Raymond S. Nickerson, PhD


Raymond S. Nickerson, PhD

In Honor Of…Raymond S. Nickerson

Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

Raymond S. Nickerson, PhD
Retired Senior VP
BBN Systems and Technologies
Research Professor
Tufts University

Raymond S. Nickerson is an internationally recognized researcher in the fields of cognitive psychology, applied experimental psychology, and human factors.  He received his doctoral degree in experimental psychology from Tufts University. After spending 25 years as a researcher and manager at Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc (BBN Systems and Technologies), he retired as a senior vice president and returned to Tufts. 

Nickerson has made major contributions to many areas of cognition, human factors, and computer technologies.  His recent work has focused on probabilistic reasoning, but earlier work spanned attention, memory (including a famous study of memory for images on pennies), problem solving, creativity, adult literacy, speech recognition and production, and human-computer interaction. He is the author of eight books, the latest of which is Mathematical Reasoning: Patterns, Problems, Conjectures and Proofs. He was the founding editor of The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied and of Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, the latter a series published by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.  He was a contributor to the first seven volumes of the prestigious Attention and Performance series, editor of Volume 8, and invited discussant of Volume 17. He served on the executive committee of the International Association for the Study of Attention and Performance and as committee chair. He also served as chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Human Factors (now the NRC Board on Human-Systems Integration), and as a member or chair of several other NRC committees, panels and working groups. 

Nickerson is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Society of Experimental Psychologists.  He is a recipient of the Franklin V. Taylor Award from the American Psychological Association, and honoree of the annual Raymond S. Nickerson Best Paper Award for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, established by the APA’s Division of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology. He received an Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering. He is a past president of ARC Massachusetts and the recipient of three awards from the association. 



Individuals Honoring Raymond S. Nickerson:  

Jonathan Baron, University of Pennsylvania
Fergus Craik, University of Toronto
Patricia R. DeLucia, Texas Tech University
The Faculty of the Department of Psychology at Tufts University
Sam Glucksberg, Princeton University
*Arthur C. Graesser, University of Memphis
Douglas H. Harris, Anacapa Sciences, Inc.
Alice F. Healy, University of Colorado, Boulder
Peter R. Killeen, Arizona State University
Roberta L. Klatzky, Carnegie Mellon University
Harry Levitt, Sense Synergy
Neville Moray, University of Surrey
Wendy A. Rogers, Georgia Institute of Technology
Carolyn Rovee-Collier, Rutgers University
Roger Schvaneveldt, New Mexico State University
Thomas Sheridan, Massachusets Institute of Technology
*James T. Townsend, Indiana University, Bloomington
William R. & Michiye N. Uttal, Arizona State University

 * The FABBS Foundation would like to thank Dr. Arthur C. Graesser and Dr. James T. Townsend for nominating Dr. Nickerson for this honor and for leading the effort to spread the word about his nomination.



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