The impact of air pollution on the developing brain

We are happy to inform that The Foundation for Polish Science has awarded Marcin Szwed with a new grant. The project combines four scientific teams in the fields of pollution assessment, child psychology, neuroimaging and epidemiology with the common goal of determining the impact of ambient air pollution on the developing brain in school age children. Neurosmog will be investigating the effects of air pollution on behavioural and neural changes in school-age children. For more information, please see the link.

New grant awarded to SzwedLab

We are happy to inform, that a new grant has been awarded to Marcin Szwed. The project will be in line with the previous work of the lab and will consider neuroplasticity in the sensory deprived brain. The aim of the grant is to engage in the nature vs. nurture debate through the study of cognitive plasticity in blind and deaf has been awarded by the Polish National Science Centre. For further information on the subject, please see the website of NSC.

a visit in the National Center for Scientific Research/Sorbonne, Paris

At the beginning of December 2018, the Szwedlab number processing team visited the Laboratory for the Psychology of Child Development and Education in Paris (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/Sorbonne). At the Sorbonne, we consulted mathematical cognition projects with our longtime colleague - Andre Knops. We also had the opportunity to visit the office in which Jean Piaget himself worked between 1952-64.

The Blind Workshop

In October 2018 a group of representatives of the lab participated in the The Blind Brain Workshop in Lucca, Italy. Overall purpose of The Blind Brain Workshop is to highlight how the view of the brain has changed from the study of the sensory deprived model. Marcin Szwed presented the work of the lab in a speech titled "The blind cortex, the deaf cortex: between task-specificity and new capacities". Maria Zimmermann presented her work on rhythm processing. Participants had an opportunity to learn about the research of the greatest specialists of the field of neuroplasticity. For more information please see the website of the conference.

An Interview with Marcin Szwed

Ja My Oni magazine published an interview with Marcin Szwed. Agnieszka Sowa asks Marcin Szwed about neuroplasticity and how the brain adjusts to its owner's needs.

Professor Amedi, Neuronus 2018

Professor Amir Amedi visited Kraków. He has been invited to Neuronus IBRO Neuroscience Forum 2018 as a keynote guest. During his lecture he talked participants through this recent work. He was talking about brain plasticity and how it is possible to 'see' using sounds. If you want to read more, please visit Professor Amedis' lab website.

New publication in Scientific Reports

Read our newest publication appeared in Scientific Reports about cross-modal plasticity and structural changes in early visual cortex due to an intensive Braille training in healthy adults entitled Structural reorganization of the early visual cortex following Braille training in sighted adults. The authors are Łukasz Bola, Kasia Siuda-Krzywicka, Małgorzata Paplińska, Ewa Sumera, Marysia Zimmermann, Katarzyna Jednoróg, Artur Marchewka, and Marcin Szwed.

Mobilność Plus post-doc fellowship for Łukasz Bola

Łukasz Bola has just recieved the prestigeous Mobilność Plus fellowship, which will allow him to continue his research in a two year post-doc position at Alfonso Caramazza's Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab at the Harvard University. He will be working on the neuroplasticity of the auditory cortex due to sustained training of new skills or the loss of hearing.

This is the third prestigeous award, that Łukasz has received this year: he is also an awardee of the FNP Start stipend given to outstanding young scientists and has recieved the Etiuda V. doctoral scholarship from the National Science Centre.


Jak mózg widzi rytm? Rozmowa z dr. hab. Marcinem Szwedem

Audycja TOK FM

Rozmowa dr hab. Marcina Szweda z Cezarym Łasiczką w programie OFF Czarek.

01. 09. 2017

New commentary in PNAS

Read the commentary of Marcin Szwed, Łukasz Bola and Maria Zimmermann entitled Whether the hearing brain hears it or the deaf brain sees it, it’s just the same on cross-modal plasticity that comments on the article of Benetti et al. (2017) which appeared in the latest PNAS.
Published Date: 27.07.2017
Published by: Marianna Boros

Jerzy Konorski Award for the article Massive cortical reorganization in sighted Braille readers

The article Massive cortical reorganization in sighted Braille readers by Katarzyna Siuda-Krzywicka, Łukasz Bola, Małgorzata Paplińska, Ewa Sumera, Katarzyna Jednoróg, Artur Marchewka, Magdalena W. Śliwińska, Amir Amedi, Marcin Szwed, which appeared last year in Elife, 2016 Mar 15; 5:e10762. doi. 10.7554/eLife.10762 was awarded the prestigous Jerzy Konorski Award, funded by the Polish Society for the Research on the Nervous System and the Neurobiological Comitte of the Polish Academy of Science.




Published Date: 06.07.2017
Published by: Marianna Boros

Dlaczego śnimy?

Tok fm

Dr hab. Marcin Szwed rozmawiał z Karoliną Głowacką o tym dlaczego i jak śnimy.

20. 05. 2017


Task Selectivity as a Comprehensive Principle for Brain Organization

A comentary on our recent findings in TICS

Amir Amedi writes extensively about our recent findings concerning Task-Selective Sensory-Independent (TSSI) brain organization in Trends in Cognitive Science:

"do TSSI organization and its driving principles extend in humans beyond ‘visual’ regions to other high-ordersensory cortices?

The recent study by Bola and colleagues provides crucial evidence supporting an affirmative answer to this question, ultimately bridging the gap between humans and animal studies..."



Published Date: 06.04.2017
Published by: Marcin Szwed

New publication in PNAS

In their recent paper entiteled Task-specific reorganization of the auditory cortex in deaf humans the authors Łukasz Bola, Marysia Zimmermann, Piotr Mostowski, Katarzyna Jednoróg, Artur Marchewka, Paweł Rutkowski and Marcin Szwed describe their finding that the brain area activated by hearing people while perceiving rhythmic auditory beeps is also used by deaf people to perceive rhythmic visual flashes. This exciting result shows the remarkable ability of the human brain cortex to switch from one sense (hearing) to another (vision) while keeping the same function (sensing rhythm).

You can read the article here.

Published Date: 11.01.2017
Published by: Marianna Boros

NCN 2016 Award

Marcin Szwed is the winner of the National Centre 2016 Award in the field of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Our lab leader was awarded this prestigeuos prize for large-scale research on the plasticity of the human brain in people with impaired eyesight and hearing. Under his supervision our group has been successful in disproving some long-standing theses on the division of the brain into separate sense-related parts.  

Check out the presentation of Marcin's work (in Polish).



Published Date: 16.10.2016
Published by: Marianna Boros