This list is not full, but I try to keep it up to date. Under particular topic you can find a short description of main research questions, and papers submitted or under preparation (if applicable).
It's a hot topic in current psychology. My interest focuses on how some processes, typically thought to be reflexive, can be accomplished intuitively.
I have collected some data suggesting, that:
Here my interest is in cognitive mechanisms of (dis)honesty, generosity and fairness. Using placebic arguments I investigate the depth of processing. The case in which people react on arguments which have no sense, but look like real arguments (i.e. in a metro: "please let me sit here, because I'm in a rush") give evidence that the process is automatic.
My research shows that pro-social behaviour is automatic, but anti-social is reflexive.
I'm currently working on following papers on this topic:
Bialek, M., Tyszka, T. (in prep) The effect of placebic arguments on moral decision making.
Kolodziej, S., Bialek M. (in prep) Anti-social behaviour requires deliberation, but pro-social does not.
Here, together with Przemyslaw Sawicki, we try to show how procrastination and irrational risk-taking decisions can be reduced. We do not support Nudging people, as we strongly believe people are able to overcome imposed defaults and biases.
By creating incongruence in defaults in presented problems (e.g. priming individuals for future perspective and asking to provide a future equivalent of the immediate gain) we have eliminated the gain-loss difference in discounting, and reduced the sign by direction asymmetry.
We are currently working on following papers on this topic:
Sawicki, P., Bialek, M. (in prep) Incongruent defaults in presented problems eliminates decision biases in Intertemporal choices.