Nencki Affective Word List (NAWL): the cultural adaptation of the Berlin Affective Word List--Reloaded (BAWL-R) for Polish

Monika Riegel , Małgorzata Wierzba , Marek Wypych , Łukasz Zurawski , Katarzyna Jednoróg , Anna Grabowska , Artur Marchewka


In the present article, we introduce the Nencki Affective Word List (NAWL), created in order to provide researchers with a database of 2,902 Polish words, including nouns, verbs, and adjectives, with ratings of emotional valence, arousal, and imageability. Measures of several objective psycholinguistic features of the words (frequency, grammatical class, and number of letters) are also controlled. The database is a Polish adaptation of the Berlin Affective Word List--Reloaded (BAWL-R; Võ et al., Behavior Research Methods 41:534--538, 2009), commonly used to investigate the affective properties of German words. Affective normative ratings were collected from 266 Polish participants (136 women and 130 men). The emotional ratings and psycholinguistic indexes provided by NAWL can be used by researchers to better control the verbal materials they apply and to adjust them to specific experimental questions or issues of interest. The NAWL is freely accessible to the scientific community for noncommercial use as supplementary material to this article.
Author Monika Riegel
Monika Riegel,,
, Małgorzata Wierzba
Małgorzata Wierzba,,
, Marek Wypych
Marek Wypych,,
, Łukasz Zurawski
Łukasz Zurawski,,
, Katarzyna Jednoróg (USSH)
Katarzyna Jednoróg,,
- SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
, Anna Grabowska (Wydział Psychologii)
Anna Grabowska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Artur Marchewka (Wydział Psychologii)
Artur Marchewka,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesBehavior Research Methods, ISSN 1554-351X, (A 45 pkt)
Issue year2015
Publication size in sheets0.7
Keywords in EnglishEmotion, Affective verbal stimuli, Affective ratings, Valence, Arousal, Imageability, Berlin affective word list–reloaded, Nencki affective word list
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology; 3201 Psychology (miscellaneous); 1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); 3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology; 3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2015 = 2.23; WoS Impact Factor: 2015 = 3.048 (2) - 2015=3.979 (5)
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