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Suparna Rajaram



Department of Psychology
Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794-2500
Phone: (631) 632-7841

Fax: (631) 632-7876



Suparna Rajaram received her B.A. (1984) from Mt. Carmel College (Bangalore University, India) and M.A. (1986) from Bangalore University (India). She then moved to Purdue University where she received her M.S. in Cognitive Psychology (1988) and then to Rice University where she received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology (1991).  Rajaram then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at Temple University School of Medicine (1991-1993). She joined Stony Brook University as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in 1993, received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 1998, and has held the position of Full Professor of Psychology since 2003. Rajaram has also served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University (2012-2015).


Rajaramí»s research focuses on memory and amnesia.  In one line of research, Rajaram studies the transmission of memory in groups and social networks. Here she examines how social influences shape memory and learning, how people develop shared memories, how accurate and erroneous information propagates among group members, and how collaborative learning and remembering influence memory in the adult lifespan and in educational contexts. In a second line of research, testing both people with intact memory and with organic amnesia, Rajaram studies the differences between implicit and explicit memory, the distinction between episodic and semantic memory, and how attention modulates long-term memory. In these contexts, she examines memory processes across the spectrum of conscious awareness from vivid experiences to learning in the absence of awareness. In a third line of research, Rajaram studies the nature of emotional memory. Rajaramí»s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and Google. 


Rajaram is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Psychological Association (APA, Division 3), Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), and the Psychonomic Society (PS).  She has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science (APS, 2012-2015), Elected Chair (2008), Past Chair (2009) and Elected Member (2004-2009) of the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society (2008), and as Chair of the Publications Committee of the Psychonomic Society (2006-2007). 


Rajaram is one of the founding organizers of Women in Cognitive Science, a group developed to promote the advancement of women in the cognitive sciences and supported by the National Science Foundation.


Rajaram has served as Associate Editor of Psychological Science (2007-2008), Psychological Bulletin (2003-2005), and Memory & Cognition (1998-2001), and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Memory and Language (2001-2006), the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (1998-2002; 2006-2011), and the APA Dictionary of Psychology (2001-2005, published 2006).  Rajaram was recently a Guest Co-Editor of a special issue on the Social Aspects of Memory for the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (2014), and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Memory & Cognition.