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Suparna Rajaram

Biography

 

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Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Personnel

College of Arts and Sciences

Professor
Department of Psychology
Stony Brook University

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

Fax: (631) 632-7876

e-mail: suparna.rajaram@stonybrook.edu

 

 

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 and has held the position of Professor of Psychology since 2003. Rajaram is also the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Personnel in the College of Arts and Sciences (2012-present).

 

Rajaramís research focuses on memory and amnesia in humans.She studies the differences between implicit and explicit memory, the distinction between episodic and semantic memory, and the contribution of perceptual and conceptual processes to memory and learning. In this context, she examines the memory processes across the spectrum of conscious awareness, with a study of conscious recollective experience on the one hand and the process of acquiring new knowledge even in the absence of an awareness of learning on the other.She also studies how attention, particularly the deselection processes, modulate long-term memory. Rajaram has recently begun a program of research on collaborative memory and, more generally, on memory in a social context.†† Her research and professional activities have been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

 

 

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) and the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA).She is an incoming elected member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). She has previously served as 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 Society (2006-2007).She is one of three co-founders of the Women in Cognitive Science group (founded in 2001) that is affiliated with the Psychonomic Society.

 

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). She is currently on the Editorial Board of Memory & Cognition.