Daniel Krawczyk is a Professor and holds the Francis Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His research has focused on understanding reasoning through a multi-disciplinary approach that combines neuroimaging, cognitive psychology, and human neuropsychology. He has investigated the neural basis of reasoning in healthy adults, adolescents, and individuals with disorders including dementia, brain injury, and autism spectrum disorders. His work has focused on reasoning by analogy and metaphor comprehension. He is Principal Investigator on two large Department of Defense-funded clinical trials aimed at understanding rehabilitation of reasoning strategies after traumatic brain injury in veteran and civilian populations. He is currently leading a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aimed at evaluating social reasoning skills across cultures. Dr. Krawczyk has also studied the role of expertise in information processing. In these studies, he has investigated the perceptual and memory abilities of chess Grandmasters compared to novice players. Dr. Krawczyk holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and was previously a Ruth L. Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Krawczyk discussed why we collect things and what happens in our brains when we do in a recent TEDxSMU presentation.