Prof. Michał Wierzchoń from the Jagiellonian University Institute of Psychology has been elected the new president of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP). He is the first Polish researcher to serve as president since the organisation was established in 1985. It currently has nearly one thousand members from all over the world.
‘I’m very happy that such a large group of researchers has chosen me to lead the European Society for Cognitive Psychology. It’s an honour and a great challenge which motivates me to continue my work. It’s also clear evidence of the recognition that Polish cognitive psychology has gained in the international community’, said Prof. Wierzchoń.
‘This nomination will undoubtedly increase the visibility of both Jagiellonian University research and the overall achievements of Polish researchers in the world. Psychology is one of the most internationalised academic disciplines in the area of social sciences in Poland, and in no small part due to the activities of the JU Institute of Psychology’, said JU Vice-Rector for Research Prof. Piotr Kuśtrowski.
Prof. Michał Wierzchoń is the head of the Consciousness Lab (C-Lab) at the JU Institute of Psychology as well as the JU Centre for Brain Research. He serves as the Vice-Dean for Research at the JU Faculty of Philosophy and head of the International PhD Programme in Cognitive Neuroscience. He is also a co-leader of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology programme’s initiative ‘The Neural Architecture of Consciousness', funded by the European Commission. His interests include consciousness theory, visual awareness, neural correlates of consciousness and sensory substitution.
JU Institute of Psychology is a leading research and teaching institution in Poland. It currently realises 69 grants with a total funding of 70 million zlotys. The publications of its employees are regularly featured in prestigious international journals. In 2022, its study programme in Psychology was the most popular one amongst prospective students applying to the Jagiellonian University.