Timothy John Brennen

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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Department of Psychology

Academic interests

I am a cognitive psychologist, with a particular interest in memory. In addition to lab-based research on basic cognitive functions, I try to apply experimental cognitive methods in unconventional settings, where, I believe, there is a lot of unrealised potential. Projects are studying the relationship between emotion and cognition with a variety of approaches. In the lab, we are investigating how emotions modulate standard cognitive effects, that are reported for neutral material. Other projects are investigating the cognitive consequences of trauma exposure, with assault victims, and with people who have been exposed to war.

Higher education and employment history

I did my first degree at the University of Exeter, and my PhD at the University of Nottingham. Since then I have worked at Université Pierre Mendès France, the Université de Savoie (Chambéry), and the University of Tromsø. I was made full professor at the University of Oslo in 2003.


  • Research Dean, Social Sciences Faculty, 2016 -

  • Head of Research, and Deputy Head of Department, Department of Psychology, 2008-2011


  • University Clinical Center, University of Tuzla, Bosnia

Tags: Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Cognitive psychology


  • Brennen, Tim (2021). Is cognition seasonal?. New Ideas in Psychology.  ISSN 0732-118X.  61 . doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2021.100852
  • Bjørndal, Ludvig Daae; McGill, Lucy; Magnussen, Svein J; Richardson, Stéphanie; Saraiva, Renan; Stadel, Marie & Brennen, Timothy John (2020). Norwegian judges' knowledge of factors affecting eyewitness testimony: A 12-year follow-up. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.  ISSN 1321-8719. . doi: 10.1080/13218719.2020.1837028 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Brennen, Tim & Magnussen, Svein (2020). Research on non-verbal signs of lies and deceit: A blind alley. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078. . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.613410 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Melinder, Annika Maria D; Brennen, Timothy John; Husby, Mikael Falkhaugen & Vassend, Olav (2020). Personality, confirmation bias, and forensic interviewing performance. Applied Cognitive Psychology.  ISSN 0888-4080. . doi: 10.1002/acp.3674 Show summary
  • Siqveland, Johan; Hauff, Edvard; Ruud, Torleif & Brennen, Timothy John (2018). Posttraumatic stress and autobiographical memory in chronic pain patients. Scandinavian Journal of Pain.  ISSN 1877-8860. . doi: 10.1515/sjpain-2018-0044
  • Skule, Anne Cecilie; Ulleberg, Pål; Lending, Hilde Dallavara; Berge, Torkil; Egeland, Jens; Brennen, Tim & Landrø, Nils Inge (2014). Depressive Symptoms in People with and without Alcohol Abuse: Factor Structure and Measurement Invariance of the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) Across Groups. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  9(2) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088321 Show summary
  • von Hofsten, Olov; von Hofsten, Claes; Sulutvedt, Unni; Laeng, Bruno; Brennen, Tim & Magnussen, Svein (2014). Simulating newborn face perception. Journal of Vision.  ISSN 1534-7362.  14:16(13) . doi: 10.1167/14.13.16
  • Thimm, Jens; Holte, Arne; Brennen, Tim & Wang, Catharina E. (2013). Hope and expectancies for future events in depression. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  4 . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00470 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Blix, Ines & Brennen, Tim (2012). Retrieval-induced forgetting after trauma: A study with victims of sexual assault. Cognition & Emotion.  ISSN 0269-9931.  26(2), s 321- 331 . doi: 10.1080/02699931.2011.570312
  • Blix, Ines & Brennen, Tim (2011). Intentional forgetting of emotional words after trauma: A study with victims of sexual assault. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  2 . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00235
  • Blix, Ines & Brennen, Tim (2011). Mental time travel after trauma: The specificity and temporal distribution of autobiographical memories and future-directed thoughts. Memory.  ISSN 0965-8211.  19(8), s 956- 967 . doi: 10.1080/09658211.2011.618500
  • Ihrke, Matthias & Brennen, Tim (2011). Sharing one biographical detail elicits priming between famous names: Empirical and computational approaches. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  2 . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00075
  • Magnussen, Svein & Brennen, Tim (2011). Memory, In  Learning and cognition in education.  Elsevier.  ISBN 0123814383.  Article.  s 85 - 91 Show summary
  • Brennen, Tim; Hasanovic, M; Zotovic, M; Blix, Ines; Skar, Ane-Marthe Solheim; Prelic, NK; Mehmedovic, I; Pajevic, I; Popovic, N & Gavrilov-Jerkovic, V (2010). Trauma Exposure in Childhood Impairs the Ability to Recall Specific Autobiographical Memories in Late Adolescence. Journal of Traumatic Stress.  ISSN 0894-9867.  23(2), s 240- 247 . doi: 10.1002/jts.20513
  • Dehli, Lars & Brennen, Tim (2009). Does retrieval-induced forgetting occur for emotional stimuli?. Cognition & Emotion.  ISSN 0269-9931.  23, s 1056- 1068 . doi: 10.1080/02699930802285221
  • Sæther, Line; Van Belle, Werner; Laeng, Bruno; Brennen, Tim & Øvervoll, Morten (2009). Anchoring gaze when categorizing faces' sex: Evidence from eye-tracking data. Vision Research.  ISSN 0042-6989.  49(23), s 2870- 2880 . doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2009.09.001 Show summary
  • Brennen, Tim; Dybdahl, Ragnhild & Kapidzic, Almasa (2007). Trauma-related and neutral false memories in war-induced Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Consciousness and Cognition.  ISSN 1053-8100.  16, s 877- 885 . doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2006.06.012
  • Brennen, Tim; Vikan, Anne & Dybdahl, Ragnhild (2007). Are tip-of-the-tongue states universal? Evidence from the speakers of an unwritten language. Memory.  ISSN 0965-8211.  15(2), s 167- 176 . doi: 10.1080/09658210601164743
  • Laeng, Bruno; Brennen, T; Elden, A; Elden, Åke; Paulsen, Helle; Banerjee, A & Lipton, R (2007). Latitude-of-birth and season-of-birth effects on human color vision in the Arctic. Vision Research.  ISSN 0042-6989.  47 . doi: 10.1016/j/visres.2007.03.011
  • Geraerts, Elke & Brennen, Tim (2006). Investigating cognitive abnormalities in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, In Michael Roy (ed.),  Novel Approaches to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  IOS Press.  ISBN 1-58603-590-8.  4.  s 31 - 40
  • Wang, Catharina E.; Brennen, Tim & Holte, Arne (2006). Decreased approach motivation in depression. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology.  ISSN 0036-5564.  47(6), s 505- 511
  • Wang, Catharina; Brennen, Tim & Holte, Arne (2006). Automatic and effortful processing of self-statements in depression. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  ISSN 1650-6073.  35(2), s 117- 124 . doi: 10.1080/16506070500466865
  • Brennen, Tim; Hall, Catherine; Verplanken, Bas & Nunn, Julia (2005). Predictors of ideas about seasonal psychological fluctuations. Environment and Behavior.  ISSN 0013-9165.  37
  • Wang, Catharina E.; Brennen, Tim & Holte, Arne (2005). Mechanisms of recurrent depression: A cognitive battle model and some preliminary results. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.  ISSN 1063-3995.  12, s 427- 442
  • Brédart, Serge; Brennen, Tim; Delchambre, Marie; McNeill, Allan & Burton, Mike (2005). Naming very familiar people: When retrieving names is faster than retrieving semantic biographical information. British Journal of Psychology.  ISSN 0007-1269.  96
  • Laeng, Bruno; Låg, Torstein & Brennen, Tim (2005). Reduced Stroop interference for opponent colors may be due to input factors: Evidence from individual differences and a neural network simulation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.  ISSN 0096-1523.  31(3), s 438- 452
  • Laeng, Bruno; Låg, Torstein & Brennen, Tim (2005). Reduced Stroop interference for opponent colors may be due to input factors: Evidence from individual differences and a neural network simulation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.  ISSN 0096-1523.  31, s 438- 52
  • Laeng, Bruno; Brennen, Tim; Dahl, Tove Irene; Låg, Torstein; Sagvolden, Terje; Svartdal, Frode; Sæther, Line; Wiking, Susanne & Øvervoll, Morten (2004). The northernmost cognitive science laboratory. Cognitive Processing.  ISSN 1612-4782.  5, s 57- 62
  • Laeng, Bruno & Brennen, Tim (2003). Of frames and mirrors: reflections on neglect. A reply to McCarthy (2002). Cortex.  ISSN 0010-9452.  39, s 541- 553
  • Laeng, Bruno; Brennen, Tim & Espeseth, Thomas (2002). Fast responses to neglected targets in visual search reflect pre-attentive processes: An exploration of response times in visual neglect. Neuropsychologia.  ISSN 0028-3932.  40(1622)
  • Laeng, Bruno; Brennen, Tim; Johannessen, Kristin; Holmen, Kirsti & Elvestad, Rolf (2002). MULTIPLE REFERENCE FRAMES IN NEGLECT? AN INVESTIGATION OF THE OBJECT-CENTRED FRAME AND THE DISSOCIATION BETWEEN “NEAR” AND “FAR” FROM THE BODY BY USE OF A MIRROR. Cortex.  ISSN 0010-9452.  38, s 511- 528
  • Brennen, Tim (2000). On the meaning of personal names for identity: A view from cognitive psychology. Names.  ISSN 0027-7738.  48, s 139- 146
  • Brennen, Tim; Martinussen, Monica; Hjemdal, Odin & Hansen, Bernt O (1999). Arctic cognition: A study of cognitive performance in summer and winter at 69 degrees N. Applied Cognitive Psychology.  ISSN 0888-4080.  13, s 561- 580
  • Brennen, Tim (1999). Face naming in dementia: a reply to Hodges and Greene (1998). Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology...  ISSN 0033-555X.  52, s 535- 541
  • Brédart, Serge; Brennen, Tim & Valentine, Tim (1997). Dissociations between the Processing of Proper and Common Names. Cognitive Neuropsychology.  ISSN 0264-3294.  14, s 209- 217
  • Brennen, Tim; David, Danielle; Fluchaire, Isabelle & Pellat, Jacques (1996). Naming Faces and Objects Without Comprehension - A Case Study. Cognitive Neuropsychology.  ISSN 0264-3294.  13, s 93- 110
  • Moreaud, Olivier; Pellat, Jacques; Charnallet, Annik; Carbonnel, Serge & Brennen, Tim (1995). Déficit de la production et de l'apprentissage des noms propres après lésion ischæmique tubérothalamique gauche. Revue neurologique (Paris).  ISSN 0035-3787.  151, s 93- 99
  • Brennen, Tim (1993). The difficulty with recalling people's names: The plausible phonology hypothesis. Memory.  ISSN 0965-8211.  1, s 409- 431
  • Brennen, Tim & Bruce, Vicki (1991). Context effects in the processing of familiar faces. Psychological Research.  ISSN 0340-0727.  53, s 296- 304
  • Brennen, Tim; Vicki, Bruce; Baguley, Thom & Bright, Jim (1990). Resolving Semantically-induced Tip-of-the-Tongue States for Proper Nouns. Memory & Cognition.  ISSN 0090-502X.  18, s 339- 347

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  • Gerrig, Richard; Zimbardo, Philip G.; Svartdal, Frode; Brennen, Tim; Donaldson, Roger & Archer, Trevor (2012). Psychology and life. Pearson.  ISBN 9780273720027.  650 s.
  • Valentine, Tim; Brennen, Tim & Brédart, Serge (1996). The Cognitive Psychology of Proper Names: The Importance of Being Ernest. Routledge.  ISBN 0-415-13545-1.  212 s.

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  • Brennen, Tim (2021). What happens to our cognition in the darkest depths of winter?. Psyche.
  • Brennen, Tim; Færevaag, Fredrik Svartdal & Braaten, Linn Astrid Shin (2020). Psykologiforbundets karriereundersøkelse 2020.
  • Brennen, Timothy John (2019). Expert psychological witnesses – how miscarriages of justice arise from their evidence - a view from Norway.
  • Brennen, Timothy John (2019). Vitnepsykologi.
  • Blix, Ines; Brennen, Timothy John & Solberg, Øivind (2018). Forskningsformidling er viktig, også før vi har to streker under svaret. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Brennen, Timothy John (2018, 15. februar). Intervju om fargepersepsjon, og livsvitenskapssatsingen ved Universitetet i Oslo. [TV].  Østlandssendingen.
  • Brennen, Timothy John (2018). Vitnepsykologi.
  • Brennen, Timothy John (2018). Vitnepsykologi og sakkyndighet.
  • Brennen, Timothy John (2017). Expecting the impossible? Humans in the forensic context.
  • Brennen, Timothy John (2017). Fake news! Tro det eller ei?.
  • Brennen, Timothy John (2017). You Better Believe it! What Cognitive Psychology Tells us About Fake News.
  • Brennen, Timothy John & Sumampouw, Nael (2017). Being an expert psychological witness in court.
  • Solberg, Øivind & Brennen, Timothy John (2017). "Stress and your memory...".
  • Brennen, Tim (2010). Reflections on collaboration with Tuzla in the field of psychology and war: Past, present and future. Acta Medica Saliniana.  ISSN 0350-364X.  39, s 43- 45
  • Magnussen, Svein & Brennen, Tim (2010). Memory, In Penelope Peterson; Eva Baker & Barry McGaw (ed.),  International Encyclopedia of Education, Third edition, Volume 5.  Elsevier.  ISBN 978-0-08-044893-0.  kapittel 20.  s 197 - 203
  • Brennen, Tim; Dybdahl, Ragnhild & Solberg, Øivind (2007). Intentional and unintentional forgetting in war-induced Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Brennen, Tim; Dybdahl, Ragnhild & Solberg, Øivind (2007). Retrieval-induced forgetting in war-induced PTSD.
  • Brennen, Tim; Dybdahl, Ragnhild & Solberg, Øivind (2007). Retrieval-induced forgetting in war-induced PTSD.
  • Blix, Ines; Brennen, Tim; Skar, Ane-Marthe Solheim; Hasanovic, Mevludin; Kravic, Nera; Memehdovic, Indira & Pajevic, Izet (2007). The specificity of autobiographical memory in adolescents exposed to war in childhood.
  • Brennen, Tim (2007). Norsk Psykologforenings syn på psykologi og psykologer. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  44, s 794- 795
  • Brennen, Tim; Dybdahl, Ragnhild & Solberg, Øivind (2006). False recognition of trauma-related words in war-induced PTSD.
  • Wang, Catharina E.; Brennen, Tim & Holte, Arne (2006). Decreased approach motivation in depression.
  • Brennen, Tim (2006). Palabras y alfabetización i Cobán.
  • Brennen, Tim; Dybdahl, Ragnhild; Jukic, Jasna & Kapidzic, Almasa (2005). War-related false memories in Bosnian PTSD patients and controls.
  • Brennen, Tim; Dybdahl, Ragnhild & Kapidzic, Almasa (2005). Trauma-related false memories in war-induced Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Brennen, Tim & Geraerts, Elke (2005). Investigating cognitive abnormalities in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • McNeill, Allan; Burton, Mike; Brédart, Serge; Brennen, Tim & Delchambre, Marie (2004). Naming of faces occurs more quickly than semantic categorisation for very familiar people.
  • Brennen, Tim (2003). Å skille mellom Alzheimers demens og depresjon: Har psykologien noe å bidra med?.
  • Brennen, Tim; Dybdahl, Ragnhild; Jukic, Jasna & Kapidzic, Almasa (2003). Directed forgetting of trauma-related material in patients with PTSD and controls.
  • Brennen, Tim; Dybdahl, Ragnhild; Jukic, Jasna & Kapidzic, Almasa (2003). Evidence of a specific impairment of inhibition for trauma-related material in patients with PTSD.
  • Brennen, Tim; Dybdahl, Ragnhild; Vikan, Anne & Lem Hernandez, Mirna (2003). The role of literacy in the awareness of words and tip-of-the-tongue states.
  • Sæther, Line; Laeng, Bruno; Brennen, Tim & Rudi, Erik (2003). The Relevance Of The Nose For Sex.
  • Wang, Catharina E.; Brennen, Tim & Holte, Arne (2002). Positivity bias or avoidant coping strategies in previously depressed individuals?.

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