Section for Cross-Cultural Psychology


The primary goal of cross-cultural psychology is to study human psychological processes in a cultural context and conduct cross-cultural comparisons, revealing the proper degree of generalizing empirical patterns.
There is also an applied aspect of cross-cultural psychology, as it looks at the acculturation and cultural adaptation processes in people moving internationally.

Cross-cultural psychology has formally existed for more than 40 years. The International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) is the leading international scientific society in the field, and its flagship journal is the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (JCCP). The International Journal of Intercultural Relations (IJIR) is the more application-oriented journal. Polish representatives have participated or are participating in all the bodies mentioned above.

In Poland, the discipline has been practiced for 20 years. In 2000, we were the organizers of the 15th IACCP International Congress; there is a working Laboratory for Cross-Cultural Psychology at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the SWPS University has its own Department of Cross-cultural Psychology. Studies in this field have been conducted for over a dozen years, and theses ranging from masters through doctorates to habilitations have been defended. Today, cross-cultural psychologists are recognized in most academic circles in the country, especially in Warsaw, Gdańsk, Kraków, Wrocław, Lublin, and Bydgoszcz.

Gathered within PSPS, cross-cultural psychologists and other researchers interested in cross-cultural issues decided to establish a section that would help us share our research passions, foster scientific exchange, stimulate collaboration on publications, provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences, and popularize our discipline in academic and professional circles. Taking note of the growing interest of students, we wish to support their scientific clubs and the initiatives emerging there.

Starting with a group of more than ten people required by the PSPS statute, we believe that shortly we will expand, and, more importantly, develop an engaging program of activities. We invite anyone who might be interested!



Our tasks include:

  1. Preparing, reviewing, and implementing cross-cultural psychology sessions, discussions, or symposia at the Annual Meetings of the PSPS.
  2. Publishing a series of scientific monographs in the field of cross-cultural psychology.
  3. Overseeing the cross-cultural topics in “Psychologia Społeczna”
  4. Organizing working group meetings, workshops, and summer and winter schools for junior researchers, doctoral students, and undergraduates.
  5. Initiating international cooperation and exchanges, especially with IACCP.
  6. Consulting educational programs of cross-cultural psychology at the master’s and doctoral levels.
  7. Promoting the idea of cross-cultural psychology as an academic discipline and a psychological profession.


Section’s Board:

Following the requirements of the Statute, the founding members of the Section decided to grant functions to the following members:

Chairperson – Prof. Joanna Różycka-Tran (University of Gdańsk)

Vice-Chairman – Agata Błachnio, PhD (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin)

Secretary – Michał Sękowski, MA (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw)


Section members:

Krystyna Adamska

Tomasz Baran

Michał Bilewicz

Agata Błachnio

Paweł Boski

Katarzy6na Cantarero

Barnaba Danieluk

Kuba Krys

Mariola Łaguna

Jarosław Piotrowski

Aneta Przepiórka

Joanna Różycka

Piotr Sorokowski

Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska



In 2015, two publications authored by the Section for Cross-cultural Psychology members were published.



A summary of 2014

Our Monograph Series will start with the publication of Joanna Różycka of the University of Gdańsk, entitled Życie społeczne jako Gra. Kontekst międzykulturowy [Social Life as Play. Cross-Cultural Context], planned for publication by the Publishing House of the University of Gdańsk this year.


The Psychology of Values in Cross-Cultural Research
[PSPS Section for Cross-Cultural Psychology Symposium]

Members of the PSPS Section for Cross-Cultural Psychology actively participate in this year’s 10th Annual Meeting of PSPS in Kraków and will present a symposium on the problems of cross-/cultural psychology of values, organized by Paweł Boski and Jan Cieciuch. The common theme of the talks in this symposium will be verifying Shalom Schwartz’s theory of values.

In the opening presentation, Jan Cieciuch, a close colleague of Schwartz, will compare the modified model of values with the classical model. In addition, he will present empirical arguments for modifying the model and its interpretation from the perspective of cross-cultural, personality, and developmental psychology.

In the following talk, co-authored with Małgorzata Najderska, the issue of values will be examined in the context of the resurgent psychology of virtues and character strengths.

Agata Błachnio and Naser Aghababaei will present research on the correlates of honesty in a group of Polish Christians and Iranian Muslims.
Mariola Łaguna and her team will present a cross-cultural analysis of the role of values in explaining career intentions, specifically entrepreneurial intentions. The research was conducted on samples from the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and Poland.

The talk given by Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska, Jarosław Piotrowski, and Jaroslav Kostal will be on the phenomenon of entitlement and its relation to personal and cultural values. Their research was carried out in 27 countries, resulting in a multidimensional entitlement model. In the last talk, Paweł Boski will synthesize research on humanistic and performance orientation in practices and values attributed to Polish culture compared with other cultures. The talk will also discuss these two super-values’ relationship to well-being and self-esteem measures.

Another highlight will be a plenary lecture given by section member Piotr Sorokowski, last year’s winner of the Robert Zajonc Award.


Wielowymiarowy model postaw roszczeniowych i jego międzykulturowa weryfikacja. Związki roszczeniowości z wartościami osobistymi i kulturowymi [A multidimensional model of entitlement attitudes and its cross-cultural verification. The  association of entitlement with personal and cultural values] Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska, University of Gdańsk, Jarosław Piotrowski, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Jaroslav Kostal, Czech Academy of Science


1st Conference of the PSPS Section for Cross-cultural Psychology: Searching for common themes in the diversity of the discipline

1st Conference of the PSPS Section for Cross-cultural Psychology will be held at the SWPS University in Warsaw on April 13, 2013. The conference will include the following presentations:

  1. Cross-cultural vs. cultural psychology, or how to do science at the border (interface) of psychology and culture? (Prof. Paweł Boski)
  2. Social psychology vs. cross-/cultural psychology. The case of intergroup relations. (Michał Bilewicz, PhD)
  3. Cross-/cultural psychology versus evolutionary psychology (Piotr Sorokowski, PhD)
  4. Levels of analysis and measurement: cultural and individual. On the methodological specificity of our discipline (Joanna Różycka, PhD & Joanna Więckowska, PhD)
  5. The theory of value (Schwartz): Universally psychological or culture-specific? (Jan Cieciuch, PhD & Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska, PhD)

For each theme, we will ask two people to prepare talks. For some of the themes, we do not have pairs yet. Anyone who wants to join, please do so.

The above five topics are the status as of today.

The final version of the program is available here.

Please provide any comments and suggestions so we can ensure our meeting will be fruitful and enjoyable.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Paweł Boski – pboski(at)
Aneta Przepiórka – aneta.przepiorka(at)


2nd Annual Meeting of the PSPS Section for Cross-cultural Psychology: From Interculturalism to Globalization

Between May 9-10, 2014, the second Annual Meeting of the PSPS Section for Cross-cultural Psychology: From Interculturalism to Globalization was held in Wrocław.

Read the report


4th Annual Meeting of the PSPS Section for Cross-cultural Psychology

Between April 21-22, 2016, the fourth Annual Meeting of the PSPS Section for Cross-cultural Psychology will be held in Lublin.
The Meeting is organized by the PSPS Section for Cross-cultural Psychology, the Institute of Psychology of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, and the Scientific Society of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

The conference will include paper sessions and a keynote from Prof. Debie Roberson from the University of Essex (UK).
The deadline for submissions is February 29, 2016. The application form can be found by clicking on the following link: