Yale Psychologist Honored for Early Career Research
Jeremy Gray, a psychologist at Yale University, is one of 20 young scientists who are winners of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Science and Engineers.
The awards, given by the White House in consultation with the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, recognize young researchers who, early in their careers, demonstrate exceptional leadership at the frontiers of knowledge.
Gray is an expert on the interaction between emotion and higher cognition, including self-control, and the executive control activities of the brain. “It’s wonderful to receive this award. I think it attests to the importance of self-control in education, and of social and emotional factors in a scientific account of intelligent behavior,” Gray said. “We have to include emotion on an equal footing with cognition, both in our theories and in our classrooms.”
The award was granted “for outstanding research on the relationship between emotion and cognition in both laboratory and classroom studies of self-control; and for integrating his findings into undergraduate courses, public lectures, mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, and seminars for parents,” the citation states.
The award is the highest honor bestowed upon young scientists by the U.S. government. The winners were selected from an elite group of young researchers already named to the Faculty Early Career Development program by the NSF or a similar program at NIH.
“It is important to support the transformational research of these beginning scientists and to foster their work in educational outreach and mentoring,” said Kathie L. Olsen, deputy director of the NSF.