VEC 2014 Keynote Speaker
K. Anders Ericsson

K. Anders Ericsson, PhD, is presently Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University.  After his Ph. D. in Sweden, he collaborated with the Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Herbert A. Simon on verbal reports of thinking leading to their classic book “Protocol Analysis: Verbal Reports as Data” (1984). Currently he studies the measurement of expert performance in domains, such as music, chess, nursing, law enforcement, and sports, and how expert performers attain their superior performance by acquiring complex cognitive mechanisms and physiological adaptations through extended deliberate practice.  He has edited several books on expertise, the influential “Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance” and the recent “Development of Professional Expertise, which appeared last year. He has published articles in prestigious journals, such as Science, Psychological Review, and Trends of Cognitive Science. He is a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. His ideas have been recently featured in Gladwell’s book “Outliers”, Colwin’s ”Talent is overrated”, Coyle’s “The talent code”, Syed’s “Bounce” and Foer’s “Moonwalking with Einstein”.