I am a research associate at the Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam. I am working on an ERC funded project awarded to Dr. Bastiaan Rutjens. The aim of the project is to provide a unified theoretical framework to understand science scepticism.
Overall, I am interested in social and spatial cognitive processes underpinning attitudes towards science, stereotypic perceptions of social groups, and implicit prejudice associated with gender, sexual orientation, religiosity, and race.
My main collaborations involve Dr. Paul Hanel (University of Essex, UK), prof. Geoffrey Haddock, Dr. Ulrich von Hecker, and Travis Proulx (Cardiff University, UK), Prof. Fern Elsdon-Baker, Dr. Carissa Sharp (University of Birmingham, UK), Dr. Carola Leicht (University of Kent, UK), and Dr. Suzanna Bono (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia).
Zarzeczna, N., 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. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000699
Hanel, P., Zarzeczna, N., & Haddock, G. (2018). Sharing the same political ideology yet endorsing different values: European left- and right-wing political supporters are more heterogeneous than moderates. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10 (7), 874-882. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618803348
POLITICAL MODERATES AGREE MORE WITH EACH OTHER THAN LEFT- AND RIGHT-WINGERS DO
Before joining UvA, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. I worked on a multidisciplinary research project: ‘Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum Global Perspective.’ This project was designed to understand people’s perceptions of the relationship between evolutionary science and religion cross-culturally. My role involved investigating such perceptions in the context of social identity, stereotyping, and prejudice reduction.
Previously, I was a PhD researcher at Cardiff University, UK. I was co-supervised by Dr. Ulrich von Hecker and Prof. Geoffrey Haddock. My project involved investigating the extent to which basic perceptual processes, such as perceptions of physical space, are associated with implicit stereotypical responses in social categorizations of gender and social power.