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Information eXperience Lab Director

Associate Professor iSchool

University of Texas at Austin

Contact: jacekg AT


G-Scholar citations: 5365 h-index: 40 (h-index since 2019: 25),  i10-index: 89




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My Academic Genealogy



ACM Senior Member (SIGIR)

ASIS&T Distinguished Member (SIG-USE)

Distinguished Fellow of the Kosciuszko Foundation Collegium of Eminent Scientists


? June 9-June 11, 2024


Wien, Österreich 


March 10-14, 2024


Sheffield, UK 


October 30-Nov 1, 2023


London, UK 


June 20, 2023

Seminar „The World of Media Transition”

Laboratory of Media Studies 

Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies

University of Warsaw

Warszawa, Polska 


June 17 2023

Presentation: Humanizing IoT:

Considering Sensors for Human Sensing Critically Thinking about IoT

Łódź IoT Summer School 2022

Politechnika Łódzka

Łódź, Polska 


June 6-8, 2023

Visit and presentation

Department of Computer Science

University of Luxembourg

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg 


May 31-June 1, 2023


Wien, Österreich 


May 23-May 26, 2023


Hamburg, Deutschland


March 19-23, 2023




November 5, 2022

lecture online 

IWHEC Conference



October 29-November 1, 2022

ASIS&T’2022 Conference 

Pittsburgh, PA, USA 


June 24-July 1, 2022

Łódź HCI Summer School 2022

Politechnika Łódzka

Łódź, Polska 


June 14-16, 2022


Wien, Österreich 

in-person !


March 14-18, 2022.




Nov 1- Nov 5, 2021.




Oct 30- Nov 2, 2021.


Online / Salt Lake City, UT


July 11-15, 2021.




June 1-3, 2021.




March 14-19, 2021.




October 25-28, 2020.




October 19, 2020.




August 13-14, 2020.

March 14-18, 2020


Online Vancouver, Canada


June 2-5, 2020


(Stuttgart, Germany)


June 2-5, 2020


Online (Wien, Austria)


September 11-14, 2019

II Światowe Forum Nauki Polskiej poza Granicami Kraju

(The second World-wide forum of Polish Science Abroad)

Warszawa/Pułtusk, Poland


July 23-25, 2019


Paris, France


June 4-6, 2019


Wien, Österreich


March 10-14, 2019


Glasgow, Scotland, UK


November 11-14, 2018


Vancouver, Canada


June 19 – 21, 2018


Vienna , Austria


June 14 – 17, 2018


Warszawa, Poland



How to pronounce Jacek Gwizdka?  How to pronounce my names? Jacek: [ˈyat͡sɛk] WAV MP3 Gwizdka: WAV MP3


I am an engineer turned cognitive scientist, with a PhD and two masters’ degrees in engineering (industrial, electrical and computer engineering) and a postdoc in cognitive psychology. I study human information interaction, search and retrieval (a.k.a. interactive information retrieval, information search and retrieval) and apply methods from experimental cognitive psychology and neuro-physiology to understand information searchers and improve search experience. My focus is on understanding one individual at a time and then on generalizing. I am particularly interested in inferring and quantifying cognitive and affective phenomena in human information interaction from neuro-physiological signals and subsequently in creating models that relate and predict these phenomena. I employ eye-tracking, pupillometry, neuro-physiological signals in assessment of search as learning, reading, mind-wandering and in inferring information relevance.  Full_CV  |  Short Bio PDF


I believe in science and scientific evidence as a basis for (bounded) rational human decision making at all levels of society. I am post-positivist and a scientific realist and believe that there is a reality independent of us and an objective truth. Even if uncovering the truth may be unattainable, we can (and should) triangulate across multiple error-prone data sources to get closer to the objective reality. I engage mainly in quantitative research, but also mix it with qualitative. I have a keen interest in neuroscience, philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of music, and complexity science (Santa Fe Institute). A few big questions that make me tick: How does human consciousness emerge? What is intelligence

My readings in philosophy of science and other areas on my list of readings can shed further light on my thinking and my approach to science, research, and life.



INTERESTED in my IX lab? 

The preferred research assistant skills include one or more of: cognitive, experimental, or engineering psychology / human factors, data science, statistics, generative AI, prompt engineering, applied machine learning, experience with eye-tracking data, biomedical computing, computational modeling, computational neuroscience. Before contacting me: Have you read my publications? Still interested? Please email me.



2019 – current: Associate Professor, School of Information (iSchool), University of Texas at Austin, USA

2015 – 2019: Assistant Professor, School of Information (iSchool), University of Texas at Austin, USA

2013 – 2014: Lecturer, School of Information (iSchool), University of Texas at Austin, USA

2005 – 2012: Assistant Professor, School of Comm. & Info (iSchool), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2004 – 2005: Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Information Studies (iSchool), University of Toronto, ON, Canada

1997 – 2001: Summer research student intern at Xerox PARC, FXPAL, HP Labs, Palo Alto, CA, USA



PostDoc  2005 University of Toronto, Psychology / HCI

Ph.D.        2004 University of Toronto, Industrial Eng. / HCI  dissertation PDF

M.A.Sc.    1998 University of Toronto, Industrial Eng. / IS     thesis PDF

n.d.           1988 Politechnika  Łódzka, Computer Science

M.Eng.     1985 Politechnika Łódzka, Computer & Electrical Eng. (Control Engineering)



I am an avid photographer with artistic ambitions. My recent galleries:  Cogitationes Aqua   |   Ramis Neuronis   |   Jazz musicians-1 | part-2 . (If I have time…) I like to play synthesizers and create sounds, to ski in high mountains and dance.

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Talk at UT Applied Research Lab (December 2019): “Neuro-physiological evidence as a basis for understanding human-information interaction”


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2024.04.21: My G-Scholar h-index=40


2024.04.04: New  conference paper accepted (work-in-progress)  Shi, l. & Gwizdka, J.  (accepted, 2024).  “The Effects of Confirmation Bias and Readability on Relevance Assessment: an Eye-tracking Study”. To appear in NeuroIS’2024.


2023.08.27: My G-Scholar h-index=39


2023.07.10: New  journal article published online.  1st author postdoc Dr. Robert Bautista, co-authored with a colleague Dr. Yan Zhang and an ex-PhD student Dr. Yung-Sheng Chang. Citation:
Bautista, J. R., Zhang, Y., Gwizdka, J., & Chang, Y.-S. (2023). Consumers’ longitudinal health information needs and seeking: A scoping review. Health Promotion International, 38(4).


2023.07.01: My G-Scholar h-index=38


2023.04.04: New  conference paper accepted.  Gwizdka, J.  (accepted, 2023).  “NeuroIS at 15: What Were We Writing About?”. To appear in NeuroIS’2023.


2023.03.28: New  journal manuscript accepted to New Media and Society.  1st author postdoc Robert Bautista, co-authored with Yan Zhang. “Correcting vaccine misinformation on social media: Effect of social correction methods on vaccine skeptics’ intention to take COVID-19 vaccine”.


2023.02.01: My G-Scholar h-index=37


2022.12.12: New conference paper accepted. Shi, L., Bhattacharya, N., Das, A., & Gwizdka, J. (2023, March 20). True or false? Cognitive load when reading COVID-19 news headlines: An eye-tracking study. ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. DOI


2022.08.19: My G-Scholar h-index=36


2022.08.05: New  journal manuscript published online in Telematics and Informatics.  1st author postdoc Robert Bautista, co-authored with Yan Zhang. “Predicting healthcare professionals’ intention to correct health misinformation on social media”. Free access till Sept 23 here.  Permanent DOI LINK


2022.07.15: My G-Scholar h-index=35  


2022.07.05: New  journal manuscript published online in Nature Mental Health Research.  Co-authored with colleagues from Tokyo and Toronto. Seaborn, K., Henderson, K., Gwizdka, J., & Chignell, M. (2022). A meta-review of psychological resilience during COVID-19. Npj Mental Health Research, 1(1), 1–9. Open Access:



2022.04.05: New  conference paper (work-in-progress)  Gwizdka, J., Tessmer, R., Chan, Y-C., Radhakrishnan, K., Henry, M.  (accepted, 2022).  “Eye-gaze and mouse-movements on web search as indicators of cognitive impairment”. To appear in NeuroIS’2022.


2022.01.11: My G-Scholar h-index=34  


2021.12.07: Best student poster award! Rachel Tessmer, Yao-Cheng Chan, Jacek Gwizdka, Maya L. Henry, Kavita Radhakrishnan. (2021). “Health information search behavior as an index of cognitive impairment: An eye-tracking study”. Aging and Health Informatics Conference (AHIC).


2021.12.07: Two upcoming  short conference papers. Two short papers from IX lab were accepted for presentation at CHIIR’2022. (33% acceptance rate)


2021.12.06: New upcoming  journal paper.  Mikael Rubin, Nilavra Bhattacharya, Jacek Gwizdka, Zenzi Griffin, Michael Telch (accepted, 2021).  “The Influence of PTSD Symptoms on Selective Visual Attention While Reading”.


2021.11.09: New upcoming  conference paper  Bautista, J.R., Zhang, Y., Gwizdka, J. (accepted, 2021).  “Professional identity and perceived crisis severity as antecedents of healthcare professionals’ responses to health misinformation on social media”. With Postdoctoral fellow John Robert Bautista and iSchool colleague Dr. Yan Zhang to appear in iConference’2022.


2021.06.18: New journal article in BMJ Open:   This is a  description of a meta-review protocol. Co-authored with colleagues from Japan and Canada (with a strong Toronto connection among the three of us).  Seaborn, K., Chignell, M., & Gwizdka, J. (2021). Psychological resilience during COVID-19: A meta-review protocol. BMJ Open, 11(6), e051417.


2021.04.20: New conference paper  Bhattacharya, N., Gwizdka, J. (accepted, 2021).  “YASBIL: Yet Another Search Behaviour (and) Interaction Logger”. Short paper / demo with my PhD student Nilavra Bhattacharya to appear in SIGIR’2021.


2021.05.20: New conference paper  Chang, Y-S., Zhang, Y., Gwizdka, J. (accepted, 2021).  “Predicting Surrogates’ Health Information Seeking Behavior via Information Source and Information Evaluation”. With my PhD student Yung-Sheng Chang and a colleague Dr. Yan Zhang to appear in ASIST’2021. ASIS&T SIG-USE Best Paper Award! 


2021.04.17: My G-Scholar h-index=33  


2021.04.01: New conference paper  Gwizdka, J. (accepted, 2021).  ““Overloading” Cognitive (Work)Load: What Are We Really Measuring?”. In NeuroIS’2021 conference proceedings.


2021.01.02: New year, and a new journal article!  First author is our post doctoral fellow Robert Bautista, co-authored with iSchool collegue Yan Zhang. Bautista, J. R., Zhang, Y., & Gwizdka, J. (2021). Healthcare professionals’ acts of correcting health misinformation on social media. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 104375. DOI_LINK   FREE_ACCESS_TILL_Mar_06_2021


2020.11.09: New journal article:   First author is my doctoral student Yung-Sheng Chang, co-authored with iSchool collegue Yan Zhang.  Chang, Y.-S., Zhang, Y. & Gwizdka, J. (in press). The effects of Information Source and eHealth Literacy on Consumer Health Information Credibility Evaluation Behavior.  Published first online in Computers in Human Behavior. LINK_via_UT    LINK_to_publisher    DOI_LINK


2020.11.02: My G-Scholar h-index=32


2020.10.25 : Conference paper online Chang, Y.-S., Gwizdka, J., & Zhang, Y. (2020). eHealth literacy, information sources, and health webpage reading patterns. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 57, e234. DOI_LINK


2020.10.15: Workshop paper online  Bhattacharya, N., & Gwizdka, J. (2020). Visualizing and Quantifying Vocabulary Learning During Search. Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Investigating Learning During (Web) Search (IWILDS) Co-Located with 29th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2020), 2699, 4. LINK_PDF


2020.10.12: Conference paper online Jia, C., & Gwizdka, J. (2020). An Eye-Tracking Study of Differences in Reading Between Automated and Human-Written News. In F. D. Davis, R. Riedl, J. vom Brocke, P.-M. Léger, A. B. Randolph, & T. Fischer (Eds.), Information Systems and Neuroscience (pp. 100–110). Springer International Publishing.  DOI_LINK


2020.08.24: New workshop paper accepted to IWILDS’2020  Bhattacharya, N., & Gwizdka, J. (2020). Visualizing and Quantifying Vocabulary Learning During Search. To appear in Proceedings of 1st International Workshop on Investigating Learning During Web Search. Workshop site.


2020.06.02: New book chapter paper online.  Gwizdka, J., & Dillon, A. (2020). Eye-Tracking as a Method for Enhancing Research on Information Search. In W. T. Fu & H. van Oostendorp (Eds.), Understanding and Improving Information Search: A Cognitive Approach (pp. 161–181). Springer International Publishing. DOI_LINK


2020.06.02: New conference paper accepted  to ASIS&T’2020. Chang, Y.-S. , Gwizdka, J., Zhang, Y.  (in press 2020). E-Health Literacy, Information Sources, and Health Webpage Reading Patterns. To appear in ASIST’2020 Proceedings. 


2020.04.01: New conference paper  accepted to NeuroIS’2020 .    Jia., C.  & Gwizdka J., (in press). An eye-tracking study of differences in reading between automated and human-written news.  To appear in proceedings of NeuroIS’2020. 


2020.03.31: New conference paper accepted  ETRA-ETWEB’2020.  Bhattacharya, N., Rakshit, S., & Gwizdka, J. (2020). Towards real-time webpage relevance prediction using convex hull based eye-tracking features. Proceedings of the 2020 Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA ’20 Adjunct).


2020.02.28: New funded project. Consumer Longitudinal Health Information Needs and Search Behavior. Google Faculty Award. Yan Zhang (PI), Jacek Gwizdka (co-PI). 


2019.12.10: New conference paper accepted to CHIIR’2020: Bhattacharya, N., Rakshit, S., Gwizdka, J., & Kogut, P. (2020). Relevance Prediction from Eye-movements Using Semi-interpretable Convolutional Neural Networks. Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, 223–233. 


2019.11.26: New funded project. Health Information Search Behavior as a Manifestation of Cognitive Impairment: An Eye-Tracking Study. with UT colleagues Maya Henry (Communication Sciences & Disorders) and Kavita Radhakrishnan (Nursing), Funded by UT Austin VPR Office. LINK


2019.10.09: New journal paper (early online view) with iSchool colleagues Yan Zhang and Andrew Dillon : Gwizdka, J., Zhang, Y., & Dillon, A. (2019). Using the eye-tracking method to study consumer online health information search behaviour. Aslib Journal of Information Management, pp. 16. LINK


2019.07.08: New Guest Editorial for the special issue on Neuro-Information Science in JASIST.  Gwizdka, J., Moshfeghi, Y., & Wilson, M. L. (n.d.). Introduction to the special issue on neuro-information science. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 0(0).  LINK to editorial              Special Issue TOC