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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

Yoga Poses Increase Subjective Energy and State Self-Esteem in Comparison to ‘Power Poses’
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Lantos, Dorottya and Bowden, Deborah. 11 May 2017. Yoga Poses Increase Subjective Energy and State Self-Esteem in Comparison to ‘Power Poses’. Frontiers in Psychology, pp. 1-12.

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. 15 September 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. 1 March 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. 28 October 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. September 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. June 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. May 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. January 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. October 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. June 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. June 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. June 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. August 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. July 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. December 2009. Collective Narcissism and its Social Consequences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97(6), pp. 1074-1096.

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