Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
Barbara Tversky, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Barbara Tversky has made groundbreaking contributions to at least four areas in cognitive psychology. In the field of memory, some of her early work helped establish the roles of pictorial and verbal codes in long-term memory. In categorization, her research showed how the parts of a thing relate to its function and thus shape categories. In spatial cognition, one of her many contributions has been to characterize the spatial framework in which people locate objects near their bodies. In event perception, she has shown how perceivers segment ongoing activity into meaningful events and how this relates to learning and task performance. One characteristic that unifies these bodies of work is the high degree of creativity evident in each. Another is that, in each area, Tversky has opened up new topics of inquiry into which other researchers have enthusiastically followed. A characteristic of Tversky’s research is a persistent interest in the relations between people’s cognitive systems and the technologies they use to augment and reconstitute those cognitive systems—from cave paintings to scientific diagrams to cartoons to computerized visualization. As a result of making these connections, her work is cited widely by computer scientists, educators, architects, and geographers as well as by her fellow psychologists.
Lera Boroditsky, Stanford University
Gordon Bower, Stanford University
James E. Corter, Teachers College, Columbia University
Elizabeth M. Dorland, Washington University, St. Louis
Karen D. Emmorey, San Diego State University
Nancy Franklin, Stony Brook University
Morton Ann Gernsbacher, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Richard D. Gonzalez, University of Michigan
Norma V. Graham, Columbia University
Eric Johnson, Columbia University
Angela M. Kessell, NASA
Paul U. Lee
Ellen Levy, LinkedIn
Walter Mischel, Columbia University
Julie B. Morrison, Glendale Community College, AZ
Morris Moschovitch, University of Toronto
Laura R. Novick, Vanderbilt University
James R. Pomerantz, Rice University
Mireille Rodet, University of Geneva
Eldar Shafir, Princeton University
* Elke U. Weber, Columbia University
Leslie Zacks, The Elsevier Foundation
* Jeffrey Zacks, Washington University, St. Louis
* The FABBS Foundation would like to thank Dr. Elke U. Weber and Dr. Jeffrey Zacks for nominating Dr. Tversky for this honor and for leading the effort to spread the word about her nomination.
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