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National accolade for York memory expert

Posted on 23 July 2012

A world authority on memory from the University of York has received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Psychological Society’s Research Board.

Professor Alan Baddeley, of the University’s Department of Psychology, is one of the world’s most highly cited psychologists and is best known for his ‘working memory’ model, developed with Professor Graham Hitch, an Emeritus Professor at York.

Working memory allows us to solve problems by manipulating information held in limited capacity short-term stores. Professor Baddeley’s particular research interests are in neuropsychology and the practical application of cognitive psychology.

The Society presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to a psychologist with an outstanding record of personal achievements who has also made significant contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge.

The award confers Life Membership of the Society, £1,000 to be spent on furthering an area of research of the nominee's choice, and a commemorative certificate presented at the Society's Annual Conference.

Professor Baddeley said: “I am very pleased to have been honoured in this way for a career that I have thoroughly enjoyed and continue to enjoy."

Professor Baddeley joined the University of York in 2003. Previously, he led the Medical Research Council’s influential Applied Psychology Unit for over 20 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded a CBE in 1999.

The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. It is responsible for the development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good.

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