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Anna Nowicka


Associate Professor


M. Sc. in Theoretical Physics, University of Wrocław

Ph. D. in Neurophysiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology

Habilitation in Psychophysiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology

Main scientific interest and current research:

lateralization of cognitive functions, interhemispheric cooperation and communication, memory (intentional forgetting), processing of self-related information

Profesional training and cooperations:

1994-1997 – post-doctoral fellowship, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA

1997 up to now – cooperation with Department of Neurosurgery, Warsaw Medical University;

2005 up to now - cooperation with the Non-invasive Imaging Unit, Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology;

Cooperation with Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Research Center.


Debowska W, Wolak T, Nowicka A, Kozak A, Szwed M, Kossut M. Functional and structural neuroplasticity induced by short-term tactile training based on braille reading. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10: 460, 2016

Nowicka A, Cygan HB, Tacikowski P, Ostaszewski P, Kuś R. Name recognition in autism: EEG evidence of altered patterns of brain activity and connectivity. Molecular Autism, 7(1): 38, 2016

Marchewka A, Wypych M, Michałowski JM, Sińczuk M, Wordecha M, Jednoróg K, Nowicka A. What is the effect of basic emotions on directed forgetting? Investigating the role of basic emotions in memory. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10: 378, 2016

Kotlewska I, Nowicka A. Present-self, past-self and the close-other: Neural correlates of assigning trait adjectives to oneself and others. European Journal of Neuroscience, 44(4): 2064-2071, 2016

Bierzynska M, Bielecki M, Marchewka A, Debowska W, Duszyk A, Zajkowski W, Falkiewicz M, Nowicka A, Strelau J, Kossut M. Effect of frustration on brain activation pattern in subjects with different temperament. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 1989, 2016

Kotlewska I, Nowicka A. Present self, past self and close-other: event-related potential study of face and name detection. Biological Psychology, 110: 201-211, 2015

Tacikowski P, Cygan HB, Nowicka A. Neural correlates of own and close-other’s name recognition: ERP evidence. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 194, 2014 

Cygan HB, Tacikowski P, Ostaszewski P, Chojnicka I, Nowicka A. Neural correlates of own name and own face detection in Autism Spectrum Disorder. PLoS One, 9(1): e86020, 2014 

Tacikowski P, Brechmann A, Nowicka A. Cross-modal pattern of brain activations associated with the processing of self- and significant other’s name. Human Brain Mapping , 34: 2069-2077, 2013 

Nowicka A, Marchewka A, Jednorog K, Tacikowski P, Brechmann A. Forgetting of emotionally negative stimuli is hard: fMRI study of directed forgetting. Cerebral Cortex, 21: 539-549, 2011

Tacikowski P, A., Jednoróg K, Marchewka A, Nowicka A. How multiple repetitions influence the processing of self-, famous and unknown names and faces: An ERP study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 79: 219-230, 2011

Tacikowski P, Brechmann A, Marchewka A, Jednoróg K, Dobrowolny M, Nowicka A. Is it about the self or the significance? An fMRI study of self-name recognition. Social Neuroscience,  6 (1): 98-107, 2011

Nowicka A, Tacikowski P. Transcallosal transfer of information and functional assymetry of human brain. Laterality, 16(1): 35-74, 2011

Tacikowski P, Nowicka A. Allocation of attention to self-name and self-face: An ERP study. Biological Psychology, 84: 318-324, 2010 

Marchewka A, Jednoróg K, Nowicka A, Brechmann A, Grabowska A.  Grey-matter differences related to true and false recognition of emotionally charged stimuli - A voxel based morphometry study. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 92: 99-105, 2009

Nowicka A, Jednoróg K, Marchewka A, Brechmann A. Successfully overcoming the inhibitory impact of the "forget" instruction: a voxel-based morphometric study of directed forgetting. Psychophysiology, 46: 1108-1112, 2009

Nowicka A, Jednoróg K, Wypych M, Marchewka A. Reversed old/new effect for intentionally forgotten words: the ERP study of directed forgetting. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 71: 97-102, 2009

Marchewka A, Brechmann A, Nowicka A, Jednoróg K, Scheich H, Grabowska A. False recognition of emotional stimuli is lateralised in the brain: an fMRI study. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 90: 280-284, 2008

Marchewka A, Nowicka A. Emotionally negative stimuli are resistant  to repetition priming.  Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 67: 83-92, 2007

Nowicka A, Marchewka A, Szatkowska I. Lateralization of repetition effects in event-related potentials to words in left- and right-handed women. Neuroscience Letters, 393: 150-154, 2006

Nowicka A, Szatkowska I. Memory-induced modulation of event related potentials in frontal cortex of human subjects: a divided visual field study. Neuroscience Letters, 359: 171-174, 2004

Łuczywek E, Nowicka A, Zabołotny W, Jeglińska A, Fersten E, Czernicki Z. Czy leworęczność zmienia wzorzec mózgowego przepływu krwi w czasie aktywności poznawczej? Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska, 37(2): 385-396, 2003

Grabowska A, Nowicka A. Być kobietą, być mężczyzną-Wstęp. To be a woman, to be a man-Introduction. Kosmos, 52: 1-4, 2003

Łuczywek E, Nowicka A, Pfeffer A, Styczyńska M, Łałowski M, Bracikowska M. Cognitive deficits and polymorphism of apolipoprotein E in Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 13: 171-177, 2002

Grabowska A, Nowicka A, Szatkowska I, Bednarek D, Rymarczyk K. Dwie strony ludzkiego mózgu. Działalność Naukowa PAN, Wybrane Zagadnienia, 14: 52-54, 2002

Szatkowska I, Nowicka A. Nie wie lewa półkula, co czyni prawa. Charaktery, 3: 10-15, 2002

Grabowska A, Nowicka A, Szymańska O, Szatkowska I. Subjective contour illusion: sex related effect of unilateral brain damage. NeuroReport, 12: 2289-2292, 2001

Pfeffer A, Styczyńska M, Czyżewski K, Łuczywek E, Gołębiowski M, Nowicka A, Barcikowska M. Apolipoprotein E genotype and the rate of decline in Alzheimer’s disease – gender effect. Alzheimer's Reports, 4: 31-35, 2001

Kowalczyk M, Nowicka A, Antkowiak B, Kocik J, Antkowiak O. Psychosomatic reactions to a stressful environment and an attempt at pharmacological modification. Medical Science Monitor, 7: 953-961, 2001

Nowicka A, Fersten E. Sex-related differences in interhemispheric transmission time in the human brain. NeuroReport, 12: 4171-4175, 2001

Łuczywek E, Pfeffer A, Nowicka A, Czyżewski K, Łałowski M, Styczyńska M, Barcikowska M. Wzorce aktywności poznawczej a poliformizm apolipoproteiny E w chorobie Alzheimera. Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska, 35: 1021-1033, 2001

Łuczywek E, Fersten E, Nowicka A, Zabołotny W, Jarus-Dziedzic K, Czernicki Z. Middle cerebral artery blood flow velocity changes related to cognitive activity in young women. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 32(4): DOI://10.1066/S10012010029, 2001

Nowicka A, Ringo J.L.  Eye position-sensitive units in hippocampal formation and in inferotemporal cortex of the macaque monkey. European Journal of Neuroscience, 12: 751-759, 2000

Nowicka A. Współpraca lewej i prawej półkuli: rola spoideł międzypółkulowych. Psychologia-Etologia-Genetyka, 1: 39-60, 2000

Grabowska A, Nowicka A, Szymańska O. Sex related effect of unilateral brain lesions on the perception of the Mueller-Lyer illusion. Cortex, 35: 231-241, 1999

Nowicka A. Elektrofizjologiczne badania pamięci u ludzi. Przegląd Psychologiczny, 42: 121-133, 1999

Nowicka A. EMDR a neurofizjologia. Charaktery, 12: 34, 1998

Sobótka S, Nowicka A, Ringo J.L. Activity linked to externally cued saccades in single units recorded from hippocampal, parahippocampal, and inferotemporal areas of macaques. Journal of Neurophysiology, 78: 2156-2163, 1997

Grabowska A, Nowicka A. Visual-spatial-frequency model of cerebral asymmetry: a critical survey of behavioral and electrophysiological studies. Psychological Bulletin, 120: 434-449, 1996

Nowicka A, Grabowska A, Fersten E. Interhemispheric transmission of information and functional asymmetry of the human brain. Neuropsychologia, 34: 147-151, 1996

Grabowska A, Herman A, Nowicka A, Szatkowska I, Szeląg E. Individual differences in the functional asymmetry of the human brain. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 54: 155-162, 1994

Szatkowska I, Grabowska A, Nowicka A. Hemispheric asymmetry in stimulus size evaluation. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 53: 257-262, 1993

Grabowska A, Szymańska O, Nowicka A, Kwiecień M. The effect of unilateral brain lesions on perception of visual illusions. Behavioural Brain Research, 47: 191-197, 1992

Grabowska A, Nowicka A, Szatkowska I. Asymmetry in visual evoked potentials to gratings registered in the two hemipsheres of the human brain. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 52: 239-249, 1992


Other activities:

Involvement into Brain Awarness Week by The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives: lecturer during Brain Awareness Week 2000, Warsaw, Poland; title of lecture: "Does the two hemispheres of the human brain talk to each other?"

Organizer of Brain Awareness Week 2002, Warsaw, Poland

Co-editor of the special issue of KOSMOS "To be a man, to be a woman"



Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (c) 2017