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MacArthur genius awards honor researchers in psychology and related disciplines

Awardees include Colin Camerer, Angela Duckworth, Susan Murphy and Sheila Nirenberg.

Among the 24 recipients of the 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, popularly called the “genius awards,” are four scientists who work in psychology and related fields. The honorees, who will each receive five-year grants worth $625,000, include:

Colin Camerer

Colin Camerer

Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Economics

Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology

“A pioneering economist whose research challenges assumptions about human behavior in the traditional models used by economists.”

Visit the MacArthur Foundation website to learn more about Colin Camerer


Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth

Associate Professor

Dept. of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

“A psychologist whose studies are clarifying the role that intellectual strengths and personality traits play in educational achievement.” 

Visit the MacArthur Foundation website to learn more about Angela Duckworth.


Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy

H. E. Robbins Professor of Statistics

Dept. of Statistics, University of Michigan

“A statistician developing new methodologies to evaluate courses of treatment for individuals coping with chronic or relapsing disorders such as depression or substance abuse.” 

Visit the MacArthur Foundation website to learn more about Susan Murphy.


Sheila Nirenberg

Sheila Nirenberg

Associate Professor

Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Cornell Medical College

“A neuroscientist exploring fundamental questions about how the brain encodes visual information and developing an alternative approach to restoring sight after photoreceptor cell degeneration.”

Visit the MacArthur Foundation website to learn more about Sheila Nirenberg.

The American Psychological Association congratulates these talented scientists and all of this year’s recipients of MacArthur Fellowships.


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