Barbara Dosher, UCI dean of social sciences and Distinguished Professor of cognitive sciences, is the 2013 recipient of the Howard Crosby Warren Medal. Awarded by the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the medal is the oldest and one of the most prestigious awards in experimental psychology.

The honor recognizes Dosher’s nearly 40-year academic career spent studying the distinct forms and processes of attention, memory and perceptual learning. Her findings have been published widely in such major journals as Psychological Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, Vision Research, and Journal of Memory & Language, and her research has been funded through multi-million dollar grants from the National Eye Institute, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Institute of Mental Health and National Science Foundation, among others.

Dosher received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and her master's and doctorate degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Oregon. She was a professor of psychology at Columbia University for 15 years before she joined the faculty of UC Irvine in 1992.

That same year, she was elected as a fellow to the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the American Psychological Society. In 2002, she was named dean of social sciences and in 2011, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She is currently serving her final year of a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Vision Sciences Society.

Dosher is the third UCI recipient of the Warren Medal; past recipients include George Sperling, Distinguished Professor of cognitive sciences (1996) and Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of social ecology, psychology & social behavior and law (2010).

Dosher received her award at the 109th annual meeting of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, held March 28-30 at Brown University.



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