Andrzej Nowak

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Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Nowak


Andrzej Nowak is the Director of the Center for Complex Systems and New Technologies and Systemic Risk Research Center at ISS and the director of the Global Systems Center at ISS. He is also a professor at the Department of Psychology of the University of Warsaw.

Kierownik Ośrodka Badań Układów Złożonych i Nowych Technologii oraz Ośrodka Badania Ryzyka Systemów.



Prof. Nowak is one of the world’s leading experts on the modeling and computer simulation of social processes. Using cellular automata, he has modeled the emergence of public opinion in society and linear versus non-linear societal transitions. His current research projects include the use of cellular automata to simulate the emergence and maintenance of self-concept and linear and non-linear scenarios of societal change, the use of attractor neural networks to model interpersonal and group dynamics, and the use of coupled dynamical systems to simulate the emergence of personality through social coordination.


University of Warsaw, psychology
Stanford University, 1974-1975
M.A. University of Warsaw, 1978
Educational Testing Service, Princeton, 1979-1980
Ph.D. University of Warsaw, 1987
Habilitation, University of Warsaw, 1996
Full professor, Warsaw, 2004


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Pitt, J., Rychwalska, A., Roszczynska-Kurasinska, M., & Nowak, A. (2019). Democratizing Platforms for Social Coordination. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 38(1), 43–50.

Nowak, A., & Vallacher, R. R. (2019). Nonlinear societal change: The perspective of dynamical systems. British Journal of Social Psychology, 58(1), 105-128.

Biesaga, M., Motyka, P., & Nowak, A. (2018). The Effects of Synchronization With Either Joyful or Angry People on Perception of an Emotionally Neutral Person. Social Psychological Bulletin, 13(4).

Cohen, D., Hernandez, I., Gruschow, K., Nowak, A., Gelfand, M. J., & Borkowski, W. (2018). Rationally Irrational?. The ecologies and economics of honor. In: Socio-Economic Environment and Human Psychology: Social, Ecological, and Cultural Perspectives, CHAPTER 4, pp 77-102.

Ziembowicz, K., & Nowak, A. (2018). Prosody of Text Communication? How to Induce Synchronization and Coherence in Chat Conversations. International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, 1-10.

Nowak, A., Lukowicz, P., & Horodecki, P. (2018). Assessing Artificial Intelligence for Humanity: Will AI be the Our Biggest Ever Advance? or the Biggest Threat [Opinion]. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 37(4), 26-34.

Nowak, A., Vallacher, R. R., Zochowski, M., & Rychwalska, A. (2017). Functional synchronization: The emergence of coordinated activity in human systems. Frontiers in psychology, 8, 945.

Vallacher, R. R., Read, S. J., & Nowak, A. (Eds.). (2017). Computational social psychology. Routledge.

Nowak, A., Zabłocka, A., & Praszkier, R. (2017). How Much do Leaders Seek to Be Influenced? The Concept of Social Influence in Reverse in Reverse. Journal of Positive Management, 8(4), 58-79.

Johnson J., Ormerod P., Rosewell B., Nowak A., Zhang Y.-Ch. (2017), Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy. In: Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy (subtitle: Introduction and Essays on New and Changing Paradigms in Socio-Economic Thinking). Springer International Publishing, ISBN: 978-3-319-42422-4; str. 1-17

Nowak A., Kacprzyk-Murawska M., Serwatka E. (2017) Social Psychology and the Narrative Economy. In: Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy (subtitle: Introduction and Essays on New and Changing Paradigms in Socio-Economic Thinking). Springer International Publishing, ISBN: 978-3-319-42422-4; str. 45-58

Vallacher R. R., Read S. J., Nowak A. (eds.) (2017). Computational Social Psychology. NY, Oxon: Routledge

Vallacher R. R., Nowak A., Read S. J. (2017), Rethinking Human Experience: The Promise of Computational Social Psychology. In: Computational Social Psychology, 3-12

Vallacher R. R., Nowak A. (2017), From Interaction to Synchronization in Social Relations. In: Computational Social Psychology, 208-228

Serfass D., Nowak A., Sherman R. (2017), Big Data in Psychological Research. In: Computational Social Psychology, 332-348

Nowak A., Vallacher R. R. (2017), The future of Computational Social Psychology. In: Computational Social Psychology, 349-367

Nowak A., Gelfand M. J., Borkowski W., Kruglanski A. (2017), Autocratic Recidivism. Computational Models of Why Revolutions Fail (DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269098.003.0010). In: Values, Political Action, and
Change in the Middle East and the Arab Spring (ed. Mansoor Moaddel and Michele J. Gelfand), Oxford University Press, doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269098.001.0001, ISBN: 9780190269098, s. 392

Ziembowicz K., Rychwalska A., Samson K., Łucznik K., Ziembowicz M., Szóstek A., Nowak A. (2016), Medium Moderates the Message. How Users Adjust Their Communication Trajectories to Different Media in Collaborative Task Solving. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0157827.

Jarman, M.S., Nowak, A., Borkowski, W., Serfass, D. G., Wong, A. E., Valacher, R.R. (2015).The critical few: Anticonformists at the crossroads of minority opinion survival and collapse. JASSS 18 (1) 6,

Nowak, A., Andersen, J., Borkowski, W. (2015). Dynamics of Socio-Economic systems: attractors, rationality and meaning. Review of Behavioral Economics: Vol. 2: N0. 1-2, pp. 167-173,

Nowak A., Gelfand M., Borkowski W., Cohen D., Hernandez I. (2015), The Evolutionary Basis of Honor Cultures. Psychological Science 1-13, doi: 10.1177/0956797615602860

Winkielman, P., Ziembowicz, M., Nowak, A. (2015). The coherent and fluent mind: How unified consciousness is constructed from cross-modal inputs via integrated processing experiences. Frontiers in Psychology 83 (6), 1664-1078

Pitt, J., Busquets, D.,Diaconescu, A., Nowak, A., Rychwalska, A., Roszczynska, M. (2015). Algorithmic Self-Governance and the Design of Socio-Technical Systems. Proceedings of the European Conference on Social Intelligence (ECSI-2014). Barcelona, Spain, November 3-5, 2014. (ed.A. Herzig, E. Lorini). CEUR, ISSN 1613-0073, vol-1283, urn:nbn:de:0074-1283-4.

Nowak, A., Ziembowicz, K., Zabłocka-Bursa, A., Bartkowski, W. (2015). Wpływ społeczny z perspektywy obiektu wpływu – teoria i modele symulacyjne. Psychologia Społeczna.

Zabłocka-Bursa, A., Nowak, A. (2015) Efekt kuli śnieżnej: Historia powstania wzajemnie uczącej się społeczności nauczycieli. [w:] A. Nowak, K. Winkowska-Nowak, K. Pobiega (red.), Wsparcie sieci liderów TIK w szkołach. Warszawa, s. 18-28

Zabłocka-Bursa, A., Nowak, A. (2015) Geneza ROSE – Skąd wziął się pomysł i po co to wszystko… [w:] A. Nowak, K. Winkowska-Nowak, K. Pobiega (red.), Wsparcie sieci liderów TIK w szkołach. Warszawa, s. 7-17

Nowak, A., Rychwalska, A., & Szamrej, J. (2014). Social, Psychological and Technological Determinants of Energy Use. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 33(3), 42-47. ISSN: 0278-0097

Wong, A. E., Vallacher, R. R., & Nowak, A. (2014). Fractal dynamics in self-evaluation reveal self-concept clarity. Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences, 18, 349-369.

Zabłocka-Bursa, A., Winkowska-Nowak, K., Nowak, A. (2014). Kooperacja przez edukację: Wpływ szkoleń opartych na współpracy na wzrost kapitału społecznego nauczycieli. Studia Psychologiczne. t. 52, z. 4, s. 7–20;                      DOI: 10.2478/V10167-010-0094-4

Nowak, A. Winkowska-Nowak, K.& Bree . D. (red.) (2013). Complex human dynamics: From minds to societies. Berlin: Springer Verglag.

Nowak, A., Vallacher, R. R., Strawinska, U., &  Bree, D. S. (2013). Dynamical social psychology: An introduction. In A. Nowak, K. Winkowska-Nowak, & D. S. Bree (Eds.), Complex human dynamics: From minds to societies (pp. 1-19). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

De Raad, W.E., Nowak, A., Borkowski, W. (2013). Modeling dynamics of multicultural integration and conflict. In M. Gelfand and K. Sycara (Eds.), Modeling Dynamics of Multicultural Integration and Conflict (pp 183-197). New York: Springer.

Nowak, A., Ormerod, P., Borkowski, W. (2013). Self-image and the Emergence of Brand Loyalty in Networked Markets. In Complex Sciences, 281-290.

Ziembowicz, M., Nowak, A., Winkielman, P. (2013). When sounds look right and images sound correct: Cross-modal coherence enhances claims of pattern presence. Cognition 129 (2), 273-278.

Nowak, A., Bartkowski, W., Samson, K., Rychwalska, A., Kacprzyk,M., Roszczynska, M., Jagielska, M. (2013). No Need For Speed: Modeling Trend Adoption In A Heterogeneous Population. Advances in Complex Systems 16  (04n05)

Jeremy, P., Bourazeri, A., Nowak, A., Roszczynska-Kurasinska, M.,Rychwalska, A., Rodriguez Santiago, I., Lopez-Sanchez, M., Florea, M., Sanduleac, M. (2013). Transforming Big Data into Collective Awareness. Computer 46(6),

Nowak, A., Rychwalska, A., & Borkowski, W. (2013). Why Simulate? To Develop a Mental Model. Journal of Artificial Societies & Social Simulation, 16(3), 17–17.

Nowak, A. &  Kacprzyk, M. (2012). Handel uliczny jako przestrzeń interakcji. In: A. Wasilkowska (Ed.) Shadow Architecture/Architektura Cienia, pp. 240-258. Fundacja Inna Przestrzeń.

Nowak, A., Vallacher, R. R., & Zochowski, M. (2002). The emergence of personality: Personal stability through interpersonal synchronization. In D. Cervone & W. Mischel (Eds.), Advances in personality science (Vol. 1, pp. 292-331). New York: Guilford Publications.

Nowak, A., Vallacher, R. R., Tesser, A., & Borkowski, W. (2000). Society of self: The emergence of collective properties in self-structure. Psychological Review, 107, 39-61.

Zarycki, Tomasz and Andrzej Nowak (2000) Hidden dimensions: the stability and structure of regional political cleavages in Poland, Communist and Post-Communist Studies. Vol. 33, 3, p. 331-354.

Nowak Andrzej, Marek Kuś, Jakub Urbaniak & Tomasz Zarycki (2000) Simulating the coordination of individual economic decisions, Physica A, 287, pp. 613-630.

Nowak, A., & Vallacher, R. R. (1998). Dynamical social psychology. NY: Guilford Publications.


 Qlectives  Społecznie inteligentne systemy dla wytwarzania jakości (Socially Intelligent Systems for Quality)

 Asysst  Action For The Science Of Complex Systems And Socially Intelligent ICT

 ICTeCollective  Sterowanie kolektywnymi zachowaniami społecznymi zachodzącymi dzięki technologiom informacyjnym (ICTeCollective – Harnessing ICT-enabled collective social behaviour)

 OCOPOMO  Otwarta współpraca jako czynnik wspierający modelowanie polityki (Open COllaboration for POlicyMOdelling)

 Emergence by Design  – Projektowanie zjawisk emergentnych

 NESS  – Non-Eqilibrium Social Science in ICT and Economics