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Małgorzata (aka Gosia) Gocłowska is a lecturer in social psychology at the University of Bath.

Gosia obtained an MA from the University of Warsaw (2007, magna cum laude), and a PhD from the University of Kent (2011, no corrections). She then won two Marie-Curie Fellowships (IEF and IOF) to work as research fellow at the University of Amsterdam and at the University Rochester (2012-2017). Gosia joined the University of Bath in September 2017.

Research Questions

Gosia's research looks at the nature of creativity, diversity and openness. In experimental and cross-sectional studies she asks questions like:

  • What psychological and social/environmental factors increase (vs. decrease) human creativity?
  • What is openness and how does it affect our behaviour?
  • When and why do some of us shy away from unconventional people and ideas, while others embrace them?
  • What emotions arise when we face unusual, novel situations?
  • How does diversity affect social relation and intellectual performance?
  • What motivates women to counter stereotypic beliefs about gender?

Grants and Awards

  • 2017-2019: “Coping with identity and control threats: Explicit and implicit routes to resistance”. Research grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Role of Co-I, with S. de Lemus Martín as PI, and R. Spears, M. Bukowski, C. Kulich, K. Petkanopoulou, and P. Montañés Muro as Co-Is.
  • 2014-2017: “Schemata Violation Increases Creative Cognition: The When and How.” Marie-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (IOF). Role of Research Fellow, with C.K.W. De Dreu and A. Elliot as research hosts and advisors.
  • 2012-2014: “When Diversity Helps or Hurts Creative Cognition: Effects of Counter-stereotypicality, Information Processing, Motivation, and Regulatory Closure.” Marie-Curie International European Fellowship (IEF). Role of Research Fellow, with C.K.W. De Dreu as research host and advisor.
  • 2012: Finalist of the SESP Best Dissertation Award
  • 2012: Travel grant from the European Association for Social Psychology
  • 2012: Runner up of the Best Teacher award, University of Kent
  • 2011: PhD awarded with no corrections
  • 2011: Ideas Factory Grant from Kent Innovation and Enterprise
  • 2010: Student Enterprise Grant, University of Kent
  • 2009: Best Talk Award at a PG Research Symposium, University of Kent
  • 2007: Departmental PhD studentship, University of Kent
  • 2007: MA awarded magna cum laude, University of Warsaw
  • 2004: Socrates-Erasmus mobility scholarship from the University of Warsaw to visit KULeuven in Belgium.

Editorial Service

  • Associate editor at the Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Ad Hoc Reviewing


  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Researcher
  • European Journal of Social Psychology
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Frontiers in Psychology
  • Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
  • International Journal of Psychology
  • Journal of Applied Social Psychology
  • Journal of Creative Behavior
  • Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology
  • Journal of Personality
  • Journal of Social Issues
  • Memory & Cognition
  • Review of General Psychology
  • Sex Roles
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Justice Research
  • Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • Social Psychology


  • Israel Science Foundation (ISF)
  • Foundation for Polish Science (FNP)

Research Portals & Social Media

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I have spaces on an ongoing research project looking into the nature, consequences and ways of increasing open-mindedness. For details go to: www.goclowska.com

Education/Academic qualification

Social Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kent

1 Oct 200730 Sep 2010

Award Date: 17 Nov 2011

Social Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy

External positions

Associate Editor at the Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Aug 2017 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Rochester

30 Sep 201431 Aug 2016

Marie-Curie Research Fellow, University of Amsterdam

1 Sep 201231 Aug 2017

Lecturer in Psychology, University of Kent

1 Oct 201030 Jun 2012


  • social psychology
  • personality
  • motivation
  • emotions
  • values
  • attitudes
  • openness
  • creativity
  • innovation
  • gender
  • leadership
  • identities

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Research Output

Creativity for the Group: Distinctive Feminists Engage in Divergent Thinking When Acting on Behalf of Women

van Breen, J. A., Gocłowska, M. A., de Lemus, S., Baas, M., Kelleci, B. & Spears, R., 24 Jun 2020, In : Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Diversifying experiences

Ritter, S. M. & Gocłowska, M. A., 16 Apr 2020, Encyclopedia of Creativity (Third Edition). Elsevier

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Cultural diversity and creativity

Goclowska, G., S. M., R., Hanel, P., Runco, M. (ed.) & Pritzker, S. (ed.), 31 Dec 2019, Encyclopedia of Creativity. 3 ed. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press Inc

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Different faces of (un)controllability: Control restoration modulates the efficiency of task switching

Bukowski, M., de Lemus, S., Marzecová, A., Lupiáñez, J. & Goclowska, M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Motivation and Emotion. 43, 1, p. 12-34 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Novelty seeking is linked to openness and extraversion, and can lead to greater creative performance

Goclowska, M., Ritter, S., Elliot, A. J. & Baas, M., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Personality. 87, 2, p. 252-266 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
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