Ghazanfar and Holt win Troland Awards

Winners are honored for research on communication in humans and other primates.

The 2013 winners of the Troland Research Award are Asif A. Ghazanfar of Princeton University and Lori Holt of Carnegie Mellon University. The awards are made annually by the National Academy of Sciences 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.

Asif A. Ghazanfar, PhDGhazanfar was honored “for studies on the development and neural basis of primate communication that advance our understanding of human communication.” His work uses both behavioral and neurophysiological approaches to investigate auditory and visual signaling by monkeys and humans, with attention to the socioecological context of communication. He received his PhD from Duke University, conducted post-doctoral work at Harvard University and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany before joining the Princeton faculty in 2005.

Lori Holt, PhDHolt was honored “for studies advancing our understanding of the sensory and cognitive processes that are fundamental to the perception of speech.” Her research draws on both behavioral and neuroscience methods to examine the nature and development of human speech perception, with a particular focus on the role of general auditory, rather than speech- or human-specific, mechanisms. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin and has been on the Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1999.


The American Psychological Association congratulates Dr. Ghazanfar and Dr. Holt.

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