Karl Szpunar

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Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology Toronto, Ontario karl.szpunar@ryerson.ca

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Dr. Karl Szpunar earned his HBSc from the University of Toronto at Mississauga, PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed postdoctoral training at the Rotman Research Institute and Harvard University.

At Ryerson University, Dr. Szpunar directs the Memory Lab. The Memory ...


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Bio/Research

Dr. Karl Szpunar earned his HBSc from the University of Toronto at Mississauga, PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed postdoctoral training at the Rotman Research Institute and Harvard University.

At Ryerson University, Dr. Szpunar directs the Memory Lab. The Memory Lab conducts research that elucidates the cognitive and neural mechanism supporting functional uses of memory in daily life. Topics of interest include the role of memory in learning and future thinking. Specifically, the Memory Lab is currently carrying out research that aims to (i) help learners overcome the limits of attention and memory in traditional educational settings, (ii) understand the role of memory in giving rise to spontaneous mental simulations of future events and their impact on behaviour and well-being, and (iii) understand how memory and future thinking in young and older adults can impact the future of society. Insights from these lines of research are being used to develop novel interventions for improving educational outcomes and public health.


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