Andrzej Nowak

  • Professor
  • Department of Psychology
  • 561-297-3377
  • Boca Raton - Behavioral Sciences (BS-12), BS 230


University of Warsaw, Psychology
Stanford University, 1974-1975
M.A. University of Warsaw, 1978
Ph.D.  University of Warsaw, 1987

Research Interests

His primary focus is on the dynamical approach to social psychology, social
influence, computer simulations of psychological and social processes,
psychology and new technology, conflict, behavioral economy.


Research Description

He has done research concerning social influence, social transitions, social dilemmas, self and emotions and neural networks.  His current research includes synchronization, social influence, social change, culture, conflict, and radicalization. He also works on modeling the dynamics of cultures.

Recent Publications


Nowak, A. (1991). Wyobrazeniowe mechanizmy przetwarzania informacji: Myslenie przestrzenne (Imagery mechanisms of information processing: Thinking in spatial terms). Ossolineum, Wroclaw.

Vallacher, R. R. & Nowak, A. (Eds.) (1994). Dynamical systems in social psychology. San Diego: Academic Press. Liebrand, W., Nowak, A., & Hegselman, R. (Eds.) (1998). Computer modeling  of social processes. New York: Sage

Nowak, A., & Vallacher, R. R. (1998). Dynamical social psychology. New York: Guilford Press.

Culicover, P., & Nowak, A. (2003). Dynamical grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Batorski, D., Marody, M. & Nowak, (eds) A. (2006). Przestrzeń społeczna Internetu.(Social space of the Internet) Warsaw, Academica.

Winkowska-Nowak, K., Rychwalska, A., Nowak, A., (Eds) .(2007) Modelowanie matematyczne i symulacje komputerowe w naukach społecznych. (Mathematical modeling and computer simulations in social sciences). Warszawa: Wydawnictwo SWPS Academica

Nowak A., Winkowska-Nowak K., Nowak A. Rycielska M., (Ed) (2009) Szkoła w dobie internetu (Education in the age of Internet). Warsaw, PWN.

Nowak A., Borkowski W., Winkowska-Nowak, K. (2009) Układy złożone w naukach społecznych, wybrane zagadnienia (Complex Systems in the Social Sciences, selected topics), Warsaw: Scholar

Wasilkowska, A., Nowak, A. (Ed) (2009) Warsaw as an emergent structure: Warszawa: Fundacja Bęc Zmiana

Praszkier R., Nowak A. (2012) Social Entreprenourship, theory and practice, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Nowak A, Winkowska Nowak K., Briee  (Ed.) D. (2012) Complex human dynamics: From minds to societies. Springer

Vallacher R.R., Coleman P, Nowak A,. Liebovitz, L., Bui_Wrzosinska L., Kugler K, (2013)

Attracted to Conflict,: Dynamic Foundations of Destructive Social Relations. Springer,

 Anderson, J, Nowak A (2013) Introduction to Sociofinance, Springer

 Ormerod, P. Nowak A., Johnson J., Roswell B (2017) Non Equlibrium Social Science, New York, Heidelberg, Germany: Springer

 Vallacher, R. R., Read, S. J., & Nowak, A. (Eds.). (in press)  Computational models in social psychology.  New York: Psychology Press. )

 Nowak A. Valacher R.R. Paszkeir R., Rychwalska A. (in preparaton) In Synch, The emergence of Funcitons in psychological and social systems

 Section of Encyclopedia:

 Nowak A. (2009 (Ed), Applications Physics and Mathematics in Social Science, in a series: Springer Encyclopedia of Complexity, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag

 Articles (in English):

Goodenough, D. R., Nowak, A., Oltman, P. K., Cox, P. W., & Sigman, E. (1982). A visually induced illusion of body tilt in a horizontal plane. Perception and Psychophysics, 31.

Grzelak, J., Poppe, T., Czwartosz, Z., & Nowak, A. (1988). Numerical traps: A new look at outcome representations in the study of choice behavior. European Journal of Social Psychology, 18.    

Lewenstein, M. & Nowak, A. (1989). Recognition with self-control in neural networks. Physical Review A, 40.

Lewenstein, M. & Nowak, A. (1989). Fully connected neural networks with self-control of noise levels. Physical Review Letters, 62, 2.

 Nowak, A., Szamrej, J., & Latane', B. (1990). From private attitude to public opinion: A dynamic theory of social impact. Psychological Review, 97, 362-376.

 Lewenstein, M., Nowak, A., & Latane, B. (1993). Statistical mechanics of social impact. Physical Review A, 45, 763-776.

 Nowak, A., Lewenstein, M., & Tarkowski, W. (1993). Repeller neural networks. Physical Review E, 48, 1491-1498.

 Zochowski, M., Lewenstein, M., & Nowak, A. (1993). Memory that tentatively forgets. Journal of Physics A, 26, 2453-2460.

 Latane, B., Nowak, A., & Liu, J. (1994). Measurement of emergent social phenomena: Dynamism, polarization, and clustering as order parameters of social systems. Behavioral Sciences, 39, 1-24.

 Vallacher, R. R., Nowak, A., & Kaufman, J. (1994). Intrinsic dynamics of social judgment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67, 20-34.

 Nowak, A., Zienkowski, L., & Urbaniak, K. (1994). Clustering processes in economic transition. Research Bulletin RCFESS, 3, 43-61.

 Zochowski, M., Lewenstein, M., & Nowak, A. (1994). Local noise in neural networks with self-control. International Journal of Neural Systems 5, 287-298.

 Zochowski, M., Lewenstein, M., & Nowak, A. (1995). SMARTNET: A neural network with self-controlled learning. Network 6, 93-101.

 Latane, B., Liu, J., Nowak., A., Bonavento, & M., Zheng, L (1995). Distance matters: Physical distance and social impact. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin , 21, 795-805

 Latane, B., & Nowak, A. (1997). Causes of polarization and clustering in social groups. Progress in communication sciences: 13, 43-75

 Zochowski M., Winkowska-Nowak K., Nowak A., Karpinski G., Budaj A., (1997) Autocorrelations of R-R distributions as a measure of heart rate variability. Physical Review E, 76.

 Vallacher, R., & Nowak, A. (1997). The emergence of dynamical social psychology. Psychological Inquiry, 8, 73-99.

 Vallacher, R. R., & Nowak, A. (1997). Dynamical social psychology: the next iteration. Psychological Inquiry 8, 152-160.

 Culicover, P. W. & Nowak A. (1999). Dynamics of language. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22.

  Zarycki Tomasz and Andrzej Nowak (2000) Hidden dimensions: the stability and structure of regional political cleavages in Poland. Communist and Post-Communist Studies.      Vol.   33,  2, s. 331-354.

 Nowak, A., Vallacher, R. R., Tesser, A., & Borkowski, W. (2000) Society of self: The emergence of collective properties in self-structure. Psychological Review, 17. 39-61.

 Kochanski P, Borkowski W, Nowak A, and Culicover P.,(2001) Statisitical approaches to language acqusition: a review Psychology of Language and Communication.

 Nowak, A, Kus, M. Urbaniak J, Zarycki T. (2002) Simulating the coordination of individual economic decisions. Physica A, 297, 613-630

 Wojcik D., Nowak A., Kus, M. (2001). Dimension of interaction dynamics. Physical Review E, 63, 3

 Vallacher, R. R., Read, S. J., & Nowak, A. (2002). The dynamical perspective in personality and social psychology. Personality and Social Psychology Review.6, 264-273

 Vallacher R.R., Nowak, A., Froelich M., Rockloff , M. (2002) The dynamics of self-evalutaion. Personality and Social Psychology Review 6, 370-379

 Johnson S, Nowak A., (2002) Dynamical Patterns in bipolar depression Personality and Social Psychology Review 6, 370-379.

Nowak, A., (2004) Dynamical minimalism: Why less is more in psychology? Personality and Social Psychology Review, 8,2, pp. 183-193

Nowak, A. & Vallacher, R. R. (2005). Information and influence in the construction of shared reality. IEEE: Intelligent Systems.No. 1, 90-93

 Nowak A. Vallacher R.R., Kus, M., Urbaniak, J., (2005) The Dynamics of Societal Transition: Modeling Non-Linear Change in the Polish Economic System, International Journal of Sociology. 35, 65-88.

Vallacher, R. R., Nowak, A., & Zochowski, M. (2005). Dynamics of social coordination: The synchronization of internal states in close relationships. Interaction Studies, 6, 35-52.

Winkielman P., Nowak, A., (2005) Dynamics of cognition-emotion interface: Coherence breeds famimliarity and liking, and does it fast . Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28:2 223-223

Rychwalska, A., Jabłoński, P., Żochowski, M., Nowak, A. (2005). Novelty based feedback regulation in artificial neural networks. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 65, 453-463.

 Nowak, A.  Vallacher, R., R. and Żochowski, M. (2005)

The emergence of personality: Dynamic foundations of individual variation

Developmental Review, No 25, Pages 351-385

 Staab, S., Domingos, P., Golbeck, J., Ding, L., Finin, T., Joshi, A., & Nowak, A. (2005). Social networks applied. Intelligent Systems, IEEE, 20(1), 80-93.

Coleman, P. T., Vallacher, R. R., Nowak, A., & Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2008). Malignant Social Relations as an Attractor: Presenting a dynamical model of seemingly intractable conflict. American Behavioral Scientist.

Yarri., G., Nowak A., Rakocy, K., Solomon S., (2008) Microscopic Study Reveals the Singular Origins of Growth European Physics Journal B, 62, 4

Culicover P. W., Nowak A., Borkowski W., Woznicki K.,  2008  Adventures with CAMiLLe: Investigating the Architecture of the Language Faculty through Computational Simulation. Ohio State University Working Papers in Linguistics Vol. 58. Columbus, OH., pp.: 1-29

Coleman P, Fisher-Yoshida, B, and Nowak, A. (2008) Reconstructing ripeness: A study of constructive engagement in protracted social conflicts Conflict Resolution Quarterly

Liebovitch, L. S., Naudot, V., Vallacher, R. R., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., & Coleman, P.T. (2008). Dynamics of two-actor cooperation-competition conflict models.              Physica A 387:6360–6378

Jochemczyk, Ł., Nowak, A. (2009). Constructing a Network of Shared Agreement: A Model of Communication Processes in Negotiations. Group Decision and Negotiation, .

Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosińska, L., Coleman, P.T., Vallacher, R., Bartkowski, W., Jochemczyk, Ł. (2010). Seeking Sustainable Solutions: Using an Attractor Simulation Platform for Teaching Multi-Stakeholder Negotiation in Complex Cases. Negotiation Journal, 26, 49 - 68.

Liebovitch, L. S., Vallacher, R. R., Michaels, J., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Coleman, P. T., & Bartoli, A. (2010). Dynamics of two-actor cooperation-competition conflict models. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology

Nowak, A , Deutsch, M , Bartkowski, W., and Solomon, S. (2010) 'From Crude Law to Civil Relations: The Dynamics and Potential Resolution of Intractable Conflict', Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 16: 2, 189 - 209

Bartoli A., Bui-Wrzosinska L, Nowak A. (2010) Peace is in movement: A dynamical-systems perspective on the emergence of peace in Mozambique Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. 16: 2, 211 — 230

Praszkier R., Nowak A. and Coleman P., T. (2010) ,Social Entrepreneurs and Constructive Change: The Wisdom of Circumventing Conflict Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology , 16: 2, 153 — 174

Musallam, Naira , Coleman, Peter T. and Nowak A. (2010) 'Understanding the Spread of Malignant Conflict: A Dynamical Systems Perspective', Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 16: 2, 127 — 151

Vallacher, Robin R. , Coleman, Peter T. , Nowak A., and Bui-Wrzosinska L. (2010) 'Dynamical Foundations of Intractable Conflict: Introduction to the Special Issue', Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 16: 2, 113 — 125

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