33 Facts About Anne Treisman


Anne Marie Treisman was an English psychologist who specialised in cognitive psychology.


In 2013, Anne Treisman received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama for her pioneering work in the study of attention.


Anne Treisman was born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.


The English educational system at the time forced Anne Treisman to choose only three subjects in her last two years at secondary school, and Anne Treisman focused on the language arts.


Anne Treisman received her BA in French Literature at Newnham College, Cambridge, in 1954.


Anne Treisman received a first class BA with distinction, which earned her a scholarship that she used to obtain a second BA in psychology.


In 1957, Anne Treisman attended Somerville College, Oxford, to work toward her DPhil under her advisor, Carolus Oldfield.


Anne Treisman conducted research on aphasia, but soon pursued interest in non-clinical populations.


Anne Treisman's research was guided by Donald Broadbent's book, Perception and Communication.


Anne Treisman completed her thesis, "Selective Attention and Speech Perception", in 1962.


Around the time Anne Treisman was working toward her DPhil, psychology was shifting from a behaviorist point to view to the idea that behavior is the outcome of active information processing.


In 1964, Anne Treisman proposed her Attenuation Theory, which modified Broadbent's Filter model by stating that unattended information is attenuated rather than completely filtered out.


Anne Treisman used a dichotic listening task during which participants heard multiple languages and different voices.


Anne Treisman showed that a difference between two equally known languages allowed no more efficient selection than a difference in subject matter between two messages in the same language.


Anne Treisman concluded that features of multiple incoming messages are successfully analysed, and that selection between messages in the same voice, intensity, and localisation takes place during, rather than before or after, this analysis, which results in the identification of their verbal content.


Anne Treisman's theory indicated that physical characteristics are processed early, while semantic processing occurs at a later point.


Anne Treisman's work had an enormous impact on her field.


Anne Treisman moved to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986, where she and Kahneman ran a joint "Attention Lab" in the Psychology Department.


From 1993 until her retirement, in 2010, Anne Treisman was a member of the Psychology Department at Princeton University.


Anne Treisman was named Princeton's James S McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology in 1995.


Anne Treisman's work has appeared in 29 book chapters and more than 80 journal articles and is heavily cited in the psychological literature, as well as prominently included in both introductory and advanced textbooks.


Anne Treisman's feature integration theory is a two-stage model of visual object perception:.


Anne Treisman posits we are unaware of this stage of attention because it occurs quickly and early in perceptual processes.


Anne Treisman linked this process of binding to neural activity, noting that an object causes activity in both the "what" and "where" areas of the cortex.


Anne Treisman used failures of binding to shed light on its underlying mechanisms.


Anne Treisman cited corroborating evidence from positron emission tomography and event-related potential studies which were consistent with the spatial attention account of feature integration.


Anne Treisman's work formed the basis for thousands of experiments in cognitive psychology, vision sciences, cognitive science, neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.


Anne Treisman was elected to the Royal Society of London in 1989, the US National Academy of Sciences in 1994, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995, and the American Philosophical Society in 2005, as well as a William James Fellow of the American Psychological Society in 2002.


Anne Treisman was the recipient of the 2009 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Psychology for her explanation of how our brains build meaningful images from what we see.


In 2013, Anne Treisman received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama for her pioneering work in the study of attention.


Anne Treisman married Michel Anne Treisman in 1960, another Oxford graduate student.


Anne Treisman remarried in 1978 to Daniel Kahneman, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 2002.


Anne Treisman died on 9 February 2018, from a stroke, at her home in Manhattan.