Northwestern University psychologist Douglas Medin will be honored with the William James Lifetime Achievement Award for Basic Research from the Association for Psychological Science. The award is the psychology association’s most prestigious honor.
The award recognizes a lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology and honors Medin as one whose work has had a profound impact on the field of psychological science over the past quarter century.
Douglas Medin is the Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology and holds a joint appointment in the School of Education and Social Policy. He joined Northwestern in 1992.
Best known for his research on concepts and categorization, Medin has recently extended his research to cross-cultural studies of biological categorization and reasoning, cultural and cognitive dimensions of moral reasoning and decision making, and culturally and community-based science education. In collaboration with the University of Washington, the American Indian Center of Chicago, and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Medin and his Northwestern colleagues are studying the role of culture as it relates to knowledge and reasoning about the natural world in children and adults.
Recently Medin served on the National Research Council committee on Informal Science Learning. The immediate past president of the Association for Psychological Science, he is a recipient of an American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation and the APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Medin was the recipient of a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Fellowship Award for the 2010-11 academic year. He was named to the National Academy of Education in 2012.