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Psych professor Gil Einstein to give talk Jan. 28

ProfessorEinsteinwinsnationalmentorawardFurman University psychology professor Gilles Einstein, Ph.D., will give a post-sabbatical talk Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Johns Hall 101 on campus.

His talk, “Remembering to Perform Intended Actions: Implications for Aging and Remembering Your New Year’s Resolution,” is sponsored by the Research and Professional Growth Committee and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

A Furman faculty member for 38 years, Einstein’s research in “prospective memory” has received international acclaim. Prospective memory is memory for performing tasks in the future, such as remembering to take medicine at the appropriate time or remembering to pick up a loaf of bread at the store. It differs from the traditionally studied retrospective memory which is memory for events or things learned in the past.

Einstein is the William M. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Psychology at Furman.  He has published six books and more than 100 chapters and articles, and has collaborated with scientists across the nation and abroad who study memory.

He was invited to co-author the memory chapter for the 2008 edition of “The Handbook on Aging and Cognition,” published every five to eight years and widely recognized as the authoritative reference in aging and cognition research. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.

Einstein joined the Furman faculty in 1977 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He served as chair of the psychology department for 16 years.

Among other honors, Einstein won Furman’s Annual Meritorious Teaching Award (1985), the Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) (2006), the Council on Undergraduate Research Fellows Award (2008), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Distinguished Mentors Award (2010), the Governor’s Excellence in Scientific Research Award (2013), and the Association for Psychological Science Mentor Award (2014).

For more information, contact the Department of Psychology, (864) 294-2205.

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