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Grzegorz Sędek

Grzegorz Sedek, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Director of ICACS

Postal Address:
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Chodakowska 19/31
03-815 Warsaw, Poland

Contact: 
e-mail: gsedek@swps.edu.pl
Phone: (48) 225 179 804; 
Fax: (48) 225 179 825

RESEARCH 
My main areas of current research are: (1) Cognitive limitations in depression, aging, ADHD, and after uncontrollability pre-exposure (with special reference to mental models, reasoning tasks, working memory, and attention); (2) The role of executive functions in social cognition (with special reference to social stereotypes and prejudices); (3) The cognitive and academic consequences of intellectual helplessness at the educational settings

MAIN WORKS IN ENGLISH

Edited monographs

  1. Sedek, G., Verhaeghen, P., Martin, M. (Eds.) (2012). Social and motivational compensatory mechanisms of age-related cognitive decline. Special Issue of Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
  2. Engle, R.W., Sedek, G., von Hecker, U., & McIntosh, D. N. (Eds.). (2005). Cognitive limitations in aging and psychopathology. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  3. von Hecker, U., Dutke, S., Sedek, G. (Eds.). (2000). Generative mental processes and cognitive resources: Integrative research on adaptation and control. Dordrecht: Kluwer.
  4. Kofta, M., Weary, G.,& Sedek, G. (Eds.). (1998). Personal control in action: Cognitive and motivational mechanisms. New York: Plenum Press.

Articles

  1. Czarnek, G., Kossowska, M., & Sedek, G. (2015). The influence of aging on outgroup stereotypes: The mediating role of cognitive and motivational facets of deficient flexibility.  Experimental Aging Research. (IF = 1.440)
  2. von Hecker, U., McIntosh, D. N., & Sedek, G. (2015). Mental model construction, not just memory, is a central component of cognitive change in psychotherapy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. (IF = 22.821).
  3. Sedek, G., Kossowska, M., & Rydzewska (2014). The importance of adult life-span perspective in explaining variations in political ideology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.37(3), 329-330. (IF = 22.821)
  4. von Hecker, U., Sędek, G. i Brzezicka, A. (2013). Impairments in mental model construction and benefits of defocused attention: Distinctive facets of subclinical depression. European Psychologist.
  5. Albiński, R., Sędek, G. i Kliegel, M. (2012). Differences in target monitoring in a prospective memory task. Journal of Cognitive Psychology .
  6. Albiński, R., Kliegel, M., Sędek, G. i Kleszczewska-Albińska, A. (2012). Positive effects of subclinical depression in prospective memory and ongoing tasks in young and old adults. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition19(1-2), 35-57.
  7. Brzezicka, A., Sedek, G., Marchewka, A., Gola, M., Jednoróg, K., Królicki, L. i Wróbel, A. (2011). A role for the right prefrontal and bilateral parietal cortex in four-term transitive reasoning: an fMRI study with abstract linear syllogism tasks. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis71(4), 479-495.
  8. Verhaeghen, P., Martin, M. i Sędek, G. (2012). Reconnecting cognition in the lab and cognition in real life: The role of compensatory social and motivational factors in explaining how cognition ages in the wild. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition19(1-2), 1-12.
  9. Sędek, G., Piber-Dąbrowska, K., Maio, G. R. i von Hecker, U. (2011). Individual differences in prejudice and associative versus rule-based forms of transitive reasoning. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 853-865.
  10. Sedek, G. i von Hecker, U. (2004). Effects of subclinical depression and aging on generative reasoning about linear orders: Same or different processing limitations? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 133, 237-260.
  11. von Hecker, U. i Sędek, G. (1999). Uncontrollability, depression, and the construction of mental models. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 833-850.
  12. Kofta, M., i Sędek, G. (1999). Uncontrollability as irreducible uncertainty. European Journal of Social Psychology, 29, 577-590.
  13. Sędek, G., Kofta, M. i Tyszka, T. (1993). Effects of uncontrollability on subsequent decision making: Testing the cognitive exhaustion hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 1270 - 1281.
  14. Sędek, G. i Kofta, M. (1990). When cognitive exertion does not yield cognitive gain: Toward an informational explanation of learned helplessness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 729 - 743.
  15. Kofta, M. i Sędek, G. (1989). Repeated failure: A source of helplessness, or a factor irrelevant to its emergence? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 118, 3-12.
  16. Kofta, M. i Sędek, G. (1989). Egotism versus generalization-of-uncontrollability explanations of helplessness: Reply to Snyder and Frankel (1989). Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 118, 413-416.

Book chapters

  1. Wichary, S., Domaradzka, E. i Sędek, G. (2012). Impact of aging on information integration in decision making and reasoning. [W:] M. W. Eysenck, T. Maruszewski, i M. Fajkowska, (red.) , Warsal lectures on personality and social psychology: Personality, cognition and emotion. Clinton Corners, NY US: Eliot Werner Publications.
  2. Courage, M. L., Howe, M. L., Ilkowska, M., Engle, R. W., Kossowska, M., Orehek, E., Sędek, G. i Brzezicka, A. (2010). Individual differences in working memory and higher-ordered processing: The commentaries. [W:] A. Gruszka, G. Matthews, B. Szymura, (red.) , Handbook of individual differences in cognition: Attention, memory, and executive control (pp. 419-436). New York, NY US: Springer Science + Business Media.
  3. Piber-Dabrowska, K., Sędek, G. i Kofta, M. (2010). The cognitive nature of prejudiced individuals. [W:] T. Maruszewski, M. Fajkowska, M. W. Eysenck (red.), Warsaw lectures on personality and social psychology: Personality from biological, cognitive, and social perspectives (pp. 145-171). Clinton Corners, NY US: Eliot Werner Publications.
  4. Sędek, G., Brzezicka, A. i von Hecker, U. (2010). The unique cognitive limitation in subclinical depression: The impairment of mental model construction. [W:] A. Gruszka, G. Matthews, B. Szymura, (red.), Handbook of individual differences in cognition: Attention, memory, and executive control (pp. 335-352). New York, NY US: Springer Science + Business Media.
  5. Engle, R. W., Sędek, G., von Hecker, U. i McIntosh, D. N. (2005). Cognitive Limitations in Aging and Psychopathology: An Introduction and a Brief Tutorial to Research Methods. [W:] R. W. Engle, G. Sędek, U. von Hecker, D. N. McIntosh (Eds.), Cognitive limitations in aging and psychopathology (pp. 1-15). New York, NY US: Cambridge University Press.
  6. Hecker, U., Sędek, G., Piber-Dabrowska, K. i Bedynska, S. (2005). Generative Reasoning as Influenced by Depression, Aging, Stereotype Threat, and Prejudice. [W:] R. W. Engle, G. Sędek, U. von Hecker i D. N. McIntosh (red.), Cognitive limitations in aging and psychopathology (pp. 377-401). New York, NY US: Cambridge University Press.
  7. McIntosh, D. N., Sędek, G., Fojas, S., Brzezicka-Rotkiewicz, A. i Kofta, M. (2005). Cognitive Performance after preexposure to uncontrollability and in a depressive state: Going with a simpler “Plan B”. [W:] R. W. Engle, G. Sędek, U. von Hecker, D. N. McIntosh, D. N. (red.), Cognitive limitations in aging and psychopathology (pp. 219-246). New York, NY US: Cambridge University Press.

Visiting Professor

  • 2006 (one month). School of Psychology, Cardiff University (UK)
  • 2002 (three months). Interdisciplinary Center for Cognitive Studies. Potsdam University (Germany)