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Dr. N.J. (Natalia) Zarzeczna

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Social Psychology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
Postal address
  • Postbus 15900
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    I'm currently a Research Associate at the Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam. I examine belief systems that have adverse societal consequences, with a focus on misperceptions of science (science scepticism) and social groups (stereotypes). 

    Research interests

    Overall, I am interested in how thoughts about physical space underpin misperceptions of science and social groups.

    My main collaborations involve Dr. Bastiaan Rutjens (UvA), Dr. Paul Hanel (University of Essex, UK), prof. Geoffrey Haddock, Dr. Ulrich von Hecker, and Dr. Travis Proulx (Cardiff University, UK).

  • Biography

    Before joining the UvA, I was a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham, UK. I worked on a multidisciplinary research project designed to understand people’s perceptions of the relationship between evolutionary science and religion cross-culturally. 

    Previously, I was a PhD researcher at Cardiff University, UK. I examined how stereotypes about gender interacted with spatial cues to support decision-making about social power. I was supervised by Dr. Ulrich von Hecker and Prof. Geoff Haddock.

  • Publications


    • Zarzeczna, N., Bertlich, T., Većkalov, B., & Rutjens, B. T. (2023). Spirituality is associated with Covid-19 vaccination scepticism. Vaccine, 41(1), 226-235.
    • Zarzeczna, N., Većkalov, B., & Rutjens, B. T. (2023). Spirituality and intentions to engage in Covid-19 protective behaviours. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, [e12765].


    • Hoogeveen, S., Sarafoglou, A., Bartoš, F., Beitner, J., De Ron, J., Gligoric, V., Kleinberg, B., Van der Cruyssen, I., van Dongen, N. N. N., van Ravenzwaaij, D., Verschuere, B., Wiechert, S., Zarzeczna, N., van Elk, M., Wagenmakers, E-J., & The MARP Team (2022). A many-analysts approach to the relation between religiosity and well-being. Religion, Brain & Behavior.
    • Rutjens, B. T., Zarzeczna, N., & van der Lee, R. (2022). Science rejection in Greece: Spirituality predicts vaccine scepticism and low faith in science in a Greek sample. Public Understanding of Science, 31(4), 428-436. [details]
    • Većkalov, B., Zarzeczna, N., McPhetres, J., van Harreveld, F., & Rutjens, B. T. (2022). Psychological Distance to Science as a Predictor of Science Skepticism Across Domains. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


    • Rutjens, B. T., van der Linden, S., van der Lee, R., & Zarzeczna, N. (2021). A group processes approach to antiscience beliefs and endorsement of “alternative facts”. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 24(4), 513-517. [details]
    • Većkalov, B., Zarzeczna, N., Niehoff, E., McPhetres, J., & Rutjens, B. T. (2021). A matter of time… consideration of future consequences and temporal distance contribute to the ideology gap in climate change scepticism. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 78, [101703]. [details]


    • Zarzeczna, N. J., von Hecker, U., Proulx, T., & Haddock, G. (2020). Powerful men on top: Stereotypes interact with metaphors in social categorizations. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance, 46(1), 36-65.



    • Zarzeczna, N., Većkalov, B., Gligorić, V., & Rutjens, B. T. (2021). Letter to the Editors of Psychological Science: Boosting Understanding is Unlikely to Correct False Beliefs About Most Science Domains: Regarding van Stekelenburg et al. (2021). Psychological Science. [details]
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