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Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Emotional Regulation and Cognitive Processes


The Emotion Cognition Lab (ECL) focuses on experimental research on cognitive process and emotion regulation in normal psychology and psychopathology. Our current research projects focus on the role of repetitive negative thinking (RNT), and non-adaptive daydreaming.

Idea and Research Objectives

One of ECL’s objectives is to apply the latest methods and technical solutions to measure psychological processes, and to tests how new technologies may be applied to psychological interventions. These goals influence the interdisciplinary character of ECL, which gathers scientists who represent various disciplines, such as psychologists, information technology specialists, engineers, and user experience experts, who specialize in participatory design. Consequently, ECL follows the Living Lab approach, which provides opportunities for direct collaboration between researchers, designers, practitioners, and potential users of new tools and solutions.

Research Team

Monika Kornacka


Monika Kornacka

psychologist, Head of the Emotion Cognition Lab



Wiesław Kopeć

 research and technology specialist

Jagoda Lazarek


Jagoda Lazarek

computer science expert


prof. Celine Baeyens – Universite Grenoble Alpes, France
prof. Celine Douilliez – Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
dr Thierry Atzeni – Universite Grenoble Alpes, France
dr Catherine Bortolon – Universite Grenoble Alpes, France
dr Jacek Buczny – VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands
dr hab. Piotr Napieralski – Institute of Information Technology, Lodz University of Technology, Poland
mgr Anna Jaskulska – The KOBO Association and Living Lab, Poland

Research Projects

Repetitive Negative Thoughts

Research has shown that the content of negative thoughts is not the key factor causing low mood, but rather the way this content is processed as well as the attention and executive functions (i.e. the self-regulation resources) have a crucial influence on mood. One of the biggest methodological challenges is examining cognitive processes, such as RNT, not just by relying entirely on descriptive methods, but also by employing objective measurements taken in conditions that resemble the daily life of research participants, as closely as possible. In the projects financed by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) and in a project financed by the SONATA 15 funding scheme, provided by the National Science Center, ECL researchers strive to combine two challenges, ecological conditions and very precise laboratory measurements.

The Center develops new measurement methods of attention, executive functions, and cognition processes, using tools such as eye-tracking, mobile applications, and virtual reality. Additionally, our researchers analyse data provided by declarative and psychophysiological measurements, such as the galvanic skin response (GSR) or changes in heart rate.

HASE Research Initiative

The Human Aspects in Science and Engineering (HASE) project, conducted in collaboration with other leading research centers, including the XR Lab at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PJATK), the VR Lab at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), and the Laboratory of Interactive Technologies OPI-PIB, comprises different aspect of a wide range of mixed reality tools, including virtual and extended reality.

The goal of these projects is to determine whether the use of virtual and extended reality may support cognitive training (mindfulness training) in specific user groups, for example in the elderly. Another interesting research challenge in this area is an attempt to align the work environment in ecological conditions with the cognitive load of people working in different types of office spaces, by using virtual reality tools.

Current projects

  • Toward an integrative model of maladaptive Spontaneous Task-Unrelated Thoughts (STUT). Processual and functional approach (Sonata 15 granting scheme, funding source: the National Science Centre, project duration: 2020-2023)
  • Adaptive vs. maladaptive daydreaming – the role of working memory and daydreaming features in momentary affect (grant provided by the Institute of Psychology of SWPS University, project duration: 2020-2021.
  • InnoSapcesVR system for virtualization of test environment intended for space design, comprising a psychological, acquisition and data integration modules, space visualization in VR, and integration, by means of participatory approach (the “Innovation Voucher” funding scheme, provided under the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020, by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP), Priority Axis II: Support for the environment and capacity of enterprise for R&D&I activity, project duration: 2020-2021)
  • The impact of inhibition on the link between daydreaming and emotional dysregulation - a study combining intensive daily measurements and eye-tracking (Polonium funding scheme, provided by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA): PPN/BFR/2019/1/00049, project duration: 2020-2021)
  • The assessment of attention processes in the context of self-focused thoughts - development and evaluation of the accuracy of an eye-tracking "Matrix" task (an exchange program between the Republic of Poland and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in Belgium, organized by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA), project duration 2020-2021).

Partnering Research Centers and Organizations

  • Centre Hospitalier Amiens, France
  • Laboratory for the Study of Daily Experience, a unit of the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Cognitive Studies at SWPS University
  • KOBO Association and Living Lab, and the HASE initiative

HASE Research Initiative

  • eXtended Reality Laboratory (XR Lab) at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PJATK)
  • 3D Lab at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PJATK)
  • PJATK Research and Development Center in Bytom
  • VR Lab at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)
  • Laboratory of Interactive Technologies at the National Information Processing Institute
  • 3D Immersive Visualization Lab at the Gdańsk University of Technology


Emotion Cognition Lab

Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Emotional Regulation and Cognitive Processes
Head of ECL: Dr. Monika Kornacka
e-mail: mkornacka@swps.edu.pl


SWPS University
Faculty of Psychology in Katowice
Techników 9
40-326 Katowice