The University of Southern California announced the recent passing of Richard F. Thompson, a leading behavioral neuroscientist who taught at USC for nearly 25 years.
Dr. Thompson was President of WPA in 1995 and was a frequent contributor to our convention programs. In a career spanning more than half a century, Thompson made seminal contributions to the understanding of the neurobiological substrates of learning and memory. Regarded by many as the world’s leading authority in his field, he was the first neuroscientist to identify and map the neural circuits responsible for classical conditioning — or Pavlovian learning. The university prepared an obituary detailing Professor Thompson’s career: http://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/1852/in-memoriam-richard-thompson-84/. A remembrance of Dr. Thompson may also be found in the APS Observer: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2015/january-15/remembering-richard-f-thompson.html