Head: Elżbieta Szeląg



2005 Professor of Biological Sciences (neuropsy- chology), nomination by the President of the Republic of Poland, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS

1996 DSc Habil, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS

1985 PhD in Biology (psychophysiology), Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS

1984 MSc in Biology, University of Warsaw


Research trainings:

Several research visits in: Institute of Medical Psychology and Human Science Center, University of Munich and Magdeburg; Department of Psychology, Beijing University; International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies, University of Napoli

2016-2017 Practical courses in transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation, Munich and Göttingen

2010-2014 Co-chair, COST TD 0904 TIMELY

2013-2014 External Expert, Science|Business, Horizon 2020, Brussels, Belgium

1991-1993 Humboldt Research Fellowship, Institute of Medical Psychology, Munich University, Germany


Professional employments:

Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS.

Chair in Neurorehabilitation, University of Social Sciences and Humanities


Honors and fellowships:

Chair of the Senate Ethic Commission, Universityof Social Sciences and Humanities Member of the Human Science Center, University of Munich, Germany


Staff: Anna Bombińska, Mateusz Choiński (PhD student), Anna Dacewicz (PhD student), Weronika Duda (PhD student), Katarzyna Jabłońska (PhD student), Magdalena Piotrowska (PhD student), Aneta Szymaszek, Małgorzata Węsierska

Research profile:


We study the neurophysiology and neuropsychology of cognition in human and animal models in norm and pathology. The studies are combined with behavioral electrophysio- logical, fMRI, molecular, pharmacological, neuroanatomical and lesion techniques.


Human studies are focused on temporal aspects of information processing, time & timing, language, memory with a special focus on real spatial memory, learning, attention and executive functions and are aimed at the development of innovative neurorehabilitation methods. Our research involves normal subjects (children and adults), patients suffering from various brain diseases (stroke, focal brain damage, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease), cochlear implant users, as well as children with various speech and/or language disorders, e.g. language learning impairment, aphasia, deafness, stuttering, infantile autism. Animal studies are focused on neural substrates of learning, short- and long-term memory and other cognitive processes, like cognitive coordination and flexibility. Pathological states of the animal brains are induced by changes in excitatory/inhibitory systems silver e.g. nanoparticles application.

More information about Laboratory on the web page: ,


Current research activities:


  • neuropsychological and neuroanatomical basis of human and animal cognition
  • application of cognitive and physical training in enhancement of mental health in older adults
  • neuropsychology of normal chronological aging, longevity and neurodegeneration
  • development and validation of innovative neurorehabilitation program Dr Neuronowski®,
  • temporal aspects of information processing in norm and pathology
  • language  representation  in  the  brain,  hemispheric asymmetry
  • cognitive abilities in patients with brain damage, aphasia, hearing  deficits, as well as neurodevelopmental or neurodegenerative diseases
  • links between changing brain activity and cognitive functions across the human life span
  • effect of cognitive distractors on performance of real spatial memory task in dark conditions in human
  • animal studies on memory and cognitive processes under silver nanoparticles application in rats.

Selected publications:


Nowak K., Dacewicz A., Broczek K., Kupisz-Urbanska K., Galkowski T., Szeląg E. (2016) Temporal Information Processing and its Relation to Executive Functions in Elderly Individuals, Front Psychol, 7:1599.


Duda W., Węsierska M., Ostaszewski P., Vales K., Nekovarova T., Stuchlik A. (2016) MK-801 and memantine act differently on short-term memory tested with different time-intervals in the Morris water maze test. Behav Brain Res, 311: 15-23.


Oroń A., Wolak T., Zeffiro T., Szeląg E. (2016) Cross-modal comparisons of stimulus specificity and commonality in phonological processing. Brain Lang, 155: 12-23.


Nowak K., Oroń A., Szymaszek A., Leminen M., Näätänen R., Szeląg E. (2016) Electrophysiological indicators of the age-related deterioration in the sensitivity to auditory duration deviance. Front Aging Neurosci, 8:2.


Węsierska M.J., Duda W., Dockery C.A. (2013) Low-dose memantine induced working memory improvement in the allothetic place avoidance alternation task (APAAT ) in young adult male rats. Front Behav Neurosci, 7:1-12.