New Prize for Cognitive Science

APS Fellow John Anderson has been awarded the inaugural Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Anderson received the honor in recognition of his decades of contributions to cognitive science, particularly his development of the Adaptive Control of Thought-Rational (ACT-R) theory, which was the first theory that integrated the assorted mechanisms underlying human behavior.

According to Anderson, “It is a sign of the growing importance of cognitive science that the Heineken Prizes in science have been expanded to include an award for our field. I am very honored to be the first winner and gratified that the award is for the ACT-R theory. It reflects the work of a community of scholars dedicated to trying to put together an understanding of the human mind.”

The Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science is the first international prize to be awarded for cognitive science and is the first new Heineken prize in 16 years. For further information about the Prize awardees, please see

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