Psychological and neural mechanisms of selective attention and general intelligence; with methods including cognitive psychology, studies of brain damage, functional brain imaging and neurophysiology
About this Fellow
Andrew Whiten is Emeritus Wardlaw Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, and is past and founding Director of the Centre for Social Learning and Cultural Evolution. His research interests focus on social cognition, in the last two decades particularly the topics of social learning, traditions and the evolution of culture. These topics are pursued through interdisciplinary approaches that incorporate ethological and experimental studies of a wide range of non-human primates as well as humans, especially children. He was elected a Fellow of the international Cognitive Science Society in 2013 (~100 Fellows worldwide). He has been awarded the Rivers Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Osman Hill Medal of the Primate Society of Great Britain, and is the first and only scientist to receive both the senior life sciences prize of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the James Black Medal, and its Senior Prize and Medal for Public Engagement. He was the senior author of the proceedings of the joint British Academy and Royal Society meeting, "Culture Evolves", in 2011, and from 2011-2013 chaired the Academy's main Research Awards Committee.
Experimental and theoretical psychology: evolutionary, developmental and cultural origins of cognitive processes; animal cognition; social cognition; social learning; imitation
Psychopathology and psychological treatment of anxiety disorders and psychosomatic disorders; posttraumatic stress disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, atopic dermatitis
Cognitive and neural mechanisms of visual attention and working memory; Integration of attention across sensory modalities; Face perception and recognition and their impairment in prosopagnosia