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Memory pioneer awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Martin Conway receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Psychological Society


Professor Martin Conway is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Psychological Society’s Research Board for his pioneering theoretical work on autobiographical memory, studies of the neuropsychology of memory and memory’s neurological basis.

Professor Conway has been studying the human memory for more than 30 years.  He is Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Centre for Memory and Law at City University London.

He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, 13 reviews, 47 book chapters, 4 authored books, and 15 edited books.  He also co-founded and continues to edit the journal Memory and established the International Conference On Memory (ICOM), which is widely seen as the most important place to present memory research.

His 2000 paper in Psychological Review – “The construction of autobiographical memories in the self memory system” - has had over 1000 citations, and is considered one of three main theoretical statements in the literature.

Professor Conway said:

“It is always a great honour to have one’s achievements acknowledged and I thank the Research Board of the BPS for evaluating what I have done and finding it worthy of public acknowledgement in this way. The positive appreciation of one’s profession and peers within is both unexpected and fulfilling.“

The Research Board Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to those who have an outstanding record of personal achievements and have made significant contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge.  This annual award is given to a current or retired practitioner of psychology in any area of professional applied psychology. It acknowledges not only outstanding personal success but also reinvestment in psychology through encouraging and developing others.

The award confers life membership of the Society, £1000 to be spent on furthering an area of research and a commemorative certificate, which is presented at the Society’s annual conference.

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