Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissen­schaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Psychologie

M.Sc. Magdalena Matyjek

M.Sc. Magdalena Matyjek
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2016 – present
Doctoral program - Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin. Funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
2015 – 2017
Research assistant in project “Influence of emotions on perception, response inhibition, and error monitoring: ERP analysis” (National Science Centre grant awarded to M. Senderecka, 2016 – 2019)

Research assistant in project “Chasing the homunculus of self-control: Mechanisms of goal selection and application” (National Science Centre grant awarded to A. Chuderski, 2011 – 2016)

Research assistant in project “Neurogra” at SWPS Warsaw (University of Social Sciences and Humanities) and
2013 - 2015
University degree (Magister) in Cognitive Science, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
2010 - 2013
Undergraduate degree (licencjat) in Cognitive Science, Jagiellonian University in Krakow



Research Interests

  • Social cognition, social interactions and their brain mechanisms, non-verbal communication
  • Atypicalities in socio-emotional competencies in autism spectrum conditions
  • Event related brain potentials and pupillary responses as correlates of mental processing


I am interested in social neuropsychology in the context of processing motivational and rewarding stimuli. The aim of my doctoral project is to better understand how autism spectrum conditions influence sensitivity to rewards. I use both the population-based approach, in which we target autistic traits in the general population, and the psychopathological approach, in which we compare individuals diagnosed with autism to neurotypicals. I am interested in how abnormal development of social cognition may influence reward value processing. For instance, whether individuals with autism find social appreciation (like a smile) less rewarding than neurotypical individuals, and whether this pattern changes when facing monetary rewards? To address these issues, I employ both neural (event-related brain potentials) and other psychophysiological indicators (pupil dilation response) of social and non-social reward processing. There are more information available on my personal website.




Matyjek, M., Bayer, M., & Dziobek, I. (2020). Autistic Traits Affect Reward Anticipation but not Reception. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 8396.

Matyjek, M., Meliss, S., Dziobek, I., & Murayama, K. (2020). A Multidimensional View on Social and Non-Social Rewards. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 818. Also preprint available at: 10.31219/

Senderecka, M., Ociepka, M., Matyjek, M., Kroczek, B. (2018), Post-Error Brain Activity Correlates with Incidental Memory for Negative Words. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12 (178).

Matyjek, M. (2015), Role i zależności fiksacji wzrokowych i wskazówek emocjonalnych w relacjach interpersonalnych (The role of visual fixation and emotional cues in interpersonal relationships), Pawłowicz J.A. & E. Szafranko (eds.), KNMAIU KRESKA, Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie, Polskie Towarzystwo Historyczne (a post-conference publication).