Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
Partnerships for International
Research and Education

Zofia Wodniecka

Zofia Wodniecka
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Jagiellonian University
Zofia Wodniecka


My main research interest is bilingualism from cognitive and psycholinguistic perspective. I am currently investigating how short- and long-term exposure to a second language impacts native language processing and cognitive and brain functions.


  • Mandera, P, Keuleers, E., Wodniecka, Z., Brysbeart, M., (2014). Subtlex-pl: subtitle-based word frequency estimates for Polish. Behavioral Research Methods.DOI 10.3758/s13428-014-0489-4
  • Moreno S, Wodniecka Z, Tays W, Alain C, Bialystok E (2014). Inhibitory Control in Bilinguals and Musicians: Event Related Potential (ERP) Evidence for Experience-Specific Effects. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94169. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094169.
  • Durlik, J., Szewczyk, J., Wodniecka, Z. (2014). Investigating the dynamics of bilingual lexical access: an overview of the background and goals of the ongoing study with Polish learners of English. W: Zweisprachigkeit und Bilingualer Unterricht. Peter Lang
  • Haman, E., Wodniecka, Z., Kołak, J., Łuniewska, M., Mieszkowska, K. (2014). Social Aspects of Psycholinguistic Research: Reflections on the Ongoing Study of Cognitive and Linguistic Development of Polish Immigrant Children. W: Zweisprachigkeit und Bilingualer Unterricht. Peter Lang.
  • Bobb, S., Wodniecka, Z., Kroll, J.F. (2013). What bilinguals tell us about cognitive control: Overview to the special issue, Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25:5, 493-496. 10.1080/20445911.2013.822724
  • Bobb, S. & Wodniecka, Z. (2013). Language switching in picture naming. What asymmetric switch costs (do not) tell us about inhibition in bilingual speech planning. Special Issue of Journal of Cognitive Psychology,  25:5, 568-585. 10.1080/20445911.2013.792822
  • Marzecová, A., Bukowski, M., Boros, M., Correa, A., Lupiáñez, J., & Wodniecka, Z. (2013). Tracing bilingual advantage in cognitive control: Flexibility of category switching and temporal orienting. Special Issue of Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25:5, 586-604. doi:10.1080/20445911.2013.809348
  • Marzecová, A., Asanowicz, D.,  Krivá, Ľ., & Wodniecka, Z. (2012).  The effects of bilingualism on efficiency and lateralization of attentional networks. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition doi:, Published online: 09 October 2012
  • Tarłowski, A., Wodniecka, Z., & Marzecová, A. (2012) Language switching in production of phrases. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. doi:10.1007/s10936-012-9203-9
  • Otwinowska, A., Banasik, N., Białecka-Pikul, M., Kiebzak-Mandera, D. Kuś, K., Miękisz, A., Szewczyk, J., Cywińska, M., Kacprzak, A., Karwala, M., Kołak, J., Łuniewska, M., Mieszkowska, K., Wodniecka, Z., Haman, E. (2012). Dwujęzyczność u progu edukacji szkolnej – interdyscyplinarny projekt badawczy. Neofilolog nr 39, 7-29.
  • Tao, L., Marzecová, A.,Taft, M., Asanowicz, D., & Wodniecka, Z. (2011). The efficiency of attentional networks in early and late bilinguals: the role of age of acquisition. Frontiers in Psychology 2:123. doi: 0.3389/fpsyg.2011.00123
  • Wodniecka, Z. (2011). Dwujęzyczność [Bilingualism]. Rozdział w: I. Kurcz, H. Okuniewska, (Red.) Język jako przedmiot badań. Academica, str. 253-284. Chapter in: I. Kurcz, B. Bokus, H. Okuniewska, (Eds.) Język jako przedmiot badań psychologicznych. [Language as object of research]. GWP. [in Polish]
  • Wodniecka, Z., Craik, F. I., Luo, L. Bialystok E. (2010). Does bilingualism help memory? Competing Effects of Verbal Ability and Executive Control. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. 13, 575-595
  • Moreno, S., Bialystok, E., Wodniecka, Z., & Alain, C. (2010). Conflict resolution in sentence processing by bilinguals.  Journal of Neurolinguistics. 23, 564-579
  • Wodniecka, Z., Cepeda, N. (2007). Beyond the Classroom: Bilingualism, Cognitive Skills and Heath. Invited paper for Mosaic. A Journal for Language Teachers. 9, 3-8. [the paper also reprinted as a chapter in: Mollica A. (Ed.) (2008). Teaching and Learning Languages (pp. 15-24). Welland, Ontario: Soleil Publishing.]
  • Kroll, J. F., Bobb, S. C., Wodniecka, Z. (2006). Language selectivity is the exception, not the rule: Arguments against a fixed locus of language selection in bilingual speech. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Special Issue: Lexical Access in Bilingual Speech Production. Vol 9(2), pp. 119-135.
  • Grohman, M., Wodniecka, Z., Kłusak, M. (2006). Divergent Thinking and Evaluation Skills: Do They Alwas Go Together? Journal of Creative Behavior. Vol 40(2), pp. 125-145.
  • Szymura, B. & Wodniecka, Z. (2003). What really bothers neurotics? In search for factors impairing attentional performance of neurotics. Personality and Individual Differences. 34 (1); pp.109-126.
  • Wodniecka, Z. (1999). Poszukiwanie wrażeń a uwaga wzrokowa. [Sensation seeking and visual selective attention.] Czasopismo Psychologiczne. 5(2); pp. 165-176 [in Polish].