Jeremy M. Wolfe, Chair of the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society (PS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephan Lewandowsky as Digital Content Editor, effective July 1, 2014.
In this newly created position, Lewandowsky will oversee new effort to use digital media to help the PS engage with audiences around the world. He will serve as the lead editor and manager of a wide range of digital content as PS expands its online publishing capabilities in the coming year.
“Our goal is to make the Psychonomic Society website a first choice source for news and commentary about our science” said Wolfe. “I am very excited to have Steve serving as our first Digital Content Editor. He shares the vision and has the skills and energy to make it a reality.”
“I am very excited by this opportunity because I think that much of the research done by the Psychonomes is potentially of great interest to the public”, said Lewandowsky. “For example, while the psychophysics of range-frequency theory may sound quite puzzling or “dry” to the proverbial John Q Public, the fact that the theory can explain workers’ retention and job turnover in the British economy is bound to capture John Q’s attention. I look forward to creating content for the public that explains why basic cognitive research can help shape our societies. I also look forward to managing expert content for the members of the society, so that our website becomes a resource in support of the society’s research.”
Professor Stephan Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol. He was an Australian Professorial Fellow from 2007 to 2012, and he received a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council in 2011. He held a Revesz Visiting Professorship at the University of Amsterdam in 2012, and received a Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society upon moving to the UK in 2013. His research examines people's memory, decision making, and knowledge structures, with a particular emphasis on how people update information in memory. He has published over 140 scholarly articles, chapters, and books, including numerous papers on how people respond to corrections of misinformation. (See www.cogsciwa.com for a complete list of scientific publications.)
Professor Lewandowsky is an award-winning teacher and was Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition from 2006-2008. His research has been funded continuously since 1990 by public agencies in 5 countries. He has also contributed nearly 50 opinion pieces to the global media on issues related to climate change "skepticism" and the coverage of science in the media.
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