Dr Agnieszka Golec de Zavala

Staff details

Position Reader
Department Psychology
Email a.golec (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7078 5074
Dr Agnieszka Golec de Zavala


Agnieszka is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths. She is a member of the AcademiaNet. The Portal for to Excellent Women Academics (http://www.academia-net.org). She has contributed to several diverse research areas, including psychological predictors of political conservatism, the role of motivated cognition in intergroup conflict, social identity, narcissism and collective narcissisms. The breadth of her work is not only seen in scientific contributions, but also in her engagement to use psychological science to address social problems such as social inequalities and prejudice. She is a recipient of several prestigious scholarship including Fulbright Scholarship and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Scholarship. She frequently works as independent expert evaluating proposals submitted to Research Executive Agency (REA) at the European Commission.

Grants and Awards

Agnieszka has received external grant funding from a variety of organisations to support his work including: European Commission, British Academy, Benjamin Trust, Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, Polish Scientific Committee and Polish National Science Center.

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Agnieszka has worked extensively to support science communication and the application of psychological insights to the real world’s problems. Some examples include:

• Engagement in public-facing events including public lectures, and panel discussions.
• Involvement with a range of media presentations including features in major outlets in USA and Europe. Example outlets include: BBC (online media), The Independent, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Vox, Inverse, Salon or Aeon.

Research Interests

Agnieszka’s main themes of research relate to the study of collective narcissism, prejudice and intergroup hostility and recently also social neuroscience. She is a member of our Group and our Social Processes and Personality Group. Key areas of interest are listed below. For information of current projects see https://sites.gold.ac.uk/prejudicelab/ and http://collectivenarcissism.com/

• Collective and individual narcissism
• Prejudice and intergroup hostility
• Social exclusion, its consequences and mindfulness as a method of reducing its effects
• Brain stimulation to reduce consequences of intergroup exclusion
• Social identity and intergroup relations
• Pro-social and self-transcendent emotions and their role in prejudice reduction and reducing consequences of intergroup eclusion
• Revenge, guilt and forgiveness in intergroup relations
• Embodied social cognition, embodiment of prejudice
• Yoga, mindfulness and self-transcending emotions and creativity and well being


Book Section

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. 2020. Why is populism so robustly associated with conspiratorial thinking? Collective Narcissism and the Meaning Maintenance Model. In: Jan D. Sinnott and Joan S. Rabin, eds. The psychology of political behavior in a time of change. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 277-290. ISBN 9783030382698

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. 2018. Collective narcissism: antecedents and consequences of exaggeration of the in-group image. In: Anthony Hermann; Amy Brunell and Josh Foster, eds. Handbook of Trait Narcissism: Key Advances, Research Methods, and Controversies. Springer, pp. 79-88. ISBN 978-3-319-92171-6


Bagci, Sabahat Cigdem; Stathi, Sophia and Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. 2021. Social identity threat across group status: Links to psychological well-being and intergroup bias through collective narcissism and ingroup satisfaction. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, ISSN 1099-9809

Keenan, Oliver and Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. 2021. Collective Narcissism and Weakening of American Democracy. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 21(1), pp. 237-258. ISSN 1529-7489

Federico, Christopher M.; Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Baran, Tomasz. 2021. Collective Narcissism, In-Group Satisfaction, and Solidarity in the Face of COVID-19. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(6), pp. 1071-1081. ISSN 1948-5506

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Bierwiaczonek, Kinga; Baran, Tomasz; Keenan, Oliver and Hase, Adrian. 2021. The COVID-19 Pandemic, Authoritarianism and Rejection of Sexual Dissenters in Poland. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Diversity, 8(2), pp. 250-260. ISSN 2329-0382

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Bierwiaczonek, Kinga. 2021. Male, National, and Religious Collective Narcissism Predict Sexism. Sex Roles, 84(11-12), pp. 680-700. ISSN 0360-0025

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Keenan, Oliver. 2021. Collective narcissism as a framework for understanding populism. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 5(2), pp. 54-64. ISSN 2475-0387

Marchlewska, Marta; Cichocka, Aleksandra; Jaworska, Manana; Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Bilewicz, Michal. 2020. Superficial ingroup love? Collective narcissism predicts ingroup image defense, outgroup prejudice, and lower ingroup loyalty. British Journal of Social Psychology, 59(4), pp. 857-875. ISSN 0144-6665

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Lantos, Dorottya. 2020. Collective narcissism and its social consequences: The Bad and the Ugly. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 29(3), pp. 273-278. ISSN 0963-7214

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Federico, Christopher M.; Sedikides, Constantine; Guerra, Rita; Lantos, Dorottya; Mrozinski, Blazej; Cypryańska-Nezlek, Marzena and Baran, Tomasz. 2020. Low Self-Esteem Predicts Out-group Derogation via Collective Narcissism, but this Relationship Is Obscured by In-group Satisfaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119(3), pp. 741-764. ISSN 0022-3514

Dyduch-Hazar, Karolina; Mrozinski, Blazej and Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. 2019. Collective Narcissism and In-Group Satisfaction Predict Opposite Attitudes Toward Refugees via Attribution of Hostility. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(1901),

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Dyduch-Hazar, Krolina and Lantos, Dorottya. 2019. Collective narcissism: Political consequences of investment of self-worth into an ingroup’s image. Advances in Political Psychology, 40(S1), pp. 37-74. ISSN 1479-0661

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. 2019. Collective Narcissism and In-Group Satisfaction Are Associated With Different Emotional Profiles and Psychological Wellbeing. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 203.

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Federico, Christopher. 2018. Collective Narcissism and the Growth of Conspiracy Thinking over the Course of the 2016 United States Presidential Election: A Longitudinal Analysis. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48(7), pp. 1011-1018. ISSN 0046-2772

Cichocka, Aleksandra; Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Marchlewska, Marta; Bilewicz, Michal; Jaworska, Manana and Olechowski, Mateusz. 2018. Personal control decreases narcissistic but increases non-narcissistic in-group positivity. Journal of Personality, 86(3), pp. 465-480. ISSN 0022-3506

Federico, Christopher and Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. 2018. Collective Narcissism and the 2016 United States Presidential Vote. Public Opinion Quarterly, 82(1), pp. 110-121. ISSN 0033-362X

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Guerra, Rita and Simao, Claudia. 2017. The Relationship between the Brexit Vote and Individual Predictors of Prejudice: Collective Narcissism, Right Wing Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 2023. ISSN 1664-1078

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Lantos, Dorottya and Bowden, Deborah. 2017. Yoga Poses Increase Subjective Energy and State Self-Esteem in Comparison to ‘Power Poses’. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 752.

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

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

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

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

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. ISSN 0022-3514

Cichocka, Aleksandra; Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Kofta, Mirek and Rozum, Joanna. 2013. Threats to Feminist Identity and Reactions to Gender Discrimination. Sex Roles, 68(9-10), pp. 605-619. ISSN 0360-0025

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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