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8th Conference of the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies

Registration is closed.

Date: September 14-17, 2022
Location: Sopot, Poland / online
The conference is addressed to:

academic community, students and postgraduate students

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About the Conference

The 8th conference of the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE’22) is thrilled to welcome academics from across the world to Gdańsk, Poland.

The PTNCE conference is a periodical, international meeting bringing together a wide range of scholars who use the evolutionary framework in their research. This is a truly interdisciplinary event, as the guests have remarkably diverse backgrounds, such as anthropology, archaeology, behavioral sciences, linguistics, psychology, and primatology.

This year, the conference is organized by a group of scientists who are very much devoted to the idea that applying evolutionary perspectives to studying the mind is essential for understanding human behavior. The PTNCE’22 program will include plenary lectures by leaders in the field, including: Peter Jonason from the University of Padua and Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Šárka Kaňková from Charles University in Czech Republic, Chris Kuzawa from Northwestern University, and Wojciech Załuski from Jagiellonian University in Poland.

The PTNCE'22 is a hybrid event. We would love for you to attend in person if you can. However, our online option allows for remote participation.

The conference is organized by the Center for Research on Biological Basis of Social Behavior at SWPS University in Sopot and the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Gdańsk, in cooperation with the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies.

For more information, visit the Society's website, and see the previous conference program.

Please note that the registration for PTNCE’22 is closed.

Visual (Face) Stimuli Workshop with Dr. Sonja Windhager

A one-day workshop on visual (facial) stimuli creation and computation will be held just before the PTNCE 2022 conference. Dr. Sonja Windhager (Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna) will explain how to create visual stimuli useful for research at the intersection of cognition and biology. She will also demonstrate how to measure them effectively using TPS software (based on the Geometric Morphometric approach).

The workshop will include three sessions: taking photos, landmark positioning, and shape analysis.

Learn more about the software HERE.

Date and time: 14.09.2022, 10:00-17:00 (including lunch break)

Maximum number of participants: 30

Registration is now closed.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the SWSP University's Faculty of Psychology in Sopot. The campus neighbors a historic Hipodrom—a horse racing track built in the 19th century, and a station of the local railway line (Sopot Wyścigi) that connects the Tri-city of Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Sopot. Modern spaces with multimedia equipment, disability access, and modern infrastructure, as well as a convenient and picturesque location in Sopot make SWPS University an ideal place for our conference.

SWPS University is an equal opportunity institution, and welcomes guests with special needs and special access requirements. The Sopot Campus provides parking spaces and is equipped with ramps and restrooms that meet accessibility guidelines. Additionally, all rooms are marked with numbers in Braille alphabet.

About the City of Sopot

Sopot is a seaside resort city situated on the shores of the Baltic Sea. It is located between Gdańsk and Gdynia. The three cities together form the metropolitan area of Tri-city.

Sopot is also a renowned health spa and a popular tourist destination boasting the longest wooden pier in Europe. It leads 515.5 meters out to the Bay of Gdańsk! Among its other attractions is the so-called Inhalation Mushroom, a fountain of bromide spring water located in Southern Park (bromide water was once considered a common cure for all kinds of serious illnesses). The lively main street Bohaterów Monte Cassino, fondly known as Monciak, is famous for its restaurants, cafés, and clubs. Sopot blends a vibrant culinary scene, rich history, and diverse architecture with beautiful parks and open green spaces. The charm of the city and its bustling cultural life make it a perfect place to spend a few days.

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City of Sopot

We highly recommend you to visit the tourist information website where you can find all the essential information about the city, the Tourist Card (offering a wide range of discounts), public transport, and upcoming events.

In addition, we prepared a map with a selection of interesting and important sites

How to get to Sopot

By plane:

  • the nearest airport is located in Gdańsk, just 20 km from the center of Sopot. You can easily reach Sopot by 122 bus or PKM (Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway) train.

By train:

  • the railway station is located in the city center, and all long-distance trains stop there.

Traveling around Tricity area

The light rail (SKM) will easily take you anywhere in the Tri-city area, which means great flexibility in finding accommodation. The conference venue is just 100 meters from the Sopot Wyścigi train station. Trains from track one travel towards Gdynia main station (Gdynia Główna) and track two—towards Gdańsk Śródmieście.

The best way to get around the Tri-city area is using public transport. Apps such as Jakdojade or SkyCash will help you plan your journey and buy tickets.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Sopot and we hope that you will enjoy your stay here.


  1. Workshop with Sonja Windhager

    in-person only / optional

  2. Opening Ceremony
  3. Plenary Session I

    A life history view of mate preferences: Evidence from Likert, forced choice, and budget allocation methods

    Dr. Peter Jonason (University of Padova, IT and Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, PL)
  4. Reception

    in-person only

Chair: Ula Marcinkowska

  1. Are personality traits visible in faces? Methodological issues when using face prototypes
    Jeanne Bovet, Arnaud Tognetti, Thomas V. Pollet
  2. Don't forget to cut your beard if you wear a tie... and wear less facial hair than me! Men's preferences related to facial hair are different in formal and informal situations with unknown men and women
    Łukasz Jach, Marcin Moroń
  3. Beautiful is good? Geometric morphometrics depicts childrenʼs facial appearance in relation to expected grades by prospective and current teachers
    Sonja Windhager, Katrin Schaefer
  4. Coffee Break

Chair: Sonja Windhager

  1. Discrepant effects of facial shape and skin homogeneity on the perceived attractiveness in two distant samples
    Vojtěch Fiala, Petr Tureček, Karel Kleisner
  2. The adaptive significance of human scleral brightness. An experimental study
    Sławomir Wacewicz, Juan Perea Garcia, Dariusz Danel, Zdzisław Lewandowski
  3. Distinctiveness, not asymmetry, matters in face attractiveness
    Petr Tureček, Marco A. C. Varella, S. Craig Roberts, Jan Havlíček, Jaroslava Varella Valentová, Robert Mbe Akoko, Juan David Leongómez, Silviu Apostol, S. Adil Saribay, Odřej Pavlovič, Karel Kleisner
  4. Coffee Break

Chair: Perea Garcia Juan Olvido

  1. Life history strategies and well-being. Slow life history is correlated with increased well-being
    Jan Rybak, Agata Wolanin
  2. Parental influence on mate choice: High level of discordance over actions and counteractions reported by parent-offspring dyads
    Anna Fišerová, Jan Havlíček, Zuzana Štěrbová
  3. Among Singaporeans, Emotional Warmth Predicts Stronger Sexual Imprinting of Physical Traits – a non-WEIRD, Multi-Ethnicity Study Involving Composite Faces Generated Through Software PsychoMorph
    Dean Tin Shuen Yew, Dr Antonia Monteiro, Perea-Garcia Juan Olvido
  4. Lunch

Chair: Petr Tureček

  1. A good point is stronger than a gesture - the development of sign function in children
    Monika Boruta-Żywiczyńska, Marta Sibierska
  2. Lower-Level Mechanisms Underlying Language Acquisition and Evolution
    Angelo D. Delliponti, Michael Pleyer, Theresa Matzinger
  3. The primordial role of pitch and rhythm sequencing in the origin of language grammar
    Piotr Podlipniak
  4. Coffee Break
  5. Plenary Session II

    Building the costly human brain: Implications for the evolution of humanʼs slow childhood growth and the developmental origins of obesity risk

    Dr. Christopher Kuzawa (Northwestern University, US)
  6. Poster Session

    see Book of Abstracts

  7. Social Activities

    Guided walk around the Gdańsk Old Town

    in person only / optional

Chair: Theresa Matzinger

  1. Instantaneous Impressions formed from Brief Voices using Free-Form Text Responses
    Jessica Ostrega, Dr. David R. Feinberg
  2. Does linguistic alignment promote cooperation? – An experimental study
    Theresa Matzinger, Marek Placiński, Adam Gutowski, Mariusz Lewandowski, Przemysław Żywiczynski, Sławomir Wacewicz
  3. Exctiting implication of the first formal model of commitment and reputation
    Marcus Krellner, The Anh Han
  4. Iris brightness facilitates the perception of changes in pupil size
    Juan Olvido Perea Garcia, Mariska E. Kret
  5. Coffee Break

  1. Factors influencing ground nesting in Eastern chimpanzees
    Thurston Cleveland Hicks, Marek Konarzewski, Toni Romani
  2. Comparing the ages of arboreal and terrestrial nests of eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes sweinfurthii) in the Bugoma Central Forest Reserve, Uganda
    Toni Romani, Thurston Cleveland Hicks
  3. Coffee Break

Chair: Aleksandra Szymków

  1. 1. Motives Behind Enhancing Human Physical Attractiveness: Data from Polish, Mestizo, and Maya People
    Marta Kowal
    2. Motivation as a mediator of the relationship between situational context, diligence, and quantity of applying makeup
    Małgorzata Biesiadecka, Aleksandra Szymków
    3. Social Distancing as a disease avoidance mechanism: testing the assumptions of the Behavioral Immune System theory among pregnant women
    Natalia Frankowska, Aleksandra Szymków, Aleksandra Tołopiło, Katarzyna Gałasińska
    4. Creative boost during ovulation
    Katarzyna Gałasińska, Aleksandra Szymków
    5. Facial masculinity and immunity in healthy men - testing mediating role of oxidative stress
    Judyta Nowak-Kornicka, Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz, Bogusław Pawłowski
  2. Lunch

Chair: Zsofia Csajbok

  1. A pitch for life: Individual differences in human voice pitch are highly stable
    Katarzyna (Kasia) Pisanski, Piotr Sorokowski, Agata Groyecka-Bernard, Nicolas Mathevon, Florence Levrero, David Reby
  2. Birth size and the pace of aging in men
    Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz, Judyta Nowak-Kornicka, Bogusław Pawłowski
  3. Coffee Break
  4. Plenary Session III

    How disgusting can it be when it comes to reproduction: The behavioral immune system in action

    Dr. Šárka Kaňková (Charles University, CZ)
  5. PTNCE 2023 Announcement
  6. PTNCE General Assembly

    PTNCE members only

  7. Dinner on the Beach

    M15 Restaurant, ul. Mamuszki 15, Sopot

    in person only / optional

Chair: Anna Szala

  1. Fraternal birth order effect and kin fertility of Czech and Slovak gay and straight men and women
    Jakub Fořt, Kateřina Hudáčová, Benjamín Kunc, Dominika Benešová
  2. Male income as increasing selective force?
    Martin Fieder
  3. Moderators of Sexual Interest in Opposite-sex Friends
    Aleksandra Szymków, Natalia Frankowska
  4. Coffee Break

Chair: Peter Jonason

  1. Distinct mechanisms could be responsible for variation in couplesʼ similarity in depression
    Zsófia Csajbók, Zuzana Štěrbová, Peter Karl Jonason, Jan Havlíček
  2. Feeling low and lonely: Personality pathologies, love styles, and social rejection
    Małgorzata M. Michalska, Stanisław K. Czerwiński, Abigail H. Lowder, Peter K. Jonason
  3. The Dark Triad traits as adaptive personality characteristics on social media
    Lennart Freyth
  4. Coffee Break
  5. Plenary Session IV

    On the Progress in Morality and the Law from the Evolutionary Perspective

    Prof. Wojciech Załuski (Jagiellonian University, PL)
  6. Closing Remarks

Download the conference program 

Book of Abstracts

Learn more about the Book of Abstracts.

Plenary Speakers

Peter Jonason
Peter Jonason
Holds the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Padua and Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University. He is most known for his work on the Dark Triad traits— he is in the top 2% of social and personality psychologists in terms of citations. In 2014 he won the IgNobel award in psychology for showing that the traits might be associated with a tendency to occupy a night-time niche. Much of his work is adaptationist and psychometric investigations of how the traits are associated with functioning in interpersonal relationships (e.g., relationship choices), cross-cultural patterns, and social (e.g., prejudice) and intrapersonal (e.g., happiness) consequences. His research also focuses on how people solve mate shortages, how they make decisions in the initial courtship stages and cyberpsychology. His website is (and his dog’s name is Pedro).
Sarka Kankova
Šárka Kaňková
Is an Assistant Professor of theoretical and evolutionary biology at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Her research interests include various aspects of human reproduction. Šárka studies the effects of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii on human reproductive biology, including secondary sex ratio, child development, and fertility. Currently, her research focuses on the adaptive function of the behavioral immune system during pregnancy, especially longitudinal changes in disgust sensitivity during pregnancy, and determinants that could be related to these changes - immune system activity and hormonal changes.
Christopher Kuzawa
Christopher Kuzawa
Is a Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Fellow with the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. His research explores developmental influences on adult biology and health, the psychobiology of human fatherhood, non-genetic forms of biological inheritance, and the energetics and evolution of the human brain. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he co-directs the Health Inequality Network of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group.
Wojciech Załuski
Wojciech Załuski
Is a professor, specializing in legal and moral philosophy, affiliated with the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. He authored numerous books (including The Limits of Naturalism: A Game-theoretic Critique of Justice as Mutual Advantage, Evolutionary Theory and Legal Philosophy, Game Theory in Jurisprudence, Law and Evil: the Evolutionary Perspective, and The Insanity Defense: A Philosophical Analysis) and articles on legal, moral and political philosophy, moral psychology and philosophy of science.
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Organizing Committee

  • Aleksandra Szymków, Institute of Psychology, SWPS University
  • Jacek Wiewiorowski, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk
  • Natalia Frankowska, Institute of Psychology, SWPS University
  • Aleksandra Tołopiło, Institute of Psychology, SWPS University
  • Katarzyna Gałasińska, Institute of Psychology, SWPS University
  • Katarzyna Kowalczyk, Global Public Health Network
  • Małgorzata Biesiadecka, Institute of Psychology, SWPS University
  • Gniewomir Jachlewski, Institute of Psychology, SWPS University
  • Jakub Zgutka, Institute of Psychology, SWPS University

Supporting Committee

  • Bogusław Pawłowski, President of PTNCE
  • Ula Marcinkowska, Jagiellonian University
  • Kasia Pisański, University of Wroclaw


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