Doreen Kimura

Doreen Kimura
Born 1933
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died February 27, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia
Citizenship Canadian
Fields Neuroscience
Institutions formerly The University of Western Ontario, Simon Fraser University
Alma mater McGill University
Notable awards

Canadian Psychology Association award for Distinguished Contributions to Canadian Psychology as a Science, 1985

                         = Canadian Association for Women in Science award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, 1986
                         = Fellow, American Psychological Society
                         = Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
                         = John Dewan Award, The Ontario Mental Health Foundation, 1992
                         = Honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University, 1993
                         = Sterling Prize in support of controversy, Simon Fraser University, 2000
                         = Furedy Academic Freedom Award, Society for Academic Freedom & Scholarship, 2002
                         = Distinguished Researcher, Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, 2005
= Kistler Prize (2006)

Doreen Kimura (born Doreen Goebel 1933 (in Winnipeg, Manitoba)-February 27, 2013) was a Canadian psychologist who was professor at University of Western Ontario and professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University.[1] She was the founding president of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship.


Kimura held a PhD in psychobiology. Her interests included the relationship between sex and cognition (see sex and intelligence) and promoting academic freedom.

While some criticized Lawrence Summers' claims that differences in male-female representation in the sciences could be due to innate ability, Kimura supported him.[2] She was a critic of affirmative action, arguing that it is demeaning to women.[3] She also supported the concept of the biological origin of differences in cognitive ability between males and females (see also nature versus nurture).

According to the CISG's (Canadian Inter-Organizational Steering Group for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology) 'Canadian Guidelines on Auditory Processing Disorder in Children and Adults: Assessment and Intervention' (December 2012), "In 1961, Doreen Kimura proposed a theory that would attempt to explain dichotic listening abilities in humans. As a testament to her theory, her views on dichotic processing of auditory information recently celebrated a 50th anniversary."

Personal life

Kimura was the mother of Charlotte Thistle, grandmother of Ella Archer, and sister of Shelagh Derouin and Amber Harvey.



  1. "Doreen Kimura - Obituaries - London, ON - Your Life Moments". Retrieved 2013-03-14.
  2. Archived September 20, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. "kimura1". Retrieved 2013-03-14.

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