Interview: Jeroen Raaijmakers

After obtaining his Master’s at the University of Nijmegen, Jeroen Raaijmakers (1952) spent a year at Indiana University on a fellowship from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research with Richard M. Shiffrin. During that time, the SAM model was developed which formed the basis for his Doctoral Dissertation (cum laude) at the University of Nijmegen in 1979. Until 1985 he worked as an associate professor at the University of Nijmegen. In 1985 he moved to the TNO Institute for Perception (now called TNO Human Factors) at Soesterberg, first as a senior research associate and later as the head of the Cognitive Psychology Group. In 1992 he came to the University of Amsterdam as (full) Professor in Cognitive Psychology. One of the activities there was the creation of a new interuniversity Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology of which he became the first director. From 1998-2000 he has also been the Director of Research for the Department of Psychology. From 2006-2010, he has been the Director of the Cognitive Science Center Amsterdam (CSCA).
He has published widely on mathematical modeling of human memory as well as a number of other topics. In 1986 he received the Heymans award, the early career award from the Netherlands Institute for Psychologists.  Raaijmakers has served as editor and managing editor for Acta Psychologica, Consulting Editor for JEP: LMC, the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, was Member of the Advisory Council of the International Association for The Study of Attention and Performance, Member of the board of the Netherlands Association for Psychonomics, and Member of the Fachbeirat (Advisory Board) of the Max Planck Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen.