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November 12, 2007

Florida Researcher Wins Sigma Xi's Young Investigator Award

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Lise Abrams, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Florida, is investigating memory and language processes and the effects of aging on them. Her research focuses on naturally-occurring retrieval problems, such as word retrieval failures and spelling errors, both of which increase with normal aging.

She received Sigma Xi's 2007 Young Investigator Award at the Society's Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference in Orlando, held November 1-4. The award includes $5,000 and a certificate of recognition. Sigma Xi members within 10 years of their highest earned degree are eligible for this award.

Abrams is the director of the university’s Cognition and Aging Laboratory. Her research represents some of the most important current research in cognitive aging, providing new knowledge about fundamental cognitive changes during normal aging and contributing to the development of a better-specified model of language and memory.

As an undergraduate at Pomona College, Abrams double-majored in psychology and mathematics. She then received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Abrams has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and has secured research funding from national agencies, including the National Institute on Aging and Sigma Xi.

She has received a teaching award from the University of Florida and a mentorship award from the national organization Women in Cognitive Science.


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