William James Fellow Award 1993
Fergus I.M. Craik
Rotman Research Institute
Fergus I.M. Craik has been one of the most influential students of memory in our time. In the early 1970s he and his colleagues proposed a new framework for memory research under the banner of "levels of processing." This highly original approach has now been modified, refined, elaborated and extended into a general "processing view" of memory. It has had tremendous impact o n theoretical thought and experimental practice in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, aging and memory, and the neuropsychology of memory. Its powerful and far-reaching influence in the fields of psychological science will be felt for a long time to come.
For his creativity, inspiring leadership in the conception, development, and elaboration of the levels-of -processing paradigm and the processing view of human memory, he is recognized as a leader in psychological science.