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Inaugural presentation in 2014 (Press Release). Awarded to honor significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields. The recipient is awarded a medal and a $200,000 prize. Established by a gift from Richard C. Atkinson.
Elizabeth S. Spelke (2014)
For her groundbreaking studies of infant perception, infant representations of number, and infant knowledge of the physical and social world, as well as studies of continuity and discontinuity in ontogeny.
James L. McClelland (2014)
For seminal contributions to the empirical investigation and theoretical characterization of human perception, learning, memory, language and other basic mental processes through detailed, precise connectionist neural-network modeling.