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Jake Kurczek

  • Assistant Professor
  • Loras College
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Research interests

Embodied CognitionEducationEngagementSocial CognitionMetaphorCommunicationMemory


I'm an educator and researcher and I study the interaction and interdependencies of numerous cognitive processes through the lens of multiple theoretical backgrounds using complementary methodologies. Teaching As a cognitive scientist and memory researcher, I bring the knowledge of the learning processes that occur at both the biological and psychological levels into my classroom. In practice, that means that I focus on learning that is engaged, both in terms of student interest and student experience. Research I'm a broadly trained psychological researcher and at the highest level, I try to understand neural and cognitive interactions amongst different mental processes. More specifically, my research falls under the purview of cognitive and social psychology as well as neuroscience, meaning that depending on the audience I can frame my research from multiple domains and perspectives. In even more precise terms, my research focuses on the interactions and interdependencies of language, memory, and social interaction. I use neuropsychological, behavioral and functional neuroimaging methodologies to examine the neural mechanisms that underlie our how our memories affect our abilities to communicate and interact. Engagement Being an active part of my communities is an integral part to my scholarship. I find being engaged in all facets of the term enhance the experience of learning, research and service.


Co-authors (21)

  • Aref Nassi Abduh Nasser
  • Alissa Valentine

Recent publications

  • A new method for assessing the impact of medial temporal lobe amnesia on the characteristics of generated autobiographical events.

    • Lenton-Brym A
    • Kurczek J
    • Rosenbaum S
    • et al.
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  • Specific, personally meaningful cues can benefit episodic prospection in medial temporal lobe amnesia

    • Kwan D
    • Kurczek J
    • Rosenbaum R
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Professional experience

Assistant Professor

Loras College

August 2016 - Present

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow

Haverford College

July 2015 - Present

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

York University

June 2014 - July 2015(a year)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

University of Toronto, Rotman Research Institute

June 2014 - June 2015(a year)

Adjunct Instructor

Coe College

August 2012 - May 2013(9 months)



University of Iowa

June 2009 - May 2014(5 years)

Bachelor of Arts

St. Olaf College

August 2005 - May 2009(4 years)