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  Caspian Sawczak
  PhD. Candidate, Graduate Student
University of Toronto (Present)
   
  M.A., Psychology University of Toronto (2015)
  Honours BSc. Psychology University of Toronto (2014)
 
   
  Email:
  caspian.sawczak@mail.utoronto.ca
   

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RESEARCH INTERESTS
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I am interested in 1) the vivid recollection of episodic memories, imagined events, and mental imagery in general; 2) how these things contribute to other cognitive functions, especially problem-solving and decision-making; 3) the brain structures and networks that support these functions and their interactions, especially the hippocampus, medial prefrontal cortex, and other parts of the Default Mode Network; and 4) implications of disruptions in these systems in individuals who have various types of brain damage.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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Summer 2018 Intro. Psychology (PSY100)
  Learning & Motivation (NROC61)
Winter 2018 Intro. Psychology: Part II (PSYA02)
Winter 2018/Winter 2015 Intro. Personality Psychology (PSY230)
Fall 2018/Winter 2018/Fall 2016 Behavioural Genetics (PSY390) Guest Lecture
Fall 2018 Social Cognition (PSYC13)
Fall 2018/Summer 2017/Fall 2015/Summer 2015/Fall 2014 Statistics I (PSY201)
Winter 2017 Neurochem. Basis of Behavior (PSY396)
Summer 2017/winter 2017/Summer 2016/Winter 2016 Intro. Cognitive Psychology (PSY270)
Fall 2016 Human Movement Laboratory (PSYC05)
Summer 2016 Cognitive Development (PSY312)
   
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RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
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April 2014-July 2014 : Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Toronto. Graham Lab and DeckChair Learning Systems project on the benefit of lab tutorials for academic performance in an introductory psychology course

October 2012 - December 2013: Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Toronto. Higher  Education  Quality  Council  of  Ontario  project  entitled: “Engaging Students to Think Critically and Historically in a Large Class”

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AWARDS
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2015: School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant

2014: Sobanski-Armstrong Scholarship

2013: I.M. Spigel Memorial Scholarship

2013: Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) Study Abroad Bursary

 
RELEVANT INFORMATION
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2013 - 2014: Honours Thesis; supervised by Dr. Fergus Craik
University of Toronto & Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest

2014: Research Assistant; supervised by Dr. Jeff Graham
University of Toronto Mississauga & DeckChair Learning Systems

2012 - 2013: Independent (Undergraduate) Research Project; supervised by Dr. Judith Anderson
Health Adaptation Research on Trauma (HART) Lab, University of Toronto Mississauga

2012 - 2013: Research Assistant; supervised by Dr. Mairi Cowan & Dr. Jeff Graham
University of Toronto Mississauga

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Languages: English  
Citizenship: Canadian  
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JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
 

Cowan, M., Evans-Tokaryk, T., Goetler, E., Graham, J., Landon, C., Laughton, S., Marjadsingh, S., Sawczak, C., & Weir, A. (2014); Engaging Students to Think Critically in a Large History Class; Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

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MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW & IN PREPARATION
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Sawczak, C., Barnett, A., & Cohn, M. (2018). Increased cortical thickness in attentional networks in Parkinsonís disease with minor hallucinations. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Sawczak, C., McAndrews, M.P., Gaesser, B., & Moscovitch, M. (2018). Episodic simulation and empathy in older adults and medial temporal lobe patients. Manuscript in preparation.

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ABSTRACTS , POSTERS & OTHER PROJECTS
TALKS

Sawczak, C., McAndrews, M.P., & Moscovitch, M. (2018). Episodic simulation and prosocial intentions in medial temporal lobe epilepsy. Talk presented at Krembil Research Day, Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre.

Sawczak, C. (2017). Parkinson’s hallucinators show altered grey matter in attention networks. Talk presented at Krembil Research Institute Neuroimaging Rounds, Toronto Western Hospital.

Sawczak, C. (2017). Episodic simulation and prosocial cognition in aging and temporal lobe epilepsy. Talk presented at the Toronto Area Memory Group conference, Toronto, ON.

Sawczak, C., McAndrews, M.P., & Moscovitch, M. (2015). The role of episodic detail in altruistic intentions. Data blitz presented at the Ebbinghaus Empire departmental colloquium, University of Toronto.

 
POSTERS

Sawczak, C., Moscovitch, M., Gaesser, B., & McAndrews, M.P. (2018). Episodic simulation and prosocial intentions in medial temporal lobe epilepsy. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, LA.

Sawczak, C., Cyr, E.N., & Moscovitch, M. (2017). Increasing prosociality in the Prisoner’s Dilemma through Imagined Helping. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference, San Antonio, TX.

Sawczak, C., McAndrews, M.P., Gaesser, B., & Moscovitch, M. (2016). Episodic simulation and prosociality in younger and older adults. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society conference, New York, NY.

Sawczak, C., McAndrews, M.P., Gaesser, B., & Moscovitch, M. (2015). The role of episodic simulation and self-referential processing in altruistic intentions. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

Cowan, M., Evans-Tokaryk, T., Goetler, E., Graham, J., Landon, C., Laughton, S., Marjadsingh, S., Sawczak, C., & Weir, A. (2014). Engaging Students to Think Critically in a Large History Class. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. [Report on a study commissioned by HEQCO.]

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