Anne Treisman

ANNE TREISMAN, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1993 is one of the most influential cognitive psychologists in the world today.

For over 40 years she has been defining fundamental issues of how information is selected and integrated to form meaningful objects and memories that guide human thought and action. Her creativity and insight have often challenged investigators to think outside the box, to reach beyond their own specialties and to address the hard questions of human cognition.

Her current research interests include visual perception of objects and the role of attention, integration of information in perception of moving and changing objects, perceptual learning, visual memory for objects and events, and the coding of shape and motion.

She has been recognised by election to the Royal Society in 1989, the National Academy of Sciences in the USA in 1994, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1995. Anne Treisman was the first psychologist to win the Golden Brain Award, in 1996.

She is the recipient of the 2009 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Psychology for her theory of how the brain builds meaningful images from the bits of information.

LINKS: Interview with Anne Treisman, winner of the 2009 Grawemeyer Award in Psychology