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Dec. 9, 2004

Wasserman Elected To Society Of Experimental Psychologists

Edward A. Wasserman, Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Department of Psychology, has been has been elected to the Society of Experimental Psychologists (SEP). Established in 1904, the SEP is widely regarded to be the most select and distinguished organization of its kind.

Wasserman, a UI faculty member since 1972, is a leading authority on animal and human cognition. His research centers on a comparative analysis of learning, memory and cognition, with special interests in conceptualization, causation and visual perception. He has received national and international attention for his research into animals' ability to recognize visual images and to acquire abstract concepts. Wasserman's findings challenge traditional beliefs in the uniqueness of human behavior and cognition. He received his doctorate from Indiana University in 1972.

The SEP currently admits nine new members annually from among the leading experimentalists in North America and has a current membership of some 220 individuals, or about five to 10 percent of practicing experimental psychologists. The stated objective of the society is: "To advance psychology by arranging informal conferences on experimental psychology."

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