2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Awarded to Neuroscientist and two Psychologists

Saths Cooper, President of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), paid tribute to neuroscientist John O’Keefe and psychologists May‐Britt and Edvard I Moser for winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering an inner GPS in the brain. O’Keefe’s pioneering work in 1971 was confirmed a generation later, in 2005, by the Mosers, making a considerable contribution to behavioural science. On behalf of IUPsyS’ 86 National Members and 20 Affiliates the world over, IUPsyS congratulates these eminent psychologists. This year´s Nobel Laureates receive the prize for their discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. The three scientists have discovered a positioning system, an “inner GPS” in the brain, that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function. The President of the Norwegian Psychological Association and IUPsyS Vice President, Tor Levin Hofgaard, expressed his happiness for the three laureates and the scientific field of neuroscience. “Neuroscience has during the last two decades contributed substantially to our understanding of human functioning and pathology. I am happy to notice that psychology plays a major role”, Hofgaard said. For more information, see: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2014/press.pdf