Professor Peter Totterdell
Department of Psychology
The University of Sheffield
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.
Research Chair, Psychology.
Areas of Expertise
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.
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
Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS)
Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
Module Organiser and Lecturer for PSY344: The Science of Emotion
Alternative Web Profiles
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
- Pollock L, Kellett S & Totterdell P (2014) An intensive time-series evaluation of the effectiveness of cognitive behaviour therapy for hoarding disorder: A 2-year prospective study. Psychotherapy Research, 24(4), 485-495. View this article in WRRO