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Top Psychologists gather to Enhance Human Performance

Published: March 22, 2013 | Category: Academics

A panel of renowned psychologists and scholars from the nation's top schools for psychology will gather at Southern Utah University today to discuss their most recent research on increasing human learning and memory in "Enhancing Human Performance," a panel discussion and research showcase.

The esteemed panel includes Aaron Benjamin, professor of psychology and neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana; Robert Bjork, professor of psychology at UCLA; Scott Gronlund, professor of psychology at the University of Oklahoma; Timothy Lee, professor of kinesiology at McMaster University; and Daniel Schacter, professor of psychology at Harvard University.

They will first present their research in two sessions, the first at 9:15 a.m. and the second at 10:15 a.m. These presentations will lay the groundwork for a final gathering of all the scholars together in a moderated panel discussion at 11:30 a.m., with a question and answer session to follow.

Benjamin, whose research focuses on the act of remembrance and how the cognitive process organizes information, will moderate all three sessions.

“These five men are the leading psychologists of our day," explained academic information and program officer Raymond Grant. The panel discussion, which is part of SUU’s Convocation Series, is one of the concluding events for this year’s Founders’ Celebration and, according to Grant, is a perfect fit for the week’s festivities. “The founders of this University wanted this campus to be a place for students to connect with the world’s most brilliant minds, and hearing from the nation's top psychologists, our students are able to do just that."

Both research presentations and the final panel discussion will be held in the Great Hall. All three are free and open to the SUU community and the general public.

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