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Maria K. Kulesza currently works at the Laboratory of Brain Imaging, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Science.
Our past experiences are stored in autobiographical memory (AM). Previous studies showed multiple brain regions involved in AM recall in healthy populations, including limbic and occipital cortices. AM recall may be disturbed in clinical disorders, such as depression (MDD) or borderline personality disorder (BPD) in which self-processing is already...
It is now widely accepted that we are in a climate emergency, and the number of people who are concerned about this problem is growing. Yet, qualitative, in-depth studies to investigate the emotional response to climate change were conducted either in high-income, western countries, or in low-income countries particularly vulnerable to climate chan...
Reporting results from a qualitative study with 40 polish people concerned about climate change.
Aims: The study aimed at examining the effectiveness of cognitive-motor dual-task and single-task cognitive training on executive and attention functions in participants over 65 years of age. Methods: The study comprised 68 participants. They were randomly assigned to dual-task cognitive-motor training (DTT), single-task cognitive training (STT)...
Self-report studies on empathy in adults with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have based upon the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) and generally identified deficits in perspective taking abilities in this group, but indicated less coherent results regarding empathic concern. These two constructs are considered subcomponents of cognitive (...
Findings on the theory of mind (ToM) abilities in borderline personality disorder (BPD) have been inconsistent. Surprisingly, no studies have focused on the complex aspects of ToM while simultaneously measuring alexithymia as well as comorbid depressive and anxiety symptoms, therefore, our study aimed to fill this gap. 30 female patients with BPD a...
The aim of our research project is to understand and describe how climate change makes us feel and what it means for our mental health and climate action taking. To this end, we will conduct a series of studies using questionnaire and experimental methods. The research will be based on data collected in Poland and Norway, two countries heavily dependent on fossil fuels, but with a different social and individual perception regarding the urgency of climate action. https://climate-change-emotions.org/
The main objectives of the project are to investigate neuronal mechanisms underlying 1) processing of autobiographical memory and 2) the ability to engage in adaptive emotion regulation strategies in borderline personality disorder, major depression and healthy controls, with the use of fMRI paradigms. We want to examine whether any of the two ER strategies (cognitive reappraisal or mindful acceptance) is easier to use by one of the clinical groups. We also want to investigate processing of positive, negative and neutral memories in those three groups.
In the recent years there was an increase in the number of people suffering from the loss of control over sexual behavior (time spent on pornography, masturbation or use of paid sexual services). There is ongoing discussion among therapists and researchers, about how to conceptualize such compulsive sexual behaviors (CSB) and perform efficient psychotherapeutic intervention. The aim of the project is to: 1) identify the key neural mechanisms underlying CSB, and 2.) verify the causal role of identified neural mechanisms for CSB symptoms.