James McGaugh receives Grawemeyer Award for Psychology

Founding UCI faculty member honored for learning and memory research

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 3, 2014 — UC Irvine neurobiologist James McGaugh, whose research has vastly contributed to our knowledge of the brain’s learning and memory abilities, has won the 2015 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.

A research professor in neurobiology & behavior and a founding UCI faculty member, McGaugh is receiving the prize for discovering that stress hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol are key to why we remember some things more vividly than others. Read More