John Pearce FRS
Professor John Pearce, School of Psychology, Professor of Psychology
Professor Pearce’s outstanding work has contributed to the study of the fundamental mechanisms of animal intelligence.
Distinguished for three original and fundamental contributions to the study of associative learning and conditioning in animals. He proposed a novel theory of attention, developed a configural theory of discrimination learning; and his studies of spatial learning and navigation have shown that animals rely on local rather than global information to find their way to a goal.
In 2009 Professor Pearce became a recipient of a prestigious Humboldt Research Award. The Award is granted to only 100 academics annually, and recognises a researcher’s entire achievements to date.