Part of Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Part of Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Principal Investigator, Ph.D., Habil.

Mateusz Hohol


Mateusz is a head of the MCLL and an Associate Professor of the Jagiellonian University ("prof. UJ"), holding a Habilitation in psychology and a Ph.D. in philosophy. He is primarily affiliated within the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, JU. Mateusz is also an associate member of the Centre for Brain Research, JU, and a lecturer at the Cognitive Science Programme and the Doctoral School in the Social Sciences, JU.

His research focuses mainly on two fields: mathematical cognition, i.e., psychological mechanisms of processing numbers and geometric structures, and conceptual and methodological issues in cognitive neuroscience. He has recently been interested in cognitive and affective dimensions of numerical processing in populations with mathematics learning problems and in aiding learning with neuroscientific evidence-based educational tools. He is also pursuing a project on enhancing mental processes through the use of cognitive artifacts.

He published three books, including “Foundations of geometric cognition” (Routledge, 2020), and several papers in journals such as Psychological Research, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Animal Cognition, Acta Psychologica, PeerJ, Frontiers in Psychology, Foundations of Science, Theory & Psychology, Journal of Computational Neuroscience, Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, Synthese, Frontiers in Psychiatry, Scientific Reports. He also co-edited five books, e.g., “The concept of explanation” (CCPress, 2017), and special issues of Theory & Psychology (2019) and Synthese (2021).

Mateusz is a member of European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP), Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society (MCLS), Commission for Philosophy of Sciences of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Polish Society for Cognitive Science. He also belongs to the editorial board of Frontiers in Psychology.

Mateusz received a number of awards and scholarships, including the “Start” Scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science, the Scientific Prize of “Polityka” (one of the most read Polish weeklies), and the Scholarship of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for outstanding young scientists.

In addition to research, Mateusz is involved in many popular science projects and book translations. Outside working hours, he is a big fan of new technologies and tech gadgets, a drone pilot, and an aerial photographer. He lives in Krakow with his beloved wife and cat.

Principal investigator in projects:

Selected publications:

Grodniewicz, J. P. & Hohol, M. (2024). Therapeutic chatbots as cognitive-affective artifacts. Topoi,
Baran, B., Krzyżowski, M., Rádai, Z., Francikowski, J., & Hohol, M. (2023). Geometry-based navigation in the dark: Layout symmetry facilitates spatial learning in the house cricket, Acheta domesticus, in the absence of visual cues. Animal Cognition, 23, 755–770.
Grodniewicz, J. P., Hohol, M. (2023). Therapeutic conversational artificial intelligence and the acquisition of self-understanding. The American Journal of Bioethics. 23(5), 59–61.
Grodniewicz, J. P., Hohol, M. (2023). Waiting for a digital therapist: Three challenges on the path to psychotherapy delivered by artificial intelligence. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 14, 1190084.
Hohol, M. (2023). Najtrudniejszy projekt świata. Tygodnik Powszechny 21(3854), dodatek Copernicus Festival, 20–22
Hohol, M., Szymanek, P., Cipora, K. (2023). Analog magnitude representation of angles and its relation to geometric expertise. PsyArXiv [preprint],
Hohol, M., Wołoszyn, K., & Cipora, K. (2022). No fingers, no SNARC? Neither the finger counting starting hand, nor its stability robustly affect the SNARC effect. Acta Psychologica, 230, 103765.
Baran, B., Krzyżowski, M., Radai, Z., Francikowski, J., & Hohol, M. (2022). Geometry-based navigation in the dark: Layout symmetry facilitates spatial learning in the house cricket, Acheta domesticus, in the absence of visual cues. Animal Cognition. (Raw data available at Open Science Framework)
Wołoszyn, K., Hohol, M., Kuniecki, M., & Winkielman, P. (2022). Restricting movements of lower face leaves recognition of emotional vocalizations intact but introduces a valence positivity bias. Scientific Reports, 12, 16101.
Miłkowski, M., Hohol, M. (2021). Explanations in cognitive science: Unication versus pluralism. Synthese, 199(Suppl. 1), S1–S17.
Hohol, M., Wołoszyn-Hohol, K. (2022). Kryzys ucieleśnienia. Tygodnik Powszechny, 36(3817), 64-68.
Hohol, M. (2020). Foundations of geometric cognition. New York-London: Routledge.
Hohol, M., Willmes, K., Nęcka, E., Brożek, B., Nuerk, H.-C., & Cipora, K. (2020). Professional mathematicians do not differ from others in the symbolic numerical distance and size effects. Scientific Reports, 10(11531).
Miłkowski, M., Hohol, M., Nowakowski, P. (2019). Mechanisms in psychology: The road towards unity?. Theory & Psychology, 29(5), 567-568.
Hohol, M., Miłkowski, M. (2019). Cognitive artifacts for geometric reasoning. Foundations of Science, 24(4), 657–680.
Miłkowski, M., Hensel, W.M., Hohol, M. (2018). Replicability or reproducibility? On the replication crisis in computational neuroscience and sharing only relevant detail. Journal of Computational Neuroscience. 45(3), 163–172.
Hohol, M., Wołoszyn, K., Nuerk, H.-C., Cipora, K. (2018). A large-scale survey on finger counting routines, their temporal stability and flexibility in educated adults. PeerJ, 6(e5878).
Miłkowski, M., Clowes, R.W., Rucińska, Z., Przegalińska, A., Zawidzki, T., Gies, A., Krueger, J., McGann, M., Afeltowicz, Ł., Wachowski, W.M., Stjernberg, F., Loughlin, V., Hohol, M. (2018). From wide cognition to mechanisms: A silent revolution. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(2393).
Brożek, B., Heller, M., Hohol, M. (Eds.). (2017). The concept of explanation. Kraków: Copernicus Center Press
Hohol, M., Baran, B., Krzyżowski, M., Francikowski, J. (2017). Does spatial navigation have a blind-spot? Visiocentrism is not enough to explain the navigational behavior comprehensively. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 11(154).
Wołoszyn, K., Hohol, M. (2017). Commentary: The poverty of embodied cognition. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(845).
Hohol, M., Cipora, K., Willmes, K., Nuerk, H.-C. (2017). Bringing back the balance: Domain-general processes are also important in numerical cognition. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(499).
Cipora, K., Hohol, M., Nuerk, H.-C., Willmes, K., Brożek, B., Kucharzyk, B., Nęcka, E. (2016) Professional mathematicians differ from controls in their spatial-numerical associations. Psychological Research, 80, 710–726.
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