Donald Broadbent

In the 12th annual Broadbent Lecture at the Annual Conference Dianne Berry outlined Broadbent’s explicit and implicit influences on psychological science and scientists.
In 1991 the Society launched the annual Broadbent Lecture series, with the inaugural lecture being given by Donald Broadbent himself. At the end of the lecture, which was published in The Psychologist in February 1993, Donald stated that his own contribution to psychology would probably be forgotten in 10 or 20 years’ time. Sadly, two years later Donald died; but the Broadbent tradition is still very much alive in psychology, not only in Britain but throughout the world. I hope that this article will show that Donald Broadbent has had, and continues to have, a considerable influence on psychological science and scientists.

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