Psychologist becomes Royal Society Fellow

Professor John Morton OBE has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is one of 44 new Fellows and eight new Foreign Members chosen by the organisation for such distinction in 2011.

In the 1960s, the Chartered Psychologist and Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society was at the forefront of the information processing field of psychology.

This revolution transferred experimental psychology out of behaviourism and into cognition - and Professor Morton is accredited with being a pioneer of cognitive theories that serve to explain and predict behaviour, as opposed to describe and correlate it.

Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, said it is a pleasure to welcome all the new Fellows.

"They join the ranks of the UK and Commonwealth's leading scientists, counting themselves among early Fellows such as Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle and Charles Darwin," he added.

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.