Group Coordinator

Krystian Barzykowski, Ph.D.

Krystian Barzykowski is an Assosciate Professor at the Jagiellonian University. The main subjects of his scientific interests are: voluntary and involuntary autobiographical memories, prospective memory, methodology of memory research, psychological diagnosis and cultural psychology. Krystian earned several scholarships and awards for academic achievements: Doctoral Scholarship (2013, National Science Centre), Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement (2013, 2009), Scholarship from the Minister of Science and Higher Education for Outstanding Young Researchers (2018-2020), French Government Scholarship for Young Researchers (2019). He complited a 6-month internship at the Center on Autobiographical Memory Research (CON AMORE, Aarhus University, Denmark) and 1-month internship in the Hasher Aging & Cognition Lab (Toronto University, Canada). Since 2009 he is a member of the Board of the Polish Psychological Association: Krakow Division.

He has been awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Commission to conduct a research project on involuntary memory and déjà vu at the Université Grenoble Alpes, France (2024-2026).



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Post-doctorate Research Associate

Sabina Hajdas

Sabina holds a degree in Psychology. Her MA thesis was related to the relationship between parental attitudes and prospective memory in preschoolers. The main subject of her scientific interest is the relationship between cognitive psychology and educational psychology. Her PhD research project concerns self-regulated learning. She finished  345-hour Training the Trainers course called "STER" which enabled her to gain skills of working with a group, improved her communicative skills and teaching methods.



Ewa Smołka

Ewa has a PhD degree in Psychology. The main subject of her scientic interest is autobiographical memory, especially how it is used to comply some social demands or arrive at beliefs about the past. She also has some background in developmental psychology, especially in research on Theory of Mind. She completed a 3-month internship at the University of Portsmouth where she worked on a project ”The impact of mutually contradictory misinformaton on Eyewitness memory”.

Michał Wereszczyński

Michał holds a degree in psychology. His main areas of interest are experimental psychology and cognitive psychology. His specific interests are: psychology of ageing, neuropsychological diagnosis, prospective memory, time perception and  spontaneous cognition. He has an experience of  working as a practicing psychologist  by  conducting psychological tests, consulting and performing cognitive training (in nursing house and mental health clinic). His PhD research concerns searching for new, early markers of dementia in older adults.

PhD candidates

Weronika holds a degree in psychology, and her doctoral research focuses on the study of mind wandering and daydreaming in both every-day and clinical contexts. Her main area of interest is cognitive psychology, with a particular focus on topics related to thinking, imagination, spontaneous cognition, attention, and clinical psychology, especially intrusive thoughts.

Weronika Hryniszak

Magdalena Kękuś

Researcher working on memory distortions in forensic-legal contexts. Grant holder of a project on the memory conformity effect funded by the National Science Centre (Preludium 20 competition). She collaborates with research centers in Japan and the United Kingdom and completed a scholarship at Aichi University in Nagoya. She has published the results of her research in, among others, Applied Cognitive Psychology, the British Journal of Psychology, Psychology & Sexuality, Current Psychology, and Problems of Forensic Sciences. She has presented her research at more than 30 international and domestic academic conferences organized by, among others, The American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS), The European Association of Psychology and Law (EA-PL), The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC), and The European Association of Social Psychology (EA-SP). She is also a clinical sexologist and conducts research on intrusive sexual thoughts.

Arleta Remiszewska

Arleta has a degree in psychology and cognitive science. Her PhD research concerns the role of the Self in the development of autobiographical memory and future thinking. The main subjects of her scientific interests are self-awareness, mental time travel, and time perception. She is particularly intrigued by these phenomena within the context of developmental, cross-cultural, and comparative psychology.

Full-Time Research Fellows

Paulina Chwiłka

Paulina is a 5th-year Psychology student who works as a fellow with Krystian Barzykowski on the project titled 'Examining the role of working memory in the formation of involuntary autobiographical memories: Investigation of cognitive mechanisms conditioning involuntary autobiographical memories.' Her primary scientific interests include a methodology that combines quantitative and qualitative measures, social psychology, psychological help, the onset of psychosis, clinical psychology, and psychotherapy.

Ewa Ilczuk

Ewa has a degree in Psychology and she is a second-degree student of Sociology. She works as a fellow with Krystian Barzykowski in the project called "Examining the role of working memory in the formation of involuntary autobiographical memories. Investigation of cognitive mechanisms conditioning involuntary autobiographical memories". The main subjects of her scientific interests are:  methodology in the social sciences, social psychology, issues related to the functioning of society, behavioral psychology, education of children and youth, civic education.

Founder and the first group coordinator

Agnieszka Niedźwieńska, Ph.D.


Agnieszka Niedźwieńska is a Professor at the Jagiellonian University. Her research is focusing on prospective memory, autobiographical memory, memory distortions and psychology of eyewitness testimony. She won several awards for her teaching (2008 and 2009 from the Jagiellonian University Rector) and scientific achievements: Rector's Prize (2000),  Krzyżanowski Scholarship (2004), Prize for the Best Publications in Social Sciences (Jagiellonian University, 2004), the Prize for the best habilitation from the Prime Minister of Poland (2005). She is a member of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition and the Psychological Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

She has been awarded a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship from the European Commission to conduct a research project on memory and ageing at the University of Hertfordshire, UK (2014-2016).



International Collaborators

Peter Rendell, Ph.D.

Dr. Peter Rendell (BSc MEd, PhD) is a Professor in the School of Psychology. He completed his PhD in 1995 at Monash University, in psychology on ageing and memory. He has been with Australian Catholic University since it began in 1991 and prior at its predecessor Christ College from 1978.  He has been Assistant Head and Head of School.  He is currently leading the Cognition and Emotion Research Lab that conducts experimental psychology research in the field of cognitive and neuropsychology.  He has been visiting researcher at University of Toronto at Washington University in St Louis, University of Zurich, University of Padova, Dresden University, Jagiellonian University, Osaka University, University of Geneva, Aberdeen University, Oklahoma State University.  He is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society, College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.



Lia Kvavilashvili, Ph.D.

Dr. Lia Kvavilashvili is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield, Great Britain). Her research addresses important questions about how memory processes operate in a variety of everyday contexts. For example, how do we remember to take a medication or keep an appointment (prospective memory); why do certain memories, words or tunes pop into our mind unexpectedly (involuntary memories) or repeatedly (intrusive memories); and how do we remember emotionally arousing and significant events (flashbulb memories)? She has contributed invited chapters to all edited books on prospective memory and involuntary memories, and is a regular invited presenter at conferences, workshops and research seminars, within the UK, and internationally, including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Portugal and the US. She is an Associate Editor of journal Memory and ad hoc reviewer for several high impact journals and grant awarding bodies.

Søren Risløv Staugaard, Ph.D.

Dr. Søren R. Staugaard is a post doc. in Cognitive Psychology at the Center of Autobiographical Memory Research at Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark). He examines factors predicting the occurrence of involuntary memories, including their distinctiveness and emotional valence as well as the gender and clinical status of participants. More specifically, he is investigating the occurrence of involuntary memories for emotionally negative stimuli in combat veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder.



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