John T. Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He is a past president of several scientific societies, including the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Social Neuroscience, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and a past chair of the Psychology Section of American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among the awards he has received are the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, a Method to Extend Research in Time Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and the Campbell Award and the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Cacioppo is a member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science; the chair of the Board of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences at the National Research Council; a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate; a former member of the Council for the NIH Center for Scientific Review; and a former member of the Council for the National Institute on Aging.
Laura A. Freberg is a professor of psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Sensation and Perception. She is the author of three editions of Discovering Behavioral Neuroscience: An Introduction to Biological Psychology for Cengage Learning. Recently, to better understand the needs of the online education community, Laura also began teaching Social Psychology, Sensation/Perception, cognitive psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, and Writing in Psychology for Argosy University Online. Laura’s teaching career began more than 35 years ago when she taught her first college course at Pasadena City College at the age of 23. She has received Faculty Member of the Year recognition from Cal Poly Disabilities Resource Center 3 times (1991, 1994, and 2009) for her work with students with disabilities. She enjoys using technology and social media in the classroom and is a Google Glass Explorer. Laura serves as the content expert writer for psychology for Answers.com and enjoys collaborating with daughters Kristin Saling (systems engineering, U.S. Military Academy at West Point) and Karen Freberg (communications, University of Louisville) on a variety of research projects in crisis management and public relations, as well as in psychology. She serves as the Bylaws and Archives Committee chair for the Society for Social Neuroscience.