APA member Anne Treisman, PhD, receives National Medal of Science

The White House and National Science Foundation honored Treisman for her role in understanding the fundamental attentional limits in the human mind and brain.

Anne Treisman, PhD (credit: Hao-Hsiang You)Anne Treisman, PhD, an APA member and emeritus professor of psychology at Princeton University, was among the 12 eminent researchers selected to receive the National Medal of Science, one of the highest honors granted by the U.S. government. The annual award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, or the biological, behavioral/social and physical sciences.

“Over five decades, Anne Triesman has made amazing contributions to our understanding of cognition and attention. This great honor is very richly deserved,” said APA Science Directorate Executive Director Steven Breckler, PhD. APA nominated Treisman for the medal, which she will receive at a White House ceremony later this year.

During her 50-year career, Treisman has researched topics including visual attention, memory and object perception. She is considered by many to be one of today’s most influential cognitive psychologists, in part for her feature integration theory of attention. Treisman is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society in London, the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences.