SIF 3rd Cohort Fellows - Jarosław R. Lelonkiewicz, Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona

Curriculum Vitae

  • Education
2017: PhD in Experimental Psychology, The University of Edinburgh (UK)

2013: BA Journalism and Social Communicationin, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

2012: Magister (MSc + BSc) in Applied Psychology, Jagiellonian University (Poland)


  • Experience 

2023-2023: Post-doctoral Investigator, Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico), developing interdisciplinary projects merging experimental cognitive psychology and educational research

2021-2023: Visiting Researcher, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (Italy), collaborating on projects concerning memory, learning, and language

2017-2021: Post-doctoral Fellow, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (Italy), conducting experiments testing the role of statistical learning in language acquisition

2015-2016: Part-time Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University (UK), delivering undergraduate lectures and tutorials on cognitive and social development

2013-2016: Teaching Assistant, The University of Edinburgh (UK), teaching undergraduate tutorials on statistical analysis and critical evaluation of research, developing and teaching postgraduate on-line courses on clinical research with children and adolescents

2013-2015: Research Assistant, The University of Edinburgh (UK), collecting data on an eye-tracking project investigating working memory in children, a psycholinguistic project on priming metaphorical meanings, and a psycholinguistic project on unconscious syntactic processing in reading


  • Publications/Research achievement

ORCID, Google Scholar, Open Science Framework

Three recent publications:

Lelonkiewicz, J.R., Ktori, M., & Crepaldi, D. (2023). Morphemes as letter chunks: Linguistic information enhances the learning of visual regularities. Journal of Memory and Language, 130, 104411.

Elliott, E.M., et al. (2021). Multilab direct replication of Flavell, Beach, and Chinsky (1966): Spontaneous verbal rehearsal in a memory task as a function of age. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 4(2), 1-20.

Lelonkiewicz, J.R., Ktori, M., & Crepaldi, D. (2020). Morphemes as letter chunks: Discovering affixes through visual regularities. Journal of Memory and Language, 115, 104152.

Research Project

Remedies for high information intake

Recent evidence shows that processing high volumes of information has negative cognitive, emotional, and physiological consequences to the individual (e.g., cognitive fatigue, low mood, stress). Experiencing these effects, some of us have begun to seek ways of disconnecting from the information flow. Indeed, much of the existing research focused on looking for an escape route. But avoiding information is not always feasible – we cannot be researchers, doctors, investors, or political decision-makers if we do not stay informed. Moreover, and as we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, at times of crisis access to public communication may even decide our lives. Entering an era of deep technological penetration, our societies face an important challenge – how to maintain health and well-being while continuing to benefit from the near-constant access to information?

The aim of my research is to identify the practices that can remedy the negative side-effects of high information intake. To this end, I will engage experts from psychology, communication, and health and use a suite of rigorous, quantitative methods. Laboratory experiments will replicate the side-effects most prominently discussed in the literature and test the possible remedies. Field experiments will then be used to confirm the real-world impact of the interventions developed in the lab. Together, these data will form an important basis for a healthy and sustainable living in the information-driven world.