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Michał
Wierzchoń

Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University. Founder of the C-Lab.

Secretary of the of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP; 2013-2017). Elected member of ESCoP Executive Committee (2015-2019). Member of the Polish Academy of Science (Young Scholar Academy; Committee of Psychology). Vice-Chairman of Young Scholar Academy (2014-2016). He worked as a visiting researcher at the CO3 Lab, Universite Libre de Bruxelles (2010-2011). I’m trying to investigate how conscious and unconscious processing differ. Searching for the vague threshold between both I use various behavioral paradigms to show how our consciousness influences the way we perceive and think about the world.

Research interests: – embodiment – spatial navigation – sensory substitution – virtual reality

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Marek
Binder

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University. Co-funder of C-Lab.

My main scientific interest is the scientific study of consciousness. I have done research on the temporal aspects of consciousness, in particular the neural mechanisms underlying the perception of subjective ‘now’ – a necessary part of any conscious experience. My second field of study is the diagnosis of consciousness in severe brain damage.

Research interests: – temporal perception – consciousness – EEG – fMRI

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Marta
Siedlecka

Post-doc at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

I am mainly interested in metacognition and how metacognitive feelings arise.

Research interests: – subjective measures of consciousness – metacognitive awareness – the role of emotion in metacognition – bodily awareness

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Borysław
Paulewicz

Assistant Professor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Katowice).

Most of the time I’m preoccupied by two meta-theoretical issues, one is the relation between the mechanism identification problem and the task identification problem in cognitive psychology and the other is the relation between mechanistic and teleological descriptions of a purposeful system. Consciousness interests me because I have no idea what its function is and because I find the psychometric issues involved in studying it quite puzzling.

Research interests: – meta-theoretical foundations of cognitive psychology – modern (bayesian, AIT, robust) statistical methods and causal analysis (a la Pearl) – measures of consciousness

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Magdalena
Reuter

Post-doc at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

The main goal of my current research is to investigate how sensory substitution devices shape subjective content of perceptual experience. I’m especially interested in phenomenology of experience during spatial representation and object recognition and enactive approach applied to studies on sensory substitution.

Research interests: – sensory substitution – subjective measures of consciousness – spatial representation – phenomenological, enactive & sensorimotor approaches – philosophy of mind & cognitive science – higher-order theories of consciousness

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Anna
Anzulewicz

PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

My research focuses on investigating subjective measures of awareness and the nature of transition from unconscious to conscious processing of stimuli.

Research interests: – subjective measures of awareness – relations between attention and consciousness – unconscious cognitive processing – attentional control

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Monika
Derda

PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

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Krzysztof
Gociewicz

PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

I am interested in scientific study of consciousness, its relation to attention and working memory and neural underpinnings of these processes.

Research interests: – visual awareness – relationship between attention and consciousness – relationship between working memory and consciousness – left hemisphere interpreter – binocular rivalry

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Urszula
Górska

PhD candidate at Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, The Netherlands and at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

My scientific interests concentrate on consciousness and auditory domain. The main goal of my PhD research is an attempt to establish a method of diagnosing consciousness after severe brain injuries (e.g. vegetative state patients). I’m doing electrophysiology research on human (awake and asleep) and I test similar approaches on mice.

Research interests: – different states of consciousness – sleep – auditory cortex

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Justyna
Hobot

PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

Ever since I realized I am conscious, it has never stopped bothering me why. I try to understand the neuronal processes that underlie conscious perception and their temporal dynamics by employing methods that affect their course and metacognition. I find it intriguing, simply because these processes are the primary basis for emergence of any conscious thought we experience in life.

Research interests: – the methodology of awareness measurement – the influence of subliminal visual stimuli on behaviour and metacognition – transcranial magnetic stimulation in investigation of feed-forward and feedback processes in the visual system – the methodological aspects of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques

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Marcin
Koculak

PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

In my Ph.D. I want to focus on using BCI (Brain-Computer Interface) methodology for consciousness research. Predominantly I work with neuroimaging data (EEG, fMRI) but I am always eager to learn new methods and approaches. Self-taught python user, also using R or Matlab if needed. Apart from studying consciousness, I enjoy learning about math, cosmology and visualization. But for the most part it’s brains.

Research interests: – searching for NCC – data analysis – neuroimaging – scientific programming – statistics

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Bartosz
Majchrowicz

PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

In my work I focus on intentionality and sense of agency research in health and disease. I am investigating what mechanisms undeprin action awareness, as well as what is the relation between different types of agency measures, such as temporal binding, sensory attenuation, and declarative judgements.

Research interests: – sense of agency – perception in action – bodily awareness cognition in schizophrenia and psychosis – enactive and phenomenological approaches – philosophy of psychology and mind

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Simon
del Pin

PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

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Zuzanna
Skóra

PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

My research concentrates on the influence of selective attention on the quality and subjective accessibility of short-term memory and working memory.

Research interests: – the retro-cue benefit – relationship between memory & consciousness – bayesian approach to data analysis – open science

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Joanna
Szczotka

Psychology student at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University. Diamond Grant recipient.

My master thesis research focuses on how multisensory integration in peripersonal space shapes our sense of self-location and body ownership, how we can manipulate these mechanisms experimentally to trigger interesting bodily illusions (e.g. heautoscopy, out of body experience, supernumerary arm illusion, magnetic touch illusion) and explore the plasticity of body representation.

I am mostly interested in extrapolations of Integrated Information Theory. In my future research I would like to verify some of its predictions and use it as a framework to investigate various qualitatively altered states of consciousness, such as psychosis, meditative states, synaesthetic experiences.

Research interests: – integrated information theory – circuit dynamics and cognition – bodily self – spatial awareness – altered states of consciousness – invariance in object recognition – philosophy of information and causality

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Katarzyna
Hat

Junior researcher at C-Lab.

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Paweł
Gwiaździński

Junior researcher at C-Lab.

I’m an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in philosophy and cognitive science. My research interest circle around 4E cognition, phenomenology (applied to empirical endeavor and theoretical as well), consciousness studies and interplay between those fields. I’m passionate about philosophical underpinnings of modern theories of mind and cognition and different ways of incorporating those into science, art and technology.

Research interest: – neurophenomenology – cognitive science – philosophy of mind – enactive / embodied / extended / embedded cognition – sensory substitution

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Patrycja
Bizoń

Junior researcher at C-Lab.

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Ondrej
Becev

PhD student at Behavioural and Social Neuroscience research group, Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC)

My research focuses on the neurophenomenal aspects of voluntary agency (awareness of intention) and sense of agency in healthy people and patients. I am also interested in methodological pitfalls of reporting in agency research and generally in methodology of consciousness research. As a part of the ongoing collaboration with C-Lab we are investigating influence of Sense of Agency on implicit perception of spatial relationship (spatial binding). Another line of research explores a role of predictive coding in interoception on experience of agency.

Research interests: – awareness of intention – sense of agency – measures of agency – intentional binding – predictive coding

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Piotr
Falkowski

MA psychology graduate from Jagiellonian University.

Recently I’m writing in C#.NET a simple environment for AI experiments related (but not restricted) to consciousness. I believe modeling (thus understanding) self-organizing, associative memory is crucial in understanding the notion of meaning, which I’m primarily interested in.

Research interests: – modelling representation in machine using self organizing maps and learning vector quantisation – stock market prices prediction using learning vector quantization variants – artificial grammars classification by neural networks

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Nadine
Spychała

MSc Neurocognitive Psychology graduate from Carl-von-Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, MA student in Philosophy.

My main research interest is understanding consciousness and human will in the realm of computational cognitive neuroscience. After having been concerned with the sense of agency and the sense of ownership using EEG based BCI, I am now dealing with information theoretic as well as predicitive processing frameworks of consciousness.

Research interests: – computational modeling – integrated information predictive processing – causality – decision-making – philosophy of mind

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Marek
Pędziwiatr

PhD student at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)

My ongoing collaboration with C-Lab focuses on investigating how vision can be influenced by information from other senses. In our research we use novel stimuli and combine different indicators of conscious experience: eye movements and participants’ responses. Apart from that, I am mainly interested in the role of top-down processes in visual perception. My current research aims to answer the question of how they contribute to control of eye movements in natural scenes viewing.

Research interests: – top-down influences on visual perception – binocular rivalry – visual salience – objective measures of consciousness

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Weronika
Kałwak

PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

My scientific interest is human experience of any kind but especially our scientific ways of acknowledge it. I’m trying to convince experimental researchers to use qualitative methodology.

Research interests: – philosophy and methodology of science – philosophy of mind (philosophy of mental health) – phenomenology – medical humanities

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Marta
Łukowska

Doctor of Social Sciences, graduated from the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.

My research concerns perception of own body location in space. In order to investigate the problem of embodiment I use distal-to-tactile sensory substitution device (Enactive Torch), rubber-hand illusion paradigm and virtual roller coaster simulations.

Research interests: – embodiment – spatial navigation – sensory substitution – virtual reality