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Daniel C Krawczyk
Assistant Professor-Behavioral & Brain Sciences
Office MailstopMail Box: GR41, Room No.: GR 4.202C 
Email Address  daniel.krawczyk@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4474    URL Krawczyk Daniel's Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Ph.D.Psychology, Cognitive ScienceUniversity of California, Los Angeles2003
 M.A.Cognitive NeuroscienceUniversity of California, Los Angeles2000
 B.A.PsychologyState University of New York, College at Fredonia1998
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Research Interests

My research broadly focuses on the way that people attend to and remember information in order to solve problems, reason, and make decisions. I use functional MRI measures to better understand how areas of the brain are involved in attention, short-term maintenance of information, and representing motivating incentives. I am also interested in the brain correlates of memory for faces, scenes, and objects. Findings from these studies indicate that regions involved in attention and memory are activated to a greater extent when motivation is increased. This greater brain activation is often accompanied by faster and more accurate task performance.

I am investigating human reasoning in a separate, but related, line of research. I use picture and verbal reasoning tasks that require subjects to solve analogy problems or draw conclusions based on the relations among items. These tasks have been applied to individuals with Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), a form of dementia resulting in damage to the frontal or temporal cortex, in order to assess the involvement of those brain regions in problem-solving and inhibition of irrelevant items. I use similar tasks to assess the reasoning abilities of individuals with social cognition impairments such as Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, and Schizophrenia. Work is also underway to investigate reasoning in individuals with ADHD. Findings from these studies have indicated that relational reasoning requires both memory and attention in order to manipulate information to solve problems and to screen out distracting incorrect information. Intact frontal cortex is highly associated with these mental operations.

Additionally, I am interested in how people make complex decisions, such as legal verdicts or economic choices. In this work I have investigated the way that preferences toward options and attributes change as people process information related to a decision. Typically, we find that the act of deciding changes people's preferences and attitudes so that their eventual choice is well-supported, while the choice they will reject is poorly supported. This effect may explain why people are able to make complex decisions confidently.

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In Press
Kandalaft, M. R., Didehbani, N., Cullum, C. M., Krawczyk D. C., Allen, T., Tamminga, C. A., & Chapman, S. B. (in press). The Wechsler Social Perception Test: A preliminary comparison with other measures of social cognition. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. [link] 
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2013
Krawczyk, D. C. & D’Esposito, M. (2013). Modulation of working memory function by  motivation through loss-aversion. Human Brain Mapping, 34, 762-774.
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2013
Kandalaft, M. R., Didehbani, N., Krawczyk D. C., Allen, T.T., & Chapman, S. B. (2013). Virtual reality social skills training for young adults with Asperger Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 34-44.
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2012
Krawczyk, D. C. (2012). The cognition and neuroscience of human reasoning. Brain Research, 1428, 13-23. [link] 
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2012
Boggan, A. L., Bartlett, J. C., & Krawczyk, D. C. (2012). Chess Masters show a hallmark of face processing for chess. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 37-42. [link]  
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2006 2006 Robustness of decision-related attitudes under central executive disruption.
Krawczyk, D. C. (2006). Annual Meeting of The Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Houston, Texas, November.
2005 2005 Influences of reward motivation on encoding and delay in human working memory.
Krawczyk, D. C. & D'Esposito, M. (2005). Bay Area Memory Meeting, University of California, Davis, August.
2004 2004 Decision making by constraint satisfaction.
Simon, D., Krawczyk, D. C., & Holyoak, K. J. (2004). Annual Meeting of The Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November.
2004 2004 Inter-temporal preference changes: The transitory nature of construction of preferences by constraint-satisfaction.
Simon, D., Krawczyk, D. C., & Holyoak, K. J. (2004). Poster presented at the 16th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society. Chicago, Illinois, May.
2001 2001 Cognitive coherence in preference-based choice.
Simon, D., Krawczyk, D. C., & Holyoak, K. J. (2001). UCLA mini-conference on Happiness, Pleasure, & Judgment. Los Angeles, California, November.
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Mentored Students
Karen Fox (2002-2003): Indiana University,
Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Science

Yun Chu-Jones (2001-2002): University of Hawaii at Manoa,
Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Psychology

Stephan Dickert (2001): University of Oregon,
Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Psychology
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2006-PresentAssistant ProfessorSchool of Behavioral and Brain Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
2006-PresentAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychiatry University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center
2003-2006Ruth L. Kirschstein Post-Doctoral FellowHelen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Department of PsychologyLaboratory of Mark D'EspositoUniversity of California, Berkeley
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 DurationTitleSponsorAmountStatus
2006-2007Functional MRI Studies of Working Memory and Reward Motivation.National Institute of Health RO3 Award Previous
2006fMRI Studies of Motivation and Executive Function.National Institute of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (postdoctoral) Previous
2003Information Processing and the Emergence of Cognitive Coherence in Decision Making.American Psychological Association Science Directorate Dissertation Research Award Previous
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Felloships and Awards
  • 2003 Nominated for Joseph Gengerelli Distinguished Dissertation Award, UCLA Department of Psychology
  • 2002-2003 Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA Department of Psychology
  • 2002 Finalist for Marshall Sherfield Fellowship
  • 2001 Fellowship to the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College
  • 2000, 2001, 2002 UCLA Conference Travel Award
  • 1998-1999 University Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1998 State University of New York Chance||or's Award for Student Excellence
  • 1998 Psi Chi Medallion from Psychology Department, SUNY, College at Fredonia
  • 1997, 1998 Psychology Merit Award, Psychology Department, SUNY, College at Fredonia
  • 1997 Inducted into Psi Chi, Psychology Honor Society

Invited Talks
  • The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Cognitive and Developmental Area Colloquium (2007)
  • "The Brain: An Owner's Guide" Public Lecture Series, Center for BrainHeaIth, The University of Texas at Dallas "The Reasoning Mind: Thinking Outside the Box" (2007)
  • The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Neuroscience Area Colloquium (2007)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Clinical Works in Progress (2006)
  • Michigan State University, Department of Psychology, Colloquium (2006)
  • University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology, Colloquium (2006)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Colloquium (2006)
  • Rice University, Department of Psychology, Colloquium (2005)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Psychology, Colloquium (2005)
  • University of California, Berkeley, Fourth Annual Henry H. Wheeler Jr. Brain Imaging Center Research Day (2004)
  • University of California, San Francisco, Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, Neural Circuits and Brain Imaging Program Meeting (2004)
  • University of California, Berkeley, Department of Psychology, Colloquium (2003)
  • Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, University of Southern California, Frontotemporal Dementia Clinic and Research Program, Symposium for Patients and Caregivers (2003)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Neurology, Frontotemporal Dementia Research Colloquium (2002)
  • University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neurology, Memory and Aging Center, Colloquium (2001)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Psychology, Colloquium (2000)

Manuscripts Review
Biological Psychiatry, Neuroimage, Neuropsychologia, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews

Grant Review
Marsden Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand

Research Mentoring
2003-2004 University of California, Berkeley:
Mentored 1 Haas Scholars Program undergraduate
Mentored 3 undergraduates who assisted me in conducting fMRI research on the neural basis of executive control and motivation.

1999-2003 University of California, Los Angeles:
Mentored 15 UCLA undergraduate students and 1 visiting Yale undergraduate who served as research assistants on various projects investigating analogical reasoning, decision making, and preference change.

2002, 2003 University of California, Los Angeles:
Mentored two students from the Psychology Research Opportunity Program (PROPS), one of whom won the best research project award in her year for coherence in decision making project.

Other Experience
  • 2003-present Member of Neural Circuits and Brain Imaging Program Group at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, UCSF
  • 1999-2003 Member of Frontotemporal Dementia Research Group at the UCLA Department of Neurology (1999-2000) and USC Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center (2000-2003)
  • 1998-2003 Member of the CogFog memory research group at UCLA.

Association Memberships
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for Judgment and Decision Making

Personal Statement

Dr. Krawczyk completed his doctoral training at the UCLA in cognitive neuroscience in human reasoning and decision-making. He did his postdoctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley, where he focused on studying functional brain-imaging methods (fMRI) to better understand the neural basis of human cognition.

In 2006 he joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Dallas in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Dr. Krawczyk is also involved with the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas. He is actively investigating reasoning and social cognition in disorders such as autism and traumatic brain injury. He also studies human expertise. Dr. Krawczyk is jointly appointed in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. There he is affiliated with the Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) devoted to using functional brain imaging methods to study cognition in healthy and disordered populations.


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