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Martyna A. Galazka










Photo: Götaplatsens Foto



PhD, Postdoc


Research interests

Strong body of research as well as countless first-hand experiences with patients have shown that many neurodevelopmental conditions such as ASD are marked by a significant reduction of eye gaze and unusual facial scanning patterns. In fact, failure to appropriately attend to the eyes and take cues from another’s gaze is often the initial cause of concern for parents to seek help. This particular behavioural feature is Martyna’s primary research interest. Specifically, Martyna is interested in what happens physiologically when individuals with neurocognitive deficits are presented with social stimuli, such as another person’s face. In a series of studies, some still ongoing, we examine physiological reactions such as changes in the size of the pupil, skin conductance levels and heart rate in response to a range of more or less social stimuli in individuals diagnosed with autism. To date, we have examined these types of reactions to emotionally expressive faces, but in the future, we hope to examine a wider range of stimuli. Future research would include examining these reactions in children upon initial neurocognitive diagnosis.
Along with autism, another line of interest is developmental dyslexia, which is also marked by unusual facial scanning. Specifically, Martyna’s research focuses on how dyslexic children take in information from another person’s face when hearing verbal stories, hearing atypical speech or attempting to memorise a list of words.

During her time as postdoctoral fellow, Martyna’s goal is to examine the physiological markers that are associated with eye contact, or lack thereof, and to further identify and study facial scanning patterns across various populations. The importance of these studies is in the way we apply our knowledge. In one project, we are currently working on developing an in-home training platform for individuals who have difficulties with typical eye contact. At the same time, findings from the dyslexic population would allow us to form a better understanding on the way children with dyslexia attend and take in information from other’s faces, which in turn would allow to improve therapy and training aimed at improving reading and language comprehension.



Recent recipient of a doctorate degree from Uppsala University where she examined early visual attention processes to motion information in young infants. Specifically, how young infants begin to see in order to categorise an inanimate object as an animate, social being. Martyna spent most of her PhD studies examining eye tracking patterns as well as physiological components of attention such as pupil dilation as well as event-related potential responses to a range of stimuli focusing specifically on the motion cues. Prior to her work in Uppsala University, Martyna received a Master’s degree in Developmental Science from Boston University where she focused on language development in young children. Specifically, how young children begin to utilise language to refer to objects and people that are currently absent and how language is used to update their representations about others.



Eye-tracking | pupil dialation | biometric sensors | Autism | Dyslexia


Grants and funding

Date: 2018
Project: Physiology of eye contact in small children with autism
Investigators: Martyna Galazka
Funding body: Jerringfonden
Amount: 200,000 kr


Polish | English | French | some Swedish



E-mail: martyna.galazka@gu.se

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martyna_Galazka2

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martyna-galazka-ph-d-97838b35/





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