Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Dorthe Berntsen

Center Director, Professor

Dorthe Berntsen
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My research deals with autobiographical memory (the ability to remember events from the personal past). I have particularly examined involuntary (spontaneously arising) autobiographical memories, which are memories that appear in the consciousness with no preceding attempts at retrieving them. I have pioneered the scientific study of this phenomenon in cognitive psychology, and examined them in relation to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression, as well as dementia where spontaneous memories of the early part of life can be intact and stimulated with relevant cues. Since 2010 I have headed Center on Autobiographical Memory Research (CON AMORE), where we study autobiographical memory from many different angles, including life span development from early childhood to old age,across various mental disorders, and across cultures.


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