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Suparna Rajaram Professor Psychology College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

340 Psychology B

Stony Brook, 11794

631/632-7841

Biography

Suparna Rajaram’s research focuses on memory and amnesia. In one line of research, she studies the transmission of memory in groups and social networks. In a second line of research, testing both people with intact memory and with organic amnesia, she studies the differences between implicit and explicit memory, the distinction between episodic and semantic memory, and how attention modulates long-term memory. In a third line of research, she studies the nature of emotional memory.

Education

  • PhD, Rice University
  • MS, Purdue University
  • MA, Bangalore University
  • BA, Mt. Carmel College (Bangalore, India)

Research Grants

Award Start End Sponsor Type Amount Status
Minority Status and the Academic Achievement Gap: Assessment of the Social, Cognitive, and Health Markers of Stereotype Threat 2007-09-01T00:00:00 2011-06-30T00:00:00 Russell Sage Foundation Nonfederal 167413.67 Closed
ADVANCE LEADERSHIP AWARD: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: WOMEN IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE 2003-08-01T00:00:00 2008-07-31T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 78670 Closed
The Influence of Retrieval Organization on the Formation and Persistence of Collective Memory 2011-11-03T00:00:00 2012-11-02T00:00:00 American Psychological Association Nonfederal 500 Closed
PRIMING NEW ASSOCIATES IN AMNESIA: A PROCESS ANALYSIS 1997-05-12T00:00:00 2004-07-31T00:00:00 National Institute of Mental Health Federal 516250 Closed
Effects of Repetition on Learning and Memory in Amnesia 2007-01-01T00:00:00 2012-12-31T00:00:00 Trustees of Boston University Nonfederal 301104 Closed
Dissertation Research Award for Sarah Barber: Collaborative Memory Impairment: The Role of Executive Control 2009-11-06T00:00:00 2010-11-05T00:00:00 American Psychological Association Nonfederal 1000 Closed
2014 Dissertation Res Award: Hae-Yoon Choi: The Social Transmission of Emotional Memory 2014-11-05T00:00:00 2015-11-06T00:00:00 American Psychological Association Nonfederal 1000 Closed
Aging and Finding Information: Using Google vs. Relying on Other People 2015-07-01T00:00:00 2018-06-30T00:00:00 Google Incorporated Nonfederal 23347 Approved

Publications

  1. Author Article Social Cognition Learning and Remembering with Others: The Key Role of Retrieval in Shaping Group Recall and Collective Memory 2012 30 1 121 - 132
  2. Author Article Psychology and Aging Collaborative remembering in older adults: Age-invariant outcomes in the context of episodic recall deficits. 2011 26 3 532 - 545
  3. Author Article Current Directions in Psychological Science Collaboration Both Hurts and Helps Memory: A Cognitive Perspective 2011 20 2 76 - 81
  4. Author Article Memory and Cognition Study repetition and divided attention: Effects of encoding manipulations on collaborative inhibition in group recall 2011 39 6 968 - 976
  5. Author Article Journal of Experimental Psychology: General The influence of learning methods on collaboration: Prior repeated retrieval enhances retrieval organization, abolishes collaborative inhibition, and promotes post-collaborative memory. 2011 140 4 535 - 551
  6. Author Article Memory Exploring the relationship between retrieval disruption from collaboration and recall 2011 19 5 462 - 469
  7. Author Article Memory and Cognition The origin of the interaction between learning method and delay in the testing effect: The roles of processing and conceptual retrieval organization 2011
  8. Author Article Memory Collaborative memory and part-set cueing impairments: The role of executive depletion in modulating retrieval disruption 2011 19 4 378 - 397
  9. Author Article Neuropsychology Benefits of immediate repetition versus long study presentation on memory in amnesia. 2010 24 4 457 - 464
  10. Author Article Memory and Cognition When two is too many: Collaborative encoding impairs memory 2010 38 3 255 - 264
  11. Author Article Journal of Social and Personal Relationships Memory for partner-related stimuli: Free recall and frequency estimation 2010 27 5 658 - 670
  12. Author Article Perspectives on Psychological Science Collaborative Memory: Cognitive Research and Theory 2010 5 6 649 - 663
  13. Author Article Memory Effects of repeated collaborative retrieval on individual memory vary as a function of recall versus recognition tasks 2009 17 8 840 - 846
  14. Author Article Neurocase Narrowing the spotlight: A visual attentional disorder in presumed alzheimer's disease 2008 1 4 305
  15. Author Article Memory Fact learning: How information accuracy, delay, and repeated testing change retention and retrieval experience 2008 16 8 934 - 946
  16. Author Article Memory Influence of re-exposure and retrieval disruption during group collaboration on later individual recall 2008 16 3 231 - 244
  17. Author Article Neurocase Basal forebrain amnesia 2008 3 6 405
  18. Author Article Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society Not all repetition is alike: Different benefits of repetition in amnesia and normal memory 2008 14 3 365 - 372
  19. Author Article Psychonomic Bulletin and Review Collaboration can improve individual recognition memory: Evidence from immediate and delayed tests 2007 14 1 95 - 100
  20. Author Article Neuroscience Role of the anterior cingulate and medial orbitofrontal cortex in processing drug cues in cocaine addiction 2007 144 4 1153 - 1159

Courses

Term Role Course ID Description
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 518 Memory
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Summer 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Summer 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor PSY 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 380 Rsrch Lab: Human Cognition
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 380 Rsrch Lab: Human Cognition
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 380 Rsrch Lab: Human Cognition
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor PSY 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 487 Independent Rsrch in Psych
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Summer 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Summer 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 487 Independent Rsrch in Psych
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor PSY 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor PSY 273 Supervised Rsrch in Psychology
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor PSY 518 Memory
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor PSY 698 Research
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor PSY 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus

Honors

Type Description Year
Academy Membership Elected Fellow, Eastern Psychological Association
Honors Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS)
Other Elected Member, Board of Directors, Association for Psychological Science
Other Nominated for an Executive Board Position at the American Psychological Association (Division 3) [DECLINED further consideration due to workload)
Other Nominated for Editorship of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition [DECLINED further consideration due to workload]

Scholarly Activities

Activity Title Date
Presentation/Paper at a conference Rajaram, S. (2012, March), Collaborative learning and remembering. Invited talk at the Memory, Emotion, and the Disciplines, an interdisciplinary conference organized by the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. 2012-08
Other BrainWave: Memoryat the Rubin Museum of Art, NYC (April 28, 2012). Total Recall: A conversation between Suparna Rajaram and Marilu Henner, April 28, 2012 (A two-hour, ticketed event in a packed theater.) Visithttp://www.rmanyc.org/events/load/1665 2012
Colloquia Rajaram, S. (October, 2011). Memory in a Social Context: Does Collaboration Help or Hurt Memory? Invited Colloquium at Skidmore College, Saratoga Spring, NY. 2011-12
Presentation/Paper at a conference Choi, H.-Y.*, Kensinger, E. A., & Rajaram, S. (2011, November). The influence of emotional valence on true and false memory. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society, 52nd annual meeting, Seattle, WA. 2011-12
Presentation/Paper at a conference Fazio, L.K*., Barber, S.J.*, Rajaram, S., Ornstein, P.A., & Marsh, E.J. (2011, November). Creating illusions of knowledge: Learning errors that contradict prior knowledge. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society, 52nd annual meeting, Seattle, WA. 2011-12
Presentation/Paper at a conference Rajaram, S. (May, 2011). Collaborative Learning and Remembering: Implications for Group Learning Practices. Invited talk in the symposium, Applying Learning Research to Education, at the Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C. (Invited by the Convention Program Committee) 2011-08-28
Presentation/Paper at a conference Blumen, H.M., Rajaram, S., & Young, K.E. (May, 2011). Collaboration Benefits on Later Individual Recall: Does Prior Recall History Matter?Poster presented at the Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C. 2011-08-27
Presentation/Paper at a conference Congleton, A.R. & Rajaram, S. (May, 2011). Examining the immediate and delayed aspects of the testing effect. Poster presented at the 23rd annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C. 2011-08-27
Presentation/Paper at a conference Congleton, A.R., & Rajaram, S. (2011, June). Examining the immediate and delayed aspects of the testing effect. Poster presented at the 9th annual conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, New York, New York. 2011-08
Presentation/Paper at a conference Rajaram, S., & Henkel, L. (2011, June). Collaborative and post-collaborative memories in healthy aging. Paper presented in A.J. Barnier, S. Rajaram, & J. Sutton (Chairs), Scaffolding memory: When people and objects help remembering. Symposium held at the Society for Research on Memory and Applied Cognition (SARMAC) meeting, New York, NY. 2011-08
Workshop Collective Memory Workshop (June, 2011). Faculty Participant and Presenter at this Workshop held at the New School, New York, New York. 2011-08
Presentation/Paper at a conference Rajaram, S., Barber, S.J.*, & Fox, E.** (2011, August) Examining collaboration at encoding and retrieval. Paper presented in W. Hirst, S. Rajaram, & A. Barnier (Chairs), Social Aspects of Memory: Collaborative Remembering and Collective Memory, Symposium held at the Fifth Symposium held at the International Conference on Memory, York, England. 2011
Presentation/Paper at a conference Barber, S.J.,Rajaram, S., & Paneerselvam, B. (2010, November). Collaborative encoding deficits are attenuated with specific warnings. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society, 51st annual meeting, St. Louis, MO. 2010-12
Presentation/Paper at a conference Congleton, A.R.& Rajaram, S. (November, 2010). Examining the immediate and delayed aspects of the testing effect. Research talk, presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, Missouri. 2010-12
Other Rajaram, S. (2010, May): Symposium I - Title: Collaborative Learnin; Symposium Co-Chair (co-chaired with William Hirst, New School for Social Research), at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Boston, MA 2010-08
Other Rajaram, S. (2010, May): Symposium II - Title: CollaborativeLearning;Symposium Co-Chair (co-chaired with William Hirst, New School for Social Research), at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Boston, MA 2010-08
Presentation/Paper at a conference Barber, S.*, & Rajaram, S. (2010, May). Collaborative memory impairment: The impact of divergent versus identical organizational schemes. Poster presented at the meetings of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Boston, MA. 2010-08
Presentation/Paper at a conference Barber, S.J.*, Rajaram, S., Aron, A., & Fox, E** (2010, March). When two heads are not better than one: The negative effects of collaboration during learning. Paper presented in W. Hirst (Chair), Social Influences on Memory, held at the meetings of Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), New York, NY. 2010-08
Presentation/Paper at a conference Congleton, A.*, & Rajaram, S. (2010, March). The Influence of Learning History on Collaborative and Individual Recall. Paper presented in W. Hirst (Chair), Social Influences on Memory, held at the meetings of Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), New York, NY 2010-08
Presentation/Paper at a conference Congleton, A.*, & Rajaram, S. (2010, May). The Influence of Learning History on Collaborative and Individual Recall. Poster presented at the meetings of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Boston, MA. 2010-08
Workshop Rajaram, S. (2010, May). The Successful Academic Psychologist Part I: Navigating the First Three Years Post-PhD. Invited Speaker in the Workshop conducted at the meetings of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Boston, MA. 2010-08
Other Rajaram, S. (August, 2010). Social Influences on Memory: The Perils of Learning and Remembering with Others. Invited Plenary Address at the Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA. 2010
Workshop Rajaram, S. (2010, April). How to attend conferences. Invited Workshop Speaker, CUNY Gender Equity Project Workshop, New York, NY 2010
Presentation/Paper at a conference Barber, S. J.*, Rajaram, S., & Harris, C. B. (2009, November). Collaboration impairs recall of unshared study information. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society, 50th annual meeting, Boston, MA. 2009-12
Presentation/Paper at a conference Congleton, A.*, & Rajaram, S. (2009, November). Impact of Learning History on Collaborative and Individual Recall. Paper presented at the Psychonomic Society, 50th annual meeting, Boston, MA. 2009-12
Presentation/Paper at a conference Henkel, L., & Rajaram, S. (2009, November). The Immediate and Aftereffects of Collaborative Recall in Older Adults. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society, 50th annual meeting, Boston, MA. 2009-12
Presentation/Paper at a conference Pereira-Pasarin, L.*, & Rajaram, S. (2009, November). Collaboration and Category Size: Benefits on Individual Recognition. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society, 50th annual meeting, Boston, MA. 2009-12
Presentation/Paper at another Univ. Rajaram, S. (October, 2009). Memory in a Collaborative Context. Invited Keynote address at the Armadillo: The Southwest Cognition Conference, Houston, TX. 2009-12
Presentation/Paper at a conference Jose, A., O’Leary, K.D., Rajaram, S., & Williams, M. (2009, June). Memory of Partner Interactions: Reality-Based or Schema-Dependent? Paper accepted at the 40th International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Santiago de Chile. 2009-08

Professional Service

Service Title Date
Other Appointed Member, Fellows Committee, Association for Psychological Science (this committee recommends the members who are qualified to receive Fellow status in the Association) (2011-present) 2011 - 2012
Other Co-Organizer: The Women in Cognitive Science Group Meetings and Workshops organized - At the Psychonomic Society Conference, Seattle, WA, November 2011 At the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, IL, May, 2012 2011 - 2012
Referee Ad hoc journal reviewer - - Cognitive Neuropsychology - Current Directions in Psychological Science - Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience - Journal of Experimental Psychology: General - Memory 2011 - 2012
Review Boards - Agency, Institute, Gov. ·Member, F02B Fellowship Panel (Sensory and Motor Neuroscience, Cognition and Perception), Center for Scientific Review, NIH (2010-present) 2011 - 2012
Service on Editorial Boards Editorial Board Member: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (1998-2002; 2006-present) Editorial Board Member: Memory & Cognition (2009-present) Editorial Board Member: Journal of Cognitive Psychology (2009-present) 2011 - 2012
Other Co-Organizer: The Women in Cognitive Science Group Meetings and Workshops organized - At the Psychonomic Society Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2010 2010 - 2011
Other External Ph.D. Thesis Examiner - Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (March, 2011) 2010 - 2011
Other Member, Strategic Planning Committee, The Psychonomic Society. 2010 - 2011
Other Members, Fellows Committee, Association for Psychological Science (this committee recommends the members who are qualified to receive Fellow status in the Association) 2010 - 2011
Referee Ad hoc Reviewer to the following Journals - Psychological Science (two reviews) Psychology and Aging (two reviews) 2010 - 2011
Review Boards - Agency, Institute, Gov. Ad hoc Reviewer, Perception, Action, and Cognition Panel, National Science Foundation (April, 2011) 2010 - 2011
Review Boards - Agency, Institute, Gov. Member, F12A Fellowship Panel, Center for Scientific Review, NIH 2010 - 2011
Service on Editorial Boards Editorial Board Member: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (1998-2002; 2006-present) Editorial Board Member: Memory & Cognition (2009-present) Editorial Board Member: Journal of Cognitive Psychology (2009-present) 2010 - 2011
Other Co-Organizer: The Women in Cognitive Science Group Meetings and Workshops organized - At the Cognitive Science Society Confernce, Amsterdam, July 2009 At the Psychonomic Society Conference, Boston, November 2009 At the Association for Psychological Science Conference, Boston, May 2010 2009 - 2010
Other Member, Committee on the Future of APS (Association for Psychological Science) Journals (2009) 2009 - 2010
Referee Ad hoc Journal Reviewer: Psychological Science Psychonomic Bulletin and Review Memory 2009 - 2010
Review Boards - Agency, Institute, Gov. Member, F12A Fellowship Panel, Center for Scientific Review, NIH 2009 - 2010
Service on Editorial Boards Editorial Board Member: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (1998-2002; 2006-present) Editorial Board Member:Memory & Cognition (2009-present) Editorial Board Member:European Journal of Cognitive Psychology (2009-present) 2009 - 2010

University Service

Service Title Date
College/University Committee Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Arts & Sciences, Stony Brook University (2009-2012) 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee Psychology representative, SBU Cluster Hire Initiatives (Spring 2012-present) 2011 - 2012
Other Faculty Supervisor, Graduate Substantial Direct Instruction, Stony Brook University (Spring, 2012 - two students) 2011 - 2012
College/University Committee Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Arts & Sciences, Stony Brook University (2009-2011) 2010 - 2011
College/University Committee Member, Stony Brook University Turner Advisory Committee for the advancement of minority and disadvantaged students (2007-2010) 2010 - 2011
Departmental Committee Member, Strategic Planning Committee, Psychology 2020, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University. 2010 - 2011
College/University Committee Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Arts & Sciences, Stony Brook University (2009-2011) 2009 - 2010
College/University Committee Member, Stony Brook University Turner Advisory Committee for the advancement of minority and disadvantaged students (2007-2010) 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee Member, Clinical Faculty Search Committee, Psychology, Stony Brook University (2009-2010) 2009 - 2010