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Research interests



Research Programme

Gosia's research looks at the psychological underpinnings of open-minded traits and behaviour. Open-mindedness can be defined as an increased level of comfort or even preference for uncertainty, novelty and unexpectedness. Open-mindedness is often linked with decreased prejudice and stereotyping, greater intellectual humility, as well as greater creativity. However open-mindedness could also potentially have some negative outcomes (e.g., an uncritical acceptance of pseudoscience).

 In experimental and cross-sectional studies Gosia asks questions like:

  • Is open-mindedness just an individual difference? What social/environmental factors (e.g., diversifying experiences, multiple social identities) might increase (vs. decrease) open-minded behaviour?

  • How are open-minded traits linked to what we typically consider as open-minded behaviours: creativity, intellectual humility and tolerance?

  • What is the role of epistemic motivation (e.g., the need for structure) and epistemic emotions (e.g., awe, surprise or interest) in open-minded behaviour?

  • What are people's lay theories of open-mindedness? Do people agree on one definition of open-mindedness?

  • What motivates women to challege others' stereotypic expectations?

For most recent information please see Gosia's personal website


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Social Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, The relationship between creativity and cultural diversity: cognitive, motivational and ideological determinants, University of Kent

1 Oct 200730 Sept 2010

Award Date: 17 Nov 2011

Social Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, 1. Cover image for The relationship between creativity and cultural diversity : cognitive, motivational and ideological determinants Thesis The relationship between creativity and cultural diversity: cognitive, motivational and ideological determinants

External positions

Associate Editor at the Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Aug 2017 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Rochester

30 Sept 201431 Aug 2016

Marie-Curie Research Fellow, University of Amsterdam

1 Sept 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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