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I am honored to have a true legend in our field on the podcast today. Dr. Michael (Mike) Posner has been researching the construct of attention for over 50 years. His work has been cited nearly 170,000 times according to Google Scholar, firmly cementing his place as one of the most prolific scholars in cognitive neuroscience. I’m lucky enough to talk with Mike not only about his research but also his perspective from being in the field for the past few decades. Here are just a few topics that we touch on:
- The history of attention research
- The evolution of cognitive neuroscience and imaging studies
- Mike’s theory of attention and its components
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About Dr. Michael Posner
For more than fifty years Michael Posner has studied how mental operations, particularly those related to attention, are carried out by neural networks. He has used cognitive, imaging, and genetic methods. In 1998 he was founding director of the Sackler Institute at Weill Medical College. He continues research as Prof. Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Oregon and Adjunct Prof. at Weill Medical College. He has received many honors including elect to NAS 1981, 2009 the medal of science by President Obama, and in 2017 he was awarded the Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.
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About Dr. Jeremy Sharp
I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and have grown to over 20 clinicians. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.
As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.
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