Today is International Women’s Day, where the achievements of women are celebrated, which seems particularly appropriate in the cognitive sciences as there is a strong tradition of female participation.
In fact, the majority of cognitive scientists are women and most males will find themselves outnumbered on psychology and neuroscience courses.
This is, perhaps, because there are some strong female role models who have made a huge impact on the understanding of human thought and behaviour.
One of my many female heroes is neuropsychologist Professor Elizabeth Warrington, who published her first paper in 1962, and, although now officially retired, is still heavily involved in research and is publishing regularly.
Warrington was one of the most influential figures in the development of cognitive neuropsychology and helped define the field during its emergence in the 1970s and 1980s.
Many of the standard clinical assessments of cognitive function were created by her, which are now crucial components of clinical assessment after brain injury.