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Jonathan Potts
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For immediate release:
November 10, 2004

American Psychological Association Gives Prestigious Honor To Carnegie Mellon Psychologist

Robert Siegler is the second consecutive Carnegie Mellon researcher to receive this award


Robert Siegler
PITTSBURGH—Robert Siegler, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, has won the American Psychological Association's coveted Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for 2005.

The award honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. Siegler's research focuses on children's reasoning and problem-solving abilities, particularly in science and mathematics. He has written seven books, edited four others, and authored more than 150 articles and book chapters. His book "Emerging Minds" was chosen one of the "Best Psychology Books of 1996" by the Association of American Publishers. Siegler will receive his award at the association's annual convention August 18-21 in Washington, D.C.

Siegler is the second consecutive Carnegie Mellon professor to receive the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. Among last year's award winners was Sheldon Cohen, Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology and one of the world's leading health psychologists. Other Carnegie Mellon professors who have won the award are John Anderson, the Richard King Mellon Professor of Psychology and Computer Science, and Jay McClelland, Walter Van Dyke Bingham Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience.

"I'm honored and extremely pleased to receive the award. The fact that four of the last 33 people who have received the award come from Carnegie Mellon's psychology department is a tribute to the remarkable intellectual environment that the department provides," Siegler said.

The Department of Psychology is one of eight departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the second-largest academic unit at Carnegie Mellon. The college emphasizes interdisciplinary study in a technologically rich environment, with an open and forward-thinking stance toward the arts and sciences.

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