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Timothy D. Ritchie

Timothy D. Ritchie

  • SPN Mentor

I joined the University of Limerick in September 2009 after working for two and a half years as a post doctoral research and teaching fellow at the Centre for Research on Self and Identity (University of Southampton, UK). I received a doctorate in Social Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2006 (DeKalb, IL, USA); an MA in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University Chicago in1999; and a BSc in Psychology with an academic minor in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 1997. From 1998 to 2001, I worked at SPSS, Inc. in Chicago as a quality assurance software analyst.

Broadly, I study mental health and well-being through the lens of social cognition. I study the interactions between the self, emotions, and autobiographical memory-long-term memory for the contexts, individuals, and personal feelings associated with life events. An example is research on the fading affect bias: the tendency for unpleasant feelings associated with past negative events to fade faster over time than the pleasant feelings associated with past positive events. A related interest is research on mnemic neglect: the tendency for people to ignore self-threatening information about the self and fail to ignore such information about someone else. Another theme is research on nostalgia: bittersweet feelings that are usually prompted by thinking about the past.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Analysis I & II (graduate)
  • Attitudes and Persuasion (graduate)
  • Biological Basis of Behaviour (undergraduate)
  • Cognitive Psychology & Psycholinguistics (graduate)
  • Social Cognition (undergraduate)
  • Theory and Methods I (undergraduate)

Timothy D. Ritchie
Department of Psychology
Computer Science Building
University of Limerick
Limerick
Ireland

  • Phone: 353 (0)61 213 073

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