Magdalena Grohman

Associate Director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology
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Professional Preparation

PhD - Cognitive Psychology
Jagiellonian University, Krakw, Poland - 2004
MA - Psychology
Jagiellonian University, Krakw, Poland - 1998

Research Areas

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Cogntive Processes, Creativity & Problem Solving

Problem-based Learning in Psychology

  • Creative self-efficacy and engagement in creative project
  • Creative project perceptions
  • Intrinsic motivation and enagagement in creative project

Information Foraging and Creative Problem Solving

  • Patterns of information foraging in problem solving
  • Patterns of information foraging in relation to task difficulty

Attentional Processes and Creative Process

  • Attention span and creative process
  • Attentional flexibility in creative process
  • Task characteristics, attention and creative process


Grohman, M. G., & Szmidt, K. J. (2012, in press). Teaching for creativity: How to shape creative attitudes in teachers and students. In: M. B. Gregorson, H. T. Snyder & J. C. Kaufman (Eds), Teaching Creatively and Teaching Creativity. New York, NY: Springer Science+Media. 2012 - Publication
Ncka, E., Grohman, M., & Sabosz, A. (2006). Creativity studies in Poland. In: J. C. Kaufman & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), International Handbook of Creativity (pp. 270-306). Cambridge Press. 2006 - Publication
Grohman, M. G., Wodniecka, Z., & Kusak, M. (2006). Divergent thinking and evaluation skills: Do the always go together? Journal of Creative Behavior, 40 (2), 125-145 2006 - Publication
Piotrowski, K. T., Grohman, M. (2005). Zamot czyli skomplikowana sprawa. Analiza procesów syntezy pojciowej w zadaniach odlingwistycznych [Head tangle or a very complex matter. Analysis of conceptual synthesis in linguistic tasks]. In: K. J. Szmidt, M. Modrzejewska–wigulska (Eds.), Psychopedagogika dziaa twórczych [Psychopedagogy of creative activity]. Kraków: Oficyna Wydawnicza "Impuls". 2005 - Publication
Groborz, M. G., & Ncka, E. (2003). Creativity and cognitive control: explorations of generation and evaluation skills. Creativity Research Journal, 15, 183-198. 2003 - Publication
Groborz, M., & lifierz, S. (2003). Dwa oblicza twórczego mylenia: generowanie idei i ich ocena [Two facets of creative thinking: generation of ideas and its evaluation]. In: K. Szmidt (Ed.) Dydaktyka twórczoci [Teaching creativity], (pp. 207-227). Oficyna Wydawnicza “Impuls”, Kraków. 2003 - Publication
Tokarz, A., & Groborz, M. (2001). Recent Advances in Creativity Research and Applied Projects in Poland. In: M. Stein (Ed.) Creativity’s Global Correspondents 2001. NY: New York, Winsolw Press. 2001 - Publication


Lecturer I
UT Dallas [2009–Present]
Associate Director
UT Dallas [2009–Present]
Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology
Associate Research Scientist
Organizational Wellenss & Learning Systems [2008–2009]
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Rice University [2005–2007]
Visiting Researcher
Texas A&M [2001–2002]
Teaching Assistant and Junior Researcher
Jagiellonian University [1998–2003]


Conference Paper
2018–2018 Grohman, M., & Szmidt, K. J. (2011). What works and what doesn’t in teaching for creativity. Paper to presented at 119thAPA Convention. Washington, DC August 4 – 7 2011.
Conference Poster
2006–2006 Grohman, M., Dannemiller, J. L., Ward, T. (2006). Switching between two sources of information in a problem-solving situation. Poster presented at 47th Annual Meeting of Psychonomic Society. Houston, Canada, November 16 – 19 2006
Invited Talk
2006–2006 Grohman, M. (2006). In search of optimal switching: Another perspective on task switching processes and paradigm. Cognoscenti Meeting, Texas A&M University, College Station, February 6th 2006.
Invited Talk
2010–2010 Grohman, M. (2010). Creativity and selective attention.  BrainHealth Faculty Meeting, Dallas, July 7th2010
Conference Poster
2005–2005 Grohman, M., Piotrowski, K. T., & Ward, T. B. (2005). Concepts and novel idea generation. Poster presented at 46th Annual Meeting of Psychonomic Society. Toronto, Canada, November 10 – 13 2005.

Additional Information


Magdalena Grohman is Associate Director of Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology at UT Dallas, where she manages the Center's day-to-day operations, strategic and financial planning, development, outreach program planning and coordination. She is also a lecturer at the School of Behavior and Brain Sciences, where she teaches a class on Psychology of Creativity. Her research and educational interests focus on cognitive aspects of creative thinking and creative problem solving, as well as on pedagogy of creativity.

Her mission is to propagate creative thinking as a part of a life-span education for children, youth, parents and teachers. She has fifteen years of experience leading workshops on creative-thinking techniques and creative problem solving, both in commercial and educational settings; since 2010, she has been leading Summer Seminar for Teachers and a Think Creatively! workshops at Dallas Museum of Art. Grohman has published several chapters and articles on creativity, both in Polish and English. She received her MA and PhD in psychology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

News Articles

Defining Creativity Across Disciplines
Dr. Magdalena Grohman, associate director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, said her interest in the psychology of creativity, creative thinking and the creative process started in high school in her native Poland. At UT Dallas, she teaches courses on creativity, including how it is measured and defined. Students from a mix of majors take her survey class.
When asked whether creativity and inspiration are different among traditional artists versus scientists, she said the issue is complex.

What is known, she said, is that creative people across domains are good at defining a problem, as opposed to strictly solving a problem.
Center for Values Project Puts Student Lab Experience Under Microscope
The University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how learning and mentoring occurs in a research lab.

According to the center’s director, Dr. Matthew Brown, the work will touch on both social science and humanities research.

“The common assumption is that research experience in the laboratory is a crucial educational activity, but there’s actually been very little research about that,” he said.


Professional Activities and Consultancies
  • Ad hoc Journal Reviewing: Journal of Creative Behavior
  • Consultancy in creative thinking programs for Dallas Museum of Art
Professional Organizations
  • APA, Division 10: Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and The Arts
  • The Cognitive Science Society
  • Women in Cognitive Science Society


Center for Values in Medicine, Science & Technology
Dean Dennis M. Kratz, Dr. Matthew J. Brown
Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts