Maria Lewicka

Maria Lewicka
Nicolaus Copernicus University | umk · Psychology Department

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Global challenges ranging from climate change and ecological regime shifts to refugee crises and post-national territorial claims are rapidly moving ecosystem thresholds and altering the social fabric of societies worldwide. This book addresses the vital question of how to navigate the contested forces of stability and change in a world shaped by m...
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In the contemporary world of human mobility, one of the key problems is why different groups of people are welcomed in some places, but are driven away from others. Theoretical writings of geographers, sociologists, and architects suggest that place can be defined in two ways—as an essentialist, bounded entity with historical continuity or as an op...
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The chapter (written in Polish) summarizes research concerning the relationship between place identity and memory of the multicultural past of this place. Research summarized in the chapter was carried out in cities that have a complex, multicultural history that is often ignored or explicitly contested by their present residents. The chapter shows...
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A pattern language is a set of recipes, described by the architect Christopher Alexander, to help design spaces that will appeal to everybody and satisfy basic human needs. In this paper, we tested (1) whether the presence of patterns in an urban landscape is associated with a positive affect and aesthetic appreciation, and (2) what kind of emotion...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted a reconsideration, perhaps even a fundamental shift in our relationships with place. As people worldwide have experienced 'lockdown,' we find ourselves emplaced in new and complex ways. In this Commentary, we draw attention to the reworking of people-place relations that the pandemic has catalysed thus far. We off...
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Psychological essentialism is a widely studied concept within the social sciences, including the field of psychology. However, this concept has not been empirically explored when applied to perception of places. In this paper, we show that the essentialism vs. anti-essentialism philosophical controversy underlies the discussion carried out in human...
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Three survey studies, carried out in Ukraine between 2013 and 2017, investigated the regional differentiation and mutual relationships between different types of identities: local, national, transnational, and non-spatial. Theory of uncompleted national identity in Eastern, as compared to Western Ukraine, was used to account for the observed differ...
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This paper develops a theoretical argument for how place attachments are forged and become dynamically linked to increasingly common mobility practices. First, we argue that mobilities, rather than negating the importance of place, shift our understanding of place and the habitual ways we relate to and bond with places as distinct from a conception...
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This paper develops a theoretical argument for how place attachments are forged and become dynamically linked to increasingly common mobility practices. First, we argue that mobilities, rather than negating the importance of place, shift our understanding of place and the habitual ways we relate to and bond with places as distinct from a conception...
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Nostalgia is a reflective emotion not related to any specific expression or psychophysiological arousal. This atypical emotion attracted attention 300 years ago when it was referred to as "homesickness" rather than "a desire to come back to an idealized past", which is the way it is understood now. A more organized scientific interest in nostalgia...
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Low levels of civic engagement and social trust in post-communist countries constitute an important limitation to national economic growth and the well-being of inhabitants. In the current paper we propose that discovering local history should result in greater place attachment which constitutes a viable strategy for stimulating indicators of socia...
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This paper investigates the relationship between perceived ethnic, age and income diversity and neighbourhood attachment, accounting for measures of objective diversity calculated for small, individualised neighbourhoods. With data from Warsaw in Poland, we examine whether neighbourhood ties with people of different ethnicity, age and income modera...
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Twenty-five years after the fall of communism in Poland, a considerable number of citizens manifest nostalgia for the communist times. In this article, we approach this phenomenon within the framework of autobiographical memory and decide between two sets of hypotheses, one predicting that postcommunist nostalgia is experienced mostly by people who...
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Twenty-five years after the fall of communism in Poland, a considerable number of citizens manifest nostalgia for the communist times. In this article, we approach this phenomenon within the framework of autobiographical memory and decide between two sets of hypotheses, one predicting that post-communist nostalgia is experienced mostly by people wh...
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Agency and communion are two modalities of human existence, corresponding to focus on individuality and achievements versus cooperation and sense of togetherness. In this paper I demonstrate that agency and communion, along with other areas of life, permeate people's relationships with places; agency-related variables are associated with different...
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a b s t r a c t Previous studies carried out within the rule-discovery paradigm demonstrated that people use different strategies depending on the affective value of the rule exemplars (i.e., whether they are sources of per-sonal gains or losses). When learning positive categories, people tend to attach more weight to false pos-itives than false ne...
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Numerous studies show that place attachment correlates positively with age, length of residence and strength of local ties and negatively with community size, education, and economic development of the region of residence. Does that mean that along with education, mobility, economic development and urbanization and with the decrease in importance o...
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This paper reviews research in place attachment and organizes the material into three sections: research, method, and theory. A review of several hundred empirical and theoretical papers and chapters reveals that despite mobility and globalization processes, place continues to be an object of strong attachments. The main message of the paper is tha...
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Before WWII Jews constituted one third of the Warsaw population. Muranów is the heart of the former Jewish district, the central area of the Warsaw Ghetto, installed by the Nazis in 1940. This district was totally destroyed during the war and its present urban shape not in the least reminds of its pre-war past. In this study, we investigated the co...
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Several years ago Hidalgo and Hernandez reported a curvilinear, U-shaped, relationship between scale of place (apartment, neighborhood, city) and strength of attachment to the place. In this paper four studies are presented, carried out in four Central-European cities, that (1) confirmed the reported curvilinear relationship using five places (apar...
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This paper investigates collective memory in inhabitants of two twin cities, Lviv (Ukraine, previously Lwów, Poland) and Wrocław (Poland, previously Breslau, Germany). Due to territorial changes in Eastern and Central Europe after World War II, the two cities changed their state belonging and—consequently—their populations. This study focused on me...
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This paper tries to reconcile two sets of apparently contradictory results. One is the positive link, postulated in literature, between place attachment and civic activity, the other is the sociological claim that there is a negative relationship between place attachment and a person's social and cultural status (cultural capital), which in turn is...
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Jan Smedslund's psychologic is an impressive attempt to show to empirical psychologists that they have wasted their life by studying what they have known all along. According to Smedslund, most (if not all) empirical truths in psychology are commonsense truths which follow necessarily from the set of assumptions implict in everyday language. An att...
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This chapter examines a cognitive bias that the author feels can explain apparent departures from rationality in hypothesis testing, causal reasoning, judgments of covariation, control judgments, and judgments under uncertainty—namely confirmation bias. The particular form of this bias with which the author's analysis is concerned is the confirmato...
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Two studies were run which tested the prediction that clinically depressed persons, known for difficulties in making a decision, would process predecisional information relevant to an interpersonal choice in a more impartial, less biased way than non-depressed persons. Both studies provided confirmation for this hypothesis. In each case, the depres...
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In the quest to understand how people conceptualize emotional feelings, one approach has been to seek the dimensions by which they perceive the similarities and differences among feelings. A circumplex model of affect represents this set of mutual relations by placing feeling-related concepts in a circular order in a space formed by two bipolar dim...
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The controversy between constructivistic and realistic views of human cognition can be reconciled by introducing the notion of the anchorage of cognitive acts. Objectively anchored cognitions serve to identify necessary conditions of outcomes and are therefore functional mainly for processing negative and non-intended occurrences, while subjectivel...
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This chapter discusses the positivity bias in perception and organization of cognitive field. In numerous studies on human cognition, it is observed that people tend to perceive the surrounding world through some kind of “pink glasses”—that is, they tend to ascribe to the perceived objects those attributes which are positive rather than negative. T...

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To support and further build an international network of scholars passionate about the advancement of theories, concepts and methods on the identification and assessment of sense of place and place attachment across geographic and temporal scales