Distinguished Professional Contribution Award for 1978: Arthur L. Benton

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Arthur L. Benton was provided the Distinguished Professional Contribution Award because he is a scholar who has done much to stimulate interest in the history of thought about the brain and its role in perception and cognition, an investigator whose research over the past 40 years has helped to erect a new discipline, the neuropsychology of human cognition. Arthur L. Benton is a leader and one of the principal architects of neuropsychology, giving it direction, attracting students from many fields, setting standards of objectivity and experimental control where subjective methods previously prevailed, bringing scientific discipline and a sense of optimism to the now burgeoning field. His interests are uncommonly broad, and his writings and forceful discussion in many areas have had important influence on the thinking of neurologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists both in this country and in Europe, Japan, and Australia. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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