Anna Szala

Evolutionary psychologist, Fulbrighter, PhD candidate. Born and raised in Toruń, Poland. Loves forests and winter. Retired computer gamer.


I am currently teaching evolutionary psychology at the Institute of Psychology and working as a research assistant at the Centre for Language Evolution Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. Also, I am a researcher at the Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław, Poland. Additionally, I am a Fulbright Graduate Student Award recipient and a PhD candidate at the Department of Psychology, Oakland University, Michigan. I work under the supervision of Professor Todd K. Shackelford. My focus lies within the evolutionary psychology framework. I am most interested in an evolutionary perspective on the need for chaos and radicalization of sociopolitical views but I am also involved in many other cool projects! Every day I grow more excited about how little is known, and how much room for improvement remains in the field. That provides me with growing motivation for further research into the subject.

When not in the lab, I enjoy hiking through the wilderness, trying out new musical instruments, and playing tabletop role-playing games (currently engaged in two long-term campaigns: Dungeons & Dragons led by Daniel Sokołowski and Vampire: The Masquerade led by Neoś. I also love mossy rocks, snowy winters, and fighting those arguing that correlation implies causation. Due to a set of unfortunate events, I also cannot into space (though I am really trying to).

Oh, and I recently started a Mastodon account. 🐘 I am curious to give it a try!