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Research Interests

I am an experimental psychologist and the primary aim of my research is to understand cognitive and affective changes associated with psychopathology, most notably depression and eating disorders. The key psychological processes that I am interested in are memory (especially autobiographical memory) and social cognition (especially processing of facial emotion).  Other areas of expertise include: alexithymia (particularly in association with psychopathology, and influence on emotion processing) and cognitive changes observed in older adults. 

Teaching Activity

Undergraduate

Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Psychology Practicals, Cognitive Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (Final Year Option) 

Postgraduate

Miniproject in Cognitive Neuroscience, Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Membership of Professional Bodies

Contact Details

Room: SW 508B
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 4162
Fax: +44 (0)121 204 4090 
Email:
 n.ridout@aston.ac.uk

Education/Academic qualification

PG Dip

Oct 2006Jun 2008

Award Date: 19 Aug 2009

PhD, University of St. Andrews

Oct 2000Dec 2004

Award Date: 29 Jul 2005

MSc, University of Stirling

Sep 1998Aug 1999

Award Date: 18 Jun 1999

MA, University of Dundee

Sep 1992Jul 1996

Award Date: 10 Jul 1996

External positions

Associate Editor

Sep 2018 → …

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • Memory
  • Autobiographical memory
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • facial emotion recognition
  • social cognition
  • executive function
  • alexithymia
  • emotion
  • forgetting
  • Q Science (General)

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Research Output

  • 28 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Meeting abstract

Investigating the mediating effect of working memory on intentional forgetting in dysphoria

Ridout, N., Noreen, S. & Cooke, R., 19 Jul 2019, In : Psychological Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
  • Naming emotions in motion: Alexithymic traits impact the perception of implied motion in facial displays of affect

    Senior, C., Hassel, S., Waheed, A. & Ridout, N., 3 Jan 2019, In : Emotion.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Weak memory for future-oriented feedback: Investigating the roles of attention and improvement focus

    Gregory, S., Winstone, N. E., Ridout, N. & Nash, R. A., 30 Dec 2019, In : Memory.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Alexithymia and Maladaptive Regulatory Behaviors in Substance Use Disorders and Eating Disorders

    Morie, K. & Ridout, N., 2018, Alexithymia: Advances in Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice. 1st ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 158 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Open Access
    File
  • Thesis

    Intentional forgetting in depressed states

    Author: Noreen, S., 22 Jun 2010

    Supervisor: Ridout, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Interventions to improve autobiographical memory specificity in older adults: a strategy to prevent decline in wellbeing

    Author: Leahy, F., 26 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Holland, C. A. (Supervisor) & Ridout, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Activities

    • 4 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Big Bang Science Fair

    Nathan Ridout (Organiser)
    Mar 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Big Bang Science Fair

    Nathan Ridout (Organiser)
    Mar 2015 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Big Bang Science Fair

    Nathan Ridout (Organiser)
    Mar 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Big Bang Science Fair

    Nathan Ridout (Speaker)
    15 Mar 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course