Center on Autobiographical Memory Research - CON AMORE - is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (2010-2019). CON AMORE studies autobiographical memory, that is the ability to consciously remember the personal past.

William L. Dunlop, 1985 – 2021

We received the news of the sudden death of our colleague and friend, William L. Dunlop with great sadness. Will was a professor at University of California Riverside and a guest researcher at CON AMORE.

Will was a leading scholar in narrative identity research. He was very productive and in his much too brief career, he published more than 50 scientific papers, many of them highly influential. He was most well-known for his research on redemptive stories and romantic life stories, but he had broad interests and his papers spanned many other areas.

Some years ago, Will visited CON AMORE for the first time. A year later, he came back for a second visit, and he made an effort to create common ground with us in his research on cultural life scripts and vicarious stories. He was recently appointed honorary professor at Aarhus University, and we were happy to have him more formally affiliated.

Will met his wife, Majse, while visiting CON AMORE and they divided their time between Denmark and the US. This summer they spent in Denmark and in August, their son Felix was born. Our thoughts are with Majse and Felix during this difficult time.

With Will’s tragic death, we have lost not only a successful and talented researcher in psychology. We have also lost a wonderful colleague and friend. Will always met his colleagues with an open-minded attitude and strong and sincere engagement in their ideas. Will was so gifted, generous, and fun to be with. We miss him.

Guest researchers 2021

  • Summer 2020 - Summer 2021 Associate Professor Will Dunlop, University of California, Riverside (USA)
  • 31 May - 25 June 2021 PhD Aleksandra Isham, University of St Andrews (Scotland) Virtual visit
  • 20 July - 6 October 2021 Professor David Rubin, Duke University (USA)
  • 30 August - 10 September 2021 PhD Student Anna Elise Bruus, Nationalt Videnscenter for Demens, Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • 2 September 2021 Postdoc Gáspár Lukács, University of Vienna (Austria)
  • 8 September - 11 September 2021 Professor Patricia J. Bauer, Emory University (USA)
  • 11 October - 5 November 2021  PhD Student Annabel Bogaerts, KU Leuven (Belgium) 

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Recent publications

Barzykowski, K., Staugaard, S. R., & Mazzoni, G. (accepted). Retrieval effort or intention: Which is more important for participants’ classification of involuntary and voluntary memories? British Journal of Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12498   

Gehrt, T. B., Nielsen, N.-P., Hoyle, R. H., Rubin, D. C., & Berntsen, D. (in press). Individual differences in autobiographical memory: The Autobiographical Recollection Test predicts ratings of specific memories across cueing conditions.  Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. DOI: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2021.07.004

Rasmussen, K. W., & Berntsen, D. (in press). Deficient semantic knowledge of the life course—Examining the cultural life script in Alzheimer’s disease.  Memory & Cognition. DOI: 10.3758/s13421-021-01202-0

Rubin, D. C. (in press). A conceptual space for episodic and semantic memory. Memory & Cognition. DOI: 10.3758/s13421-021-01148-3

Salgado, S. & Berntsen, D. (in press). "It Won’t Happen to Us". Unrealistic Optimism Affects COVID-19 Risk Assessments and Attitudes Regarding Protective Behaviour. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. DOI: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2021.07.006

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