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Agnieszka Golec de Zavala

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email a.golec (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7078 5074
Agnieszka Golec de Zavala

Summary of research

Psychology of intergroup relations; intergroup conflict, political violence and prejudice; collective narcissism; embodiment of prejudice. 

Academic qualifications

PhD

Areas of supervision

My research interests and expertise lie in the areas of social and political psychology. I am particularly interested in predictors of political radicalisation, violence and prejudice. I am interested in collective and individual narcissism and their social consequences. I am also interested in how prejudice is embodied. For example – why do we use a metaphor of cleansing when we mean exterminating others (e.g. ´ethnic cleansing´). I also research the role of olfaction (smell) in intergroup relations. I have examined how intergroup attitudes are shaped by the interaction of ideological orientations – such as political conservatism, nationalism or religious fundamentalism – and epistemic motivations (need for cognitive closure, death anxiety, uncertainty avoidance). I will welcome students interested in research in any of those areas. Please visit the PrejudiceLab website

 

Research Interests

In my research I have developed a specialized research agenda driven by a question: What makes people prejudiced and what makes them fight in conflicts. I have developed the concept of collective narcissism – exaggerated emotional investment in an in-group – that predicts intergroup hostility, prejudice, unforgiveness, political radicalisation and belief in conspiracy theories. I also examine how prejudice towards essentialised out-groups is embodied. In particular, in recent projects I look at effects of smell on prejudice and the link between physical contacts with out-group members and need for physical cleansing. I have also examined the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of political beliefs related to intergroup conflict and prejudice (e.g. political conservatism, nationalism and patriotism, religious orientations). I examined how such ideological orientations interact with the complexity of political reasoning; motivated closed-mindedness (e.g. need for cognitive closure), and death anxiety in inspiring intergroup hostility.

Publications

Article

Collective Narcissism Predicts Hypersensitivity to In-group Insult and Direct and Indirect Retaliatory Intergroup Hostility
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Peker, Mujde; Guerra, Rita and Baran, Tomasz. 2016. Collective Narcissism Predicts Hypersensitivity to In-group Insult and Direct and Indirect Retaliatory Intergroup Hostility. European Journal of Personality, 30(30), pp. 532-551. ISSN 0890-2070

Does self-love or self-hate predict conspiracy beliefs? Narcissism, self-esteem and the endorsement of conspiracy theories
Cichocka, Aleksandra; Marchlewska, Marta and Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. 2016. Does self-love or self-hate predict conspiracy beliefs? Narcissism, self-esteem and the endorsement of conspiracy theories. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(2), pp. 157-166. ISSN 1948-5506

“They will not control us”: In-group positivity and belief in intergroup conspiracies.
Cichocka, Aleksandra; Marchlewska, Marta; Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Olechowski, Mateusz. 2015. “They will not control us”: In-group positivity and belief in intergroup conspiracies. British Journal of Psychology, 107, pp. 566-576. ISSN 0007-1250

Prejudice towards gay men and a need for physical cleansing
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Waldzus, Sven and Cypryanska, Marzena. 2014. Prejudice towards gay men and a need for physical cleansing. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, pp. 1-10. ISSN 0022-1031

Collective Narcissism Moderates the Effect of In-group Image Threat on Intergroup Hostility
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Cichocka, Aleksandra and Iskra-Golec, Iskra-Golec. 2013. Collective Narcissism Moderates the Effect of In-group Image Threat on Intergroup Hostility. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, pp. 1019-1039.

Threats to Feminist Identity and Reactions to Gender Discrimination.
Cichocka, Aleksandra; Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Kofta, Mirek and Rozum, Joanna. 2013. Threats to Feminist Identity and Reactions to Gender Discrimination. Sex Roles, 68, pp. 605-619.

The paradox of in-group love: Differentiating collective narcissism advances understanding of the relationship between in-group and out-group attitudes
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Cichocka, Aleksandra and Bilewicz, Michal. 2013. The paradox of in-group love: Differentiating collective narcissism advances understanding of the relationship between in-group and out-group attitudes. Journal of Personality, 81(1), pp. 16-28.

Collective narcissism and anti-Semitism in Poland,
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Cichocka, Aleksandra. 2012. Collective narcissism and anti-Semitism in Poland,. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, pp. 213-229.

Intrinsic religiosity reduces intergroup hostility under mortality salience
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Cichocka, Aleksandra; Orehek, Edward and Abdollahi, Abdolhossein. 2012. Intrinsic religiosity reduces intergroup hostility under mortality salience. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42(4), pp. 451-461.

Collective narcissism and intergroup hostility: the dark side of 'in-group love'
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. 2011. Collective narcissism and intergroup hostility: the dark side of 'in-group love'. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, pp. 309-320.

Correspondence between images of terrorists and preferred approaches to counterterrorism: The moderating role of ideological orientations
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Kossowska, Malgorzata. 2011. Correspondence between images of terrorists and preferred approaches to counterterrorism: The moderating role of ideological orientations. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41(4), pp. 538-549.

Political Conservatism, Need for Cognitive Closure, and Intergroup Hostility
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Cislak, Aleksandra and Wesolowska, Elzbieta. 2010. Political Conservatism, Need for Cognitive Closure, and Intergroup Hostility. Political Psychology, 31(5), pp. 521-541.

Stereotyped images of terrorists as predictors of fear of future terrorist attacks
Kossowska, Malgorzata; Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Kubik, Tomasz. 2010. Stereotyped images of terrorists as predictors of fear of future terrorist attacks. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2(3), pp. 179-197.

Collective Narcissism and its Social Consequences
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Cichocka, Aleksandra; Eidelson, Roy and Jayawickreme, Nuwan. 2009. Collective Narcissism and its Social Consequences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97(6), pp. 1074-1096.

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