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US Psychologist First Recipient of Dogan Prize

Professor Posner was cited for his work connecting psychological science to neuroscience and the study of the human brain that marked a significant breakthrough in the study of attention, consciousness, memory, and information processing.

by Psychology International Staff

Michel Posner, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon and Adjunct Professor at the Sackler Clinic, Weill Medical College in New York was the recipient of a prestigious new award– the Mattei Dogan Prize in Psychology. The award, presented for the first time at the International Congress of Psychology in Berlin, Germany, is a collaboration between the Mattei Dogan Foundation and the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) to recognize a contribution to psychology by a scholar or team of scholar of high international reputation that has moved the discipline forward.

Posner received the award at the opening ceremonies of the International Congress of Psychology in Berlin. Sandwiched between a lively performance by the brass section of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and by a breakdance/ a capella performance extravaganza (the Beatbox Crew Oralic Soundmachine), the award presentation ceremony was introduced by IUPsyS Past President Michel Denis, who described the goals and selection process. Professor Posner was cited for his work connecting psychological science to neuroscience and the study of the human brain that marked a significant breakthrough in the study of attention, consciousness, memory, and information processing. He was applauded for “combining behavioral experimental paradigms and brain, genetic, and developmental foundations to make major empirical, methodological, and theoretical contributions to the field of psychology.” Professor Posner then gave a very brief talk that was a prelude to a later award address during the Congress.

As a testimony to the acumen of the award selection process, Dr. Posner was also the recipient of a second distinction at the Congress. Independently of the Dogan award process, Posner was selected to give the prestigious Paul-B-Baltes Lecture. This selection, by all the universities in the Berlin-Postdam area, is of “an exceptionally prominent scholar.” Later during the Congress Posner delivered this lecture to a standing room only audience on the topic “Executive attention: Its origins, development, and functions“.

For the text of the Dogan speeches please see www.iupsys.org/dogan2008.html.