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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. The prestigious scholarship allows doctoral students to conduct research projects at any accredited higher education institution in the United States, non-profit research institutes or NGOs.

Research Focus

Karolina Dyduch-Hazar is currently pursuing a doctorate in psychology at SWPS University in Warsaw. Thanks to the Fulbright scholarship, she will conduct research at the Social Psychology and Neuroscience Lab of the Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States. The project, conducted under the guidance of Dr. David Chester, an expert in studies on the causes and consequences of aggression, will attempt to answer the following research question “Do collective narcissists reap hedonistic rewards, when they take revenge against their ingroup offenders?”.

“This project combines my two research interests: the ‘sweetness’ of revenge and collective narcissism. During my stay in the United States, I will examine whether revenge activates the reward system in the brain in people diagnosed as group narcissists. Group narcissists are convinced that their own group, most frequently a group defined by nationality, has a privileged, but often unappreciated, status. Group narcissism stands in strong correlation with intergroup aggression. It’s possible that group narcissists are quick to take revenge at the slightest threat of defamation directed towards their own group, because revenge makes them feel good,” explains Karolina.

The research project is a continuation of Karolina’s studies on ‘sweet revenge’. These studies helped Karolina to develop an assessment tool for measuring the level of satisfaction from taking a revenge on one’s enemies. Currently, she focuses on a cross-cultural validation of the tool and on establishing physiological markers of satisfaction from revenge for provocation.

Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission

The Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission is an educational foundation, which administers the Fulbright Program in Poland. The Commission also runs an EducationUSA Advising Center, where Polish students can receive information and advice about studies in the United States.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the U.S. government. For over 70 years, the Program has supported cooperation for the development of science, culture, and interpersonal, as well as inter-institutional relations between the United States and over 160 countries.

The goal of the Program is not only to support the scientific community, but also to promote creative leadership. Shaping future social leaders, politicians and government advisers is an activity of the Commission, part of the process of realizing Fulbright’s dream of living in peace and reducing the risk of international conflicts.

Interdisciplonary Doctora School at SWPS University

Karolina Dyduch-Hazar is currently pursuing a doctorate at SWPS University’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral School (IDS), which offers a unique education model. From the start, the school emerges doctoral student in research centers aligned with their study focus. This allows young scientists to work with experienced and renowned scholars, become familiar with the research process, learn to prepare papers for publication, engage in exchange of ideas, become familiar with the grant application process.

IDS is a member of EUA Council for Doctoral Education and VITAE, a global leader in supporting the professional development of researcher.

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Award Recipient

Karolina Dyduch-Hazar – Psychologist, specializing in psychology of intergroup relationships and researches mechanisms of revenge behaviors. She studies how expectations of satisfaction achived from retribution motivate people to take revenge on others and how revenge influences intergroup relationships. She has developed an assessment tool for measuring the level of expectations related to achieving satisfaction from taking a revenge on others. Karolina is a member of PrejudiceLab, an interdisciplinary research team. She was a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Social Psychology, at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She also received a Fulbright Junior Research Award 2020-2021, which will allow her to continue her research on group narcissism in the United States, for a few months. Author of articles on group narcissism published on the Frontiers in Psychology portal and in scientific journals, such as Political Psychology and Polish Psychological Bulletin.

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