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.
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
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.]