Szymon Mąka, MA



scientific career

He graduated with a BA in Sociology in 2018 (Institute of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Warsaw) and with an MA in Cognitive Science in 2020 (Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw). During his sociology course he investigated formation and commodification of Polish Tatar culture. In 2019/2020 he was a member of The Mind Lab team, where he prepared cognitive paradigms and processed data. In his MA thesis he analysed the role of resting-state networks (investigated using fMRI) in social cognition. He completed an internship in Enterpreneurship Incubator (University of Warsaw) and worked as a member of an IT team in a ‘Integrated Analytical Platform’ project, aimed at joining the data from different public registers and sharing it with the scientists, politicians and public administration for analysis. He also analysed the data in National Science Center Sonata grant led by Łukasz Okruszek, PhD (2016/23/D/HS6/02947) and programmed cognitive paradigms in NeuroCovid project. Currently he’s a PhD student of Graduate School for Social Research a scholarship holder in NSC Opus grant titled ‘How cognitive affective reappraisals influence social information processing in lonely people? Research using ERP EEG and neuromodulation (HD-tDCS)’ led by Łukasz Okruszek, PhD (2019/35/B/HS6/00517). 

scientific interests

He’s interested in computational neuroscience and cognitive processes modelling. He likes the interdisciplinary approach to science beacuse he believes that the division into scientific disciplines from 150 years ago is currently quite outdated and incongruous with reality.

additional information

He’s a fan of mountain trekking and statistics. 

While thinking of the possible ways of improving the communication between scientists and the rest of society for maximising the effectiveness of science popularization and redistribution of scientific solutions, along with his friends – also young scientists – he created a project called ‘Sortownia’. They treat the project as a hobby a the effects of their work can be found on