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Paul Johan Karlsen

psychologist , researcher , writer

Paul Johan Karlsen, Norwegian psychologist, researcher, writer. Achievements include research in human memory. Recipient award, Thanks to Scandinavia Foundation, 2001, Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland award, American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2001; fellow, Norwegian Research Council, since 2004; grantee, Lise and Arnfinn Heje’s Fund, 2000-2001, Norwegian Research Council, 2000-2001; scholar, Fulbright Foundation, 2000-2002.


Karlsen, Paul Johan was born on June 27, 1975 in Bodø, Nordland, Norway. Son of Hans and Else Regine Karlsen.


Student, Fribourg University, Switzerland, 1998. Bachelor in Psychology and Philosophy, University Oslo, 2000. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University Oslo, 2004.

Master of Arts in Psychology, New York University, 2002.


Freelance journalist Nordlandsposten, Bodø, Norway, 1991—1997. Postdoctoral fellow, department psychology University Oslo, 2004—2007. Visiting scholar, department psychology New York University, 2004—2007.

Researcher, department psychology University Tromso, since 2007. Editor-in-chief Journal Norwegian Psychological Association, since 2008.


  • Achievements include research in human memory.


Member of Cognitive Neurosci. Society, Norwegian Association Research Workers, The Society North-Norwegian Authors, Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association, The Norwegian Writers' Center, European Society Cognitive Psychology, Psi Chi.


Life partner Leo Andre Bull, November 23, 1976.