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The Pursuit of Knowledge: Speeches and Papers of Richard C Atkinson.
A collection of speeches and papers published by the UC Press in 2007, available in the collection of Presidential Papers as an Open Access Publication from the University of California: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/8jk70614#main.

The School of Medicine 50th Anniversary Symposium
Remarks of Richard Atkinson at the symposium (May 2, 2018).

2018 Atkinson Prizes in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
Barbara Dosher, University of California, Irvine and Richard M. Shiffrin, Indiana University received the 2018 Atkinson Prizes in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences. Dosher for her groundbreaking experimental and theoretical work using elegant computational models and novel psychophysical techniques to reveal the nature of processes controlling human memory, search, perceptual attention, and perceptual learning. Shiffrin for his pioneering contributions to the empirical and theoretical investigation of short- and long-term memory, controlled and automatic attention, the co-evolution of general knowledge and event memory, and the field of cognitive science. More information about Dr. Dosher’s and Dr. Shiffrin’s research contributions can be found on the Web page established for the Atkinson Prize at http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/psychological-cognitive-sciences.html.

The Mind’s Theorist
Occasionally I am asked to give a public talk on my field of research, namely, the nature of the human mind from the perspective of the psychological and cognitive sciences. Drafts of these lectures entitled The Mind's Theorist appeared at various times on this website, the first circa 2004. Recently, an expanded version of these talks was published and a reprint is attached below. To cite this article: Atkinson, R. C. (2018). The mind's theorist. Revista Colombiana de Psicología, 27, 133-139. https://doi.org/10.15446/rcp.v27n1.68594

Connect Founders Award
The substance of Atkinson’s remarks on receiving the award (November 29, 2017).

National Science Policy and the American Research University
Listed are four articles that form the basis of a talk given at the Vi of La Jolla on November 2, 2017:

Research Universities: Core of the U.S. Science and Technology System PDF
Science and the Entrepreneurial University PDF
The Golden Fleece, Science Education, and U.S. Science Policy PDF
Research Universities and the Nation’s Economy PDF

Human Memory: A Proposed System and Its Control Processes
A recent article with R.M. Shiffrin describes the origins and development of a theory first proposed some 50 years ago that continues to be central to the field of memory research. Published in Scientists Making a Difference, edited by R.J. Sternberg, S.T. Fiske and D.J. Foss. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California
A book by Patricia A. Pelfrey (University of California Press, 2012) is now freely available at