Andrzej Wróbel

Wróbel Andrzej, Ph.D., D.Sc

Professor of Neuroscience

Director: Department of Neurophysiology,
Head: Laboratory of Visual System Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology
Chair: Psychophysiology of Cognitive Processes SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

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

Phone: (+48 22) 589 24 40
Fax: (+48 22) 822 53 42


My current research focuses on understanding dynamic operations within sensory systems of animals and humans. Using electrophysiological recording techniques and neuroinformatic methods for data analysis I try to correlate the activation of specific neuronal networks with its behavioural context. Main topics of interest include attention, arousal and brain plasticity.

Visiting posts:
  • 1994 Vanderbilt University. Department of Psychology. Eight months.
  • 1984-86 University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Dept. of Physiology. Two years.
  • 1974-75 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Dept. of Physiology. Fifteen months.
  • European Brain and Behaviour Society Presidial Committee member (since 2004)
  • Presidial member of Committee for Neurobiology Polish Academy of Sciences (since 1999)
  • President of the Polish Neuroscience Society, (term 1995-97).
  • Chief Editor of Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 1990-2002.
  • Co-Editor Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis (since 1989), Board-member of Psychiatric News (1989-2004), Neuroinformatics (since 2003), Cognitive Science and Media in Education since (2002).

Research papers

  1. Lindström, S. and Wróbel, A. 1990. Frequency dependent corticofugal excitation of principal cells in the cat's dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus. Exp. Brain Res. 79: 313 318.
  2. Lindström, S. and Wróbel, A. 1990. Private inhibitory systems for the X and Y pathways in the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus of the cat. J. Physiol. 429: 259 280.
  3. Bekisz, M. and Wróbel, A. 1993. 20 Hz rhythm of activity in visual system of perceiving cat. Acta Neurobiol. Exp. 53: 175-182
  4. Wróbel, A. and Bekisz, M. 1994. Visual classification of X and Y perigeniculate neurons of the cat. Exp. Brain Res. 101: 307-313.
  5. Kowalik Z., Wróbel A., Rydz A. 1996. Why does the human brain need to be a nonlinear system? Behav. Brain Sci. 19: 302-303.
  6. Musiał, P., Kublik, E., Panecki, S. and Wróbel, A. 1998. Transient changes of electrical activity in the rat barrel cortex during conditioning. Brain Res. 786: 1-10.
  7. Musiał, P., Kublik, E., and Wróbel, A. 1998. Spontaneous variability reveals principal components in cortical evoked potentials. Neuroreport 9: 2627-2631.
  8. Wróbel, A., Kublik, E. and Musia? P. (1998) Gating of the sensory activity within barrel cortex of the awake rat. Exp. Brain Res. 123: 117-123.
  9. Bekisz, M., Wróbel, A. 1999. Coupling of beta and gamma activity in cortico-thalamic system of cats attending to visual stimuli. NeuroReport 10: 3589-3594.
  10. Wróbel, A. 2000. Beta activity: a carrier for visual attention. Acta Neurobiol. Exp. 60: 247-260.
  11. Dec K., Waleszczyk W.J., Wróbel A. And Harutiunian-Kozak B.A. 2001. The spatial substructure of the visual receptive fields in the cat’s superior colliculus. Arch. Ital. Biol. 139: 337-356.
  12. Kublik E., Musial P., Wróbel A. 2001. Identification of principal components in cortical evoked potentials by brief surface cooling. Clin. Neurophys. 112: 1720-1725.
  13. Amari S.-I., Beltrame F., Bjaalie J.G., Dalkara T., De Schutter E., Egan G.F.*, Goddard N.H., Gonzales C., Grillner S., Herz A., Hoffmann K.-P., Jaaskalainen I., Koslov S.H., Lee S.-Y., Matthiessen L., Millner P.L., da Silva F.M., Novak M., Ravindranath V., Ritz R., Ruotsalainen U., Sebestra V., Subramaniam S., Toga A.W., Usui S., van Pelt J., Verschure P., Willshaw D., Wrobel A., Yiyuan T. 2002. Neuroinformatics: the integration of shared databases and tools towards integrative neuroscience. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 1: 117-128.
  14. Milanova M., Smolinski T.G., Boratyn G.M., Zurada J.M. and Wróbel A. 2002. Sparse correlation kernel analysis and evolutionary algorithm-based modeling of the sensory activity within the rat's barrel cortex. Proc. of the International Workshop on Pattern Recognition with Support Vector Machines, pp. 198-212, Niagara Falls, Canada.
  15. Bekisz M., Wróbel A. 2003. Attention-dependent coupling between beta activities recorded in the cat's thalamic and cortical representations of the central visual field. Europ. J. Neurosci. 17: 421-426.
  16. Wypych M., Kublik E., Wojdy??o P., Wróbel A. 2003. Sorting functional classes of evoked potentials by wavelets. Neuroinformatics 1: 193-202.
  17. Waleszczyk W.J., Bekisz M., Wróbel A. (2005) Cortical modulation of neuronal activity in the cat’s lateral geniculate and perigeniculate nuclei. Exp. Neurol. 196: 54-72.
  18. Wróbel A, Ghazaryan A, Bekisz M, Bogdan W and Kaminski J (2007) Two streams of attention dependent beta activity in the striate recipient zone of cat's lateral posterior - pulvinar complex. J. Neurosci. 27: 2230-2240.

Book chapters:

  1. Wróbel A., Bekisz M., and Waleszczyk W. 1994. 20 Hz bursts of activity in the cortico-thalamic pathway during attentive perception. In: C. Pantev, Th. Elbert, B. Lutkenhoner (eds.): "Oscillatory event related brain dynamics". Plenum Press, London. NATO/A: Life Sciences. Vol. 271. pp. 311-324.
  2. Wróbel A. 1998. Beta frequency burst - elementary event of attention span. Time and timing in neural systems. ENA Sattelite Symposium in Strzekocino. pp. 42-43.
  3. Wróbel, A., Kublik, E. 2000. Modification of evoked potentials in the rat's barrel cortex induced by conditioning stimuli. In: M. Kossut (ed.) The barrel cortex. Graham Publ. Corp. Johnson City, TN, pp. 229-239.
  4. Wróbel, A., Waleszczyk, W. (2002). "The senses". In: Encyklopedia multimedialna., nr 13 "Science". Wroc?aw: PWN (in Polish).
  5. Smolinski T.G., Boratyn G.M., Milanova M., Zurada J.M. and Wróbel A. 2002. Evolutionary algorithms and rough sets-based hybrid approach to classificatory decomposition of cortical evoked potentials. 3rd International Conference on Rough Sets and Current Trends in Computing, Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA, USA, October 14-16.
  6. G.M. Boratyn, T.G. Smolinski, M.Milanova and A.Wróbel. 2002. Sparse Coding and Rough Set Theory-Based Hybrid Approach to the Classificatory Decomposition of Cortical Evoked Potentials. 9th International Conference on Neural Information Processing, Orchid Country Club, Singapore, November 18-22.
  7. Wróbel, A. (2006) Neuron and neuronal net. In: T. Górska, A. Grabowska, J. Zagrodzka (eds.), In: T. Górska, A. Grabowska, J. Zagrodzka (eds.): "Brain and behavior", III ed (modified), PWN, Warszawa. pp. 45-72. (in Polish)
  8. Wróbel, A. (2006) Integrative mechanisms of the brain activity. In: T. Górska, A. Grabowska, J. Zagrodzka (eds.), "Brain and Behavior" - III ed. (modified), PWN, Warszawa. pp. 614-640. (in Polish).