Grabowska Anna

Grabowska Anna, Ph.D.

Profesor of Psychology at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Profesor of Neuroscience at Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology Polish Academy of Sciences 

Postal Address:
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology,
3 Pasteur Str.,
02-093 Warsaw

Phone: +48 22 5892259
Fax: +48 22 822 53 42


My research interests focus on brain architecture of cognitive and emotional functions in man. Multi-methodological approach is applied: EEG, ERP, EMG, fMRI and RT. Studies involve healthy subjects, patients of neurological and neurosurgery clinics (Parkinson disease, unilateral neglect) and children with developmental disorders (dyslexia).

Current research activities:
  • Neuroimaging of brain organization of motor function in consistent left-handers and left-handers switched to right-handedness – project conducted in cooperation with Karolinska Institute and Jagiellonian University.
  • fMRI study of emotional aspect of false memory – project conducted with Leibnitz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg
  • EMG study of dynamic and static emotional expression
  • Brain correlates of dyslexia: behavioral and electrophysiological study of attention, magnocellular, phonological and cerebellar dysfunctions . Project conducted in cooperation with Institute fur Medizin, Julich
  • Sex-related differences in brain organization of prosody function: investigation of brain damaged patients
  • Neural correlates of unconscious processing in neglect patients (project conducted with Medical Academy)
Visiting posts:
  • 1983-1984 post-doctoral fellowship at Padua University (Padua)
  • 2000 visiting professor at Dept. of Psychology, University of Southern California (Los Angeles)
Local and international scientific standing
  • European Brain and Behaviour Society, Presidial Committee member, term 1994 – 1997 and 2000-2003
  • Head of Laboratory of Psychophysiology at Nencki Institute (since 1989-)
  • Chair at Warsaw School of Social Psychology: Experimental Neuropsychology (since 2006-)
  • Committee for Neurobiology Polish Academy of Sciences, since 1999- (3 terms )
  • Co-Editor Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis (since 1989-)
  • Board-member of : Dyslexia: An International Journal of Research and Practice, Advances in Experimental Psychology, Studia Psychologiczne(Psychological Studies), Wiadomo?ci Psychiatryczne (Psychiatric News)
  • Reviewer in: Journal of Experimental Psychology, Neuropsychologia, Brain and Cognition, Experimental Brain Res., and many other journals


  • Grabowska A. (2008). How the mind works? GWP (in preparation)
  • Górska T., Grabowska A., Zagrodzka J. (Eds.). (2006). Brain and behavior, III ed (modified), PWN, Warsaw (in Polish)
  • Grabowska A., Rymarczyk K. (Eds.). (2004). Dyslexia: from brain research to practice. Nencki Institute, Warsaw (in Polish)
  • Grabowska A., Kosmal A., Kowalska G. (Eds.). (1995). Temporal lobs - morphology function and disorders. PTBUN, Warsaw (in Polish)
  • Budohoska W., Grabowska A. (1994). Two hemispheres – one brain. Wiedza Powszechna, Warsaw (in Polish)
  • Grabowska A. (1983). Studies on the mechanisms of script perception. Psychological Monographs (Vol. 42). Zak?ad Narodowy im. Ossolińskich, Wrocław (in Polish)

Original papers in English

  • Heim S., Tschierse J., Amunts K., Wilms M., Vossel S.,
    Willmes-von-Hinckeldey K., Grabowska A., Huber W. Attentional, phonological, and multiple cognitive deficits constitute different subtypes of dyslexia. (submitted).
  • Grabowska A., Gut M. Human brain plasticity and its functional significance. (submitted).
  • Grabowska A., Gut M., Urbanik A., Forsberg L., Binder M., Rymarczyk K. Switching handedness: fMRI study of motor function lateralisation in right-handers, left-handers and converted left-handers. (submitted).
  • Szatkowska I., Szyma?ska O., Bojarski P., Grabowska A. (2007). The involvement of medial orbitofrontal cortex in inhibitory attentional control. Experimental Brain Research. (in press).
  • Gut M., Urbanik A., Forsberg L., Binder M., Rymarczyk K., Sobiecka B., Kozub J. and Grabowska A. (2007). Brain correlates of right-handedness. Acta Neurobiol. Exp., 67, 43-51.
  • Rymarczyk K., Grabowska A. (2007). Sex differences in brain control of prosody. Neuropsychologia, 45(5), 921-930.
  • Biele C., Grabowska A. (2006). Sex differences in perception of emotion intensity in dynamic and static facial expressions. Experimental Brain Research, 171(1), 1-6.
  • Bednarek B.D., Tarnowski A., Grabowska A. (2006). Latencies of stimulus-driven eye movements are shorter in dyslexic subjects. Brain and Cognition, 60, 64-69.
  • Bednarek D., Quintero-Gallego E., Salda?a D., García I., Grabowska A., Gómez C.M. (2004). Attentional deficit in dyslexia: a general or specific impairment? Neuroreport, 15(11), 1787-1790.
  • Szatkowska I., Szyma?ska O., Grabowska A. (2004). The role of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex in memory for contextual information. Neuroscience Letters, 364(2), 71-75
  • Szatkowska I., Grabowska A., Szyma?ska O. (2003). Memory for object and object-location after lesions to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex in humans. Acta Neurobiol. Exp., 63, 31-38
  • Grabowska A., Giuliano A. (2003). In aid of dyslexia. European Association for International Education Forum, 5(3), 20.
  • Herman-Jegli?ska A., Grabowska A., Dulko S. (2002). Masculinity, femininity and transsexualism. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 31(6), 527-534.
  • Bednarek D., Grabowska A. (2002). Luminance and chromatic contrast sensitivity in dyslexia: The magnocellular deficit hypothesis revisited. NeuroReport, 13(18), 2521-2525.
  • Grabowska A., Nowicka A., Szyma?ska O., Szatkowska I. (2001). Subjective contours illusion: sex related effect of unilateral brain damage. NeuroReport, 12, 2289-2292.
  • Szatkowska I., Grabowska A., Szyma?ska O. (2001). Evidence for the involvement of the ventro-medial prefrontal cortex in a short-term storage of visual images. NeuroReport, 12(5), 1187-1190.
  • Szatkowska I., Grabowska A., Szyma?ska O. (2000). Phonological and semantic fluencies aremediated by different regions of the prefrontal cortex. Acta Neurobiol. Exp., 60, 503-508.
  • Grabowska A., Nowicka A., Szyma?ska O. (1999). Sex related effect of unilateral brain lesions on the perception of the Mueller-Lyer illusion. Cortex, 35, 231-241.
  • Szatkowska I., Szyma?ska O., Bednarek D., Skowro?ska R., Grabowska A. (1996). Disturbances in time limited storage of sensory information after right temporal lobectomy. Acta Neurobiol. Exp., 56, 259-262.
  • Hines T.M., Herman-Jegli?ska A., Bednarek D., Grabowska A. (1996). Sex differences in the processing of odd and even numbers. Acta Neurobiol. Exp., 56, 263-266.
  • Nowicka A., Grabowska A., Fersten E. (1996). Interhemispheric transmission of information and functional asymmetry of the human brain. Neuropsychologia, 34, 147-151.
  • Grabowska A., Nowicka A. (1996). Visual spatial frequency model of cerebral asymmetry: a critical surwey of behavioural and elecrophysiological studies. Psychol. Bull. 120, 434-449.
  • Grabowska A., ?uczywek E., Fersten E., Herman A., Szatkowska I. (1994). Memory impairment in patients with stereotaxic damage to the hippocampus and amygdala. Acta Neurobiol. Exp, 54, 393-403.
  • Grabowska A., Herman A., Nowicka A., Szatkowska I., Szel?g E. (1994). Individual differences in the functional asymmetry of the human brain. Acta Neurobiol. Exp, 54, 155-162.
  • Szatkowska I., Grabowska A., Nowicka A. (1993). Hemispheric asymmetry in stimulus size evaluation. Acta Neurobiol. Exp, 53, 257-262.
  • Herman A., Grabowska A., Dulko S. (1993). Transsexualizm and sex-related differences in hemispheric asymmetry. Acta Neurobiol. Exp, 53, 269-274.
  • Grabowska A., Nowicka A., Szatkowska I. (1992). Asymmetry in visual evoked potentials to gratings registered in the two hemispheres of the human brain. Acta Neurobiol. Exp., 52, 239-249.
  • Grabowska A., Szyma?ska O., Nowicka A., Kwiecie? M. (1992). The effect of unilateral brain lesions on perception of visual illusions. Behav. Brain Res., 47, 191-197.
  • Ko?tuska B. and Grabowska A. (1992). Instability of hemispheric asymmetry in dyslexic children. Acta Neurobiol. Exp, 52, 23-29.
  • Sobótka S., Grabowska A., Grodzicka J., Wasilewski R., Bodohoska W. (1992). Hemispheric asymmetry in event-related potentials associated with positive and negative emotions. Acta Neurobiol. Exp., 52, 251-260.
  • Grabowska A., Semenza C., Denes G., Testa S. (1989). Impaired grating discrimination following right hemisphere damage. Neuropsychologia, 27, 259-263.
  • Marzi C.A., Grabowska A., Tressoldi P., Bisiacchi P.S. (1988). Left hemisphere superiority for visuospatial functions in left-handers. Behav Brain Res., 30, 183-192.
  • Grabowska A. (1987). Visual field differences in the magnitude of the tilt after-effect. Neuropsychologia, 25, 957-963.
  • Marzi C.A., Tassinari G., Tressoldi P.E., Barry C., Grabowska A. (1985). Hemispheric asymmetry in face perception tasks of different cognitive requirement. Hum Neurobiol, 4, 15-20.
  • Sobotka S., Grabowska A.M. (1985). Right hemisphere superiority in the perception of different kinds of non-verbal material. Physiol Bohemoslov, 34, 149-152.
  • Grabowska A. (1983). Lateral differences in the detection of stereoscopic depth. Neuropsychologia, 21, 249-257.
  • Radilova I., Grabowska A., Radil-Weiss T., Maras L., Budohoska W. (1980). Evoked response correlates of letter recognition. Acta Neurobiol Exp, 40, 1009-1015.
  • Grabowska A., Budohoska W. (1979). Interactions between two spatially separated letters presented in succession. Acta Neurobiol Exp, 39, 109-119.
  • Budohoska W., Grabowska A. (1979). Search for structures involved in integration of letters in pairs. Acta Neurobiol Exp, 39, 469-475.
  • Budohoska W., Grabowska A., Jab?onowska K. (1979). The effect of interaction between elements of familiar patterns. Polish Psychol. Bull, 10, 87-96.
  • Grabowska A., Fersten E., Budohoska W. (1979). Facilitation of letter recognition as a result of activity of central nervous system. Polish Psychol. Bull, 10, 97-105.
  • Budohoska W., Grabowska A., Jablonowska K. (1975). Interaction between two letters in visual perception. Acta Neurobiol Exp, 35, 115-123.

Book chapters

  • Grabowska A., Ja?kowski P., Seniów J. (2008). Brain mechanisms of cognitive and emotional function from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. In J. Strelau and D. Dolinski (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology. GWP (in Polish, in preparation).
  • Grabowska A. ( 2007). Brain mechanisms of left-handedness from the perspective of neuroimaging studies. In G. Chojnacka-Szab?owska, B. Pastwa-Wojciechowska (Eds.), Clinical and penitenciar aspects of human functioning (pp.111-120). Impuls, Kraków (in Polish).
  • Grabowska A. (2007). New concepts of brain lateralisation. In ?. Doma?ska and A.R. Borkowska (Eds.), Foundation of clinical neuropsychology. UMCS, Lublin (in Polish).
  • Grabowska, A. (2006). Perception. In T. Górska, A. Grabowska, J. Zagrodzka (Eds.), Brain and behavior, III ed (modified) (pp. 171-216). PWN, Warszawa (in Polish).
  • Grabowska A. (2006). Lateralisation of function in the human brain. In T. Górska, A. Grabowska, J. Zagrodzka (Eds.), Brain and Behavior, III ed. (modified) (pp. 443-488). PWN, Warszawa (in Polish).
  • Grabowska A. (2006). Brain, sex and hormones. In T. Górska, A. Grabowska, J. Zagrodzka (Eds.), Brain and Behavior,- III ed. (modified) (pp. 525-543). PWN, Warszawa (in Polish).
  • Grabowska A. (2005). Do hormons control our behaviour? In K. Jodzio (Ed.), Neuronal world of the mind (pp. 41-62). Impuls, Kraków (In Polish).
  • Grabowska A, Bednarek D. (2004). Sex differences in dyslexia. In A. Grabowska and K. Rymarczyk (Eds.), Dyslexia: from brain research to practice (pp. 217-243). Nencki Institute, Warsaw (in Polish).
  • Grabowska A. (2005). Female brain – male brain: the devil is in the hormones. In A. Kuczy?ska and E.K. Dzikowska (Eds.), To understand sex. Interdisciplinary studies II. (pp. 179-195). Silesian University, Wroc?aw (In Polish).
  • Grabowska A. (2001). At the junction of consciousness and unconciousness: logcal world of absurdal phenomena. In R. K. Ohme, M. Jarymowicz, J. Reykowski (Eds.), Automatisms In information processing (pp. 25-41). Institute of Psychology, PAN, SWPS, Warszawa (In Polish).
  • Grabowska A. (1999). Lateralisation of emotion in the brain - experimental and clinical data. In A. Herzyk and A. Borkowska (Eds.), Neuropsychology of emotion (pp. 59-79). UMCS, Lublin (In Polish).
  • Królicki L., Grabowska A. (1998). Perspectives of PET in Poland. In B. Gulyas and H. W. Muller-Gartner (Eds.), Positron Emission Tomography: A critical Assessment of Recent Trends (pp. 425-426). Kluwer Academic Publisher: Dordrecht, Boston, London.
  • Herman-Jegli?ska A., Dulko S., Grabowska A. (1997) Transsexuality and adextrality: do they share a common origin? In L. Ellis and L. Ebertz (Eds.), Sexual Orientation: Toward biological understanding (pp. 163-180). Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Grabowska A. (1997). Evolutional roots of lateralisation of the human brain. In M. Mossakowski and M. Kowalczyk (Eds.). Brain (pp. 67-95). Warsaw.