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Faculty Profile

Azriel Grysman

Assistant Professor of Psychology (2019)

Contact Information

grysmana@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Hall Room 160
717.254.8124

Bio

Professor Grysman conducts research on autobiographical memory, considering the cognitive, developmental, and conversational influences on the events we experience in our lives and integrate into a sense of who we are. He is interested in how memory is driven by a desire to make meaning out of experiences, and in using narrative methods to explore that meaning creation over time.

Education

  • B.A., Yeshiva University, 2007
  • M.S., Rutgers University, 2009
  • Ph.D., 2012

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

PSYC 130 Perception, Memory & Thought
This introduction to cognitive psychology will cover such topics as: How do you recognize your grandmother? Can you do more than one thing at a time? Why can't you remember the names of people you just met? More formally, we will examine the processes of perception, attention, representation, and retrieval in children, adults, and machines.

PSYC 330 Autobiographical Mem Rsch Meth
Cognitive psychology is the study of how the mind processes information, including vision, attention, memory, and decision making, among others. In this course, students will learn about autobiographical memory, or memory for events in a person’s life that are considered relevant to understanding a sense of self. Although cognitive psychologists use many different methodologies (including experimental methods, reaction time tasks, and even brain imaging), this course focuses on analyzing personal memory narratives to draw conclusions about memory and selfhood. In doing so, methods covered include reliability and validity, experimenter control when studying memory, correlational and quasi-experimental approaches to data, ethics, and real-world applications of research. This intensive lab course will include the design and implementation of an original research project in the area of autobiographical memory. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 130, 210 & 211; OR 125, BIOL 132 and NRSC 200.

PSYC 430 Human Memory
Understanding human memory means considering the mechanisms responsible for retaining information in the midst of a complex world where many forces – experiences, technologies, and other people – are simultaneously influencing us. This advanced seminar course explores the science of memory by examining the various approaches to defining and testing it. We begin with the basics: cellular processes, short-term, working, and long-term memory, and showing how memory models have led to phenomena like computers who play Chess and Jeopardy. We then turn to two applied aspects of memory. The first is memory errors and what they tell us about eyewitness events and for high-profile cases of mistaken identity. The second is an examination of autobiographical memory, exploring how what we recall informs who we are and vice versa.

PSYC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch