Dr. Krawczyk studies reasoning and executive function in health and disease. Specifically, he is focused on how people use working memory, inhibitory control, and semantic knowledge to accomplish reasoning tasks that occur under the complex conditions of everyday life. His studies have included diagnostic approaches to cognition and brain function, evaluating responses to interventions for individuals with deficits in reasoning, and examinations of individuals with exceptional talent in reasoning acquired through expert knowledge.

Dr. Krawczyk received his PhD in 2003 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied reasoning, decision making, and working memory with healthy populations as well as dementia patients. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied working memory and incentive processing using functional MRI. He joined the faculty in Psychiatry at UT Southwestern in 2006 and is jointly appointed at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas. 



Graduate School
Uni of California (UCLA) (2000), Psychology
Graduate School
Uni of California (UCLA) (2003), Psychology

Research Interest

  • Expertise
  • Neuroimaging
  • Social Cognition
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Distraction during relational reasoning: The role of prefrontal cortex in interference control.
Krawczyk, D. C., Morrison, R. G., Viskontas, I. V., Holyoak, K. J., Chow, T. W., Mendez, M., Miller, B. L. & Knowlton, B. J. Neuropsychologia 2008 46 2020-2032
Reward modulation of prefrontal and visual association cortex during an incentive working memory task
Krawczyk, D.C., Gazzaley, A., & D’Esposito, M. Brain Research 2007 1141 168-177
Contributions of the prefrontal cortex to the neural basis of human decision making
Daniel C. Krawczyk Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2002 26 631-664