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Recent Lab News

May, 2022 – Melissa Chen has joined the Psychology Masters Program at Stony Brook starting this summer (2022). She will conduct graduate research in our lab.  Welcome, and welcome back, Melissa! 

April, 2022 – Suparna Rajaram has been named a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow.  She is one of 180 scientists, writers, scholars, and artists honored across 51 fields this year (See Stony Brook NewsAPS link)

November, 2021 –The Third Annual Culture and Cognition Pre-conference of the Psychonomics Society was a success! And check out our lab presentations at Psychonomics (November 5-6, 2021)! (See the Future Presentations List)

Fall 2021 – Garrett Greeley has been awarded the Endowed Award Fund for Cognitive Science (2021). Congratulations, Garrett!

Fall 2021 –  Tori Peña was awarded the Psychonomic Society J. Frank Yates Student Conference Award. Congratulations, Tori!

Summer 2021 – Nicholas Pepe has defended his dissertation earning his Ph.D. Congratulations, Dr. Nicholas Pepe!

Summer 2021 –  Tori Peña has defended her specialties and advanced to her doctoral candidacy. Congratulations, Tori!

Summer 2021 – Garrett Greeley has completed his master’s degree and entered his third year in graduate training. Congratulations, Garrett!

Spring 2021 – Nicholas Pepe was awarded the SBU Presidential Critical Research Fund Award (2021). Congratulations, Nick!

Spring 2021 – Tori Peña was awarded the Endowed Award Fund for Cognitive Science. Congrats, Tori!

Fall 2020 – Alejandra Estrada has won the Dr. W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship for her Ph.D. training. Congratulations, Alejandra!

Fall 2020 – Nicholas Pepe was awarded the SBU Departmental Award for Excellence in Advanced Research. Congratulations Nick!

Fall 2020 – Alejandra Estrada has joined the lab team and begun working toward her Ph.D.

Spring 2020 – Raeya Maswood has defended her dissertation earning her her Ph.D. Raeya now works in UX research at Instagram. Congratulations, Dr. Raeya Maswood!

Spring 2020 – Suparna Rajaram elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2020 – Tori Peña has received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations, Tori!

Fall 2019 – Suparna Rajaram has received the Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Leadership Award!

Fall 2019 – Garrett Greeley has joined the lab team and begun working towards his Ph.D.

Fall 2018 – Akos Szekely has defended his dissertation earning him his Ph.D.  Congratulations, Akos!

Fall 2018 – Tori Peña has joined the lab team and begun working towards her Ph.D.

Recent Presentations

Rajaram, S. (April 22, 2022). Social Remembering and Collective MemoryInvited Keynote at the Red River Psychology Conference, (Virtual Presentation), Fargo, North Dakota, USA.

Peña, T.*, Burnett, L. K.*, Rajaram, S., & Richmond, L. L. (2022, April 7-10). Personal and National Mental Time Travel across the Adult Lifespan during COVID-19 [Poster Presentation]. Biennial Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA, United States.

Here’s Tori at her poster –

Rajaram, S. (February 28, 2022). How Social is Social Memory? The Cognitive Constituents of Collaborative Remembering and Collective Memory. Invited Speaker at the CHAT Seminar, (Virtual Presentation), Rice University, Houton, TX.

Rajaram, S. (February 18, 2022, Online). Social Remembering and Collective Memory. Advanced Research Seminar in Psychology, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. 

Pepe N.*, Tan L.*, Huang, T., Savani L., & Rajaram, S. (February, 2022). Cultural Variations in Memory Processes: The Part-list Cuing Impairment. Poster accepted for presentation at the 22nd annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Mannering, W.M.*, Rajaram, S., & Jones, M.N. (2021, November). Towards a Cognitive Model of Collaborative Memory. Paper accepted at the Ninth Annual Conference of Advances in Cognitive Systems (ACS) (Virtual).

Greeley, G. *, Peña, T. *, Pepe, N. *, Choi, H. *, & Rajaram, S. (2021, November) Collective Memory for U.S. Cities: A Striking Stability in Recall Through a Period of Upheaval. Poster accepted for presentation at the 62nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

Peña, T. *, Pepe, N. *, & Rajaram, S. (2021, November) How social is social memory: Isolating the disruptive influences of social and non-social cues on recall. Poster accepted for presentation at the 62nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

Pepe, N. *, & Rajaram, S. (2021, November) Bridging Disruptive Memory Paradigms: The Part-list Cuing Impairment and Collaborative Inhibition Effect. Poster accepted for presentation at the 62nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

Jin, J., Choi, H. , Pepe, N. *, Greeley, G. *, Kensinger, E., Mohanty, A., & Rajaram, S. (2021, November). Collective memory. Talk submitted for presentation at the 62nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

Greeley, G. D. *, Peña, T. *, & Rajaram, S. (2021, November). Collaborative Remembering in a Fully Online, Chat-Based Environment: Implications for Remote Study and Work. Poster accepted for presentation at the 62nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

Richmond, L.L. , Brackins, T. *, & Rajaram S. (2021, November). Bringing it all together: Age and memory performance interact to predict hippocampal volume over the adult lifespan. Paper accepted for presentation at the 62nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

Burnett L.K. *, Peña T. *, Rajaram S., & Richmond L.L. (2021, November). Negativity bias for memories of national past and positivity for national future in 2020: Novel patterns of valence in middle-aged and older adults for recent periods. Poster accepted for presentation at the 62nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

Future Presentations

Rajaram, S. (May 27, 2022). Do Study Groups Help? Learning from the Sciences of Learning and Memory. The 2022 APS–David Myers Lecture on the Science and Craft of Teaching Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Pepe, N. W., Savani, K, & Rajaram, S. (2022, June 29 – July 3). Cultural Differences in Social Memory Processes: Implications for Positive Psychology [Conference presentation]. 10th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Reykjavík, Iceland. 

Pepe, N. W., Tan, L. S., Huang, T. R., Savani, K, & Rajaram, S. (2022, July 5 – 8). Cultural Variations in Memory Processes: The Part-list Cuing Impairment [Conference presentation]. 17th European Congress of Psychology, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Recent Papers

Greeley, G. D.*, Peña, T.*, & Rajaram, S. (in press). Social remembering in the digital age: Implications for virtual study, work, and social engagement. Memory, Mind, & Media (Journal Inaugural Collection). (View)

Richmond, L.L., Brackins, T.*, & Rajaram, S. (2022). Episodic memory performance modifies the strength of the age-brain structure relationship. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Section: Aging, 19(7), 4264. (View)

Imbriano, G.*, Waszczuk, M., Rajaram, S., Ruggero, C., Miao, J., Clouston, S., Luft, B., Kotov, R., Mohanty, A. (2022). Association of attention and memory biases for negative stimuli with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 85, 102509. (View)

Maswood, R.*, Luhmann, C.C., & Rajaram, S. (2021). Persistence of false memories and emergence of collective false memory: Collaborative recall of DRM word lists. Memory. (View)

Mannering, W.M.*, Rajaram, S., & Jones, M.N. (2021). Towards a cognitive model of collaborative memory. In T. Fitch, C. Lamm, H. Leder, & K. Teßmar-Raible (Eds.), Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 43(43) ISSN (1069-7977). Vienna, Austria; Cognitive Science Society. (View)

Pepe, N.*, Wang, Q., & Rajaram, S. (2021). Collaborative remembering in ethnically uniform and diverse group settings. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 10(1), 95-103. (View)

Rajaram, S., Maswood, R.*, & Pereira-Pasarin, L.P.* (2020). When social influences reduce false recognition memory: A case of categorically related information. Cognition, 202, 104279-104279. (View)

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