Cognitive and personality predictors of trust-building

VEGA 2/0035/20

Duration of the project:

Principal investigator:
Mgr. Matúš Grežo, PhD

List of scientific co-workers:
Mgr. Katarína Dudeková, PhD.
Mgr. Martin Sedlár, PhD.
Mgr. Magdalena Adamus, PhD.
Mgr. Jana Koróniová, PhD.

Despite possible negative impacts of low trust levels, psychological research on trust in Slovak conditions is rather scarce. The main objective of this project is to investigate the relationship between basic types of trust (institutional, interpersonal, and dispositional) and verify a complex model of trust consisting of three dimensions: belief, intention, and decision to trust. The project also focuses on the investigation of specific cognitive and personality factors that contribute to the process of trust-building in domain-specific contexts (e.g. trust in refugees, individuals of different religions, physicians, financial or education institutions). The results of this project could be used for identifying levels of different types of trust and answering on which areas institutions and individuals should focus their interventions in order to increase their perceived trustworthiness.

Key words:
trust, personality traits, cognitive biases, social categorization, risk, decision-making
Selected publications:
1. Grežo, M., & Adamus, M. (2022). Light and Dark core of personality and the adherence to COVID-19 containment measures: The roles of motivation and trust in government. Acta psychologica, 223, 103483.
2. Adamus, M., &Grežo, M. (2021). Individual differences in behavioural responses to the financial threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Personality and Individual Differences, 179, 110916.
3. Grežo, M., Adamus, M., & Kaššaiová, Z. (2022). Exploring the factorial structure and criterion validity of institutional trust in Slovakia. Czech Sociological Review, 58(6), 671–698.
4. Sedlár, M. (2024). Connectedness to humanity is more important for attitudes toward immigrants than holistic thinking, cognitive flexibility, and attributional complexity. Personality and Individual Differences, 217, 112451.
5. Sedlár, M., & Grežo, M. (2022) Willingness to participate in biobanking: The roles of Big Five personality traits and interpersonal trusting beliefs. Personality and Individual Differences, 197, 111770.
6. Sedlár, M. (2023). Thinking dispositions are related to more positive attitudes toward immigrants. Personality and Individual Differences, 205, 112100.
7. Grežo, M., & Sedlár, M. (2023). Public’s awareness of biobanks and willingness to participate in biobanking: The moderating role of social value orientation. Journal of Community Genetics,14(3), 275–285. 
8. Sedlár, M. (2023). Trust in strangers and friends: The roles of agreeableness, open-mindedness, perspective taking, and trustworthiness. Nordic Psychology, 75(3), 295–310.