Elizabeth Kensinger receives McGuigan Early Career Prize

Scientist examines cognition and emotion across the lifespan

Elizabeth Kensinger
Elizabeth A. Kensinger, a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Boston College, is the 2010 recipient of the F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize on Understanding the Human Mind

The prize, which provides the recipient with $25,000 in research funds, is given biennially to an early-career psychologist engaged in research that seeks to understand the human mind from a primarily psychophysiological perspective.

Dr. Kensinger’s work combines behavioral and neuroimaging approaches to investigate how the emotional content of information affects the cognitive and neural processes that are used to remember that information.  She examines how these processes operate in young adults as well as how they change across the adult lifespan. 

Since receiving her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003, Kensinger has published more than fifty papers in leading journals.  Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Dana Foundation, and other organizations.  More information about her work can be found at her laboratory website.

The McGuigan Prize is sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation (APF), a grant-making philanthropic organization affiliated with the American Psychological Association.  The prize is funded by a bequest from Frank Joseph McGuigan (1924-1998), an experimental psychologist known for his work in psychophysiology, cognition, and stress.  The APA Science Directorate administers the award on behalf of  APF.  

The next McGuigan Prize competition will be held in 2012.  More information can be found at the McGuigan Prize website.