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dr. M.A. (Malgorzata) Goclowska


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group Work and Organizational Psychology
  • Visiting address
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Amsterdam
    Room number: 2.12
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15919
    1001 NK  Amsterdam
  • M.A.Goclowska@uva.nl

Bio

Małgorzata (aka Gosia) Gocłowska is a research fellow in psychology. She looks at social-contextual and personality antecedents of creativity. She obtained an MA from the University of Warsaw (2007, magna cum laude), and a PhD from the University of Kent (2011), and won two Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (2012-2014 and 2014-2017). She recently returned from the US where she was a visting scholar in Andrew Elliot's lab (University of Rochester, NY). 

For more background info see Gosia's Vitae

 Diversifying Experiences and Creativity

I’m interested in unusual life experiences (social diversity, counter-stereotypes, schema-violations) and how they relate to creativity. On the one hand, unusual experiences can be thought of as threatening, and can hurt cognitive performance, but on the other hand, they can inspire flexible thinking and creativity. I'm interested in why this occurs, and what determines whether unusual experiences are of help or hinderance. In a recent paper with Rodica Damian and Shira Mor we provide some answers to these questions by integrating research on multicultural and diversifying experiences with the transactional model of stress and coping. 

Key paper:

Gocłowska, M. A., Damian, R. I., Mor, S. (in press). The Diversifying Experience Model: Taking a broader conceptual view of the multiculturalism-creativity link. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. doi:10.1177/0022022116650258

[Link and PDF TBA]

Counter-stereotypes and Creativity

Creativity benefits when people overcome schematic thinking, and some of my work investigated whether exposure to non-schematic targets can boost creativity. With Richard CrispMatthijs Baas and Carsten De Dreu we found that counter-stereotypes (e.g., a counter-stereotypic “female mechanic” vs. a stereotypic “male mechanic”; an astronaut standing on the moon, vs. an astronaut standing on the beach) impact flexible and divergent thinking on a subsequent task. When participants low in the need for structure saw counter-stereotypic targets, creativity increased, however, in participants high in the need for structure counter-stereotypic targets hampered creativity.

My more recent work, with Matthijs Baas, Andrew Elliot, and Carsten De Dreu, builds on these findings and explores the roots and mechanisms behind people's preference for counter-stereotypic and schema-violating stimuli. In this work we found that while most people avoid schema-violations, because they find them surprising, people open to experience see such stimuli also interesting, increasing their willingness to approach schema-violations.

Key papers:

Gocłowska, M. A., Baas, M., Crisp, R. J., De Dreu, C. K. W. (2014). Whether social schema violations help or hurt creativity depends on need for structure.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.   40(8), 959-971. doi:10.1177/0146167214533132

[PDF]   [Link]

Gocłowska, M. A., Baas, M., Elliot, A. J., De Dreu, C. K. W. (2017). Why schema-violations are sometimes preferable to schema-consistencies: The role of interest and openness to experience. Journal of Research in Personality. in press. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2016.12.005

[PDF]   [Link]

Multiple Identities and Creativity

In another line of research with Richard Crisp we developed a theoretical model explaining when and why having multiple social identities associates with flexible thinking and creativity. Belonging to many social groups that vary in norms and cultures helps people to (1) practice switching between different perspectives on problems (2) reconcile inconsistent ideas and (3) affords a greater variety of sources for creative input. In individuals who become members of new social groups, especially when these groups are very different from one-another (e.g., a Chinese-American, a female footballer), these three cognitive processes should lead to greater flexible thought and increased originality. In a recent cooperation with Nik Steffens, Tegan Cruwys and Adam Galinsky we found initial evidence for the third of these processes: our work shows that the number of social groups that people belong to is positively associated with the number and originality of ideas they generate, and that these effects are mediated by cognitive flexibility.

Key papers:

Gocłowska, M. A., & Crisp, R. J. (2014). How dual identity processes foster creativity.  Review of General Psychology. 18(3), 216-236. doi: 10.1177/0146167214533132

[PDF]    [Link] 

Steffens, N. K., Gocłowska, M. A., Cruwys, T., & Galinsky, A. D. (2016). How multiple social identities are related to creativity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 42(2):188-203. doi:10.1177/0146167215619875

[PDF]     [Link]

Motivation and Performance

In Andrew Elliot’s lab we worked on various aspects of competence, motivation, and performance. For instance, we looked at how achievement goals and temperament link with cooperative, competitive and individual learning preferences. In ongoing collaborations we're looking into the relation between extrinsic rewards, intrinsic motivation and creativity, and into what makes up the emotion of awe. 

Key paper:

Gocłowska, M. A., Aldhobaiban, N., Elliot, A. J., Murayama, K., Kobeisy, A., & Abdelaziz, A. (in press). Temperament and self-based correlates of cooperative, competitive and individualistic learning preferences. International Journal of Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12206.

[PDF]    [Link] 

A.J. Elliot, N. Aldhobaiban, A. Kobeisy, K. Murayama, M.A. Gocłowska, S. Lichtenfeld & A. Khayat (2016). Linking social independence preference and achievement goal adoption. Learning and Individual Differences, in press. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2016.08.020

[Link] 

Grants and Awards

Marie-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (2014-2017, University of  Rochester & University of Amsterdam), Runner up of the SESP Dissertation Award (2012), Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2012-2014, University of Amsterdam; see report), Travel grant from the European Association for Social Psychology (2012; see report), PhD awarded with no corrections (exceptional in the UK, 2011), Ideas Factory Grant from Kent Innovation and Enterprise (2011), Student Enterprise Grant, University of Kent (2012), Best Talk Award at a PG Research Symposium, University of Kent (2009), PhD studentship, University of Kent (2007-2010), MA awarded magna cum laude, University of Warsaw (2007), ERASMUS mobility studentship, University of Warsaw & KULeuven (2004).

Ad Hoc Reviewing

Journal of Personality, Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Social Psychological and Personality Science, British Journal of Psychology, Sex Roles, Review of General Psychology, Journal of Creative Behavior, Educational Researcher, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, International Journal of Psychology, Educational Psychology.

Media

On schema-violations and creativity in Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201408/seeing-unexpected-things-makes-some-people-more-creative

On schema-violations and creativity in the January 2015 edition of "Psychologie Heute": http://www.pressekatalog.de/inhalt/Psychologie_Heute-00001_2015_2000570t.pdf

Kan iedereen creatiever worden? July 2015 edition of "Quest Psychologie": https://blendle.com/i/quest-psychologie/kan-iedereen-creatiever-worden/bnl-questpsychologie-20150716-61922_kan_iedereen_creatiever_worden

2017

  • Gocłowska, M. A., Baas, M., Elliot, A. J., & De Dreu, C. K. W. (2017). Why schema-violations are sometimes preferable to schema-consistencies: The role of interest and openness to experience. Journal of Research in Personality, 66, 54-69. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2016.12.005 [details]

2016

  • Gocłowska, M. A., Damian, R. I., & Mor, S. (2016). The Diversifying Experience Model: Taking a Broader Conceptual View of the Multiculturalism-Creativity Link. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, in press. DOI: 10.1177/0022022116650258 [details]
  • Elliot, A. J., Aldhobaiban, N., Kobeisy, A., Murayama, K., Gocłowska, M. A., Lichtenfeld, S., & Khayat, A. (2016). Linking social interdependence preferences to achievement goal adoption. Learning and Individual Differences, 50, 291-295. DOI: 10.1016/j.lindif.2016.08.020 [details]
  • Elliot, A. J., Aldhobaiban, N., Murayama, K., Kobeisy, A., Gocłowska, M. A., & Khyat, A. (2016). Impression management and achievement motivation: Investigating substantive links. International Journal of Psychology, 1-7. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12252 [details]
  • Steffens, N. K., Gocłowska, M. A., Cruwys, T., & Galinsky, A. D. (2016). How multiple social identities are related to creativity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(2), 188-203. DOI: 10.1177/0146167215619875 [details]
  • Vezzali, L., Gocłowska, M. A., Crisp, R. J., & Stathi, S. (2016). On the relationship between cultural diversity and creativity in education: The moderating role of communal versus divisional mindset. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 21, 152-157. DOI: 10.1016/j.tsc.2016.07.001 [details]

2015

  • Gocłowska, M. A., Aldhobaiban, N., Elliot, A. J., Murayama, K., Kobeisy, A., & Abdelaziz, A. (2015). Temperament and self-based correlates of cooperative, competitive and individualistic learning preferences. International Journal of Psychology, 52(3), 180. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12206 [details]

2014

  • Goclowska, M. A., & Crisp, R. J. (2014). How dual-identity processes foster creativity. Review of General Psychology, 18(3), 216-236. DOI: 10.1037/gpr0000008 [details]
  • Gocłowska, M. A., Baas, M., Crisp, R. J., & de Dreu, C. K. W. (2014). Whether social schema violations help or hurt creativity depends on need for structure. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(8), 959-971. DOI: 10.1177/0146167214533132 [details]

2013

  • Goclowska, M. A., & Crisp, R. J. (2013). On counter-stereotypes and creative cognition: When interventions for reducing prejudice can boost divergent thinking. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 8, 72-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.tsc.2012.07.001 [details]
  • Goclowska, M. A., Crisp, R. J., & Labuschagne, K. (2013). Can counter-stereotypes boost flexible thinking? Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 16(2), 217-231. DOI: 10.1177/1368430212445076 [details]

2016

  • Gocłowska, M. A., Groskamp, D., Baas, M., Elliot, A. J., & de Dreu, C. K. W. (2016). Schema-violation preference associates with greater creativity. In Talk at the Krakow Small Group Meeting on Cognitive Consistency. Kraków, Poland, May 20-22. [details]
  • Gocłowska, M. A., Baas, M., van Elk, M., & Elliot, A. J. (2016). Does awe arise in reaction to the uncanny?: Linking the emotion of awe and expectancy violations. In Talk at the "Causes and consequences of awe" symposium in the CERE Emotions conference. Leiden, July 06-07. [details]

2015

  • Gocłowska, M. A. (2015). Counter-stereotypes can inspire some, and antagonize others: Implications for leadership research. In Talk at the EASP Small Group Meeting on Unexpected Leadership: How Marginal Individuals and Groups Lead Social Transformation. Sheffield, UK, July 15-17.. [details]
  • Gocłowska, M. A. (2015). People low in need for structure and closure prefer schema-violations. In Poster at the International Convention of Psychological Science. Amsterdam, March 12 - 14. [details]
  • Gocłowska, M. A. (2015). Whether social schema violations help or hurt creativity depends on need for structure. In Talk at the Deviance and Creativity Symposium, Annual SPSP Meeting. Long Beach, CA, February 26 - 28. [details]

2012

  • Gocłowska, M. (2012). Counter-stereotypes and creativity. European bulletin of social psychology, 24(2), 45-46. [details]

2014

  • Goclowska, M. A., Baas, M., Crisp, R. J., & de Dreu, C. K. W. (2014). Counter-stereotypes enhance creativity when need for structure is low. Abstract from General Meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology., . [details]

2012

  • Goclowska, M. A., & Crisp, R. (2012). Can counter-stereotypes boost creativity. Abstract from EASP Small group Meeting on Control.Power and Intergroup Relations, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, . [details]
  • Goclowska, M. A., & Crisp, R. J. (2012). Challenging social stereotypes stimulates flexible and creative thinking. Poster session presented at Annual Meeting of the Society for personality and Social psychology. San Diego, California, . [details]
  • Goclowska, M. A., Crisp, R. J., & Labuchagne, K. (2012). When and why will counter-stereotypic diversity boost creativity?. Poster session presented at SPSSI-EASP Small Group Conference on Proactive Behavior Across Group Bounderies. Stony Brook University, Nwe York., . [details]

Award

  • Goclowska, M.A. (2014): Marie Curie European Fellowship (with C.K.W. de Dreu & A.E. Elliot); €275.000.
  • Goclowska, M.A. (2012): Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (with C.K.W. de Dreu); €184.000. Recognition..

Keynote / Invited lecture

  • Goclowska, M.A. (speaker), Baas, M. (speaker), Crisp, R. (speaker) & de Dreu, C.K.W. (speaker) (23-3-2013): Creative performance in a diverse world, Psychological benefits of diversity and counter-stereotypicality symposium at the Social relations and Human Security Conference, Coventry University.
  • Goclowska, M.A. (speaker), Baas, M. (speaker), Crisp, R. (speaker) & de Dreu, C.K.W. (speaker) (29-7-2013): Can an Eskimo on the desert make us more creative? Schemata violation increases flexibility when need for structure is low, EASP Small Group Meeting: Motivational, cognitive and affective sources of knowledge formation process., Kraków - Przegorzały.
  • Goclowska, M.A. (speaker) & Crisp, R.J. (speaker) (4-7-2012): Can counter-stereotypes boost creativity?, Paper presented at the EASP Small Group Meeting on Control, Power and Intergroup Relations., Kazimierz Dolny.
  • Goclowska, M.A. (speaker), Baas, M. (speaker), Crisp, R.J. (speaker) & de Dreu, C.K.W. (speaker) (30-11-2012): When and why will counter-stereotypic diversity boost creativity?, The SPSSI-EASP Small Group Conference on Proactive Behavior Across Group Boundaries, Stony Brook University, New York.
  • Goclowska, M.A. (speaker) & Crisp, R.J. (speaker) (13-7-2011): Creativity and diversity: A social categorization perspective, General Meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology., Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Goclowska, M.A. (speaker) & Crisp, R.J. (speaker) (17-9-2009): The differential effects of diversity on creative outcomes., The BPS Social Psychology Section Conference, Sheffield, UK.
  • Goclowska, M.A. (speaker) & Crisp, R.J. (speaker) (22-6-2009): Zaskakujące kategorie społeczne a kreatywność. [Surprising category combinations and creativity], Tajfel Seminar, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Goclowska, M.A. (speaker) & Crisp, R.J. (speaker) (14-6-2008): Creativity in multicultural settings, General Meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology, Opatija, Croatia.
  • Goclowska, M.A. (speaker) & Kofta, M (speaker) (9-6-2008): Not quite human, but effective: self-infrahumanization in people, who manipulate others., Small Group Meeting on Dehumanization, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland.
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