Michal Bialek

Below you can find a list of my ongoing research

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).

Moral cognition

Foreign language effects on thinking

Debiasing the decision making


I'm open for cooperation under any of the topics above.
You may also wish to contact me by email:
mbialek@kozminski.edu.pl






Moral cognition

My interest focuses on how some processes, typically thought to be reflexive, can be accomplished intuitively.
I have collected some data suggesting, that:

  • Both utility and deontology are available intuitively, without using working memory
  • Reflection increases the salience of both intuitions, and can lead to debiasing of moral judgments and consistency in choices
  • Mathematical reflection boosts utilitarian and non-mathematical reflection boosts deontological moral choices

Foreign language effects on thinking

The work I'm doing here with Rafal Muda and many other collaborates focuses on how using foreign tongue chenges our thinking, especially in the moral doimain. We investigate not only the behavioural changes, but also the underlying process responsible for changes in behaviour. Our submitted paper suggests, that people using foreign tongue are feeling less of moral inclination - which means they care less for other people nad moral problems are seen rather as a problem to be solved than a dilemma related to the core of the moral self.

Debiasing the decision making

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.