Early Career Awards

Congratulations to Div. 3's New Investigator Award Recipients.

Since 1995, Div. 3 has presented awards to honor outstanding new investigators/early career scholars. Each year, the editors of each of the five sections of the Journal of Experimental Psychology (JEP) are asked to nominate individuals based on the editors' judgment of the most outstanding empirical papers published or accepted during that year that were authored by a new scholar (i.e., no more than three years post-PhD). The awards committee then makes recommendations to the Div. 3 Executive Committee, which in turn votes on whom to confer the awards.

This year, we are announcing both the 2016 Div. 3 Early Career Awards for papers published or accepted in 2015 as well as the 2017 Div. 3 Early Career Awards for papers published or accepted in the five sections of JEP in 2016.

The awards will be officially presented at APA's 2017 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 3-6, as part of the Div. 3 social hour. We hope you will attend to see these early career scholars honored.

We congratulate each of these scholars on their outstanding contributions to the literature, and we look forward to their work in the future.

Animal Learning and Cognition

  • Audrey Parrish  (The Citadel), co-recipient
    “Do You See What I See? A Comparative Investigation of the Delboeuf Illusion in Humans (Homo sapiens), Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta) and Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus apella)” (with S.F. Brosnan, M.J. Beran)
  • Eric Thrailkill  (University of Vermont), co-recipient
    “Extinction of Chained Instrumental Behaviors: Effects of Procurement Extinction on Consumption Responding” (with M.E. Bouton)
  • Christina Meier  (University of Exeter)
    “Task-switching in Pigeons: Associative Learning or Executive Control?” (with S.E.G. Lea, I.P.L. McLaren)


  • Sabrina R. Cohen-Hatton  (Cardiff University)
    “Goal-Oriented Training Affects Decision-Making Processes in Virtual and Simulated Fire and Rescue Environments” (with R.C. Honey)
  • Helen Jing  (Harvard University)
    “Interpolated Testing Influences Focused Attention and Improves Integration of Information during a Video-Recorded Lecture” (with K.K. Szpunar, D.L. Schacter)


  • Dóra Erbé-Matzke  (University of Amsterdam)
    “The Effect of Horizontal Eye Movements on Free Recall: A Preregistered Adversarial Collaboration” (with S. Nieuwenhuis, H. van Rijn, H.A. Slagter)
  • Laura E. Engelhardt  (University of Texas-Austin)
    “Strong Genetic Overlap between Executive Functions and Intelligence” (with F.D. Mann, D.A. Briley, J.A. Church, K.P. Harden, E.M. Tucker-Drob)

Human Perception and Performance

  • Kristina Rand  (University of Utah)
    “Spatial Learning while Navigating with Severely Degraded Viewing: The Role of Attention and Mobility Monitoring” (with S.H. Creem-Regehr, W.B. Thompson)
  • Brennan Payne  (University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne)
    “Out of the Corner of My Eye: Foveal Semantic Load Modulates Parafoveal Processing in Reading” (with M.C. Stites, K.D. Federmeier)

Learning, Memory and Cognition

  • Elizabeth R. Schotter  (University of California-San Diego)
    “Semantic and Plausibility Preview Benefit Effects in English: Evidence from Eye Movements” (with A. Jia)
  • Tanya Jonker  (University of Waterloo)
    “Disruption of Relational Processing Underlies Poor Memory for Order” (with C.M. MacLeod)