Meet the 2013 APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturers

Lera Boroditsky and Patricia Greenfield to be featured at regional conferences.

Psychologists Lera Boroditsky and Patricia Greenfield have been selected as speakers for the 2013 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs. Each of these scientists will give a featured address at a regional psychological association annual meeting.

Lera BoroditskyLera Boroditsky will speak on “How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think” at the Western Psychological Association meeting, which will be held in Reno, Nev., on April 25-28. Boroditsky, an assistant professor at Stanford University, will describe data collected around the world examining the ways that structures in languages influence the ways we attend to, categorize, remember and reason about our experiences. This research involves speakers of various languages, including bilingual individuals, and examines whether speaking a different language can change the ways one thinks. Dr. Boroditsky’s research centers on the nature of mental representation and how knowledge emerges out of the interactions of mind, world and language. 

Lera Boroditsky’s website.


Patricia GreenfieldPatricia Greenfield will speak on “Media, Social Change and Human Development” at the Southeastern Psychological Association meeting, which will be held in Atlanta, Ga., on March 13-16. Greenfield, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, will discuss the role of communication technologies that have become central to the informal learning environments of young people. She will specifically address the implications of this media-rich environment for cultural values, learning environments and the development of children, youth, and families. Her general research interests lie in culture and human development with a special focus on the effects of social change.

Patricia Greenfield’s website.