Professor Peter Totterdell

Peter TotterdellAddress
Department of Psychology
The University of Sheffield
Cathedral Court, 1 Vicar Lane
Sheffield S1 2LT, UK
Tel: +44 (0)114 2223234
Email: p.totterdell@sheffield.ac.uk


Qualifications

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

Research Chair, Psychology.

Areas of Expertise

Imagination
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.

Currently I am embarking on a 2-year study of the impact of encountering artistic imagination (e.g. fiction, drama) on people's well-being. The project is a collaboration with arts organisation Ignite Imaginations and is 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. See www.erosresearch.org

Current research is focusing 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. www.artscouncil.org.uk/research-grants-programme-2015-2018/research-grants-programme-round-1-successful-applicants

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). www.erosresearch.org

Professional Affiliations

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

Teaching Roles

Module Organiser and Lecturer for PSY344: The Science of Emotion
Postgraduate Tutor

Alternative Web Profiles

Academia
ResearchGate
Google Scholar

Publications

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

Books

  • Totterdell PA & Niven K (2014) Workplace Moods and Emotions: A Review of Research. Charleston, SC: Createspace Independent Publishing. View this article in WRRO

Journal articles