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SESP Distinguished Scientist Award goes to Prof. Roy Baumeister

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of social psychology, Roy Baumeister has been awarded the coveted Distinguished Scientist Award 2023 by the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP).  "We are very pleased that Roy Baumeister's life's work is being honored in such an outstanding way with this award and congratulate him warmly. Working with Roy is a great source of inspiration for all of us," said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kühnen, spokesperson of the Research Training Group Social Dynamics of the Self.

The prestigious award honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to experimental social psychology. Awarded annually by the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), it aims to recognise the most influential researchers in the field. SESP is one of the world's leading social psychology societies.


About Roy Baumeister

Roy Baumeister is Mercator Fellow of the RTG Social Dynamics of the Self at BIGSSS (Constructor University & University of Bremen). He has been Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Queensland in Australia since 2016, studied at Duke University and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious William James Fellow Award for lifetime achievement by the Association for Psychological Science.

His research interests span a wide range of topics related to the self, including sexuality, self-control, self-affirmation mechanisms, motivation, and aggression. He is particularly known for his pioneering work in laboratory research on self-control and decision-making.

Roy Baumeister has published over 700 scientific papers, including 40 books. Outside of science, he is best known for his New York Times bestseller Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Force, published in 2011. His findings have also been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, TIME, Psychology Today, Self, Men's Health and Businessweek.