CNS 2024 | The 13th Annual Distinguished Career Contributions Award (DCC)

Congratulations to Dr. Nobre our 2024 Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Awardee. Dr. Nobre will accept this prestigious award and deliver her lecture in Toronto, Canada, April of 2024 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

 

'Focus through Time'

Kia Nobre, Ph.D.

Wu Tsai Institute and Department of Psychology, Yale University
Monday April 15, 2024, 4:30 - 5:30PM (EDT), Ballroom East

The ability to focus on important and interesting signals is at the core of selective attention, driving its functions for anticipating, selecting, prioritizing, and gating information to support adaptive behavior. In my lecture, I will explore three notions of how the attentional focus has shifted through time over the recent decades, highlighting discoveries and contributions from our research group.

(1) From a static starting point, focus became highly dynamic. Attention functions, from proactive anticipation to action preparation, ebb and flow according to predictable and relevant timings of events. We have learned that a growing variety of temporal structures - based on associations, probabilities, rhythms, and sequences – extracted over short periods to long-term memories – can fuel the dynamics of attention.

(2) Focus transcended the present situation. In addition to modulating perception and action in the moment, focus applies internally to contents available only in the mind. Through focus, mental contents are selected, prioritized, and gated dynamically to enhance relevant retrieval and guide future-oriented behavior.

(3) Over time, focus has acquired more dimensions and perspectives. Embracing temporal dynamics and considering the past to future domains, the treatment of focus is breaking away from simple dichotomies. A much richer field of investigation lies ahead, allowing us to understand the nature and role of focus as a fundamental cornerstone across the gamut of cognition.

About

Anna Christina Nobre FBA, MAE, fNASc (known as Kia Nobre;[1] born 1963) is a Brazilian and British cognitive neuroscientist working at Yale University in New Haven, CT, USA.

Nobre is a Wu Tsai Professor at Yale University, where she directs the Center for Neurocognition and Behavior at the Wu Tsai Institute. She is an honorary member of the Departments of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford; an honorary fellow of New College, Oxford; and an adjunct professor at the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Nobre's research contributions are widely recognized. She is a Fellow of the British Academy (elected 2015),[2] a Member of the Academia Europaea (elected 2015),[3] and an international fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (elected 2020).[4] She received the MRC Suffrage Science Award (2016), the Broadbent Prize from the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (2019), the Lifetime Mentor Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the highly prestigious C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science.[5] Other markers of acclaim include elected membership to the International Neuropsychological Symposium and Memory Disorders Research Society, and fellowship of the American Psychological Society.

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About the Distinguished Career Contributions Award

The Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Award (DCC) was established in 2012 and it is sponsored by the Fred Kavli Foundation from 2019-2023. This award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their sustained and distinguished career, including outstanding scientific contributions, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

An annual call for nominations for the Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Award is made to the membership of the society. The recipient of the prize attends the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and delivers the Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions lecture.

The Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions (DCC) award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their distinguished career, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience. This award has been generously sponsored by the Kavli Foundation.


The nominations for the 2024 Distinguished Career Contributions (DCC) award are now open. The Distinguished Career Contributions (DCC) award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their distinguished career, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience. The recipient of this prize will give a lecture at our annual meeting.

To submit your nomination, send an email to ktretheway@cogneurosociety.org with the following information by
October 3, 2023:

  • The Nominee's name, affiliation and contact information
  • A brief statement as to why you believe this person is deserving of this award

 

About the Distinguished Career Contributions Award
The Distinguished Career Contributions Award (DCC) was established in 2012. This award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their sustained and distinguished career, including outstanding scientific contributions, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

An annual call for nominations for the Distinguished Career Contributions Award is made to the membership of the society. The recipient of the prize attends the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and delivers the Distinguished Career Contributions lecture.

The Distinguished Career Contributions (DCC) award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their distinguished career, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

 


Previous Winner of the Distinguished Career Contributions Award:

2023 Mark D'Esposito, MD, University of California, Berkeley
2022 John Jonides, Ph.D., University of Michigan
2021 Robert Desimone, Ph.D., McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
2020 Marlene Behrmann, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
2019 Daniel L. Schacter, Ph.D., Harvard University
2018 Alfonso Caramazza, Harvard University
2017 Marcia K. Johnson, Yale University
2016 James Haxby, University of Trento, Dartmouth College
2015 Marta Kutas, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
2014 Marsel Mesulam, M.D., Northwestern University
2013 Robert T. Knight, M.D., University of California, Berkeley
2012 Morris Moscovitch, Ph.D., University of Toronto