When you publish a post or photo on social media, or do an online test or quiz, you often unwittingly "sell" information about yourself. That information is used by data brokers, who build profiles of Internet users and sell them to companies and even politicians.
Persistent contemplation of one`s own problems - called rumination - is a mechanism of dealing with emotions. Why do some people, for example those who struggle with depression or anxiety disorders, abuse rumination? Psychologist Dr. Monika Kornacka researches this issue, among other things by following the eyes of ruminating people.
Singing improves concentration, mood and is a good way to overcome barriers; it can help people at every stage of life, says the winner of the Polish edition of FameLab, phoniatrist Dr. Ewelina Sielska-Badurek. She suggests how to eliminate some of the problems associated with singing.
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.