Talking About Numbers
A study by Jessica Sullivan and David Barner (featured on KPBS and UCSD News) suggests the structure of language affects how children acquire early number words like "one" and "two" - the foundations for learning mathematics. The group studied young children learning languages which have "dual morphology" - special grammatical marking that occurs whenever speakers talk about sets of exactly two. They found that children who spoke these languages, despite receiving little experience with numbers and counting, were significantly faster than children who spoke other languages to learn the meanings of the words "one" and "two". READ MORE
Lifetime Achievement Award
Prof. Keith Rayner has been awarded the 2014 William James Lifetime Achievement Award for Basic Research and named FABBS Foundation Honoree. William James Lifetime Achievement Award is APS's highest honor in recognition of "a lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology." The FABBS Foundation’s “In Honor Of...” program recognizes eminent, senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. These honors highlight Keith's many past achievements and the continuing influence of his scientific insights.
Stuart Anstis awarded Kurt-Koffka medal
The Kurt-Koffka award is to honor scientists who advanced the fields of perception or developmental psychology to an extraordinary extent. The award reminds of Kurt Koffka, a pioneer of Gestalt Psychology, in particular in the fields of perception and child development. This was the seventh time that the Kurt-Koffka medal was awarded. In a ceremony that took place on June 26, 2013, Prof. Anstis was honored for his work on visual perception.
Elected to Royal College
In August 2013, V.S. Ramachandran was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), London. This is one of the highest honors that the Royal College can bestow on a doctor who is not already a member of the RCP. It is awarded to a maximum of 20 people annually, world-wide.
APA Early Career Award
Adam Aron has been selected by the APA as the recipient of the 2013 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. As the history of this award indicates, it is an outstanding accolade for scientific achievement. To be announced in May's APA Monitor.
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