Aneta Brzezicka

Aneta Brzezicka
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities | SWPS · Faculty of Psychology

PhD

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Introduction
Aneta Brzezicka currently works at the Faculty of Psychology, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and at Department of Neurosurgery of Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre. Aneta does research in Cognitive Training Effectiveness, Abnormal Psychology and Neural Bases of Working Memory. Their most recent publication is 'Real‐time strategy video game experience and structural connectivity – A diffusion tensor imaging study'.
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October 2015 - present
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
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  • Professor
October 2001 - present
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (78)
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In recent years the association between video games, cognition, and the brain has been actively investigated. However, it is still unclear how individual predispositions, such as brain structure characteristics, play a role in the process of acquiring new skills, such as video games. The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate whether acqu...
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During late pregnancy, sleep deterioration is regularly observed. In concert with these observations, in previous studies by other researchers, a slight objective cognitive decline in pregnant women has been found. Sleep is essential for memory consolidation. The hypothesis of the study was that cognitive impairment could be related to sleep deteri...
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It is known that the outcomes of complex video game (VG) skill acquisition are correlated with individual differences in demographic and behavioral variables, such as age, intelligence and visual attention. However, empirical studies of the relationship between neuroanatomical features and success in VG training have been few and far between. The p...
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In recent years the association between video games, cognition, and the brain has been actively investigated. However, it is still unclear how individual predispositions, such as brain structure characteristics, play a role in the process of acquiring new skills, such as video games. The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate whether acqu...
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While the video gaming training may enhance visual working memory (VWM), at the same time VWM is a key cognitive function in effective video gaming. In our study we examined the relationship between EEG data obtained during the visual working memory task and a real-time strategy (RTS) video game performance. The training lasted 30 hour, during whic...
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The aim of this study is to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Polish version of the Dispositional Flow Scale-2 (DFS-2) and Flow State Scale-2 (FSS-2), for use with Polish adults and young adults. Currently, there are no tools that would allow us to study flow among Polish speakers. At the same time, due to the great interest in flow and i...
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Objectives: Although frequency of cannabis use is considered to be the strongest risk factor for developing cannabis dependence, only up to half of daily users become dependent. In this study, we explored an array of risk factors and moderators of cannabis dependence symptoms from the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition endorse...
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Recent meta-analyses and meta-analytic reviews of most common approaches to cognitive training broadly converge on describing a lack of transfer effects past the trained task. This also extends to the more recent attempts at using video games to improve cognitive abilities, bringing into question if they have any true effects on cognitive functioni...
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Visual working memory (VWM) is the ability to actively maintain visual information over short periods of time and is strongly related to global fluid intelligence and overall cognitive ability. In our study, we used two indices of visual working memory capacity: the behavioral estimate of capacity (K) and contralateral delay activity (CDA) in order...
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Background: Impairments in various subdomains of memory have been associated with chronic cannabis use, but less is known about their neural underpinnings, especially in the domain of the brain’s oscillatory activity. Aims: To investigate neural oscillatory activity supporting working memory (WM) in regular cannabis users and non-using controls. We...
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Playing video games is associated with a wide range of cognitive processes such as perception abilities or attention (Stern et al., 2011; Kowalczyk et al., 2018). People have the capacity to learn new complex abilities, but it is still not clear how cognitive and neural predispositions may accompany this process. The presented study is focused on i...
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Our study aimed to evaluate whether the type of food products and the frequency of their consumption are associated with cognitive functioning in younger and older adults. The impact of diets that are high in added sugars and saturated fat on cognitive functioning, especially on memory, was at the center of our interest. Participants in the study w...
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Behavioral and neuroimaging studies show that people trust and collaborate with others based on a quick assessment of the facial appearance. Based on the morphological characteristics of the face, i.e., features, shape, or color, it is possible to determine health, attractiveness, trust, and some personality traits. The study attempts to indicate t...
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Background While research has consistently identified an association between long-term cannabis use and memory impairments, few studies have examined this relationship in a polydrug context (i.e., when combining cannabis with other substances). Aims: In this preliminary study, we used event-related potentials to examine the recognition process in a...
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For decades, the frontal alpha asymmetry (FAA) – a disproportion in EEG alpha oscillations power between right and left frontal channels – has been one of the most popular measures of depressive disorders (DD) in electrophysiology studies. Patients with DD often manifest a left-sided FAA: relatively higher alpha power in the left versus right front...
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It is unclear why some people learn faster than others. We performed two independent studies in which we investigated the neural basis of real-time strategy (RTS) gaming and neural predictors of RTS game skill acquisition. In the first (cross-sectional) study, we found that experts in the RTS game StarCraft® II (SC2) had a larger lenticular nucleus...
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The impact of action videogame playing on cognitive functioning is the subject of debate among scientists, with many studies showing superior performance of players relative to non-players on a number of cognitive tasks. Moreover, the exact role of individual differences in the observed effects is still largely unknown. In our Event-Related Potenti...
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The efficacy of cognitive training interventions is recently highly debated. There is no consensus on what kind of training regimen is the most effective. Also, individual characteristics as predictors of training outcome are still being investigated. In this article, we show the attempt to address this issue by examining not only the impact of wor...
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It is unclear why some people learn faster than others. We performed two independent studies in which we investigated the neural basis of real-time strategy (RTS) gaming and neural predictors of RTS games skill-acquisition. In the first (cross-sectional) study we found that experts in the RTS game StarCraft II (SC2) had a larger lenticular nucleus...
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Frontal alpha asymmetry (FAA) is one of the most common electrophysiological measures in research on depressive disorders (DD). Many previous studies reported a relatively higher alpha band power in the left versus right frontal channels (left-sided FAA) in people with DD compared to healthy controls. Recently, however, multiple studies failed to r...
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Marihuana jest obecnie jedną z najpopularniejszych i najczęściej zażywanych substancji psychoaktywnych na świecie. Konopie indyjskie, z których produkuje się marihuanę, zawierają ponad 140 różnych związków aktywnych ? kannabinoidów. Najbardziej znane kanabinoidy to tetrahydrokannabinol (THC) i kannabidiol (CBD). Kannabinoidy działają na układ endok...
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W jelitach człowieka znajduje się około dwóch kilogramów mikroorganizmów, nazywanych mikrobiotą. Wśród nich znajdują się bakterie komensalne, których rolą jest dostarczanie organizmowi energii, produkcja metabolitów, czy też unieszkodliwianie bakterii patogennych. Niektóre bakterie komensalne są w stanie wytwarzać substancje neuroaktywne, wpływając...
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Mimo iż gry wideo, zwane również grami komputerowymi, nie powstały, aby uczyć to stanowią płaszczyznę do badania neuroplastyczności czyli zdolności mózgu do ,,przeprogramowywania się?? w wyniku specyficznego doświadczenia. Badania donoszą, iż regularne granie w gry komputerowe, w szczególności gry akcji, poprawia głównie podstawowe zdolności poznaw...
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Social interactions require quick perception, interpretation, and categorization of faces, with facial features offering cues to emotions, intentions, and traits. Importantly, reactions to faces depend not only on their features but also on their processing fluency, with disfluent faces suffering social devaluation. The current research used electr...
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Maintaining multiple items in working memory (WM) is central to human behavior. Persistently active neurons are thought to be a mechanism to maintain WMs, but it remains unclear how such activity is coordinated when multiple items are kept in memory. We show that memoranda-selective persistently active neurons in the human medial temporal lobe phas...
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The attentional blink (AB) phenomenon is a transitory impairment of attention consisting in the inability of subjects to report on the second target (T2) when it is presented between 200-500 ms after the first one (T1). Current evidence suggest, however, that T2 might reach working memory - as reflected in the modulation of the P3 component (Krancz...
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Background: Information processing in the brain involves the synchronization of brain structures realized by the transmission of rhythmic activity. The aim of our work was to find connectivity patterns between brain structures during the same mental activity performed during tasks with different stimuli modality. Material and methods: The task: the...
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Background Information processing in the brain involves the synchronization of brain structures realized by the transmission of rhythmic activity. The aim of our work was to find connectivity patterns between brain structures during the same mental activity performed during tasks with different stimuli modality. Material and methods The task: the...
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Aging is associated with a decline in a wide range of cognitive functions and working memory (WM) deterioration is considered a main factor contributing to this. Therefore, any attempt to counteract WM decline seems to have a potential benefit for older adults. However, determination of whether such methods like WM trainings are effective is a subj...
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Holding information in working memory (WM) is an active and effortful process that is accompanied by sustained load-dependent changes in oscillatory brain activity. These proportional power increases are often reported in EEG studies recording theta over frontal midline sites. Intracranial recordings, however, yield mixed results, depending on the...
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Na świecie stopniowo wzrasta liczba osób dożywających sędziwego wieku. Jednocześnie wraz z wiekiem ulega pogorszeniu szereg procesów poznawczych, takich jak: pamięć, uwaga, szybkość przetwarzania informacji czy kontrola poznawcza. Z tego względu bardzo popularne stały się programy usprawniające zdolności intelektualne tej grupy. Jednym z szeroko dy...
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Transmission of EEG activity during a visual and auditory version of the working memory task based on the paradigm of linear syllogism was investigated. Our aim was to find possible similarities and differences in the synchronization patterns between brain structures during the same mental activity performed on different modality stimuli. The EEG a...
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Experienced video game players exhibit superior performance in visuospatial cognition when compared to non‐players. However, very little is known about the relation between video game experience and structural brain plasticity. To address this issue, a direct comparison of the white matter brain structure in RTS (real time strategy) video game play...
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Major depressive disorder has become a serious problem throughout our civilization that affects 350 millions of people in the world - roughly 5% of the population. On average, one in 20 people has experienced a depressive episode in the last year. Neuroimaging research has shown diverse changes in both brain structure and function in patients with...
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Study objectives: Deterioration in sleep quality seems to be a natural consequence of physical changes during pregnancy. It is still unclear if insomnia in pregnancy is associated with the same factors as chronic insomnia in the general population. The aim of this study was to explore the determinants of insomnia during pregnancy. Methods: The s...
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In multi-attribute choice, people use heuristics to simplify decision problems. We studied the use of heuristic and rational strategies and their electrophysiological correlates. Since previous work linked the P3 ERP component to attention and decision making, we were interested whether the amplitude of this component is associated with decision st...
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This paper shortly reviews the measures used to estimate neural synchronization in experimental settings. Our focus is on multivariate measures of dependence based on the Granger causality (G-causality) principle, their applications and performance in respect of robustness to noise, volume conduction, common driving, and presence of a “weak node.”...
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Objective: Present research examined children’s behavioural and cognitive functioning by using data from a screening study based on reports given by parents and teachers, and investigated the strongest predictors of children’s fluid intelligence. Method: Scales: Conners Early Childhood Behaviour Scale (CEC BEH [S]) and Behaviour Rating Inventory of...
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Cognitive deficits in depression are mostly apparent in executive functions, especially when integration of information and reasoning is required. In parallel, there are also numerous studies pointing to the frontal alpha band asymmetry as a psychophysiological marker of depression. In this study, we explored the role of frontal alpha asymmetry as...
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The dynamical pattern of EEG transmission during an auditory working memory task was investigated by means of the Short-time Directed Transfer Function. The obtained temporal and spatial patterns of propagation were found to be in line with the neurophysiological hypotheses concerning the synchronization within and between the frontal and parietal...
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For investigation of time-varying brain networks an approach based on estimation of causal coupling by means of multivariate method was applied. Two cognitive experiments: Constant Attention Test and Working Memory task are considered. Time varying version of a multivariate estimator—Directed Transfer Function was used for calculating dynamically c...
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The impact of video game playing on cognitive abilities has been the focus of numerous studies over the last 10 years. Some cross-sectional comparisons indicate the cognitive advantages of video game players (VGPs) over non-players (NVGPs) and the benefits of video game trainings, while others fail to replicate these findings. Though there is an on...
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Batty, M., & Taylor, M. J. (2003). Early processing of the six basic facial emotional expressions. Cognitive Brain Research, 17(3), 613-620. Vuilleumier, P., & Pourtois, G. (2007). Distributed and interactive brain mechanisms during emotion face perception: evidence from functional neuroimaging. Neuropsychologia, 45(1), 174-194. Winkielman, P., Ols...
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Changes in cognitive functioning are now widely recognized as a very important aspect of depression and depressed mood states. In addition to traditional, behavioral indicators of cognitive process quality, psychophysiological methods, including eye movement analysis, are increasingly used. Eye movement analysis is potentially a valuable tool in ex...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between working memory capacity (WMC) and frontal theta response to memory load in Sternberg task. We show that oscillatory activity in the theta band (4-6 Hz) related to Sternberg task performance may differentiate people characterized by high and low WMC. Specifically, there is a linear in...
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In the last decades, the Internet has developed into a proliferating and flourishing source of information. This phenomenon requires complex pieces of writing to be presented in a way that expedites their efficient processing. This paper presents an experiment studying how text presentation affects reading efficiency and text recall. We compared di...
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Specialized brain training programs aimed at improving cognitive functioning are now widely used not only by people with brain damage but also by increasing numbers of healthy individuals. In addition to the traditional approach which focuses on designing special training paradigms, there is an increasing interest in using video games for cognitive...
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As a comment on Kurzban et al.'s opportunity cost model, we propose an alternative view of mental effort and the action selection mechanism in the brain. Our hypothesis utilizes local resource depletion within neuronal networks, which justifies from a neurophysiological perspective why mental fatigue diminishes after switching to a novel task and e...
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Depression is a disorder characterized not only by persistent negative mood, lack of motivation and a "ruminative" style of thinking, but also by specific deficits in cognitive functioning. These deficits are especially pronounced when integration of information is required. Previous research on linear syllogisms points to a clear pattern of cognit...
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The dynamic pattern of functional connectivity during a working memory task was investigated by means of the short-time directed transfer function. A clear-cut picture of transmissions was observed with the main centres of propagation located in the frontal and parietal regions, in agreement with imaging studies and neurophysiological hypotheses co...
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In this article, we examine the hypothesis that cognitive deficits in subclinical depression become especially evident in tasks that require the integration of piecemeal information into more coherent mental representations, such as mental models. It is argued that in states of subclinical depression, attempts at integrative thinking or problem sol...
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We previously showed that neuronal activity in beta frequency might serve as a carrier for attentional arousal within the visual system of cat. In the present study, we adopted the animal paradigm for anticipatory attention to study alertness-related changes of beta activity in human subjects. The results indicated that increased alertness, manifes...
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The defocused attention hypothesis (von Hecker and Meiser, 2005) assumes that negative mood broadens attention, whereas the analytical rumination hypothesis (Andrews and Thompson, 2009) suggests a narrowing of the attentional focus with depression. We tested these conflicting hypotheses by directly measuring the perceptual span in groups of dysphor...
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Older adults (>60 years) show attentional deficits in comparison to younger people (18-30 years). As beta-band EEG activity has been previously postulated to indicate attentional modulation in the visual system, we searched for possible deficits in beta power in elderly subjects performing an attentional task with spatial differentiation between vi...
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For about two decades now, the localization of the brain regions involved in reasoning processes is being investigated through fMRI studies, and it is known that for a transitive form of reasoning the frontal and parietal regions are most active. In contrast, less is known about the information exchange during the performance of such complex tasks....
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Previous imaging studies have identified many brain regions activated during reasoning, but there are differences among the findings concerning specific regions engaged in reasoning and the contribution of language areas. Also, little is known about the relation between task complexity and neural activation during reasoning. The present fMRI study...
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The cingulate cortex, which comprises of two major subdivisions - anterior cingulate cortex (CG) and retrosplenial cortex (RSP), is implicated in many cognitive functions. The RSP is an important node in the systemic integration network. Studies point to its role in learning that involves spatial stimuli and navigation. Relatively little is known a...
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The number of items that can be held in human short-term memory (STM) is limited to 7 (± 2) elements. Lisman and Idiart's theoretical model of STM proposes that this value depends on the number of gamma cycles that can fit in one theta cycle. Previous studies on animals and humans provided support for this hypothesis but direct evidence from human...
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We studied the dynamical pattern of transmission involved in the information processing during cognitive experiments engaging working memory. The ensemble averaging approach was used to fit a multichannel autoregressive model to the EEG signals recorded during the transitive reasoning task. The short-time directed transfer function was estimated fo...
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Executive functions (EF) are those higher-level cognitive activities that include the monitoring and self-regulation of attention, thought, and action, and the ability to plan behavior and to inhibit inappropriate responses. These cognitive control processes are voluntary and effortful and have been described as providing a system for overriding ro...
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The notion of “depression” is frequently employed to describe a broader category of depressive symptoms, dysphoria, and the depression syndrome as such (Joormann, 2005). Numerous debates in the literature have addressed the issue of continuity, the question of whether moderate depression symptoms (called subclinical depression) differ quantitativel...