Dr. Anne Treisman
with the National
Medal of Science at
a Feb. 1 ceremony.
National Medal of Science
President Barack Obama presented psychologist Anne Treisman, PhD, with the National Medal of Science, the highest honor in science given by the U.S. government,
in February. The annual award, which is administered for the
White House by the National Science Foundation, recognizes
individuals who have made outstanding contributions to
science and engineering.
a single object. More recently, Treisman’s work looked at
how attention affects perceivers’ determination of objects’
statistical properties including average size or color and
their variation. Her principles have been applied in multiple
contexts, including helping airport security inspectors
identify weapons and informing decisions on how classrooms
should be arranged so that children are stimulated but not
Treisman says she is “amazed and deeply honored” to be the
17th psychologist ever awarded the National Medal of Science.
“I am very happy that psychology is among the subjects selected
for the award, although many other psychologists would be at
least as deserving to receive it,” she says.
Click here to watch a National Science
Foundation video of Anne Treisman, PhD,
discussing her career.