Longtime CU-Boulder professor wins prestigious Grawemeyer Award

University of Colorado Boulder scientist Steven Maier, who discovered a brain mechanism that not only produces resilience to trauma but aids in coping with future adversity, has won the 2016 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.The award is among the most prestigious in the field of psychology and comes with a no-strings-attached $100,000 prize. Maier, distinguished professor of psychology and neuroscience and Center for Neuroscience director at CU-Boulder, has been chipping away at this field of research for more than 40 years and began his career at CU in 1973. His award-winning work concerns what makes one resistant or vulnerable to stress when bad things happen. Maier showed if test subjects had some behavioral control over some element of the adverse event they were less negatively impacted and became…


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