logo en full


Researchers from SWPS University have been awarded a total of PLN 1.3M in grants from the National Science Centre (NCN) for research projects that will focus on topics such as diffused responsibility on the Internet, the phenomenon of possession, intuition, factors contributing to obesity, and self-affirmation in chronic illness.

Possession - Clinical Diagnosis and Analysis of the Phenomenon

Possession relates to changes in behavior and alteration of identity that are attributed to supernatural forces. Usually, people who are possessed seek help from the Church, in the hope that exorcisms will reinstate control over their minds, bodies and speech. In Poland, there are Christian groups that offer individual and group exorcism sessions. Research indicates that possessed people have often suffered traumatic events in the course of their lives, such as emotional, physical or sexual abuse, but they rarely link the trauma with possession. Focusing on the phenomenon of possession and on exorcisms may delay therapy, divert attention from the problems in the family and potentially have a re-traumatizing effect on people with the history of addictions. Although possession has been studied by anthropologists, there is a need for psychological research on a group of possessed individuals, despite the fact that psychiatric classification of mental disorders describes symptoms related to possession.

Thanks to the grant form the National Science Centre (NCN), dr Igor Pietkiewicz from the Katowice Faculty of Psychology will study a group of 40 individuals, members of Christian groups, who have been undergoing exorcisms due to possession. Study participants will undergo psychiatric evaluation and will take part in diagnostic and in-depth interviews.

The main goals of this project include: analysis and systematization of descriptions of the phenomena and its symptoms, a comparison of different clinical pictures and diagnostic criteria of various disorders, analysis of changes of identity and behavior with the focus on memory, sense of control, concomitant affect and other clinically significant symptoms. The researchers will also observe how study participants assign meanings to their experiences and how they seek help.

How Does Intuition Work? Cognitive and Affective Processes vs Intuitive Judgements

The objective of the project is to define the impact of processing fluency and perceptual fluency in the process of formulating intuitive judgements. Thanks to the grant form the NCN, dr Joanna Sweklej, will conduct a series of experimental studies, where she will use independent manipulation influencing both types of fluidity and she will measure how they influence accuracy of intuitive judgements.

The main hypothesis of the project is that both the perceptual and the processing fluidity, independently of each other, influence formulation of intuitive judgements on semantic cohesion. Describing the power and the direction of this influence will help to better understand the mechanisms of formulating intuitive judgements.

Self-Affirmation in Chronic Illness

Self-affirmation is a confirmation of self-worth by referencing one’s positive characteristics, concentrating on one’s strengths or re-affirming one’s values. What boosts and what limits the effectiveness of auto-affirmation? How does auto-affirmation work? Do strategies such as auto-affirmation provide long-lasting effects?

Thanks to the grant from the NCN, mgr Patryk Łakuta from the Faculty of Psychology in Warsaw will examine whether self-affirmation can reduce stress, decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve psychological wellbeing in people suffering from psoriasis.

Determinants of Obesity

Research indicates that obesity among children and youth is on the rise. The number of young people that can be classified as obese has doubled in the past 30 years. Despite educational campaigns and various prevention programs, obesity is still very high in this age group. It is well known that obesity is linked to numerous negative physical and psychological consequences. Obese individuals have lower quality of life than people with healthy BMI. They are not happy with their bodies and experience more negative emotions. Obesity is also linked with the risk of stigmatization and verbal abuse among children and youth. Moreover, obesity carried from childhood to adulthood often results in diseases linked to obesity and increased cost of healthcare.

Thanks to the grant form the NCN, mgr Kamila Czepczor, psychologist form the Katowice Faculty of Psychology will examine what factors contribute to becoming and staying obese in children an youth. The holistic approach of the study will include social, physical and psychological factors and it will help to understand the relation between these factors and obesity. It will also contribute to the development of more effective prevention programs.

Diffused Responsivity on the Internet

The theory of diffusion of responsibility states that the larger the number of people who are witnessing a traumatic event (e.g. a car crash or an act of aggression), the lower the probability that someone will help the victim, because individual responsibility is “defused” among all bystanders. Numerous research results have shown that there are many situations conducive to the phenomenon of diffused responsibility, from the actual life and death situations, such as a car crash, to daily events, for example providing assistance with a computer problem or holding a door for someone. However, previous studies have not explained the mechanisms related to diffusion of responsibility on the Internet. The Internet, especially social media, has become a place of increased social interaction and also a platform where internet users post various pleas for help.

The grant from the NCN will help mgr Jakub Kuś, from the Wrocław Faculty of Psychology to examine, which mechanisms are conducive to the occurrence of diffused responsibility on the Internet, in cases of online aggression and what mechanisms of social influence could be applied to minimize such incidents.

This year, researchers from SWPS University are conducting 220 projects, worth close to PLN 42M. We owe this success to the effectiveness of our Office for Research and the commitment of our scientists.

Piotr Metejek, Director of the Office for Research

Research Projects Awarded in the Last Edition of the NCN Competition

dr Igor Pietkiewicz 
Research Centre for Trauma and Dissociation
Faculty of Psychology in Katowice

  • Qualitative analysis of phenomena and symptoms associated with possession
  • Competition: OPUS 13
  • Grant amount: PLN 382,620

dr Joanna Marta Sweklej
Warsaw Faculty of Psychology

  • How does intuition work? The contribution of cognitive and affective processes in intuitive judgments of semantic coherence
  • Competition: OPUS 13
  • Grant amount: PLN 520,420

mgr Patryk Marek Łakuta
Warsaw Faculty of Psychology

  • Effectiveness of self-affirming implementation intentions to reduce anxiety and depression and improve well-being in psoriasis patients
  • Competition: PRELUDIUM 13
  • Grant amount: PLN 173,680

mgr Kamila Czepczor
Katowice Faculty of Psychology

  • Empirical verification of the Homeostatic Theory of Obesity in children and adolescents: longitudinal study
  • Competition: PRELUDIUM 13
  • Grant amount: PLN 115,400

mgr Jakub Michał Kuś
Wrocław Faculty of Psychology

  • Social influence techniques and reduction of diffusion of responsibility towards critical situations on the InternetInternetinternetowym
  • Competition: PRELUDIUM 13
  • Grant amount: PLN 118,584

National Science Centre Competitions

PRELUDIUM is a funding opportunity intended for pre-doctoral researchers about to embark on their scientific career. OPUS is a funding opportunity intended for a wide range of applicants. The research proposal submitted under this scheme may include the purchase or construction of research equipment.

Other Research Funding Sources

The National Science Centre is not the only funding source supporting research at SWPS University. The university receives grants from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Foundation for Polish Science, and The National Centre for Research and Development. SWPS University conducts over 300 research projects, annually.

Related Articles:


Rankings & Recognition

Awards & Recognition 09-11-2020

Best Professional Start for Graduates of Our Psychology Programs

According to a report, commissioned by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and published by the Polish Graduate Tracking System (ELA), graduates of the psychology programs offered by SWPS...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 22-09-2020

Wiesław Bartkowski’s Exhibition Accepted to Ars Electronica Festival

We are very excited to announce that the “Hello! I know you – I am you” exhibition, co-authored and curated by Wiesław Bartkowski from SWPS University’s School of Form, has...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 15-09-2020

Prof. Adam Szpaderski Appointed to Gross-Rosen Museum Council

We are proud to announce that one of our researchers, Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites, has been appointed to...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 25-06-2020

SWPS University Among Global Top Providers of Continuous Professional Development Programs

We are happy to announce that in the 2020 U-Multirank evaluation, SWPS University has been ranked among the Global Top 25 performers in the Income from Continuous Professional Development category...

Read more

Grants 03-06-2020

SWPS University Among Top Grant Recipients from NCN

We are very pleased that the latest report published by the National Science Centre (NCN) on grants awarded to research institutions in Poland, for the period 2011–2019, indicates that SWPS...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 28-05-2020

Mayor of Wrocław Thanks SWPS University for Engagement During Pandemic

The Mayor of Wrocław, Mr. Jacek Sutryk, sent an official letter to the Rector of SWPS University to express his gratitude for the initiatives undertaken by the University during the...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 20-05-2020

Our Law Students Gain Lex Silver Plus Certificates

The complicated legal system, frequent changes in legislation, and different interpretations of regulations require that lawyers demonstrated extensive knowledge, flexible thinking, and effective use of professional tools. Wolters Kluwer Polska...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 13-05-2020

SWPS University Gains Rights to Grant Doctoral Degrees in Political Science and Administration

SWPS University has been building its leading position among higher education institutions in Poland on two pillars: education and research. Recently, the Central Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles has...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 17-04-2020

Beviado app awarded in “Focus” magazine competition

A mobile application, Beviado, developed by psychologists from SWPS University has been voted the best new invention in the Education category of the Soczewki 2019 science competition, organized by “Focus”...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 07-04-2020

Our lecturer among top 50 nominees for Global Teacher Prize

We are proud to announce that our lecturer, Przemysław Staroń, is among the top 50 nominees for the 2020 Global Teacher Prize, established by the Varkey Foundation in collaboration with...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 04-03-2020

Fulbright Commission Scholarship for Our Doctoral Student

We are thrilled to announce that our doctoral student, Karolina Dyduch-Hazar from the Faculty of Psychology in Warsaw, is among twenty recipients of the Fulbright Junior Research Awards for 2020-2021...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 02-03-2020

Prof. Adam Szpaderski appointed to Sybilla Competition jury

We are happy to announce that one of our lecturers, Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites, has been appointed to...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 04-12-2019

2019 Elsevier Research Impact Leaders Award for SWPS University

We are very happy to announce that for the second time in a row, SWPS University was recognized for its contribution to the visibility of Polish science around the world...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 14-11-2019

Stan Maes Early Career Award for Dr. Dominika Kwaśnicka

We are proud to announce that one of our researchers, Dr. Dominika Kwaśnicka, has been awarded a prestigious Stan Maes Early Career award granted by the European Health Psychology Society...

Read more

Grants 26-08-2019

Our doctoral students awarded grants from NCN

Several doctoral students from SWPS University have been awarded research grants by the National Science Centre. Thanks to the NCN’s ETIUDA funding scheme for doctoral candidates, they will research various...

Read more

Grants 23-08-2019

Dr. Konrad Bocian awarded grant from EASP

We are pleased to announce that one of our scientists, Dr. Konrad Bocian, from the Facutly of Psychology in Sopot, has been awarded a 'seedcorn' grant from the European Association...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 24-07-2019

SWPS University recognized for commitment to changemaking

SWPS University as the only higher education institution in Poland has been recognized for its commitment to spark and accelerate changemaking. The recognition comes from Ashoka U as part of...

Read more

Grants 17-07-2019

SWPS Researchers Receive Over 4M in Grants from NCN

Several 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). Professor Radosław Markowski, Associate...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 08-07-2019

Our Law Students in Finals of CDRC VIENNA Competition

Two teams of students from SWPS University’s School of Law qualified for the finals of the Mediation and Negotiation Competition, CDRC Vienna, an event devoted to the promotion of Consensual...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 04-04-2019

Our Management and Leadership Program Awarded Ashoka J2CC

Several months ago SWPS University has embarked on a journey, a Journey to Changemaker Certificate (J2CC) granted by Ashoka. Today, we have reached the first stage of this process and...

Read more

Grants 27-02-2019

NCN Grants Close to PLN 4.5M to Our Researchers

Why do people tend to reach for sugary or salty snacks when they feel stressed? Why do strongly motivated individuals give in to everyday temptations and abandon the pursuit of...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 21-01-2019

Faculties in Katowice and Poznań gain right to grant doctoral degrees

We are happy to announce that the past eight years of diligent work contributed by faculty members from SWPS University in Katowice and Poznań have been recognized by the Central...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 13-12-2018

Elsevier Research Impact Leaders Award for SWPS University

We are very happy to announce that SWPS University was recognized for its contribution to the visibility of Polish science around the world with the Elsevier Research Impact Leaders Award...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 10-12-2018

SWPS University Awarded 2018 Silver Paper Clip for Educational Channel

Sharing knowledge and helping people is an inherent part of our strategy. Therefore, we are very happy to be recognized with a 2018 Silver Paper Clip Award for our work...

Read more

Grants 27-11-2018

SWPS University Researchers Receive PLN 6.5M in Research Grants

Researchers from SWPS University have been awarded a total of PLN 6.5M in research grants from the National Research Center and the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange. The awarded...

Read more

Grants 24-05-2018

SWPS University Receives PLN 4.3M in Research Grants from NCN

Researchers from SWPS University have been awarded a total of PLN 4.3M in grants from the National Science Centre (NCN) for research projects that will focus on topics such as...

Read more

Grants 19-02-2018

SWPS University Receives PLN 4.5M in Research Grants from NCN

Researchers from SWPS University have been awarded a total of PLN 4.5M in grants from the National Science Centre (NCN) for research projects that will focus on topics such as...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 01-02-2018

Aigerim Balkhashbayeva Wins Interstudent 2018 Award

Aigerim Balkhashbayeva from Kazakhstan, who studies Psychology in English at SWPS University, has won the INTERSTUDENT 2018 award, in the Undergraduate Studies category. The award recognizes international students, who build...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 04-12-2017

Golden Paper Clip Award for SWPS University’s YouTube Channel

Over 34,000 subscribers, close to 4 million views, hundreds of likes, positive comments, and shares of educational and scientific content provided by SWPS University - these numbers speak for themselves...

Read more

Grants 20-11-2017

SWPS University Receives PLN 1.3M in Research Grants from NCN

Researchers from SWPS University have been awarded a total of PLN 1.3M in grants from the National Science Centre (NCN) for research projects that will focus on topics such as...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 14-11-2017

Graduates of SOF Win Prestigious Prize in Dubai

MIKO+ jewelry, designed by Ewa Dulcet and Martyna Świerczyńska, graduates of School of Form in Poznań, has been awarded the Progress Prize at the Global Grad Show in Dubai. The...

Read more

Grants 31-10-2017

Professor Wojciszke Awarded Beethoven 2 Research Grant

Professor Bogdan Wojciszke, Deputy Dean for Research of the Sopot Faculty of Psychology has been awarded a research grant in the Beethoven 2 competition, which was organized by the National...

Read more

Grants 27-07-2017

Among Top Recipients of Grants from the National Science Centre

The National Science Centre (NCN) has published a report related to grants awarded to research institutions in Poland for the period 2011-2016. SWPS University ranked 5th among the top recipients...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 05-06-2017

Our Students Win 2nd Place in Enactus Competition

Two community projects, developed and implemented by students of SWPS University, have been awarded 2nd place in the national edition of the Enactus Competion 2017, organized by an international non-profit...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 01-06-2017

Prof. Wiesław Godzic on FIPRESCI Jury at Moscow Film Festival 2017

Professor Wiesław Godzic, media expert at SWPS University’s Institute of Cultural Studies, will join the Jury of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI, at the Moscow International Film Festival...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 27-02-2017

School of Form Awarded at 2017 London Fashion Week

The first ever fashion exhibit designed by students and graduates of the School of Form (SOF) for the International Fashion Showcase (IFS) at the 2017 London Fashion week has been recognized...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 07-11-2016

Polish Nobel Prize for Professor Bogdan Wojciszke

For the 25th time, the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) has granted the annual FNP Prizes, considered to be Poland’s most important scientific awards. This year’s winners include three leading...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 13-10-2016

Teofrast Superstar Award for Professor Andrzej Eliasz

Professor Andrzej Eliasz, the co-founder and first Rector of SWPS University, has received the Teofrast Superstar award, established by Charaktery, a Polish popular science magazine devoted to psychology. “Twenty years ago...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 30-09-2016

Piotr Voelkel - Visionary of Polish Business

Piotr Voelkel, the owner of Vox Capital Group, Founder of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, art connoisseur and promoter of Polish design has been awarded Wizjonerzy 2016 [Visionaries...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 27-06-2016


SWPS University Channel on YouTube has become the most popular and the highest ranked university channel on the video sharing platform, in Poland. It is an indication that SWPS University...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 22-06-2016

Agnieszka Kruszewska joins editorial board of Journal of the Research Society of Pakistan

Agnieszka Kruszewska, Ph.D., an international relations expert, specializing in the issues of South-Asia, has joined the editorial board of the Journal of the Research Society of Pakistan. JOURNAL OF THE RESEARCH...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 13-06-2016

Chinese Book Center Opens at SWPS University

On June 14, 2016, the first in the world Chinese Book Center was opened at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. The ceremony coincided with the official...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 01-06-2016

HR Excellence in Research - Our Commitment to Researchers

As a research institution that meets the requirements of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, developed by the European Commission, SWPS...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 16-04-2016


Professor Jan Strelau, the creator of the Regulative Theory of Temperament (RTT) and the leading psychologists in the area of Psychology of Individual Differences was awarded the title Doctor honoris...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 25-01-2016

SWPS University Academics Awarded Elsevier Certificates

Two SWPS University academics from Wrocław, Agata Gąsiorowska and Katarzyna Byrka, have been awarded Elsevier Reviewer Certificates. Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions for researchers in the field of...

Read more