Prof. Alan Baddeley

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    University of York, UK

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    Alan Baddeley (b. March 23, 1934, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK) graduated from University College London with a degree in Psychology, and after an MA at Princeton University, joined the MRC Applied Psychology Unit (APU) at the University of Cambridge, where he completed his PhD. After several years on the scientific staff of the APU he moved to the University of Sussex, then to a Chair at Stirling University, before returning to the APU to serve as Director for 21 years. He is currently based at the Department of Psychology at the University of York.

    Prof. Baddeley is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), a Fellow of the British Academy, of the Academy of Medical Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A recipient of several awards and honorary degrees, Prof. Baddeley was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his contributions to the study of memory.

    He has made research contributions in human memory, neuropsychology, and in the practical application of cognitive psychology. Along with Graham Hitch, Prof. Baddeley developed an influential model of working memory in 1974, arguing for the existence of multiple short term memory stores, and a separate interacting system for manipulating the content of these stores. His book “Working memory, thought and action” (2007) recently won the British Psychological Society Book Award. For more information about Prof. Baddeley's research, please see:

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    Working memory. Scholarpedia, 5(2):3015. (2010).

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