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FAU Science Eminent Scholar Elected as a 2012 Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists

BOCA RATON, FL (January 11, 2012) – Scott Kelso, Ph.D., Glenwood and Martha Creech Eminent Scholar Chair in Science and founder of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science’s Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, has been elected as a 2012 Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (SEP). The Society is the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in the field of psychology. It elects only a handful of new fellows each year, and fellows are elected for life.

“Dr. Kelso’s research and scientific contributions have changed our understanding of brain function,” said Gary Perry, Ph.D., dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU. “His election as a fellow to this prestigious Society is a great honor to himself and the University and is well deserved. We are lucky to have him as a part of our scientific community at FAU.” 

Kelso holds professorships in complex systems and brain sciences, psychology and biological sciences in FAU’s College of Science and is also a professor of biomedical sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.  His research focuses on neural choreography, which aims to understand how the various areas of the brain are coordinated in space and time to produce cognitive and behavioral function.

Kelso is considered one of the world’s experts on how the brain controls and coordinates movements and learns new skills. His work connects neural circuitry to behavioral function using a combination of brain imaging and real-time behavioral measures within the theoretical/computational framework of coordination dynamics. He is the team leader of FAU’s Human Brain and Behavior Laboratory, which currently focuses on research that identifies neuromarkers of social interaction within and between human brains, a topic of great relevance for various diseases such as autism and schizophrenia.

Kelso is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has earned many awards for his work, including the Director’s Innovation Award from the National Institute of Mental Health in 2006, the Pierre de Fermat Laureate in 2007 from the Republic of France and the Bernstein Prize from the International Society of Motor Control in 2011.  His team’s research has received continuous federal funding since coming to FAU in 1985 and is currently supported by National Institutes for Health, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Office of Naval Research.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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