2015

The D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award: J. Bruce Overmier. Overmier has made substantial and enduring contributions to the science of psychology for 50 years, including discoveries in learned helplessness, Pavlovian processes in avoidance learning, the contribution of psychological factors to the development of gastric ulcers, and the control of choice behavior by expectancies. Overmier has published over 200 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and books. 

The Brenda A. Milner Award: Michael K. Scullin. Scullin is recognized for his 2015 paper "Sleep, cognition, and normal aging: Integrating a half-century of multidisciplinary research", published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 97-137. His co-author on the paper was Donald L. Bilwise. This paper reviewed a vast literature on the relationship between quality of sleep and cognitive abilities as people age from childhood to old age. The article particularly explores the role of sleep in episodic memory consolidation. 

The Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Service to Div. 6 Award: Gary Greenberg. As historian for Div. 6, through his email messages Gary has continuously made members of division aware of new information about the origins of important discoveries in behavioral neuroscience and comparative psychology. 

The Clever Systems Early Career Investigator Award: Samuel Gershman an early career psychologist (within 10 years of the PhD) who has made a substantial contribution to the fields of comparative psychology and/or behavioral neuroscience. Gershman has contributed impressive articles on mathematical modeling, reward processes, and brain mechanisms. 

The Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award is given each year to recognize the best paper published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology - as selected by the editor and consulting editors of the journal. This year's winner is Anke F. Bullinger, for the paper "Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) instrumentally help but do not communicate in a mutualistic cooperative task." The paper was co-authored with Alicia P. Melis, and Michael Tomasello. 

The D. G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award is given each year to recognize the best paper published in Behavioral Neuroscience - as selected by the editor and consulting editors of the journal. This year's winner is Vincent D. Costa for the paper "Dopamine modulates novelty seeking behavior during decision making." The paper was co-authored by Valery L. Tran, PhD, Janita Turchi and Bruno B. Averbeck.

2014

The D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award: Michael Domjan. Domjan is noted for his long-lasting and impactful contributions to comparative psychology, neuroscience and the field of learning for over 40 years. His early work on taste aversion and later work in sexual conditioning were truly paradigm shifting and revolutionized how we think about general laws of learning and constraints on learning. Domjan's scholarly record includes over 160 refereed articles and book chapters and 11 books.

The Brenda A. Milner Award: Dan Brooks. Dan is recognized for his 2013 paper "Categorization of photographic images by rats using shape-based image dimensions" published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 39, 85-92. Co-authors on the paper included Ng, K. H., Buss, E. W., Marshall, A. T., Freeman, J. H. and Wasserman, E. A. This paper concerns rats' categorization of photographic stimuli, and documents for the first time that rats use shape-based image properties to categorize photos of people, flowers, chairs and cars, while simultaneously eliminating rats' use of size and brightness information.

The Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Service to Div. 6 Award: Nicolle (Matthews) Carr. As the secretary of the division, she has done above and beyond in terms of keeping the operations going. Nicolle's dedication to keep all the operations and finances of Div. 6 in place and keep them running smoothly is truly impressive.

Clever Systems Early Career Investigator Award: Sarah Brosnan is an early career psychologist (within 10 years of PhD) who has made a substantial contribution to the fields of comparative psychology and/or behavioral neuroscience. Sarah is noted for her broad contribution to the evolution of decision-making and economic behavior across the primate order. Her research enhances our understanding of psychological processes involved in cooperation, inequality, personality, social recognition and oxytocin effects on prosocial behavior.

Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award: Camila Ferrara had the best paper published in Journal of Comparative Psychology - as selected by the editor and consulting editors of the journal. This year's paper, entitled "Turtle Vocalizations as the First Evidence of Posthatching Parental Care in Chelonians," was co-authored by Richard C. Vogt and Renata S. Sousa-Lima.

The D. G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award: Cynthia Woo was recognized for having the best paper published in Behavioral Neuroscience - as selected by the editor and consulting editors of the journal. This year's paper, entitled "Environmental Enrichment as an Effective Treatment for Autism: A Randomized Controlled Trial," was co-authored by Michael Leon.  

2013

The D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award was awarded to Thomas Zentall. The Hebb Award honors a psychologist who has made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in behavioral neuroscience and/or comparative psychology. The recipient is asked to present the D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award Lecture in August (2013) at APA's 2013 Annual Convention, Jul. 31-Aug. 4, in Honolulu.

The Brenda A. Milner Award was awarded to Ethan Kross for the paper: "Social rejection shares somatosensory representations with physical pain." Kross E., Berman M.G., Mischel W., Smith E.E., Wager, T.D., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2011; 108:6270-5. This award recognizes the author of an outstanding paper in the field of behavioral neuroscience or comparative psychology that is written by a member of Div. 6 who is within five years of having received the PhD.

The Clifford T. Morgan Award for Distinguished Service was given to Mary Cain. This award recognizes members of Div. 6 who have made sustained and exceptional contributions to the division in both scholarly work and service.

The D.G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award was given to S.Li, J.H. Kim, and R. Richardson for their paper entitled "Differential involvement of the medial prefrontal cortex in the expression of learned fear across development." Behavioral Neuroscience , 2012; 126:217-25. The Marquis Award is given each year to recognize the best paper in Behavioral Neuroscience  and is chosen by the journal's editor and consulting editors.

The Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award was given to Judith Burkart for the paper: "Even simple forms of social learning rely on intention attribution in marmoset monkeys (Callithrix jacchus)." Burkart, J., Kupferberg, A., Glasauer, S., van Schaik C., Journal of Comparative Psychology . 2012; 126:129-38. The Beach Award is given each year to recognize the best paper in the  Journal of Comparative Psychology  and is chosen by the journal's editor and consulting editors.

2012

The D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award was awarded to Charles R. Gallistel.

The Brenda A. Milner Award was awarded to Fabían A. Soto.

The Clifford T. Morgan Award for Distinguished Service was given to Gordon Burghardt.

The D.G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award was given to M. S. Matell.

The Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award was given to W. Schleidt, M. D. Shalter, H. Moura-Neto.

2011

The D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award was awarded to Edward A. Wasserman. The Hebb Award honors a psychologist who has made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in behavioral neuroscience and/or comparative psychology. The recipient is asked to present the D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award Lecture in August (2011) at APA's 2011 Annual Convention, Aug. 4-7, in Washington, DC.

The Brenda A. Milner Award was awarded to Holly Miller for the paper: "Self-control without a "self"?: common self-control processes in humans and dogs."  Miller HC, Pattison KF, DeWall CN, Rayburn-Reeves R, Zentall TR (2010). Psychological Science, 21:534-538. This award recognizes the author of an outstanding paper in the field of behavioral neuroscience or comparative psychology that is written by a member of Div. 6 who is within five years of having received the Ph.D.

The Clifford T. Morgan Award for Distinguished Service was given to Chana Akins.

The D.G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award was given to Burke, S.N.; Wallace, J.L.; Nematollahi, S.; Uprety, A.R. & Barnes, C.A. for their paper entitled "Pattern separation deficits may contribute to age-associated recognition impairments." Behavioral Neuroscience®, 2010, 124(5): 559-573. The Marquis Award is given each year to recognize the best paper in Behavioral Neuroscience and is chosen by the Journal's Editor and Consulting Editors.

The Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award was given to Herbranson, W.T. & Schroeder, J. for their paper entitled "Are birds smarter than mathematicians? Pigeons (Columba livia) perform optimally on a version of the Monty Hall Dilemma." Journal of Comparative Psychology®, 2010, 124(1): 1-13. The Beach Award is given each year to recognize the best paper in the Journal of Comparative Psychology and is chosen by the Journal's Editor and Consulting Editors.

2010

The D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award was awarded to Terry Robinson, PhD (University of Michigan). The Hebb Award honors a psychologist who has made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in behavioral neuroscience and/or comparative psychology. The recipient is asked to present the D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award Lecture in August (2011) at the APA Annual Convention.

The Brenda A. Milner Award was awarded to Bradley Sturz, PhD (Armstrong Atlantic State University), for the paper: "Learning of absolute and relative distance and direction from discrete visuallandmarks by pigeons (Columba livia)." Sturz, B. R., & Katz. J. S. (2009). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 123, 90-113. This award recognizes the author of an outstanding paper in the field of behavioral neuroscience or comparative psychology that is written by a member of Div. 6 who is within five years of having received the PhD.

The D.G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award was given to Bell, Heather C.; McCaffrey, David R.; Forgie, Margaret L.; Kolb, Bryan & Pellis, Sergio M. for their paper entitled "The role of the medial prefrontal cortex in the play fighting of rats." Behavioral Neuroscience, Vol 123(6), 2009, pp. 1158-1168. The Marquis Award is given each year to recognize the best paper in Behavioral Neuroscience and is chosen by the Journal's Editor and Consulting Editors.

The Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award was given to Shibasaki, Masahiro; & Kawai, Nobuyuki for their paper entitled "Rapid detection of snakes by Japanese monkeys (Macaca fuscata): An evolutionarily predisposed visual system." Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol 123(2), May 2009, pp. 131-135. The Beach Award is given each year to recognize the best paper in the Journal of Comparative Psychology and is chosen by the Journal's Editor and Consulting Editors.

2009

The D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award: Michela Gallagher, PhD (Johns Hopkins University).

The Clifford T. Morgan Award for Distinguished Service: Eric Wiertalak , PhD (Macalester College).

The Brenda A. Milner Award: Nichole Avena, PhD (Princeton University).

The D.G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award: Burke, Sara N., Maurer, Andrew P., Yang, Zhiyong, Navratilova, Zaneta, & Barnes, Carol A. (2008). Glutamate receptor-mediated restoration of experience-dependent place field expansion plasticity in aged rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 122(3), 535-548.

The Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award: Burgdorf, Jeffrey, Kroes, Roger A., Moskal, Joseph R., Pfaus, James G., Brudzynski, Stefan M. & Panksepp, Jack. (2008). Ultrasonic vocalizations of rats (Rattus norvegicus during mating, play, and aggression: Behavioral concomitants, relationship to reward, and self-administration of playback. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 122(4), 357-367.