Michał Pieniak photo by: Juliusz Migdziński

Michał Pieniak

psycholog, badacz

Pączki are Poland’s greatest national treasure

Doctoral student in psychology at the University of Wrocław, graduate of the Master’s degree in Psychology in Business and Organisation, for some time also studied psychology at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Former member of the HR Laboratory at the Institute of Psychology, University of Wrocław. He currently teaches ‘Social Psychology’ at the UWr Institute of Psychology. Michał is additionally expanding his knowledge in another Master’s degree programme – political science. Michał’s inquisitiveness makes him ideally suited to the role of researcher and analyst at the Pracownia Rozwoju – he conducts diagnostic activities and takes care of performance measurement.

Privately, Michał is a dog lover who also has a passion for photography. He has also competed in agility competitions, winning, among others, the title of Polish Champion 2016 and 2017. In his spare time, he runs a website where he comments on social life in Poland.

Pączki are Poland’s greatest national treasure

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  • Eder, S. J., Steyrl, D., Stefanczyk, M. M., Pieniak, M., Martínez Molina, J., Pešout, O., Binter, J., Smela, P., Scharnowski, F., & Nicholson, A. A. (2021). Predicting fear and perceived health during the COVID-19 pandemic using machine learning: A cross-national longitudinal study. PLOS ONE, 16(3), e0247997. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0247997
  • Mahmut, M. K., Pieniak, M., Resler, K., Schriever, V. A., Haehner, A., & Oleszkiewicz, A. (2021). Olfactory training in 8-year-old increases odour identification ability: a preliminary study. European Journal of Pediatrics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00431-021-03970-y
  • Pieniak, M., Lachowicz-Tabaczek, K., Masalski, M., Hummel, T., Oleszkiewicz, A. (2020) Self-rated sensory performance in profoundly deaf individuals. Do deaf people share the conviction about sensory compensation? Journal of Sensory Studies. e12572. https://doi.org/10.1111/joss.12572
  • Eder, S. J., Stefanczyk, M. M., Pieniak, M., Martínez Molina, J., Binter, J., Pešout, O., Smela, P., Scharnowski, F., & Steyrl, D. (2020). Food insecurity, hoarding behavior, and environmental harshness do not predict weight changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Human Ethology, 35(1), 122–136. https://doi.org/10.22330/he/35/122-136
  • Pellegrino, R., Cheon, B. K., Forde, C. G., Oleszkiewicz, A., Pieniak, M., & Luckett, C. R. (2019). The contribution of texture contrasts and combinations to food acceptance across cultures. Journal of Texture Studies. https://doi.org/10.1111/jtxs.12494
  • Niezabitowska, A., Oleszkiewicz, A., & Pieniak, M. (2019). Does the Frequency of Using Emoticons in Computer-Mediated Communication Signal Creativity. Creativity. Theories-Research-Applications, 6(1), 66–76. https://doi.org/10.1515/ctra-2019-0004