Supervisors from Institute of Psychology



My main area of interest is positive cross-cultural psychology. I already run two extensive cross-cultural studies covering data collection in several dozen countries: the first study explored cultural differences in smile perception; in the second study, we researched family happiness across cultures. For the years 2020-2024, I plan the third extensive cross-cultural investigation – into well-being and societal development. Sometimes, I carry out smaller studies, e.g., on emotions, gender equality, or humor.

Since 2012, I am an assistant professor at the Institute of Psychology (where I also received my Ph.D.). From 2017 to 2019, I worked at the Kokoro Research Center at Kyoto University in Japan. I love Japan.

Research interests

Positive cross-cultural psychology, well-being, societal development, emotions, gender issues.

Major publications:

Krys, K., Uchida, Y., Oishi, S., & Diener, E. (2019). Open society fosters satisfaction: Explanation to why individualism associates with country-level measures of satisfaction. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 14, 768-778. /17439760.2018.1557243.

Krys, K., Capaldi, C. A., Lun, V. M.-C., Vauclair, C.-M., Bond, M. H., Dominguez-Espinosa, A., & Uchida, Y. (2019). Psychologizing indexes of societal progress: Accounting for cultural diversity in preferred developmental pathways. Culture & Psychology. Advance Online Publication.

Krys, K., Capaldi, C., van Tilburg, W., Lipp, O., Bond, M., Vauclair, M., Manickam, S., Dominguez-Espinosa, A., Torres, C., Lun, V., Teyssier, J., Miles, L., Hansen, K., Szarota, P., Yu, A. A., Xing, C., Wise, R., Wagner, W., Sun, Ch., Siddiqui, R., Salem, R., Rizwan, M., Pavlopoulos, V., Park, J., Nader, M., Maricchiolo, F., Malbran, M., Javangwe, G., Işık, I, Igbokwe, D., Hur, T., Hassan, A., Gonzalez, A., Fülöp, M., Denoux, P., Cenko, E., Chkhaidze, A., Burtceva, E., Antalíková, R., & Ahmed, R. (2018). Catching up with wonderful women: The women-are-wonderful effect is smaller in more gender-egalitarian societies. International Journal of Psychology, 53, 21-26.

Krys, K., Vauclair, C.-M., Capaldi, C. A., Lun, V. M.-C., Bond, M. H., Domínguez-Espinosa, A., Torres, C., Lipp, O. V., Manickam, L. S. S., Xing, C., Antalíková, R., Pavlopoulos, V., Teyssier, J., Hur, T., Hansen, K., Szarota, P., Ahmed, R. A., Burtceva, E., Chkhaidze, A., Cenko, E., Denoux, P., Fülöp, M., Hassan, A., Igbokwe, D. O., Işık, İ., Javangwe, G., Malbran, M., Maricchiolo, F., Mikarsa, H., Miles, L. K., Nader, M., Park, J., Rizwan, M., Salem, R., Schwarz, B., Shah, I., Sun, C., Tilburg, W., Wagner, W., Wise, R, & Yu, A. A. (2016). Be careful where you smile: Culture shapes judgments of intelligence and honesty of smiling individuals. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 40, 101-116.

Special Issue of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology that I am guest-editing:

Krys, K., Uchida, Y, & Domínguez-Espinosa, A. (2019). Call for Papers to Special Issue on “Bridging (cross-)cultural psychology with societal development studies: Discussion on the idea of cultural sensitivity in conceptualizing and measuring societal development”. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.


Every single day millions of people struggle with addiction. Those who break the cycle and free themselves from addiction are able to open up to a fuller life, and the ripple effect of being clean can have a tremendous positive impact on others. Professor Mateusz Gola combines clinical practice with computational neuroscience to develop novel and effective methods of behavioral addiction treatment and preventing relapses after addiction treatment. He directs Clinical Neuroscience Lab at the Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences and Research and Development department at PredictWatch company developing AI-supported wearable technologies for relapse prediction and prevention in substance and behavioral addiction. His dream is to help millions of people stay sober and enjoy life to the fullest. He graduated in Psychology at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, completed post-doctoral in Computational Neuroscience at the Institute for Computational Neuroscience at the University of California San Diego, and Clinical Neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine. He has created and directed an international research program on compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD) resulted in over 50 recognized publications and the inclusion of CSBD as a new diagnostic entity into the WHO’s 11th edition of the International Classification of Disorders (ICD-11).


Research interests:

Addiction Treatment, Behavioral Addiction, Compulsive Sexual Behaviors, Problematic Pornography Use, Cognitive Neuroscience.

Major publications:

Gola, M., Wordecha, M., Sescousse, G., Lew-Starowicz, M., Kossowski, B., Wypych, M., ... & Marchewka, A. (2017). Can pornography be addictive? An fMRI study of men seeking treatment for problematic pornography use. Neuropsychopharmacology42(10), 2021-2031.

Potenza, M. N., Gola, M., Voon, V., Kor, A., & Kraus, S. W. (2017). Is excessive sexual behaviour an addictive disorder?. The Lancet Psychiatry4(9), 663-664.

Gola, M., Lewczuk, K., & Skorko, M. (2016). What matters: Quantity or quality of pornography use? Psychological and behavioral factors of seeking treatment for problematic pornography use. The journal of sexual medicine13(5), 815-824.

Gola, M., & Potenza, M. N. (2016). Paroxetine treatment of problematic pornography use: A case series. Journal of behavioral addictions5(3), 529-532.

Gola, M., Magnuski, M., Szumska, I., & Wróbel, A. (2013). EEG beta-band activity is related to attention and attentional deficits in the visual performance of elderly subjects. International Journal of Psychophysiology89(3), 334-341.