discipline
psychology
Position
adiunkt
Role in the Research Center
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Katarzyna CantareroPsychologist, researching moral judgements and finding meaning in life
Doliński, Dariusz
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Tak
Role in the Faculty
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Specialization
social psychologist, specializing insocial behavioral psychology, psychology of emotions and motivation
First and last name
Dariusz Doliński
Academic degree or title
Professor
City
wroclaw
Discipline
psychology
Position
profesor uczelni
Role in the university
Coordinator for University Development
Role in the Research Center
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Professor Dariusz DolińskiSocial psychologist, specializing insocial behavioral psychology, psychology of emotions and motivation
Gamian-Wilk, Małgorzata
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Tak
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Specialization
Psychologist, researching workplace bullying and harassment
First and last name
Małgorzata Gamian-Wilk
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Associate Professor
City
wroclaw
Discipline
psychology
Position
profesor uczelni
Institute
Social Behavior Research Center
Faculty
Array
Ph.D. / Associate Professor Małgorzata Gamian-WilkPsychologist, researching workplace bullying and harassment
Grzyb, Tomasz
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Tak
Role in the Faculty
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Specialization
psychologist, specializing in psychology of social influence
First and last name
Tomasz Grzyb
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Associate Professor
City
wroclaw
Discipline
psychology
Position
profesor uczelni
Role in the Research Center
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Ph.D. / Associate Professor Tomasz Grzybpsychologist, specializing in psychology of social influence
Rabinovitch, Aleksandra
Bio
Tak
Specialization
Psychologist
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Aleksandra Rabinovitch
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
City
sopot
Discipline
psychology
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Aleksandra RabinovitchPsychologist, researching constructive brain capabilities
Witkowska, Marta
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Nie
Specialization
psychologist
First and last name
Marta Witkowska
Academic degree or title
Ph.D.
Institute
Social Behavior Research Center
Ph.D. Marta WitkowskaSocial psychologist, specializing language of agency

Research Projects

The Center conducts experimental research on human behavior. Some research topics include: social influence, lying and its determinants, behavioral chain analysis, compensatory behaviors, determinants and consequences of mobbing, moral foundations of vegetarianism, and the need for meaning and sense of life.

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