Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

About the Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

The Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (formerly the NAS Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences) is presented to honor significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields. Two prizes of $100,000 are presented biennially. The prize was established by Richard C. Atkinson in 2013.

Most Recent Recipients

Barbara Dosher, University of California, Irvine, and Richard M. Shiffrin, Indiana University received the 2018 Atkinson Prizes in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences.

Since the 1980s, Dosher has conducted groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting research into the behavior and neurology of human memory, attention processes and learning using a combination of novel psychological techniques and elegant computational models. Her models describe, in explicit mathematical detail, how the brain represents information, makes decisions and learns over time. Read more about Dosher's work»

Shiffrin, the world’s foremost scientist in the field of human memory, has made pioneering contributions to the empirical and theoretical investigation of both short- and long-term memory. Read more about Shiffrin's work»

Recipients:

Barbara Dosher (2018)
For her groundbreaking experimental and theoretical work using elegant computational models and novel psychophysical techniques to reveal the nature of processes controlling human memory, search, perceptual attention, and perceptual learning.
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Watch Dosher's acceptance speech»

Richard M. Shiffrin (2018)
For his pioneering contributions to the empirical and theoretical investigation of short- and long-term memory, controlled and automatic attention, the co-evolution of general knowledge and event memory, and the field of cognitive science.
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Watch Shiffrin's acceptance speech»

John R. Anderson (2016)
For foundational contributions to systematic theory and optimality analysis in cognitive and psychological science and for developing effective, theory-based cognitive tutors for education.
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Carol S. Dweck (2016)
For her groundbreaking work documenting that the implicit theories people hold about human abilities and traits have profound consequences for their perseverance, resilience, and achievement.
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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.

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