Richard Shiffrin is the Luther Dana Waterman Professor of cognitive science for the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. Shiffrin has contributed a number of theories of attention and memory to the field of psychology. He co-authored the Atkinson–Shiffrin model of memory in 1968 with Richard Atkinson, who was his academic adviser at the time. In 1977, he published a theory of attention with Walter Schneider. With Jeroen G.W. Raaijmakers in 1980, Shiffrin published the Search of Associative Memory (SAM) model, which has served as the standard model of recall for cognitive psychologists well into the 2000s. He extended the SAM model with the Retrieving Effectively From Memory (REM) model in 1997 with Mark Steyvers.
- Guggenheim Fellow, 1975–76
- Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Fellowship, 1994–95
- Elected to the National Academy of Science, 1995
- Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996
- Fellow of the American Psychological Society, 1996
- Howard Crosby Warren Medal (Society of Experimental Psychologists), 1999
- The David E. Rumelhart Prize for Contributions to the Formal Analysis of Human Cognition, 2002
- Elected to the American Philosophical Society, 2005
- William James Fellow Award (Association for Psychological Science), 2007
- Atkinson, R.C. & Shiffrin, R.M. (1968) Human memory: A proposed system and its control processes. In K.W. Spence and J.T. Spence (Eds.), The psychology of learning and motivation, vol. 8. London: Academic Press.
- Shiffrin, R. M. & Schneider, W. (1977). Controlled and automatic human information processing: II. Perceptual learning, automatic attending, and a general theory. Psychological Review, 84, 127–190.
- Raaijmakers, J. G. W. & Shiffrin, R. M. (1980). SAM: A theory of probabilistic search of associative memory. In Bower, G. H. (Ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol. 14, 207–262. New York: Academic Press.
- APS Observer - Models of Memory: Award Address by Richard M. Shiffrin
- Shiffrin, R. M. & Steyvers, M. (1997). A model for recognition memory: REM: Retrieving effectively from memory. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 4(2), 145–166.