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Malgorzata Wierzba

Dr. Malgorzata Wierzba

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research topics:

  • Naturalistic neuroscience
  • Annotation of complex, realistic stimuli (such as movies and narratives)

Methodological topics:

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Methods of data analysis suitable for naturalistic neuroscience (e.g. ISC, hyperalignment)
  • Reproducible science

I studied psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS), Warsaw, Poland. I received my PhD at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. My primary area of expertise is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). I became interested in naturalistic neuroscience in particular during my research visit at the Aalto School of Science (supervised by prof. Lauri Nummenmaa), as well as my stay at the Johns Hopkins University (supervised by prof. Janice Chen). I am broadly interested in studying brain function during complex, realistic stimulation (such as movies and narratives) in all its aspects: experimental design, stimulus annotation, data acquisition, and finally development of novel methods of the analysis of such data. I would like to find out to what extent these methods can be useful in the study of cognitive processes (e.g. emotion, social interaction) that currently seem out of reach of traditional brain imaging research. I am also interested in developing tools and practices for open, reproducible science.

I am funded by the National Science Centre, Poland.


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