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Memoir

Charles M. Butter
Regents' Proceedings 189

Charles M. Butter, Ph.D., professor of psychology, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1999, after a 37-year career at the University of Michigan.

Professor Butter received his A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1955 and his Ph.D. degree from Duke University in 1959. Following a three-year appointment as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (1959-62), he came to the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of psychology in 1962. He was promoted to associate professor in 1965 and professor in 1968. He has held research fellowships at Harvard University (1969-70); Oxford University (1976-77); Erasmus University (the Netherlands; 1983-84); and the University of Florida (1986).

Professor Butter is a leading scholar in the field of brain mechanisms of attention. His studies have illuminated the nature of deficits of visual attention that are caused by various types of lesions of the neocortex or subcortical brain structures. A major focus of his work has involved the perception of spatial relations and of visual objects in space and the processing of space in relation to self, in order to clarify the neural controls that direct attention. His research over the decades has also touched on other topics in behavioral neuroscience and physiological psychology, ranging from associative learning to the brain mechanisms of motivation and emotion. He is the author of over 65 research articles in peer-reviewed publications, a number of book chapters, and a book. Currently he is at work on another book.

Professor Butter has been active in the American Psychological Association and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Within the University, he has served on numerous committees and on the civil rights board of SACUA. Professor Butter has mentored several generations of Ph.D. students in biopsychology and has taught undergraduate courses in human neuropsychology and physiological psychology.

The Regents now salute this distinguished psychologist by naming Charles M. Butter professor emeritus of psychology.