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Robert Allen Bjork (Ph.D., Stanford University; B.A., Minnesota) (born 1939) is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on human learning and memory and on the implications of the science of learning for instruction and training. He is the creator of the directed forgetting paradigm.
He has served as Editor of Memory & Cognition (1981–85); Editor of Psychological Review (1995–2000); Co-editor of Psychological Science in the Public Interest (1998–2004), and Chair of a National Research Council Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance (1988–94). His positions of leadership include President of the American Psychological Society (now the Association for Psychological Science); President of the Western Psychological Association; Chair of the Psychonomic Society; Chair of the Society of Experimental Psychologists; and Chair of the Council of Editors of the American Psychological Association (APA). He is currently Chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. He is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society (now the Association for Psychological Science). He is a recipient of UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award; APA's Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Award; and APA's Distinguished Service to Psychological Science Award.