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Stanislas Dehaene rewarded by the National Academy of Sciences

Talents Article published on 07 February 2024 , Updated on 09 February 2024

On 22 January 2024, the neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene was awarded the Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences by the American National Academy of Sciences. He will receive the award during a ceremony on 28 April 2024.

Stanislas Dehaene, director of the Neurospin centre, professor at the Collège de France and Inserm research director at the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab (Unicog – Université Paris-Saclay/INSERM/CEA/CNRS), will receive the 2024 Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences for his groundbreaking work on the cognitive mechanisms and brain processes of mathematics, reading, language, and consciousness.

Stanislas Dehaene is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States. His work has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science (2008) and the Brain Prize (2014). His experimental, computational, and theoretical research uses behavioural and brain-imaging techniques to probe how the human brain acquires new capacities through language and education. His work provides critical insight to understand the processes behind how we learn to read words and numbers. Since 2018, Stanislas Dehaene has been Chairman of the Scientific Council of National Education (CSEN), which advises the French Ministry of Education based on the latest advances in research and international comparisons.

The Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences is presented biennially to honour significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields.