Professor Gergely Csibra elected to National Academy of Sciences

Professor Gergely Csibra of Birkbeck’s Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD) has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences as a foreign associate. This is a highly prestigious honour given in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Csibra was a founding member of CBCD at Birkbeck in 1998, and worked at the Centre full time until 2008. He now works predominantly at the Central European University in Budapest, but he continues to hold a part-time position at Birkbeck, teaching at the Department of Psychological Sciences and collaborating on projects at the CBCD.

His research at Birkbeck has focused on how the development of the brain in the first year of life contributes to the emergence of the cognitive capacities of human infants. In particular, he has studied face and gaze perception, communication, and the understanding of the actions of others in infancy, and how these capacities are supported by processes of visual attention and action control.

His current work in Budapest builds on the findings he and his team established at the CBCD, and several members of his current research group are scientists who come from Birkbeck.

Csibra said on his election: “Receiving the distinction of being elected to be a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences was a huge surprise to me.

I am sure that this honour is partly due to the team with whom I worked at Birkbeck (especially to Professor Mark Johnson), and to the people with whom I work now at the Central European University.”

The full cohort of recently elected members and foreign associates to the National Academy of Sciences can be viewed here.

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