Honoring Our Scientists
The FABBS Foundation’s “In Honor Of...” program recognizes eminent, senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
James J. Jenkins, PhD
(1923 - 2012)
University of South Florida
James J. Jenkins, fondly known as J3, was one of a group of World War II era psychologists who changed psychology. He began as an I-O psychologist at the University of Minnesota, but was drawn to more experimental endeavors. Jenkins helped to foster psychology’s “cognitive revolution.” His role in this started with the Social Science Research Council’s 1953 summer research conference that helped establish psycholinguistics as a discipline. Then in 1964-65 as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Jenkins became convinced that the concepts of the “mediation theory” of language that he had been promoting would not suffice to explain language development and that a different conception of “how the head works” (a favorite phrase) had to be found. He was flexible in his approaches, always trying to solve the problem rather than advance a particular theory. His work advanced multiple research areas: learning, memory, sentence processing, aphasia, speech perception, and perceptual organization.
Thank you for your interest in making a donation through the FABBS Foundation "In Honor Of..." program. You may make a donation in honor of the current honoree or one of our past honorees.
Is there an eminent, senior scientist to whom you would like to pay tribute, while simultaneously demonstrating your support for the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior? Through the FABBS Foundation "In Honor Of..." program, individuals can make donations that recognize senior scientists for his or her achievements and contributions.
The FABBS Foundation Board will periodically select honorees who have been nominated by their peers. These individuals will receive recognition on our website, including a biographical sketch, photograph, and listing of those who contributed to the honoree's campaign. This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone who has had a lasting impact on our sciences.
We encourage you to submit nominations for the "In Honor Of..." program to the Executive Director.