Purpose

Professor of cognitive psychology, associate dean of research, and head of the psychology department at City University London, Martin A. Conway, FRSA, has been studying human memory for more than thirty years. He is known for his pioneering theoretical work on autobiographical memory, as well as for his studies of the neuropsychology of memory and memory’s neurological basis. His research also includes memory impairment and enhancement, and he has recently explored the links between the ability of humans to remember past events and imagine future ones. A graduate of University College London, Dr. Conway earned a Ph.D. in psychology at Open University in 1984. He worked as a post-doctoral research scientist with the Medical Research Council’s Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge until 1988 when he was appointed a lecturer in psychology at the University of Lancaster. He moved on to the University of Bristol five years later as professor and chair of psychology and, in 1994, was named head of the university’s department of experimental psychology. In 2001, he accepted appointment as professor of psychology at the University of Durham, where he also chaired the department for two years before becoming professor of psychology at the University of Leeds. He subsequently served for five years as head of Leeds’s Institute of Psychological Sciences. Dr. Conway was named to his present position in 2012. A fellow of the Royal College of Arts, the British Psychological Society, the Academy of Social Sciences, the Psychonomic Society, and the American Psychological Association, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Liège. He has been active in providing accessible accounts of research on memory to the lay public through radio and television, and he has been involved in a variety of collaborations with artists that focus on remembering and forgetting. Dr. Conway has been an advisor in many legal cases, and he chaired the committee of the Research Board of the British Psychological Society that produced an influential report on memory, Guidelines on Memory and the Law: Recommendations from the Scientific Study of Human Memory (2008). He has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals and volumes of collected works, and he is the editor or co-editor of seventeen books, including, most recently, (with Aikaterini Fotopoulou and Donald Plaff) From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience (2012) and (with M.L. Howe) Memory and the Law: Case Studies (2013). Dr. Conway is the author of Autobiographical Memory: An Introduction (1990), Flashbulb Memories (1995), and the forthcoming Autobiographical Memory, which will be published later this year by Oxford University Press.