When it comes to genetics, people have much more in common than there are differences between them. The genomes of a Ukrainian, a Pole or a Slovak are indistinguishable. A DNA test only makes sense if you want to verify the hypothesis about an ancestor from distant parts of the world, says Prof. Paweł Golik.
Can we predict whether behaviours created by the wave of social mobilization will radicalise or not? Dr. Joanna Rak, the laureate of this year`s Barbara Skarga Scholarship awarded as part of the START programme of the Foundation for Polish Science, is working on key problems for crisis management.
Nearly 30 percent Polish Catholics surveyed by psychologists specialising in conspiracy theories believe in the existence of the "gender conspiracy". Belief in the existence of this conspiracy is associated with the conviction of the superiority of one`s own religious group, but it is not a result of religiosity or belief in God.
Over half of the people in Poland admit to having used the services of fortune tellers at least once. Fortune tellers are effective practitioners of social influence. They are good at creating phrases that match one hundred percent of the population - says psychologist Prof. Tomasz Grzyb.
What happens in the brains of mice that get infected with emotions? And what about mice, in which this mechanism does not work? Dr. Ksenia Meyza searches for neural networks responsible for empathy in the brains. Research in this area helps to better understand autism and panic.