The Psychonomic Society is pleased to announce Robert Logie is now the Chair of the Governing Board. He will serve a one-year term.
Robert Logie’s research is focused on human memory in the healthy, aging, and damaged brain. His approach is both theoretical and applied, from the cognitive architecture of working memory in healthy adults, through cognitive decline in healthy aging and neurodegenerative disease, to design of digital systems to support human cognition. His primary theoretical interest is in exploring the hypothesis that human cognition is supported by a range of domain specific cognitive resources that act in concert, are selected strategically by participants to meet ongoing task demands, and are affected differentially by aging.
He obtained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, UK in 1976, and a PhD from University College London, UK in 1981. From 1980-1986 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Medical Research Council Applied Psychology Research Unit in Cambridge, UK. He returned to Aberdeen as a lecturer in 1987, becoming Anderson Professor and Head of the Psychology Department 1997-2002. From 1995-2006 he was also adjunct Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway.
In 2004, he moved to establish and lead a new group in Human Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, which has now grown to 20 academic faculty and over 50 graduate students. His current basic research on human cognition and cognitive aging is funded primarily by the UK Medical Research Council within the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology. His current applied research is funded by the European Union for a project ‘ForgetIT’, studying human and digital forgetting and remembering in collaboration with computer scientists across 7 European countries.
He has been a member of the Psychonomic Society since 1992, was elected to the Governing Board in 2012, and this is the first time that the Chair of the Governing Board has been held by someone outside of the US or Canada. Logie has served on many committees including Executive, International Presence, Publications, Ethics, and Workshop. He was chair of the British Psychological Society Cognitive Psychology Section 1991-1995, editor of the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 2002-2005, and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology 2000-2004. Currently, he is a member of research evaluation panels for the European Research Council, The Swiss National Science Funding Agency, and the Croatian Agency for Science and Education. He is author of over 250 publications, with over 13,000 citations, and has given keynote addresses in USA, Japan, Taiwan, Egypt, Brazil, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Belgium, Cyprus, and Ireland as well as across the UK, presented over 200 standard international conference talks, and has organised over 20 international scientific meetings, including the first meeting (in Edinburgh,Scotland in 2007) of the Psychonomic Society outside of North America. He is regularly approached by the print and broadcast media regarding aspects of human memory, and has been an expert consultant for the BBC including an internet study of working memory involving 500,000 participants. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society.
Jeremy Wolfe, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School becomes Past Chair. Continuing Governing Board members include: Teresa Bajo, University of Granada, Aaron Benjamin, University of Illinois, Colin M. MacLeod, University of Waterloo, Janet Metcalfe, Columbia University, Lynne Reder, Carnegie Mellon University, Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, University of Michigan, and Valerie Reyna, Cornell University. John Dunlosky, Kent State University and Fernanda Ferreira, University of California, Davis, were elected by the Society’s membership in September join the Governing Board now. Graduating Governing Board members include: Helene Intraub, University of Delaware and Michael C. Anderson, University of Cambridge.
Robert H Logie
Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience
Department of Psychology and Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
University of Edinburgh
Scotland, United Kingdom