Arthur Shimamura

Welcome to Art Shimamura’s Website

ARTHUR SHIMAMURA was a Professor of Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a world-renowned expert on human learning and memory. He co-founded the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, received a Distinguish Teaching Award at UC Berkeley, and served as a science advisor for the San Francisco Exploratorium Science Museum. Awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to explore links between art, mind, and brain, Shimamura integrated his scholarly interests with his passion of the arts and his own foray in photography. His broad interests and background led him to develop Get SMART! Five Steps Toward a Healthy Brain, a simple program for lifelong learning.

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Biographical Sketch

Academic Positions

  • 1995 – 2015, Professor, Dept of Psychology, UC Berkeley.
  • 1991 – 1995, Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology, UC Berkeley.
  • 1989 – 1991, Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychology, UC Berkeley.
  • 1985 – 1989, Research Psychobiologist, Dept of Psychiatry, UC San Diego



  • UC San Diego (Psychiatry), Postdoctoral Fellow, 1982-1985
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Psychology), Ph.D., 1982
  • UC Santa Barbara (Experimental Psychology), B.A., 1977


Extramural Activities, Honors, and Awards

  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2008)
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Division of Social Sciences
  • Osher Fellow & Science Advisor, Exploratorium Science Museum
  • Fellow & Charter Member, Association for Psychological Science
  • Founding Member: Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Ranked 9th of most-cited psychologists, 1986-1990 (APS Observer, November, 1992)