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Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize

The Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize recognizes the author of an article or book chapter judged to provide the most innovative theoretical contribution to social/personality psychology within a given year.

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About the Award

The Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize recognizes the author of an article or book chapter judged to provide the most innovative theoretical contribution to social/personality psychology within a given year. 
 
Any kind of innovative theoretical contribution can be considered for the prize, including presentations of new theories, new theory-based integrations of disparate areas of inquiry, and significant extensions of existing theories to new areas of inquiry. Theoretical contributions are eligible for the prize regardless of the format of their presentation, whether in stand-along theoretical papers, within conceptually based literature reviews, or in some other written format that highlights conceptual innovation.
 
The Wegner prize recognizes theoretical articles that are especially likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline of social/personality psychology. Theoretical contributions may be judged innovative and generative even before they have accumulated substantial empirical support. Therefore, an article may be judged worthy for the prize even if it runs the risk of empirical invalidation in the future. The emphasis of the prize is on a contribution's conceptual innovation and potential to motivate new research and further conceptual investigation, rather than on its current level of empirical support.
 
Recipients of this award receive a $700 honorarium (split among winning authors) and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention. This award was endowed by support from Worth Publishers through the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology.
 

About Daniel Wegner

Daniel WegnerThe Theoretical Innovation Prize was renamed the Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize in October 2013, honoring the passing of Daniel Wegner--one of the fields most regonized scholars known for his novel theoretical perspective. Wegner studied the role of thought in self-control and in social life.  He investigated thought suppression, finding that people become preoccupied with a white bear when they are asked not to think about it, and he researched mental control of other kind, as well.  He studied transactive memory--how people in groups and relationships remember things cooperatively--and action identification--what people think they're doing. A 1996-1997 Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, he was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of the William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. (Source: danwegner.net)