About Us

The Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Cognitive Studies (ICACS) is an internationally oriented research center recently established at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities aimed at basic and applied studies on cognitive functions.

Main domains of our research:

  • basic research on cognitive functions such as attention, inhibition, working memory and higher-level cognitive processes (reasoning and decision-making)
  • cognitive psychopathology examines emotional, mental and brain disorders in terms of the underlying cognitive mechanisms that are affected in these states
  • cognitive aging links the research lines on aging to those on cognitive processes
  • social cognition aims to identify the cognitive mechanisms of social processes
  • applied research aims to optimize cognitive performance in different populations

Sample publications:

  • Sedek, G., Verhaeghen, P., Martin, M. (Eds.). (2013). Social and compensatory mechanisms of age-related cognitive decline. Special Issue of Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
  • Albiński, R., Sędek, G., & Kliegel, M. (2012). Differences in target monitoring in a prospective memory task. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24(8), 916-928.
  • Brzezicka, A., Krejtz, I., von Hecker, U., & Laubrock, J. (2012). Eye movement evidence for defocused attention in dysphoria—A perceptual span analysis. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 85 (1), 129-133.
  • Ziomkiewicz, A., Wichary, S., Bochenek, D., Pawłowski, B., Jasieńska, G. (2012). Temperament and ovarian reproductive hormones in women: evidence from a study during entire menstrual cycle. Hormones and Behavior, 61, 535-540.
  • Sedek, G., Piber‐Dabrowska, K., Maio, G. R., & von Hecker, U. (2011). Individual differences in prejudice and associative versus rule‐based forms of transitive reasoning. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41 (7), 853-865.
  • Engle, R.W., Sedek, G., von Hecker, U., & McIntosh, D. N. (Eds.). (2005). Cognitive limitations in aging and psychopathology. New York: Cambridge University Press.