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Release: Jan. 10, 2001

UI psychology professor wins national research award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Steven J. Luck, an associate professor of psychology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, has won the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his "pathbreaking behavioral, psychophysical, and physiological studies of attention and visual memory."

The Troland Award is given to young investigators (age 40 or younger) to recognize unusual achievement and to advance empirical research in psychology regarding the relationships of consciousness and the physical world. The award includes $50,000 to support Luck's continuing research in cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on the neural and cognitive mechanisms of attention, perception, and memory.

Luck's research examines how the human brain overcomes information overload by using attention to focus mental resources on a subset of the incoming sensory information. He has conducted research at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center and at the National Institutes of Health, and his research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Human Frontier Science Program, and the McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience. He has written more than 50 scientific articles and book chapters and has served or is serving on the editorial boards of five major scientific journals. In 1998 Luck won the American Psychological Association Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the Area of Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Luck will be recognized April 30 at the National Academy of Sciences annual meeting in Washington, D.C.