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Psychonomic Society Early Career Award
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The Psychonomic Society will confer scientific awards each year upon young scientists who have made significant contributions to scientific psychology early in their careers. The purpose of the awards is to raise the visibility of our science and of our very best young scientists within the field, within the awardees’ institutions, in the press, and in the larger community. Many universities are carefully scrutinizing departments and programs in deciding upon the deployment of limited resources, and among the most important criteria are those that indicate academic and scientific quality. In the recent NRC rankings of graduate programs, “number of academic awards” was among the criteria that contributed to assessing program quality. By including the voice of the Psychonomic Society in such assessments, we can contribute to the continued strength of our field.

Each year the Psychonomic Society will name not more than four awardees. One nominee, whose research is closest to the areas of perception and attention, will receive the Steven Yantis Early Career Award. The awardees will be formally recognized at the Annual Meeting, and will receive a plaque or framed award document and a cash prize, initially set to $2,500 plus airfare to the Annual Meeting. The names of awardees will be displayed permanently on the Society’s web site.

  • Awardees must have completed their highest degree (typically the PhD) no more than ten years before the year in which the award is given.
  • The nominee must be a Member or Fellow of the Psychonomic Society.

Nomination Procedures
  • Nominations may be made by any Member, Fellow or Emeritus Member of the Psychonomic Society.
  • The nomination will be submitted electronically to the Psychonomic Society
  • The nomination will consist of the nominee’s current CV, a letter (no more than 2 pages) from the nominator and from one other Member of the Society, and up to four of the nominee’s most significant publications. 
  • Self-nominations are not permitted. 
  • The deadline is March 15, 2017.  Please submit nominations for consideration by the Awards Committee so awardees can plan to attend and be recognized at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Selection Process
The Governing Board will designate one member of the Governing Board to serve as chair of the Awards Committee, and additional Members of the Society to serve on the Awards Committee reflecting the areas of research that are characteristic of the Society. The Awards Committee will review nominations via conference call and make recommendations about each award to the Governing Board by May 1, which will review and vote via email on whether to endorse the recommendations. Final decisions will be made by May 15, allowing awardees to submit abstracts to the meeting. The Executive Director will arrange for plaques or framed award documents and monetary awards to be presented at the Annual Meeting. The names and citations of the awardees will be published in the program of the Annual Meeting.

The Society will seek to reward excellence in any area of research relevant to the Society. Over the course of several years, the committee will make an effort to distribute awards over all the areas characteristic of the Society.

Psychonomic Society
Early Career Award



Bharath Chandrasekaran
University of Texas at Austin

Christopher Donkin
University of New South Wales

Kimberly M. Fenn
Michigan State University

Jennifer S. Trueblood
Vanderbilt University


Sarah Brown-Schmidt
University of Illinois

Daniel Casasanto
University of Chicago
Cognitive Diversity

Jessica Payne
University of Notre Dame
Learning, Memory, and Emotion

Frederick Verbruggen
University of Exeter
Executive Control


Michael N. Jones
Indiana University
Cognition and Computation

Tania Lombrozo
University of California, Berkeley
Life span Language and Cognition

Katherine Rawson
Kent State University
Learning and Memory

Jessica K. Witt
Colorado State University
Perception and Action


Steven Franconeri
Northwestern University
Visual Spatial Attention

Jeffrey Karpicke
Purdue University
Learning and Memory

Michael Kaschak
Florida State University
Language Comprehension

Bob McMurray
University of Iowa
Developmental Science


Sian L. Beilock
University of Chicago
Memory and Performance

Scott Brown
University of Newcastle, Australia
Models of Response Time

Thomas Griffith
University of California, Berkeley
Causal Induction

Nash Unsworth
University of Oregon
Working Memory



Psychonomic Society
Early Career Award
Psychonomic Society
Early Career Award

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