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David Amodio receives F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Prize

NYU psychologist investigates behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying self-regulation.

David M. Amodio, PhDDavid M. Amodio is the 2012 recipient of the F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize on Understanding the Human Mind. Dr. Amodio is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Neural Science at New York University.

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. Amodio’s research examines the psychological mechanisms of social behavior and self-regulation, drawing ideas and methods from experimental social psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Much of his work has addressed the cognitive and motivational processes through which social biases, such as prejudices and stereotypes, are expressed in behavior and the neurocognitive mechanisms through which such biases may be overcome. This work has helped to elucidate the contributions to self-regulation of the anterior cingulate cortex and regions in medial and prefrontal cortex. He has recently extended his research on self-regulation to address issues in health and economic domains. 

Amodio received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 2003 and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. He joined the New York University faculty in 2005, where he has received research support from the National Science Foundation. Among other honors, he received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2010. More information about Amodio’s work can be found at his website

The F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Prize is sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation (APF), a grant-making philanthropic organization affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA). 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 prize competition will be held in 2014. More information can be found at the F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Prize website.