President Obama selects psychologist Daniel Kahneman, PhD, to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Kahneman was named one of 16 recipients of the medal, the nation's highest civilian honor.

President Barack Obama has named Daniel Kahneman, PhD, a professor emeritus of psychology at Princeton University and a Nobel laureate in economics, one of 16 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House later this year. Kahneman’s application of cognitive psychology to economic analysis brought forth a new field of research and earned him the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. As the nation’s highest civilian honor, the medal is awarded to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” said Obama. “This year's honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”

APA recognized Kahneman in 2007 with the association’s highest honor, the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.