Michael I. Posner

University of Oregon

Primary Section: 52, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
Secondary Section: 28, Systems Neuroscience
Membership Type:
Member (elected 1981)


For more than fifty years Michael Posner has studied how mental operations, particularly   those related to attention, are carried out by neural networks. He has used cognitive, imaging and genetic methods. In 1998 he was founding director of the Sackler Institute at Weill Medical College. He continues research  as Prof. Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Oregon and Adjunct Prof. at Weill Medical College. He has received many honors including election to NAS 1981, in 2009  the medal of science by President Obama and in 2017 he was awarded the Franklin medal in Computer and  Cognitive Science.      

Research Interests

Posner's current research involves both human and mouse studies designed to understand changes in white matter that occur with various forms of practice. Currently he is examining the brain pathways connecting attention and memory during skill learning.

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