Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran

Vilayanur Subramanian RamachandranVilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran has been described by Richard Dawkins as “The Marco Polo of neuroscience.” His studies of phantom limbs, synesthesia and body integrity identity disorder have garnered international attention. Furthermore, Ramachandran invented the “mirror box,” which is used to assuage phantom limb pain. Ramachandran’s works have also branched out into the study of autism and the evolution of language.

Ramachandran obtained an MBBS from the University of Madras and subsequently obtained a PhD from University of Cambridge. He then spent two years at Caltech, as a research fellow working with Jack Pettigrew. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego in 1983, and has been a full professor there since 1998.

Working at the University of California, San Diego, Ramachandran is Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition as well as Distinguished Professor with the school’s psychology department and neurosciences programme. Additionally, he is Adjunct Professor of Biology at La Jolla, California’s Salk Institute. Ramachandran has received multiple awards and has penned a New York Times bestseller, The Tell Tale Brain. In 2011 Ramachandran made it onto the “Time100” list of influential people.

Credits to Best Masters in Psychology

Published: 10 November 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015

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Allan B.I. Bernardo

Allan B.I. BernardoAllan B. I. Bernardo is a cognitive psychologist and educational psychologist based in Manila, Philippines. He received his PhD in cognitive psychology in Yale University (1992), and has been teaching at De La Salle University since 1996.

His research interests are broad—ranging from cognitive psychology topics such as representation of number information among bilinguals, development of problem solving schemas, and factors affecting the components of mathematical problem solving to educational psychology topics such as the role of language, motivation, and non-cognitive variables on learning and achievement, and cognitive consequences of literacy practices. His most recent research interests relate to the role of culturally-rooted cognitions and beliefs on learning and achievement.

He has also been a strong advocate of promoting psychology research in the Philippines, serving as officer of the Psychological Association of the Philippines and the Pambansang Samahan sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino (National Society for Philippine Psychology) for many years, and organising varied psychology conferences and activities in the country.

His works in psychology have been recognised in the Philippines. Most notably, the 2002 Achievement Award for Research by the National Research Council of the Philippines, and the 2003 The Outstanding Young Men Award for his works in Psychology and Education.

He was also awarded the Spencer Fellowship by the National Academy of Education (USA) and the International Award for Literacy Research by the UNESCO Institute for Education, both in 1996. In 2007, he was elected into the Philippines’ National Academy of Science and Technology, becoming the first psychologist elected into the prestigious group.

His recent publications include:

  • Bernardo, A. B. I. (2014). Hope in early adolescence: Measuring internal and external locus-of-hope. Child Indicators Research. Published online June 2014, doi:10.1007/s12187-014-9254-6
  • Bernardo, A. B. I., & Estrellado, A. F. (2014). Measuring hope in the Philippines: Validating the short version of the Locus-of-Hope Scale in Filipino. Social Indicators Research. Published online January 2014, doi:10.1007/s11205-013-0573-7
  • Bernardo, A. B. I., Clemente, J. A. R., & Liem, G. A. D. (2014, in press). Describing values of Filipino adolescents: A comparison with pan-cultural norms. Journal of Tropical Psychology, 4, doi:10.1017/jtp.2014.2

Credits to: Victoria University of Wellington

Published: 20 October 2014

Last update: 27 February 2015

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Nancy Budwig

Nancy BudwigNancy Budwig is a professor of psychology at Clark University. Budwig received a BA from Vassar College in 1979 and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. She has been at Clark University since that time and is also affiliated with the programme in Communication and Culture. Budwig joined the Academic Administration in 2002 and is currently serving the university as Associate Provost and Dean of Research.

Budwig’s research examines issues of the construction of knowledge and human development. Trained in the areas of human development and the inter-disciplinary study of language, thought, and culture, Budwig examines issues of the development of knowledge and the role that participation in communities of practice plays in the gradual construction of meaning systems. Her research on language acquisition aims to understand the protracted nature of the organisation and development of linguistic forms and the functions they serve in everyday interaction. Her work on language socialisation examines ways participation in language practices contributes to the construction of culturally relevant senses of personhood. Further information about ongoing projects can be found at her personal Web page.

Her publications include:

  • Guo, J., Lieven, E., Budwig, N., Ervin-Tripp, S., Ozcaliskan, S., & Nakamura, K. (Eds.). (2008). Cross-linguistic approaches to the psychology of language: Research in the tradition of Dan Isaac Slobin. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum/Taylor and Francis.
  • Müller, U., Carpendale, J., Budwig, N., & Sokol, B. (Eds.). (2007). Social knowledge and social life: Developmental perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum/Taylor and Francis.
  • Budwig, N., Narasimhan, B., & Srivastava, S. (2006). Interim solutions: The acquisition of early verb construction in Hindi. In E. V. Clark & B. Kelly (Eds.), The acquisition of constructions. Stanford, CA: CSLI Press.

Credits to Clark University

Published: 25 March 2014

Last update: 03 April 2015

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Marcial Losada

Marcial LosadaMarcial Losada is the founder and executive director of Losada Line Consulting, an organisation that specialises in developing high performance teams. He currently consults with executives and their teams at several corporations in the US and around the world.

Formerly, as director of the Centre for Advanced Research (CFAR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he conducted studies on the interaction dynamics and productivity of business teams that led him to implement a unique, scientifically based, approach to develop high performance teams. His pioneering work on applications of nonlinear dynamics to team interaction processes has been published in a number of prestigious scientific journals, and he has made several other contributions that have earned him worldwide recognition:

• He has given seminars and worked extensively to develop high performance teams with several corporations in Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile.

• He has given numerous seminars and workshops on team dynamics and performance at several major corporations in the US including Apple, AT & T, Boeing, DTE Energy, EDS, GM, Merck, Kellogg Foundation, and Mellon Foundation.

• Losada was invited to present his work at University of Cambridge, Harvard Business School, Graduate Business School at University of Michigan, Sloan School of Management at MIT, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Stanford Research Institute, and Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, California.

• He presented his findings on applications of nonlinear dynamics to team interaction and productivity at the prestigious Director’s Colloquium in Los Alamos National Laboratory.

• He has briefed Vice-President Al Gore and the president of MIT, Dr Charles Vest, on the interaction dynamics of high performance teams.

• He is currently developing high performance teams at BCI, BHP-Billiton, and CODELCO.

Credits to Social Psychology Network

Published: 09 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015

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