Assistant professor

Jacek Buczny

Assistant professor

Phone: +31 (0) 20 598 2075
Room: MF-C566

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Since 2004 I have been trained in experimental social and personality psychology in many labs: in Poland, in the United States, in the Netherlands, and in France. I was granted with a PhD degree in 2010 at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland and wrote a doctoral dissertation entitled Impulsive and Reflective Mechanisms of Persistence in Goal-Oriented Behaviors. As a researcher and lecturer working for the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities I focused on mechanisms of self-regulation and self-control related to health and addictions. In general, I conduct research in order to understand relationships between self-regulatory processes and decision-making processes, studying behavior in healthy and psychopathological samples.

I have developed my expertise not only in research projects but also in applied projects. For example, I am a co-author of an innovative system of competence identification and supporting motivation in the unemployed sponsored by the European Social Fund. I designed a system responsible for initiating a change in behavior of the unemployed. In this project, I also built a system of procedures and tasks that helps personal coaches to initiate and develop motivation to work in the unemployed.

I have extensive expertise in teaching and applying in my research many research paradigms and designs. Thus, I can work with language and discourse measures, questionnaires, implicit measures, reaction times, evaluative conditioning, physiological measures, and eye tracking devices. I have considerable experience working with lab software (e.g., Inquisit, OpenSeasame, MATLAB) or surveys (Qualtrics, Surveymoney). I also have extensive experience with many statistical procedures, such as ANOVA, regression (incl. the Hayes’ PROCESS), mediation and moderation, structural equation modeling (SEM), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), cluster analysis, ROC, longitudinal models, and Item Response Analysis (IRT). I am fluent in working with LIWC (language responses analysis), Mplus, LISREL, AMOS, Mplus, ITRPRO, jMetrik, JASP, Comprehensive Meta-Analysis, G*Power, and other software packages.

Research Interests

  • Self-regulation and self-control
  • Statistics and psychometrics
  • Mechanisms of behavioral addiction (workaholism, gambling)
  • Automatic and controlled mechanisms of consumer decision making


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Courses taught

  • 2017-now, Measurement and Diagnostics 3 (M&D3): Individual and Organisational, Consumer Behavior and Economic Decision Making, Work and Health
  • 2017, Self-Regulation in the Workplace
  • 2017, Self-Regulation and Self-Control. Current Research and Future Perspectives, PhD level
  • 2016-2017, Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, PhD level
  • 2016-2017, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, PhD level
  • 2015-2017, Dual-Process Models in Psychology: Theory and Research, PhD level
  • 2015-present, BA theses supervisor (psychopathy, gambling addiction, eating behaviors)
  • 2014, Advanced Research Skills for Psychologists
  • 2013-2017, Self-Regulation and Self-Control: Motivational Mechanisms of Behavior
  • 2013-2017, Health in Consumer Behavior (MA level, postgraduate level)
  • 2012-2017, Structural Equation Modeling
  • 2011-2017, Methodology and Statistics in Positive Psychology
  • 2010-present, MA theses supervisor (self-control, eating disorders, workaholism, consumer behavior, addiction)
  • 2008-2017, research seminars (self-control, goals, consumer behaviors, eating disorders, rumination, gambling)
  • 2004-2017, Psychometrics, Methodology, Data Analysis in SPSS (three separate courses)

Grants as principal investigator

  • 2016-2017, Affective Mechanism of Self-Control Resources Distribution, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 2013-2015, Boosting Consumers' Self-Control and Rationality in Decision Making, BZ WBK (commercial bank) and Santander Universidades grant
  • 2013-2014, Self-Control and Gambling. How to Increase Control over Gambling Behavior? Polish Ministry of Health grant
  • 2013-2014, Function of Self-Control and Regulatory Fit in Consumer Decision Making, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 2012-2013, Does Decision Making Lead to Depletion of Self-Control Resources? SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 2011-2015, Self-Control of Impulses. Automatic and Reflective Mechanisms of Improvement in Self-Control, Polish National Science Centre
  • 2009-2010, Impulsive and Reflective Mechanisms in Self-Regulation of Consumption Behavior and Consumer Decision Making, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 2009-2010, Mechanisms and Consequences of Ruminations: The Meta-Analysis, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 2008-2009, Ruminations: Cognitive Mechanisms of Behavior Regulation, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 2007-2008, Behavior Regulation: Cognitive and Energetic Resources Allocation, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Recent publications

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