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Alan Baddeley

Alan Baddeley

Professor Alan Baddeley CBE FBA FMedSci FRS


Elected: 1993


Alan Baddeley is a psychologist renowned for his influential work on human memory. In 1974, he developed a model of working memory to provide a more accurate description of short-term memory. The model had a profound effect on our understanding of the short-term retention and manipulation of information.

He separated various forms of short-term — or working — memory from each other, and demonstrated their differential effects on other simultaneous tasks. His exhaustive studies led to a deeper knowledge of environmental and neurological conditions, and he also co-developed many neuropsychological tests.

Alan has received a number of prestigious awards and honours throughout his career. These include the inaugural Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge from the British Psychological Society in 1981 and the Aristotle Prize for contributions to European psychology in 2001. In 1999, he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his work on memory.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Experimental psychology
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