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Szymon Wichary


Dr. S.R. Wichary
+31 71 527 3463

Szymon Wichary studied Psychology and Biology as an undergraduate at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. In the years 2000/2001 and 2003 he was a visiting predoctoral fellow at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He obtained his PhD in Psychology from Jagiellonian University in 2004, and he worked for two years at the Institute of Psychology, before moving to SWPS University of Social Sciences, where he is an associate professor after obtaining habilitation in 2018. In 2010/2011 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Economic Psychology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Currently, he is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Leiden University, working with Sander Nieuwenhuis on neuromodulation of decision-making. His research interests focus on cognition-emotion interactions and the role of emotional arousal and individual differences in decision making. He combines computerized cognitive tasks, psychophysiological methods and formal modeling in order to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying choices.

Funded research projects
2018-2020: Sources of rationality: arousal and the use of rational and heuristic decision strategies, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 177 598.80 €.
2017: Role of the endogenous opioid system in decision making, intramural research fund, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, 30 000 PLN (7 175 €), principal investigator.
2012-2016: Psychological and biological sources of risk aversion, National Science Centre grant, 536 400 PLN (123 246 €), principal investigator.



  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Cognitieve Psychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B11



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