Dr Magdalena Rychlowska

Research Associate

Research group:
Social & environmental psychology
029 208 70430
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Research summary

My research focuses on expressions of emotions, their effects and the mechanisms underlying their perception and interpretation. In my current project, I examine whether and how emotions of other people influence the way we cooperate in intergroup social dilemmas. For example, seeing someone who is selfish and happy about it can make us less altruistic than seeing this person express regret about being selfish. Importantly, the impact of emotions may vary as a function of the group status of this other person.
I am also interested in facial expressions of emotion, especially the smile, which is arguably the most complex and versatile among them. Some of my studies explore the role of eye contact and facial mimicry in the perception and interpretation of other people’s smiles. I manipulate these behaviors in the laboratory while also examining them in more ecological contexts: across cultures, in babies using pacifiers over long periods of time, and in facial palsy patients.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


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Economic and Social Research Council Grant (ESRC-ORA), “Communicating appraisals and social motives (CASM): Interpersonal effects of regulated and unregulated emotion expression”. 2014-2016, £396,756.

Research group

Supervisors: Prof. Tony Manstead, Dr Job van der Schalk

Research collaborators

Sylvie Droit-Volet (Université Blaise Pascal)
Agneta Fischer (University of Amsterdam)
Jonathan Gratch (University of Southern California)
Rachael Jack (University of Glasgow)
Paula Niedenthal (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Brian Parkinson (University of Oxford)
Philippe Schyns (University of Glasgow)
Danielle Shore (University of Oxford)

Postgraduate education

2005 - Master’s degree, French Literature, University of Wroclaw, Poland
2010 – Master’s degree, Social and Cognitive Psychology, Universite Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France (advisor: Paula Niedenthal)
2014 – PhD, Social and Cognitive Psychology, Universite Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand (advisors: Sylvie Droit-Volet, Paula Niedenthal)