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Dr. Cristine Legare Awarded Prestigious APS Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions

Fri, January 9, 2015
Dr. Cristine Legare Awarded Prestigious APS Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions

Dr. Cristine Legare has been recognized as one of the 2015 winners of the Association for Psychological Science's Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions.

The award recognizes six psychological scientists pushing the limits of their field. This year’s award-winning research spans an exceptional breadth, encompassing topics such as the overlap of visual perception and action, the evolution of cognition and culture, human collectivism, the neurobiological and behavioral roots of anxiety, cognitive science’s role in education, and the social side of emotions.

The Janet Taylor Spence Award is named for APS’s first elected president, who passed away in March. Spence’s transformative research included the invention of a widely used anxiety scale that she developed to test the relationship between anxiety and task performance. Spence also was credited with bringing gender to the forefront of psychological science as a mainstream topic of inquiry. Along with her colleague, Robert Helmreich, Spence developed a series of measures to investigate commonly accepted but untested beliefs about characteristics differentiating the genders and about appropriate roles for men and women in society. “The tenacity, fearlessness, and force of will reflected in [Spence’s] career,” says 2015 Spence Award recipient Jamil Zaki, “are a model for not just how to do science, but also for how to be a scientist.”

The awards will be presented at the 2015 APS Annual Convention in New York, May 21–24.

The APS says that the award places Dr. Legare "among (the) brightest minds in our field, setting an impressively high standard for the award in years to come."

Our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Legare!


More on the 2015 Spence awards, including an interview with Dr. Legare, can be read HERE.


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