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  Dr. Raluca Petrican, PhD.
  Post-Doctoral Fellow,
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest (Present)
   
  PhD. Psychology University of Toronto (2010)
  M.A. Psychology University of Toronto (2005)
  Hon. B.Sc. University of Toronto (2004)
   
  Email:
  raluca@psych.utoronto.ca
   
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PERSONAL PROFILE
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RESEARCH INTERESTS
My primary research interest is the neurocognitive basis of interpersonal functioning. In previous projects I investigated the relationship between individual differences in working memory capacity and romantic commitment, focusing on the role of working memory in modulating partners' construal of past relationship episodes. I am now interested in examining potential determinants of shared memory creation in healthy individuals and patient populations. My current project focuses on Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients, who have been found to experience difficulties both on theory-of-mind and emotion processing tasks. As such, we are now investigating how PD patients' difficulties in "reading" the thoughts and emotions of others affect their ability to become engaged in social interactions and extract emotional information from ambiguous personal and non-personal events.

My secondary research interest revolves around the role of working memory resources and positive emotionality (as a state or trait variable) in modulating processing of emotional stimuli. As such, in two studies with older adults, we explored the differential effect of positive mood (or accessibility of positive emotions) and individual differences in working memory capacity on the processing of positive versus negative news stories.

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JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
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Published Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts:

Petrican, R
. & Burris, C.T. (in press). Am I the Stone?: Overattribution of agency and religious orientation. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Petrican, R
., English, T., Gross, J.J., Grady, C., Hai, T., & Moscovitch, M. (in press). Friend or Foe? Age Moderates Time-Course Specific Responsiveness to Trustworthiness Cues. Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, August 28 [Epub ahead of print].

Petrican, R., Burris, C.T., Bielak, T., Schimmack, U., & Moscovitch, M. (2011). For my eyes only: Gaze control, enmeshment, and relationship quality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100(6), 1111-1123.

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Burris, C.T., & Petrican, R (2011). Hearts strangely warmed (or cooled): Emotional experience in religious and atheistic individuals. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21(3), 183-197.
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Petrican, R., & Burris, C.T.(2011). The Infernal Now: Linking temporal inefficacy to cognitive ability and social adjustment. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, 43(1), 52-62..
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Petrican, R., Gopie, N., Leach, L., Chow, T.W., Richards, B., & Moscovitch, M.(2010). Recollection and familiarity for public events in neurologically intact older adults and two brain-damaged patients. Neuropsychologia, 48, 945-960.
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Schneider, L., Schimmack, U., Petrican, R., & Walker, S. (2010).Acquaintanceship length as a moderator of self-informant agreement in life satisfaction. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 146-150.
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Petrican, R., & Schimmack, U. (2008). The role of dorsolateral prefrontal function in relationship commitment. Journal of Research in Personality, 42 (4), 1130-1135.
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Petrican, R., Moscovitch, M., & Schimmack, U. (2008). Cognitive resources, valence and memory retrieval of emotional events in older adults. Psychology and Aging 23(3), 585-594.


Munuscripts in Preparation:

Petrican, R., Moscovitch, M., & Schimmack, U. (In preparation). Effects of emotion processing proficiency on well-being in Parkinson's Disease patients and their spouses.

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ABSTRACTS,POSTERS & Manuals
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Petrican, R., & Burris, C. (July, 2010). This carnal coil: Temporal entrapment and
sociocognitive functioning in young and old adults. Talk delivered at the 14th
Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time, Monte Verde,Costa Rica.
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Petrican, R., Burris, C., & Moscovitch, M. (January, 2010). For my eyes only: Gaze
control, enmeshment, and relationship quality. Poster presented at the at the 11th Annual
Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV, USA.
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Petrican, R., & Moscovitch, M. (November, 2009). Gaze Control, Theory-of-Mind and
Self-Other Differentiation in Married Couples' Shared Memories. Poster presented at the
Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, USA.
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Petrican, R., & Burris, C. (February, 2009). And you love me... So?: Motivated construal of relationship history predicts long-term relationship viability. Poster accepted for presentation at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL, USA
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Petrican, R., & Moscovitch, M. (November, 2008). Investigating the Relationship between Executive Control and Theory-of-Mind Abilities. Poster accepted for presentation at the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA
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Petrican, R., & Schimmack, U. (February, 2008). Remembrance of things past: Markers of commitment in romantic partners' accounts of past relationship episodes. Poster accepted for presentation at the at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, NM, USA
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Petrican, R., & Moscovitch, M. (November, 2007). Recollection and familiarity for public events in neurologically intact older adults and brain-damaged patients. Poster accepted for presentation at the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, USA
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Petrican, R. (May, 2007). "Shared reality in the brain": Dispositional determinants of commitment in dating couples. Talk given at the York University/University of Toronto Joint Meeting on Social, Personality and Abnormal Psychology. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Petrican, R., Moscovitch, M., & Schimmack, U. (2007). At the confluence of emotion and cognition: Working memory capacity and temporal construal modulate the age-related positivity effect in memory for news stories. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Memphis, TN, USA
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Petrican, R., & Moscovitch, M. (November, 2006). The role of working memory capacity and time perspective in older adults' memory for news events. Poster accepted for presentation at the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, USA
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Petrican, R. (October, 2006). Shared reality maintenance strategies in dating couples. Talk given at the Social, Personality and Abnormal Area Meeting. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Petrican, R., & Schimmack, U. (January, 2006). Working memory capacity and shared reality creation in dating couples. Poster presented at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Palm Springs, CA, USA
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE
 
2004-present Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto at Mississauga
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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
 
-Society for Personality and Social Psychology
 
AWARDS
 
2007-2009 PSC/CIHR INMH Doctoral Research Award
2004-2007 University of Toronto Fellowship
2001 Golden Key Member

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OTHER INFORMATION

English (reading, writing, speaking), French (reading, writing), Romanian (native speaker)

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