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.


New book by R.Praszkier “”Empowering Leadership of Tomorrow”

We congratulate Ryszard Praszkier with publication of his new book entitled “Empowering Leadership of Tomorrow”. More at the site of the Cambridge University Press. 

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ISS recieved “A” category

The Scientific Committee for Evaluation of Scientific Units (KEJN), in assessing the achievements of scientific institutions in Poland for the years 2013-2016, awarded the Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies “A” category, confirming the highest level of research carried out in ISS and its significant scientific potential. Thank you to all who contributed to this excellent evaluation of the Institute!

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Marta Marchlewska defended her Ph.D.

Congratulations to Marta Marchlewska, a graduate of doctoral studies ISS, winner of numerous awards and grants, on the defense of her Ph.D. Thesis. Her doctoral dissertation entitled “Autobiographical Memory in the Service of Me: The Role of Visual Endangering Events from Autobiographical Memory” has been written under the supervision of prof. Mirosława Kofta, supporting promoter was Aleksandra Cichocka.

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ISS, Regional Studies Association, EUROREG and Center for Migration Studies are co-organizing the conference “OUT-MIGRATION AND CIRCULAR MIGRATION: IMPACTS ON REGIONS AND COMMUNITIES” 11-12 September 2017 at University of Warsaw. Full call for papers here: MICaRD_Warsaw_2017_CFP  

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Invitation for lectures by Max-Stephan Schulze (LSE) & Nikolaus Wolf (Humboldt Univ)

Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warsaw and ISS invite you for the following lectures on May 18, 2017 : – at 1.00 pm  by Professor Max-Stephan Schulze (London School of Economics) Capital Market Integration in Europe, 1350-1800 – at 3.00 pm. by Professor Nikolaus Wolf (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) Regional Economic Growth in Germany, 1895-2010 Venue: “Aula C” Faculty of Economic Sciences, Długa …

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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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