The Robert B. Zajonc Institute for Social Studies University of Warsaw

Professor Robert B. Zajonc

American social psychologist of Polish origin considered one of the founders of modern social psychology. Professor Zajonc for over 50 years conducted research into the links between the emotional and cognitive processes among others on the relation between birth order in the family and the level of IQ, the link between thought and emotion, psychology and physiology of the human body.


basic, mainly interdisciplinary research, applied studies, and comparative cross-cultural studies, enrichment of existing theories and development of new theoretical models and conceptions that integrate the growing empirical data, development of standardized equipment and data processing techniques for comparative studies, training and instruction for graduate students, young scientists and policy makers.

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The Institute for Social Studies (ISS) at the University of Warsaw is affiliated with the internationally known Institute for Social Research (ISR, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).


ISS conducts surveys related to the social, political and economic phenomena.


Agata Zysiak started a new research project at ISS

Agata Zysiak has been awarded a grant from the Polish Science Center (NCN) to work at ISS on her project entitled “Trajectories of Postindustrial Cities from a Biographical Perspective: Detroit (USA) and Lodz (Poland)”. We congratulate and welcome Agata at ISS. More about the project

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Marta Marchlewska awarded Higher Education Doctoral Scholarship for Excellence in Academic Achievements

Marta Marchlewska, a Ph. D. student from ISS, has been awarded a Higher Education Doctoral Scholarship for Excellence in Academic Achievements by the Minister of Science and Higher Education of Poland. She was among 8 doctoral students from the University of Warsaw to be awarded this award in 2016. More in Polish

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Monika Zychlinska awarded a grant from the National Science Center (NCN)

Monika Żychlińska has been awarded with a reserach grant from the National Science Center (NCN) to pursue her project on identity politics of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project”. Congratulations!

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Conference “„Control and Agency”, November, 4-5 2016

ISS invites you to take part in the conference „Control and Agency” co-organized with the Department of Psychology of the University of Warsaw. The conference will be held on November, 4-5 2016 at the Tyszkiewicz-Potocki Palace in Warsaw. The conference will conclude the 25th-anniversary celebration of ISS taking place this year since May. Several world-class experts in the psychology of …

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The City and Social Mobilization: Rights, Actors and Fields in times of Urban Crisis

Call for contributions to Special Issue of Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations “The City and Social Mobilization: Rights, Actors and Fields in times of Urban Crisis” Special Issue Editors: Anna Domaradzka (ISS UW), David Dueñas i Cid (Univ Rovira i Virgili / ISS UW), Camilo Tamayo Gómez (Univ EAFIT) With this special issue of Voluntas we focus …

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