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Psychonomic Society Early Career Award
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Congratulations to the 2020 Early Career Award recipients:
Karen L. Campbell (Brock University, Canada), Aidan J. Horner (University of York, UK),
Roland Pfister (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany), and Karen B. Schloss (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

The 2021 Call for Nominations will open on February 1.

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 an award and a $2,500 cash prize plus airfare to the Annual Meeting. The names of awardees will be displayed permanently on the Society’s web site.

The Psychonomic Society is committed to scientific merit, which entails the inclusion of all scientists regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability status, country of origin, geographic location, and disciplinary expertise. Please critically examine your deliberations to eliminate biases that detract from our commitment to merit.

  • Nominees will have normally completed their highest degree (typically the PhD) not more than ten years before the nomination deadline.

  • 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 must be submitted using this submission form.

  • Nominations must include the nominee’s current CV, two letters of nomination no more than two pages each (one from the nominator and one from another Society Member or Fellow), and up to four of the nominee’s most significant publications.

  • Self-nominations are not permitted.

  • The nominator must describe how they heard about the award.

  • The nominator must describe the nominee's involvement with the Society (e.g. attending, presenting, serving, etc.)

The 2021 Call for Nominations will open on February 1.

Awardees will be recognized at the 2020 Annual Meeting.

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


Karen L. Campbell
Brock University, Canada

Aidan J. Horner
University of York, UK

Roland Pfister
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany

Karen B. Schloss
Steven Yantis Early Career Award
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA



Brian Anderson
Steven Yantis Early Career Award
Texas A&M University, USA

Timothy Brady
University of California, San Diego, USA

Heather Ferguson
University of Kent, United Kingdom

Brandon Turner
The Ohio State University, USA



Laura Mickes
Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom
Recognition memory

Karl K. Szpunar

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Cognition and education

Edward Vul
Steven Yantis Early Career Award

University of California San Diego, USA
Adaptive behavior

Liane Young

Boston College, USA
Moral judgment and social cognition



Candice Morey
Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Working Memory

Evan Risko
University of Waterloo, Canada
Embodied and Embedded Cognition

Darryl Schneider 
Steven Yantis Early Career Award

Purdue University, USA
Cognitive Control

Benjamin Storm
University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Forgetting in Human Memory


Bharath Chandrasekaran
University of Texas at Austin, USA
Speech perception

Christopher Donkin 
Steven Yantis Early Career Award
University of New South Wales, Australia
Cognitive models

Kimberly M. Fenn
Michigan State University, USA

Jennifer S. Trueblood
Vanderbilt University, USA
Judgment and decision making



Sarah Brown-Schmidt
University of Illinois, USA

Daniel Casasanto
University of Chicago, USA
Cognitive diversity

Jessica Payne
University of Notre Dame, USA
Learning, memory, and emotion

Frederick Verbruggen 
Steven Yantis Early Career Award
University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Executive control


Michael N. Jones
Indiana University, USA
Cognition and Computation

Tania Lombrozo
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Life span language and cognition

Katherine Rawson
Kent State University, USA
Learning and memory

Jessica K. Witt 
Steven Yantis Early Career Award
Colorado State University, USA
Perception and action


Steven Franconeri 
Steven Yantis Early Career Award
Northwestern University, USA
Visual spatial attention

Jeffrey Karpicke
Purdue University, USA
Learning and memory

Michael Kaschak
Florida State University, USA
Language comprehension

Bob McMurray
University of Iowa, USA
Developmental science


Sian L. Beilock
University of Chicago, USA
Memory and performance

Scott Brown 
Steven Yantis Early Career Award
University of Newcastle, Australia
Models of response time

Thomas Griffith
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Causal induction

Nash Unsworth
University of Oregon, USA
Working memory



Psychonomic Society
Early Career Award
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Early Career Award

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