Artur Marchewka, Phd, Associate Prof.
Laboratory Head
+48 22 5892 549

About me:

  • PhD studies in neurobiology at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (2004-2009)
  • Short research training, Leibnitz Institute for Neurobiology,  Germany (2007)
  • Short research training, Functional Imaging Laboratory, UCL, UK (2006)
  • Postdoctoral Training (2010-2011) Neuroimaging Research Lab (LREN) at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), Switzerland
  • Assistant Professor LOBI since 2012-
  • Lecturer at Warsaw International Studies in Psychology WISP since 2012-
  • Laboratory Head since 2014-
  • Board Member of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (2015-)
  • Mentoring Program, Foundation for Polish Science -CHUV, Switzerland  (2014-2015)
  • The Minister of Science and Higher Education Stipend for Distinguished Young Researcher (2013-2016)
  • Stefan Leder Award for the best research paper in the field of psychology and social sciences- Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology (2012)
  • Jerzy Konorski Award granted by Polish Neuroscience Society and Neurobiology Committee PAN for the best research paper in the field of neurobiology (2012, 2017)

Research interests:

My main research interests are affective neuroscience, neuroscience of language, brain plasticity, and neuroimaging methodology. In latest years I developed the Nencki Affective Picture System (including subset of Erotic material) and Nencki Affective Word List. My recent research is focused on brain plasticity. Thanks to National Science Center funding my team is conducting a large-scale project: “Modality-general and modality-specific plastic changes when learning a second language”. The aim of the project is to reveal a multimodal brain network for speech and print in a second language. Adopting a longitudinal design, we will test learners of foreign language, sign language and Braille reading. Besides distinguishing which structures of the language-processing network are multimodal and which are not, we plan to examine the dynamic changes in the brain morphology and function associated with linguistic learning. Testing at several time-points during the learning process, we plan to describe how the brain networks for the first (L1) and the second (L2) language change while subjects gradually improve in L2, and how these changes depend on the modality in which the L2 is being acquired. Finally, we plan to establish to what extent the structures used in sign language or Braille reading by hearing and sighted trained controls are similar to those of deaf signers and blind Braille readers. This project is conducted in cooperation with Prof. Bogdan Draganski - LREN, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Lausanne and Prof. Karen Emory from Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University.

Selected publications:

Gola M., Wordecha M., Sescousse G., Lew-Starowicz M., Kossowski B., Wypych M., Makeig S., Potenza M.N., Marchewka A. Can pornography be addictive? An fMRI study of men seeking treatment for problematic pornography use
Neuropsychopharmacology. 2017 Apr 14. doi: 10.1038/npp.2017.78.

Bola Ł, Zimmermann M, Mostowski P, Jednoróg K, Marchewka A, Rutkowski P, Szwed M. Task-specific reorganization of the auditory cortex in deaf humans
PNAS January 9, 2017

Dębska A., Łuniewska M., Chyl K., Banaszkiewicz A., Żelechowska A., Wypych M., Marchewka A., Pugh K.R., Jednoróg K. Neural basis of phonological awareness in beginning readers with familial risk of dyslexia - results from shallow orthography
NeuroImage, Volume 132, 15 May 2016, Pages 406–416

Marchewka A, Wypych M, Michałowski JM, Sińczuk M, Wordecha M, Jednoróg K and Nowicka A. What is the effect of basic emotions on directed forgetting? Investigating the role of basic emotions in memory
Front. Hum. Neurosci. 10:378. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00378

Siuda-Krzywicka K.*, Bola Ł.*, Paplińska M., Sumera E., Jednoróg K., Marchewka A., Śliwińska M., Amedi A., Szwed M. Massive cortical reorganization in sighted Braille readers
eLife 2016;5:e10762. DOI: Published March 15, 2016

Marchewka A, Żurawski L, Jednoróg K, Grabowska A. The Nencki Affective Picture System (NAPS). Introduction to a novel standardized wide range high quality realistic pictures database
Behavior Research Methods, 46: 596-610, 2014

Marchewka A, Kherif F, Krueger G, Grabowska A, Frackowiak R, Draganski B. Influence of magnetic field strength and image registration strategy on voxel-based morphometry in a study of Alzheimer’s disease
Human Brain Mapping, 35 (5): 1865-1874, 2014

Visit my ResearchGate or Google Scholar for more information about my publications.


National Science Centre (current project Harmonia UMO-2014/14/M/HS6/00918)

Foundation for Polish Science

Minister of Science and Higher Education

Scientific Exchange Programme NMS-CH

The National Centre for Research and Development

Speciality from my kitchen: beetroot carpaccio