Head of laboratory

Technician and administration staff


Research profile

Our research is focused on neuropsychology of human cognition in norm and pathology. The studies are combined with neuropsychological, electrophysiological and neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, rsfMRI) techniques. The main topics of our studies are temporal aspects of information processing, time perception, language, memory (with a special focus on working memory), learning, attention, executive functions and are aimed at development of novel diagnostic and therapy methods. The research involves normal subjects (children, adults), individuals suffering from various brain diseases (stroke, focal brain damage, cognitive impairments, dementia), and subjects with speech and/or language disorders (language learning impairment, aphasia, deafness, stuttering, infantile autism).

For more information please visit: https://neuropsychologia.nencki.edu.pl/english.html, www.elzbietaszelag.pl

Current research activities

  • temporal information processing on different time levels
  • neuropsychology of aging, longevity and neurodegeneration
  • cognitive abilities in patients with brain damage, post stroke aphasia, and other neurodevelopmental or neurodegenerative disorders
  • development and validation of the innovative therapy program Dr Neuronowski® neuronowski.com addressed subjects with language and other cognitive disorders
  • application of cognitive and physical training in the enhancement of mental health in the elderly
  • cerebral speech and language representation
  • links between brain activity and cognitive functions across the lifespan.

Selected publications

Choinski, M., Szelag, E., Wolak, T. & Szymaszek, A. (2020). Working Memory in Aphasia: The Role of Temporal Information Processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 589802.

Jablonska, K., Piotrowska, M., Bednarek, H., Szymaszek, A., Marchewka, A., Wypych, M. & Szelag, E. (2020). Maintenance vs Manipulation in Auditory Verbal Working Memory in the Elderly: New Insights Based on Temporal Dynamics of Information Processing in the Millisecond Time Range. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 12, 194.

Wesierska, M., Svoboda, J. & Stuchlik, A.(2019). A therapeutic dose of memantine improves the performance of rats in an active place avoidance task under the continuous dissociation of distal room and proximal arena cues. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 162, 59-66.

Szelag, E., Jablonska, K., Piotrowska, M., Szymaszek, A. & Bednarek, H. (2018). Spatial and Spectral Auditory Temporal-Order Judgment (TOJ) Tasks in Elderly People Are Performed Using Different Perceptual Strategies. Frontiers in Psychology, 9,2557.

Dacewicz, A., Szymaszek, A., Nowak, K., & Szelag, E. (2018). Training-induced Changes in Rapid Auditory Processing in Children with Specific Language Impairment: Electrophysiological Indicators. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12,310.

Oron, A., Wolak, T., Zeffiro, T. & Szelag, E. (2016). Cross-modal comparisons of stimulus specificity and commonality in phonological processing. Brain and Language, 155, 12-23.