Lynn Nadel


Psychology, University of Arizona

Regents Professor of Psychology


Lynn Nadel’s research interests have included the functions of the hippocampus in memory and spatial cognition, memory consolidation and reconsolidation, the effects of stress and sleep on memory, and the cognitive deficits in Down Syndrome. He is the co-author of “The hippocampus as a cognitive map” (with J. O’Keefe), the editor of numerous books including “The Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science” and the author of over 150 scientific articles.

His research has been supported by NIMH, NINDS, NICHD, 
NSF, the March of Dimes, the Sie Foundation, the McDonnell Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. He is the former Head of the Psychology Department at the University of Arizona, and Acting Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and served for 10 years as co-Director of the Complex Systems Summer School (at the Santa Fe Institute).

He is currently a Regents Professor at the University of Arizona and a member of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Psychological Science, the recipient of the National Down Syndrome Society Reward for Research in 2005, and the Grawemeyer Prize in Psychology (in 2006, with J. O’Keefe) for the discovery of the role of hippocampus in cognitive mapping and memory.