David Amodio, an associate professor in NYU’s Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science, was named the 2012 recipient of the F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize on Understanding the Human Mind.
The prize, sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation, provides the recipient with $25,000 in research funds. It is given biennially to an early-career psychologist engaged in research that seeks to understand the human mind from a primarily psychophysiological perspective.
Amodio’s research examines the psychological mechanisms of social behavior and self-regulation, drawing ideas and methods from experimental social psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Much of his work has address the process through which social biases, such as prejudices and stereotypes, are expressed in behavior and the neurocognitive mechanisms through which such biases may be regulated. This work has helped to elucidate the role of the brain social prejudices and self-regulation. He has recently extended his research on self-regulation to address issues in health and economic domains.
Amodio has previously won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which identify outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to federal agencies, and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award—the most prestigious award given to junior faculty by NSF.
The F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Prize is funded by a bequest from Frank Joseph McGuigan (1924-1998), an experimental psychologist known for his work in psychophysiology, cognition and stress.