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Dynamical Social Psychology

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Kod przedmiotu: 2500-EN-F-234 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.4 / (0313) Psychologia
Nazwa przedmiotu: Dynamical Social Psychology
Jednostka: Wydział Psychologii
Grupy: Academic basket
Elective courses
electives for 3,4 and 5 year
Social Psychology basket
Punkty ECTS i inne: (brak)
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
Skrócony opis: (tylko po angielsku)

This course will develop the relevance of dynamical systems theory for

understanding and investigating diverse topics in social psychology. The

topics will range from individual level phenomena (e.g. self concept,

attitudes) to group and societal level phenomena (e.g. conflict, social

influence, social change). We will attempt to conceptualize personal and

interpersonal experience as dynamic phenomena whose evolution

reflects a complex interplay of factors operating at different levels and

timescales. Our ultimate goal for the course is to develop a

comprehensive and testable framework for identifying common dynamics

underlying the processes associated with otherwise and diverse subject


Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

We will discuss existing dynamical models of social psychological

phenomena and, in each case, discuss unique methods and programs of

research. We will emphasize not only the theoretical foundations but also

practical applications of dynamical models of social phenomena.

Class meetings will be devoted to the discussion of assigned journal

articles and book chapters,. Students are expected to read the readings

for each class meeting prior to class. For each class students are expected

to write two questions for discussion. A Discussion Board will be set up on

Blackboard so that students can share their comments regarding each

reading and react to the comments of others. Students are expected to

deliver one short presentation in the class. Students are expected to

prepare two questions for group discussion based on the assigned


The class will start by introducing the basic assumptions, concepts,

and principles of the dynamical systems approach in the context of social

psychological theory and research. First, we will call attention to the

roots of the dynamical approach in the theorizing of the field’s founding

fathers (e.g., William James, Kurt Lewin). We will discuss how the

dynamic underpinnings of the field have been transformed in the

intervening decades and how recent attempts to investigate the dynamic

properties of personal and interpersonal processes represent a reemergence

of the field’s initial assumptions and concerns. The potential

benefits of the dynamical approach will be developed by contrasting

dynamical assumptions with the assumptions underlying traditional

perspectives on social psychological phenomena.

The second part will be devoted to the presentation and discussion

of concepts and tools that are crucial for dynamical models of

psychological and social phenomena. We will introduce the basic features

of dynamical systems that have been identified in the natural sciences,

show their relevance to personal and interpersonal processes. We will

also introduce specific methods and tools associated with the dynamical

perspective. Dynamical methods and models will be introduced and

developed in the context of recent research on several topics in

psychology, including self-concept, emotion, self-regulation, personality

development, social coordination, close relations, group dynamics, and

social change. Time-series methodology will also be described in the

context of recent research on social judgment and self-concept

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

Basic Readings

 Nowak, A. & Vallacher, R. R. (1998). Dynamical social psychology.

New York: Guilford Publications.

 Vallacher, R. R., Read, S. J., & Nowak, A. (Eds.) (2002). The dynamical

perspective in personality and social psychology. Personality and

Social Psychology Review, 6 (Special issue).

Chapters and articles for the class and the presenters:

 Barabassi A,. L, (2002) How Everything Is Connected to Everything

Else and What It Means.

 Carver, C. S. & Scheier, M. F. (2002). Control processes and selforganization

as complementary principles underlying behavior.

Personality and Social Psychology Review, 6, 304-315.

 Johnson, S. L. & Nowak, A. (2002). Dynamical patterns in bipolar

depression. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 6, 380-387.

 Kenrick, D. T., Neuberg, S. L., Zierk, K. L., & Krones, J. M. (1994).

Evolution and social cognition: Contrast effects as a function of sex,

dominance, and physical attractiveness. Personality and Social

Psychology Bulletin, 20,

 Kulesza, W. M., Cisłak, A., Vallacher, R. R., Nowak, A., Czekiel, M., &

Bedynska, S. (2015). The Face of the Chameleon: The Experience of

Facial Mimicry for the Mimicker and the Mimickee. The Journal of

Social Psychology,, 1-15.

 Kunda, Z. & Thagard, P. (1996). Forming impressions from

stereotypes, traits, and behaviors: A parallel-constraint-satisfaction

theory. Psychological Review, 103, 284-308.

 Latané, B. & Nowak, A. (1994). Attitudes as catastrophes: From

dimensions to categories with increasing involvement. In R. R.

Vallacher & A. Nowak (Eds.), Dynamical systems in social psychology

(pp. 219-249). San Diego: Academic Press

 Lewis, M. (1997). Personality self-organization: Cascading constraints

on cognition-emotion interactions. In A. Fogel, M. C. D. P. Lyra, & J.

 Morio, H., Yamaguchi, S., Murakami, F., & Ozaki, Y. (2007). The

dynamism of self-narratives and its relation to explicit and implicit

self-esteem. In J. H. Liu et al. (Eds.) (2007), Casting the individual in

societal and cultural contexts (pp. 147-167). Seoul, Korea: KyoyookKwahak-Sa

Publishing Company.

 Nowak, A., (2004) Dynamical minimalism: Why less is more in

psychology? Personality and Social Psychology Review, 8,2, pp. 183-


 Nowak, A., Gelfand, M. J., Borkowski, W., Cohen, D., & Hernandez, I.

(2015). The evolutionary basis of honor cultures. Psychological


 Nowak, A., Gelfand, M., Borkowski,, W . Kruglanski, A,

(2017).“Autocratic Recidivism”, in. Moaddel, M., & Gelfand, M. J.

(Eds.). Values, Political Action, and Change in the Middle East and the

Arab Spring. Oxford University Press, pp.271-292

 Nowak, A. & Lewenstein, M. (1994). Dynamical systems: A tool for

social psychology? In R. R. Vallacher & A. Nowak (Eds.), Dynamical

systems in social psychology. San Diego: Academic Press.

 Nowak, A., Szamrej, J., & Latane’, B. (1990). From private attitude to

public opinion: A dynamic theory of social impact. Psychological

Review, 97, 362-376.

 Nowak, A. & Vallacher, R. R. (2001). Societal transition: Toward a

dynamical model of social change. In Wosinska, W., Cialdini, R. B.,

Barrett, D. W., & Reykowski, J. (Eds.), The practice of social influence

in multiple cultures (pp. 151-171). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

 A Nowak, A Rychwalska, W Borkowski (2013)Why Simulate? To

Develop a Mental Model Journal of Artificial Societies and Social

Simulation 16 (3), 12

 Nowak, A., Vallacher, R. R., Zochowski, M., & Rychwalska, A. (2017).

Functional synchronization: The emergence of coordinated activity in

human systems. Frontiers in Psychology, 8.

 Nowak A., Vallacher R.R (2017) The future of computational social

psychology in: Vallacher R,R. Read S., Nowak A., (Ed) Computational

Social Psychology,

 Nowak, A., Vallacher, R. R., Tesser, A., & Borkowski, W. (2000).

Society of self: The emergence of collective properties of selfstructure.

Psychological Review, 107, 39-61.

 Praszkier R., , Nowak A. and Coleman P., T. (2010) ,Social

Entrepreneurs and Constructive Change: The Wisdom of

Circumventing Conflict Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace

Psychology , 16: 2, 153 — 174

 Pruitt, D.G., Nowak, A. (2014). Attractor landscapes and reaction

functions in escalation and de-escalation. International Journal of

Conflict Management 25 (4), pp.387 - 406

 Thagard, P. & Nerb, J. (2002). Emotional gestalts: Appraisal, change,

and the dynamics of affect. Personality and Social Psychology Review,

6, 274-282.

 Vallacher, R, Coleman P, Nowak A., and Bui Wrzosinska L. (2010)

Rethinking Intractable Conflict: The Perspective of Dynamical

Systems, American Psychologist, 65:4, 262— 278 .

 Vallacher, R. R., Van Geert, P., & Nowak, A. (2015). The Intrinsic

Dynamics of Psychological Process. Current Directions in Psychological

Science, 24(1), 58-64.

 Vallacher, R. R., Coleman, P. T., Nowak, A., & Bui-Wrzosinksa, L.

(2012). Rethinking intractable conflict: The perspective of dynamical

systems. In P. T. Coleman & M. Deutsch (Eds.), Conflict,

interdependence, and justice: The intellectual legacy of Morton

Deutsch. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

 Vallacher, R. R. & Nowak, A. (1997). The emergence of dynamical

social psychology. Psychological Inquiry, 4, 73-99.

 Vallacher, R. R., Nowak, A., Froehlich, M., & Rockloff, M. (2002). The

dynamics of self-evaluation. Personality and Social Psychology

Review, 6, 380-387.

 Valalcher R.R., Nowak A (2017) From interaction to synchronization in

social relations: in: Vallacher R,R. Read S., Nowak A., (Ed)

Computational Social Psychology, Routledge

 Vallacher, R. R., Nowak, A., & Kaufman, J. (1994). Intrinsic dynamics

of social judgment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67,


 Vallacher, R. R., Nowak, A., & Zochowski, M. (2005). Dynamics of

social coordination: The synchronization of internal states in close

relationships. Interaction Studies, 6, 35-52.

 Vallacher, R. R. & Nowak, A. (2006). Coherence in human experience

and psychological science. In P. Van Lange (Ed.), Bridging social

psychology: The benefits of transdisciplinary approaches (pp. 77-82).

Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

 Vallacher R.R, Nowak A., (2007) Dynamical Social Psychology: Finding

Order in the Flow of Human Experience w: W. Kruglanski & E.T.

Higgins (Eds.). Social psychology: Handbook of basic priciples. New

York: Guilford Publications.

 Winkielman, P. & Cacioppo, J. T. (2001). Mind at ease puts a smile on

the face: Psychophysiological evidence that processing facilitation

leads to positive affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,

81, 989-1000.

 Winkielman, P., Ziembowicz, M., & Nowak, A. (2015). The coherent

and fluent mind: how unified consciousness is constructed from

cross-modal inputs via integrated processing experiences. Frontiers in

psychology, 6.

 Wong, A., Vallacher, R. R., & Nowak, A. (2014). Fractal dynamics in

self-evaluation reveal self-concept clarity. Nonlinear Dynamics,

Psychology, and Life Sciences, 18, 349-370

Efekty uczenia się: (tylko po angielsku)

Students will understand the nature of top-down and bottom up

processes in social groups, societies and organizations. They will

understand the nature of emergence and how it can be studied. They will

know what are the basis of innovation, social entrepreneurship, social

synchronization, narratives and social influence. They will know how

groups, societies and organization function as systems. The will learn he

basis of social networks, social simulations, narrative analysis and tools

used by the complex systems approach to study emergence and

spontaneous, bottom-up social processes.

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

Students’ grades will be assigned according to the following weighted


Test : 70%

Class presentation 20%

Class participation 10%

Class participation means active participation: question, comments,

discussion etc.

Attendance rules

Students can have maximum of 2 unexcused absences. Additional

absences require formal excuse. No more than 4 absences overall are

permitted overall, irrespective of excuse.

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