about me

I am assistant professor at the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and postdoctoral researcher at the Section of Cognitive Science at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Generally, I work within cognitive science, namely interdisciplinary studies on mind/cognition. First of all, my research focuses on the question “where mathematics comes from,” especially how our minds acquire, process, and create mathematical structures. I am interested in both numerical and geometric cognition. Currently I am investigating the cognitive foundations of the latter within the research grant Mechanisms of geometric cognition, awarded to me by the National Science Centre, Poland. I recently finished writing a book entitled Foundations of geometric cognition, that will be published in October 2019 by Routledge (New York). In 2013 I completed my Ph.D. dissertation (Kraków, Poland) about methodological issues of cognitive neuroscience, on the basis of which I prepared a book Wyjaśnić umysł: Struktura teorii neurokognitywnych (Explaining the Mind: The Structure of Neurocognitive Theories; unfortunately it is available only in Polish; by Copernicus Center Press 2013). I am continuing my research on the methodology within the grant Cognitive Science in Search of Unity: Unification and Integration of Interdisciplinary Research (PI: Marcin Miłkowski). In this field I co-edited a collection of essays entitled The Concept of Explanation (Copernicus Center Press 2017) and now I am co-editing special issues of Synthese and Theory & Psychology. So far I have published my research in journals such as Psychological Research, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, PeerJ: the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences, Frontiers in Psychology, Foundations of Science, Journal of Computational Neuroscience. My research efforts were awarded some scholarships and prizes (see below). I co-translated some scientific books into Polish (by Pat Churchland, Joseph LeDoux, and Stephen Kosslyn) and consulted some translations. I am involved in the popularization of science. I published approximately 50 popular-science articles, and I am permanently collaborating with two the most read and prestigious Polish weeklies, namely Tygodnik Powszechny and Polityka. I am also a member of the team of Copernicus College, the first Polish MOOC. My activity in the field of popularizing science focuses not only on my scientific specialization, namely cognitive science, but also on the evolutionary theory. I live in Kraków.

Activity

  • Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Jagiellonian University, Kraków
  • Postdoctoral research fellow at the Section of Cognitive of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
  • Member of the Committee of Philosophy of Sciences of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • PI of the research grant “Mechanisms of Geometric Cognition” and co-investigator of the grant “Cognitive Science in Search of Unity: Unification and Integration of Interdisciplinary Research,” both funded by the National Science Centre, Poland
  • Member of the team of Copernicus College, the first Polish MOOC
  • Popularizer of science, permanent collaborator of scientific departments of “Polityka,” and “Tygodnik Powszechny” (two of the most read and prestigious Polish weeklies)

Awards and scholarships

  • The “Start” Scholarship of the Foundation fro Polish Science (2018)
  • Scientific Prize of “Polityka,” one of the most read and prestige Polish weeklies (2013)
  • The Scholarship of the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education for Outstanding Young Scholars (2013-2016)
  • Doctoral (2012 and post-doctoral (2013) scholarships funded by John Templeton Foundation

 

Research interests

  • cognitive science
  • cognitive psychology
  • cognitive ethology
  • methodology of cognitive (neuro)science

Current research

  • Mathematical cognition: cognitive processing of numbers and geometry
  • Unification and integration of cognitive science in the perspective of mechanisms