Agnieszka Golec de Zavala

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Agnieszka Golec de Zavala

Head of the PrejudiceLab; Reader, Goldsmith, University of London, United Kingdom; University Professor, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poznań, Poland; Visiting Professor, ISCTE-CIS, Lisbon, Portugal

Summary of research

Collective narcissism, prejudice, extremism and populism
Psychology of intergroup conflict and political violence
Embodiment of prejudice
Self-transcendent emotions, mindfulness, yoga

Research interests

In my research I have developed a specialized research agenda driven by a question: What makes people prejudiced and what makes them fight in conflicts? I have researched the concept of collective narcissism – resentment for the in-group’s unrecognized greatness – that predicts retaliatory intergroup hostility, prejudice, revengefulness and unforgiveness, political radicalisation and belief in conspiracy theories. In my recent research I have examined how collective narcissists react to intergroup exclusion and how collective narcissism is related to personal self-esteem. My lab have also been testing the effects of self-transcendent emotions on the link between collective narcissism and intergroup hostility. We have used methods of neuroscience and physiology to assess the mechanisms underlying this effect.


I also examined how prejudice towards essentialized out-groups is embodied. In particular, I looked at effects of smell on prejudice and the link between physical contacts with out-group members and a need for physical cleansing. I also examined the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of political beliefs related to intergroup conflict and prejudice (e.g. political conservatism, nationalism and patriotism, religious orientations). I examined how such ideological orientations interact with the complexity of political reasoning; motivated closed-mindedness (e.g. need for cognitive closure), and death anxiety in inspiring intergroup hostility.

Asteria Brylka

Asteria Brylka

I completed my M.A. in Psychology (clinical) at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and M.A. in Soc...

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Karolina Dyduch-Hazar

Karolina Dyduch-Hazar

PhD Student, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw

My research interests focus on individual and collective narcissism, mechanisms of retaliatory behav...

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Debra Helmer

Debra Helmer

MA Student, Goldsmiths, University of London

I completed my BA Psychology at the University of Calgary, Canada. I am currently a MSc student at G...

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Oliver Keenan

Oliver Keenan

PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths, University of London

I completed my BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Psychology of Social Relations at Goldsmiths, Uni...

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Jolanta Kramarz

Jolanta Kramarz

PhD Student, University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw

In my doctoral research I investigate a stereotype content of blind people in Poland. I specifically...

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Dorottya Lantos

Dorottya Lantos

PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths, University of London

I am currently conducting research for my doctoral studies as a member of PrejudiceLab. In my resear...

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Magdalena Mazurkiewicz

Magdalena Mazurkiewicz

PhD Student, University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw

I completed my M.A. in Social Clinical Psychology at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Huma...

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Błażej Mroziński

Błażej Mroziński

I specialize in designing experimental studies (e.g. Eprime, Inquisit) and applying statistical proc...

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Kamil Wieteska

Kamil Wieteska

PhD Student, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poznań

I am a PhD Student at the SWPS University in Poznań under the supervision of Dr Agnieszka Golec de Z...

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Marta Kaleja

Marta Kaleja

MA Student, University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poznań

I study psychology at SWPS University in Poznań. Currently, I am working on my M.A. thesis, focusing...

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Stanisław Karkosz

Stanisław Karkosz

Lab Assistant, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poznań; MA Student, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

I study cognitive science at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Currently, I am working on my M.A...

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