In Honor Of


The FABBS’s “In Honor Of…” program recognizes eminent, senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

Current Honoree

In Honor Of…Keith Holyoak, PhD
Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

Keith Holyoak, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

Keith Holyoak’s career in cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience has been devoted to understanding the representation of knowledge in the human mind and brain. Over the past four decades, working with an evolving network of exceptional students and collaborators, he has made important contributions to our understanding of how people think and reason. The central focus of his work has been on how people learn and use abstract relationships that depend on more than direct similarity—relations of the sort required to grasp social regulations, moral concerns, causality, metaphors, and analogies. In all these areas, Holyoak has aimed to understand the cognitive skills that endow humans with what the philosopher Charles Peirce called “special aptitudes for guessing right.”

Holyoak was born and raised on a dairy farm in British Columbia, Canada. He received his B.A. in psychology in 1971 from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology in 1976 from Stanford University, where his advisor was Gordon Bower. For the next decade he was on the

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Selection Process

Is there an eminent, senior scientist to whom you would like to pay tribute, while simultaneously demonstrating your support for the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior? Through Fabbs “In Honor Of…” program, individuals can make donations that recognize senior scientists for his or her achievements and contributions.

The FABBS Foundation Board will periodically select honorees who have been nominated by their peers. These individuals will receive recognition on our website, including a biographical sketch, photograph, and listing of those who contributed to the honoree’s campaign. This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone who has had a lasting impact on our sciences.

We encourage you to submit nominations for the “In Honor Of…” program to the Executive Director.