Navigation Links
Theory of How Brain Builds Images Earns Grawemeyer Prize

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A scientist who helped explain how our brains build meaningful images from the bits of information we see has won the 2009 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.

Anne Treisman, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of psychology at Princeton University, was selected for the ninth Grawemeyer psychology prize from among 28 nominations.

Treisman, a cognitive psychologist, proposed in 1980 that attention acts as an inner spotlight in the brain, rapidly scanning features such as color, shape, distance and motion and linking them into an integrated whole. Her theory of feature integration prompted a wide range of study that continues today, award judges said.

Scientists are still using the concept to help airport baggage inspectors detect weapons, to design classrooms that stimulate children without overloading them and to make it easier for people to tell pills apart, said Woody Petry, a UofL professor of psychological and brain sciences who directs the award.

"Her theory explains why we see a red sports car driving by instead of an assortment of different features such as the color red, a shape in motion and so on," Petry said.

Work by Treisman and her colleagues also has led to better understanding of some psychological and medical problems such as Balints' syndrome, in which people cannot recognize more than one object at a time.

Before joining Princeton, Treisman was a psychology professor at University of California-Berkeley and University of British Columbia. Earlier this year she won the Cognitive Neuroscience Society's George Miller Award. She was chosen as the American Psychological Society's William James Fellow in 2002 and received the Minerva Foundation's Golden Brain Award in 1996.

The Grawemeyer Foundation at UofL awards $1 million each year -- $200,000 each for works in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology, education and religion. Winners of the other Grawemeyer Awards also are being announced this week.

For more details, call Woody Petry, 502-852-6031, or see

SOURCE University of Louisville
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Parents stricter with older kids to set example: game theory study
2. Study supports theory that rise in autism is related to changes in diagnosis
3. Freshman 15 Theory Takes a Pounding
4. Cancer theory stands the test of time -- rediscovering Boveri a century later
5. Controversial theory of Alzheimers origin funded
6. Carnegie Mellon neuroscientist proposes new theory of brain flexibility
7. Discovery supports theory of Alzheimers disease as form of diabetes
8. Study Puts 1 Alzheimers Theory in Doubt
9. Employees Have Yet Another Reason To Lose Their Office Chairs In Favor Of A Treadmill Desk: Their Brain
10. EIN News Introduces Brain Cancer News Today; Website Offers Information on Risk Factors, Treatment, Drugs
11. Older Adults Who Exercise Boost Blood Flow in Brain
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... Jobs in ... by healthcare professionals and offered by healthcare staffing agency Aureus Medical Group . ... the month of October 2015 among those searching for healthcare jobs through the company’s ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Pixel Film Studios brings Final ... ProTrailer: Vintage. This newly styled ProTrailer pack comes with 30 all-new vintage-inspired designs, ... giving users limitless opportunities to stylize and create designs quickly and easily, all ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... Additional breast cancers found with MRI ... to a study published online in the journal Radiology. Researchers said that in ... a change in treatment. , Breast MRI is the most sensitive technique for ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Cokato, MN (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve on several models of traditional and far-infrared saunas. ... . Nordic Spruce is the most traditional Finnish sauna wood, and Finnleo uses only ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Dr. John Pierce, ... learn more about hair loss treatment with the Capillus272™ Pro laser therapy cap. FDA ... for thicker and fuller hair, without the need for surgery, prescription pills, or topical ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... Nov. 26, 2015 Research and Markets ... the "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies ... Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, Emerging ... --> --> This ... the Japanese therapeutic drug monitoring market, including emerging ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26, 2015 ... "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies ... Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive ... offering. --> ) has ... Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in the ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , November 26, 2015 ... has announced the addition of the  ... in the European Therapeutic Drug Monitoring ... Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, Emerging Opportunities"  report ... ) has announced the addition ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: