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Dr Raluca Petrican

Dr Raluca Petrican

Lecturer

Email
petricanr@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
3.17, Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Overview

I am particularly interested in the relationship between individual differences in episodic memory (i.e., memory for previously experienced events) and cognitive control processes. Specifically, I seek to understand how this relationship is reflected in the brain and how it changes across the lifespan and in mood disordered populations.

My work has two broad objectives. One is to characterize patterns of change and stability in the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive control and episodic memory across typical lifespan development. Such information can then be used to test whether age-specific versus age-invariant mechanisms relevant to episodic memory and cognitive control make distinguishable contributions to the emergence and maintenance of mood-related problems.

A second objective is to characterize the role of genetic and environmental factors in shaping the relationship between cognitive control and episodic memory processes. I am particularly interested in understanding typical patterns of co-adaptation in the brain architecture supporting episodic memory in members of long-term biologically related and unrelated dyads. One goal is to characterize the role of these adaptation mechanisms in optimal interpersonal functioning among healthy individuals. A second goal is to probe the specificity of such co-adaptation mechanisms by comparing the neural profiles of dyads in which one member had been diagnosed with a neuropsychiatric, neurodevelopmental or neurodegenerative disorder that interferes with affective expression and/or experience.

Biography

Undergraduate Education

Hon. BSc Psychology & Drama, University of Toronto (2004)

Postgraduate Education

PhD Psychology, University of Toronto (2010) Thesis “Gaze control as a marker of self-other differentiation: Implications for sociocognitive functioning and close relationship quality” (Prof. M. Moscovitch)

Employment

Postdoctoral fellow (2011-2019) Rotman Research Institute (University of Toronto: Profs. C. Grady, B. Levine)

Publications

2020

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2008

Supervision

Natalie Jones (MSc project)

Chloe Apsey (MSc project)