Professor Peter Totterdell

Professor Peter Totterdell

Department of Psychology,
The University of Sheffield,
Floor G, Cathedral Court,
1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield, 
S1 2LT, UK

Tel: +44 (0)114 2223234


PhD Psychology ("Temporal Aspects of Well-Being"), Leicester University, 1996.
MSc Cognition, Computing and Psychology, Warwick University, 1984.
BSc Psychology, Leeds University, 1983.

Current Roles

Honorary Research Chair, Psychology.

Areas of Expertise

Emotion Regulation.
Mood Contagion.
Emotional Labour.
Affect and Well-Being at Work.
Social Networks in Organizations.
Work Schedules and Shiftwork.
Diary Methods and Experience Sampling.

Current Areas of Research

Much of my research has been directed at understanding and elucidating factors that influence people's well-being and effectiveness. In particular the research has focused on the role of affect, including studying the processes through which people influence the moods and emotions of others. The research has often been conducted in organisations and has involved a wide range of occupations, including nurses, police and security workers, teachers, professional cricketers, assembly line workers, and customer service staff.

In 2018, I completed a 2-year study (with Dr. Giulia Poerio) that investigated the impact of encountering artistic imagination (e.g. fiction, drama) on people's well-being. The project was a collaboration with arts organisation Ignite Imaginations and was funded by Arts Council England.

Previously, I led a 4-yr ESRC project on Emotion Regulation of Others and Self (EROS) with co-investigators from five UK Universities (Sheffield, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Reading). The project examined a range of fundamental and applied problems concerning how people regulate their own emotions and the emotions of other people.

Recent research has focused on: imagination; affective presence; emotions.

Research Funding

Recent Grants:
Arts Council England. "How people's encounters with artistic imagination impact psyscological well-being" (2017-2018). Principal Investigator in Collaboration with Ignite Imaginations. Amount: £170,034.

ESRC Large Grant (RES-060250044). "Emotion Regulation of Others and Self (EROS): A Collaborative Research Network" (2008-2013). Principal investigator (involves investigators from 5 UK Universities). Amount: £2,167,970 (plus 3 attached studentships £209,170).

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS)
Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

Teaching Roles

Previously Module Organiser and Lecturer for PSY344: The Science of Emotion
Postgraduate Tutor (2014-2019)

Alternative Web Profiles

Google Scholar


A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of publications please click here


  • Totterdell PA & Niven K (2014) Workplace Moods and Emotions: A Review of Research. Charleston, SC: Createspace Independent Publishing. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Totterdell P & Niven K (2012) Should I Strap a Battery to My Head? (And Other Questions About Emotion). CreateSpace. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles