Monika Riegel, Ph.D.
Affiliated Postdoc, Columbia University, NYC, US

+48 22 58 92 549

About me:

2019 – present Columbia University, NYC, US
Postdoc in Davachi Memory Lab
2018 Swiss NCCR Affective Sciences, Geneva, Switzerland
Postdoc in the Laboratory of Neurology and Imaging of Cognition
2013-2018 Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland
Ph.D., biological sciences (neurobiology)
Fall 2012 McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Integrated Program in Neuroscience – exchange
2008 – 2013 University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
M.A., psychology (clinical neuropsychology)
M.A., English studies (translation studies)

Research interests:

cognitive and affective neuroscience, associative memory, basic emotions, persistence and reinstatement of brain states

Selected publications:

Riegel, M. , Moslehi, A., Michałowski, J.M., Żurawski, Ł., Horvat, M., Wypych, M., Jednoróg, K., & Marchewka, A. (2017). Nencki Affective Picture System: cross-cultural study in Europe and Iran. Front. Psychol.

Sarzyńska, J., Falkiewicz, M., Riegel, M., Babula, J., Margulies, D.S., Nęcka, E., Grabowska, A., & Szatkowska, I. (in press). More intelligent people are more likely to deceive. PLoS ONE

Marchewka, A., Wypych, M., Moslehi, A., Riegel, M., Michałowski, J. M., & Jednoróg, K. (2016). Arousal Rather than Basic Emotions Influence Long-Term Recognition Memory in Humans. Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience. 

Riegel, M. , Wierzba, M., Grabowska, A., Jednoróg, K., & Marchewka, A. (2016).  Effect of emotion on memory for words and their context. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 524(8):1636-1645.

Riegel, M. , Żurawski, L., Wierzba, M., Moslehi, A., Klocek, L., Horvat, M., Grabowska, A., Michałowski, J., Jednoróg, K., & Marchewka, A . (2016). Characterization of the Nencki Affective Picture System by discrete emotional categories (NAPS BE). Behavior Research Methods, 48(2):600-12.

Riegel, M., Wierzba, M., Wypych, M., Żurawski, L., Jednoróg, K., Grabowska, A., & Marchewka, A. (2015). Nencki Affective Word List (NAWL): the cultural adaptation of the Berlin Affective Word List – Reloaded (BAWL-R). Behavior Research Methods, 47(4):1222-36.

Wierzba, M., Riegel, M., Wypych, M., Jednoróg, K., Grabowska, A., & Marchewka, A. (2015). Basic emotions in the Nencki Affective Word List (NAWL BE): new method of classifying emotional stimuli. PLoS ONE, 10(7): e0132305.

Wierzba M., Riegel, M., Pucz, A., Leśniewska Z, Dragan, W.Ł., Gola, M., Jednoróg, K., and Marchewka, A. (2015). Erotic subset for the Nencki Affective Picture System (NAPS ERO): cross-sexual comparison study. Front. Psychol. 6:1336.

Gawrys, L., Falkiewicz, M., Pilacinski, A., Riegel, M., Piatkowska-Janko, E., Bogorodzki, P., Wolak, T., Andrysiak, R., Krolicki, L., Kulinski, R., Koziorowski, D., Janik, P., Rymarczyk, K., Grabowska, A., Kaczmarek, L., Szatkowska, I. (2014). The neural correlates of specific executive dysfunctions in Parkinson's Disease. Acta Neuorobiologicae Experimentalis, 74:465–478.


2019 – 2020 – Mobility Plus Fellowship: Prospective influence of emotion on memory (Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, DN/MOB/199/V/2017, project realized under supervision of prof. Lila Davachi, Columbia University)

2016 – 2019  Principal investigator: Brain mechanisms of associative memory of verbal material in communicative context - the role of emotional congruency and basic emotions (National Science Centre, PRELUDIUM, 2015/19/N/HS6/02376, project realised in cooperation with Prof. Patrik Vuilleumier, Swiss NCCR Affective Sciences)

2016 - 2017  Scholarship: Neuronal mechanisms of associative and long-term memory of emotionally charged verbal material - behavioural and fMRI study (National Science Centre, ETIUDA, 2016/20/T/HS6/00600)

2015  Internship: Swiss National Center of Competence in Research 'Affective Sciences – Emotions in Individual Behaviour and Social Processes' (NCCR Affective Sciences) (Foundation for Polish Science, SKILLS, 81/US/SKILLS/2015)

Speciality from my kitchen: Moroccan lamb tagine with almonds and apricots