Professor Thomas Webb

BA, MSc, PhD

Department of Psychology

Professor

T.Webb@sheffield.ac.uk

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Professor Thomas Webb
Department of Psychology
Floor G
Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane
Sheffield
S1 2LT
Research interests

Research interests

I am a social psychologist, interested in self-regulation and behaviour change. Specifically, I am interested in how people achieve their goals and make changes to their behaviour.

The usual answer is that people need to be motivated. However, even medium-to-large changes in people's intentions seem to have only a small-to-medium effect on their behavior. In short, motivation is not enough and the road to hell is likely paved with good intentions.

As a result, much of my research to date has investigated how the effects of motivation can be boosted by strategies such as monitoring progress, responding with self-compassion to lapses, or forming specific plans - known as "implementation intentions" - that link good opportunities to act with suitable responses to those opportunities.

Current research

I work with a number of organisations on promoting behaviour change in various contexts

For example, I am interested in strategies for reducing single use plastics as part of a large multidisciplinary project that brings together scientists from across the University (read more here) and I lead the behavioural component of the Healthy Lifespan Institute, which seeks to help everyone to live healthier, independent lives for longer. 

I'm also developing an action control perspective on emotion regulation (see here) and (i) investigating why people struggle to regulate their emotions and (ii) what influences the strategies that people choose to regulate their own and others emotions.

Finally, I have am working on a project with Dr Fuschia Sirois, funded by the ESRC, to investigate how to overcome the barriers to being self-compassionate.

To hear me speculate about why the owners of pets may not protect them against fleas, click here. Click on the following links to hear me talk about my research on when people take actionself-monitoring, and how to feel happier at the weekend.

Publications

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Journal articles

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Journal articles

Chapters

  • Cameron D & Webb TL (2020) Self-Regulatory Fatigue, Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine (pp. 2006-2008). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cameron D & Webb TL (2020) Self-Regulatory Capacity, Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine (pp. 2003-2005). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cameron D & Webb TL (2020) Self-Monitoring, Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine (pp. 1994-1996). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sheeran P, Webb TL, Gollwitzer PM & Oettingen G (2018) Self-Regulation of Affect–Health Behavior Relations Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Webster, R , Thompson AR, Webb TL & Sheeran P (2014) Self-help treatments and stepped care In Emmelkamp P & Ehring T (Ed.), The Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders (pp. 1242-1255). London: Wiley. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Webb T (2013) Self-Monitoring, Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine (pp. 1748-1750). Springer New York RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aarts H () Goal-Directed Behavior Psychology Press RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Martin N, Mulligan S, Fuzesi P, Webb TL, Baird H, Spain S, Neal T, Garfoth A, Tedstone A & Hatton P (2020) Waste Plastics in Clinical Environments: A Multi-disciplinary Challenge. Creative Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminate Plastics Waste (pp 86-91). https://www.ukcpn.co.uk/news/plastics-research-and-innovation-fund-conference-academic-papers/?utm_c, 8 June 2020 - 9 June 2020. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Naneva S, Webb TL & Prescott TJ (2018) What comes to mind when people are asked questions about robots?. Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems: 19th Annual Conference, TAROS 2018, Bristol, UK July 25-27, 2018, Proceedings, Vol. 10965 LNAI (pp 453-454), 25 July 2018 - 27 July 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gou MS, Naneva S, Webb TL & Prescott TJ (2018) Attitudes towards social robots: A protocol for a systematic review. Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems: 19th Annual Conference, TAROS 2018, Bristol, UK July 25-27, 2018, Proceedings, Vol. 10965 LNAI (pp 484-485), 25 July 2018 - 27 July 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pakpour A, Lin C-Y, Malm D, Brostrom A, Fridlund B & Webb TL (2017) Can a multifaceted intervention including motivational interviewing improve medication adherence, quality of life and mortality rates in older patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery?. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING, Vol. 16 (pp S1-S2) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Luszczynska A, Hagger M, Schwarzer R, Webb TL & de Wit JBF (2013) Implementation intentions, planning and behaviour change: Proposals for the way forward. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, Vol. 28 (pp 56-56) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Thompson A, Bhatt R, Hunt J & Webb T (2012) Embedding implementation intentions in social anxiety self-help for vitiligo. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, Vol. 27 (pp 129-129) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Epton T, Harris P & Webb T (2008) Self-affirmation increases threat-related affect following a health message. PSYCHOL HEALTH, Vol. 23 (pp 114-114) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Garrett CR, Drake R, Corcoran R & Webb T (2007) Using implementation intentions to improve neuropsychological function in schizotypy. SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN, Vol. 33(2) (pp 519-519) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Webb TL & Sheeran P (2006) Comparing interventions: A meta-analysis of effects on intention and behaviour. PSYCHOL HEALTH, Vol. 21 (pp 161-161) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Prescott TJ, Epton T, Evers V, McKee K, Hawley M, Webb T, Benyon D, Conran S, De Cock Buning M, Verschure PFMJ & Dario P () Robot Companions For Citizens: Roadmapping The Potential For Future Robots In Empowering Older People. BRAID (Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development) Final Conference, 29 May 2012. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

  • Benn Y, Martin J, Millings A, Norman P & Webb T (2015) Behaviour change techniques for telephone-delivered and supported health coaching interventions: an Evidence Check review brokered by the Sax Institute (www.saxinstitute.org.au) for Healthdirect Australia View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Horan A Using the Internet to Train Clinicians to Use Evidence-Based Psychologically-Informed Interventions, Including ‘If-Then’ Planning. RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

Research group

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Current postgraduate students

Teaching activities

I am module organiser for PSY350: Self-regulation, Chair of the Department Ethics Subcommittee and also oversee research participation.

I am also external examiner for the undergraduate BSc Psychology programme at the University of Exeter.

Professional activities

I am currently Associate Editor for Psychological Bulletin and am on the Editorial Boards of:

I was formerly Associate Editor at the British Journal of Social Psychology (2018-2019), the European Journal of Social Psychology (2010-2014) and Frontiers in Personality and Social Psychology (2016-2017).