About Me

My name is Anna Szala. I was born and raised in Toruń, Poland.

I am currently working as a research assistant at the Centre for Language Evolution Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. Additionally, I am a Fulbright Graduate Student Award recipient and a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Psychology, Oakland University, Michigan. I work under the supervision of Professor Todd K. Shackelford. My focus lays within the evolutionary psychology framework. I am most interested in an evolutionary perspective on the polarization and radicalization of sociopolitical views. 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, not losing chess matches, and playing fantasy computer games. I also love mossy rocks, snowy winters, and fighting those arguing that correlation implies causation.