Olivier Luminet is research director at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS), full professor in psychology at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) and associate professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium. He also did long research/education stays at the University of Toulouse (France), Manchester (UK) and Toronto (Canada).

An important part of his research activity is dedicated to the links between emotion, identity and memories (both individual and collective). He has conducted several studies on cognitive and emotional determinants of flashbulb memories and its impact on collective memory. His current activities includes coordinating a large interdisciplinary project on « Recognition and resentment : experiences and memories of the Great War in Belgium », another one starting on intergenerational transmission of WWII memories. He also supervises projects on the foresight bias and causal, emotional and temporal approach of historical analogies.