Two young scientists receive Troland Awards

Elizabeth Buffalo and Joshua Tenenbaum are recognized by the National Academy of Sciences.

The American Psychological Association congratulates the winners of the 2011 Troland Research Awards:

Elizabeth Buffalo
Elizabeth A. Buffalo, an assistant professor of neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, is honored “for innovative, multidisciplinary study of the hippocampus and the neural basis of memory.”   Her laboratory uses neurophysiological techniques to examine how activity in multiple brain areas is related to processes of learning and memory in awake, behaving monkeys.  She received her PhD from the University of California, San Diego, and conducted post-doctoral work at the National Institute of Mental Health. 


Joshua Tenenbaum
Joshua B. Tenenbaum, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is honored “for formulating a groundbreaking new Bayesian model of human inductive learning and for using this model to generate innovative empirical studies of human perception, language, and reasoning.”  His research utilizes behavioral experiments, computer simulation, and mathematical modeling to investigate a wide range of cognitive abilities in children and adults.  He earned his PhD at MIT and taught at Stanford University before returning to MIT as a faculty member.


Each year, the National Academy of Sciences presents Troland Research Awards to two investigators age 40 or younger “to recognize unusual achievement and further empirical research in psychology regarding the relationships of consciousness and the physical world.” Each award carries a prize of $50,000 for the recipients to use for continued research. Further information about the award can be found at the National Academy website.