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Professor Robert Goldstone named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor Robert Goldstone, Chancellor’s Professor in PBS and past director of the IU Cognitive Science Program has been selected for membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.


IU President Michael McRobbie described Goldstone as “among the world’s foremost researchers and thought leaders in the field of cognitive science, whose investigations into our complex systems of reasoning, recognition, collective behavior and decision-making have led to major scholarly insights into how people learn, interact and organize with others. Indeed, over the last 25 years, he has been one of the most accomplished members of Indiana University’s outstanding community of scholars, which is a distinguishing and essential characteristic of any world-class research university. His selection for membership in the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences is well-deserved, and we congratulate him on this honor.”


Goldstone’s research focuses on concept learning and representation, perceptual learning, collective behavior and computational modeling of human cognition. He has developed neural network models that simultaneously learn new perceptual and conceptual representations and computational models of how groups of people compete for resources, cooperate to solve problems, exchange information and innovations, and form coalitions.


He has twice been awarded young investigator awards from the American Psychological Association and also received the Chase Memorial Award for Outstanding Young Researcher in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the recipient of the 2000 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association and a 2004 Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences.


Among the IU alumni newly elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is psychologist John Monahan, a member of the National Research Council, who earned a Ph.D. from the department in 1972 and returned to campus in 2013 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the department, giving a talk on violence and mental illness. In 2014 he was awarded the PBS Lifetime Achievement Award.


The new class will be inducted Oct. 8 in Cambridge, Mass. Goldstone joins PBS colleagues Richard Shiffrin, Linda Smith, and Robert Nosofsky, who are also members of the Academy.


Psychological + Brain Sciences