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Psychologist Named Young Investigator of 2007

Psychologist Lise Abrams has been named the 2007 recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Scientific Research Society, Sigma Xi. Abrams is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Cognition and Aging Laboratory, where she is investigating memory and language processes and the effects of aging on these processes.

Abrams’ research represents some of the most important current research in cognitive aging, providing new knowledge about fundamental cognitive changes during normal aging and contributing to the development of a better-specified model of language and memory. Specifically, her research focuses on memory retrieval failures such as the tip-of-the-tongue states, and language errors, such as misspelling of words during reading.

As an undergraduate at Pomona College, Abrams double-majored in psychology and mathematics. She then received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, earning her M.A. in 1992 and Ph.D. in 1997—both in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Abrams has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and has secured research funding from national agencies, including the National Institute on Aging and Sigma Xi.

Also known as an inspiring and dynamic teacher, Abrams has received recognition for her teaching and mentoring, earning a CLAS teaching award and a mentorship award from the national Women in Cognitive Science organization. She was also recently accepted for inclusion in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders.



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