My main research interests lie in the area of autobiographical
memory, in particular how reconstructing and thinking about past
personal experience is linked to emotional processing, everyday
problem-solving and mental simulation processes (e.g. future
episodic thinking). I am concerned with how these processes
function in the general population and how they may be affected by
individual difference factors (e.g. gender, age, personality,
cognitive style) and clinical difficulties/ disorders (e.g.
depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease).
I am also interested in other long-term memory processes, such
as prospective memory and susceptibility to memory illusions, and
the psychological factors involved in exercise-induced mood
Anderson, R.J., Simpson, A.C., Channon, S.,
Samuel, M., & Brown, R.G. (2013). Social problem solving,
social cognition and mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s
disease. Behavioral Neuroscience, 127, 184-192.
Anderson, R.J. (2012). Imagining novel futures: The roles of
event plausibility and familiarity. Memory, 20,
Anderson, R.J., Dewhurst, S.A., & Nash, R.A. (2012). Shared
cognitive processes underlying past and future episodic thinking:
The impact of imagery and concurrent task demands on event
specificity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning,
Memory & Cognition, 38, 356-365.
Dewhurst, S.A., Anderson, R.J., Cotter, G., Crust, L., &
Clough, P.J. (2012). Identifying the cognitive basis of mental
toughness: Evidence from the directed forgetting paradigm.
Personality & Individual Differences, 53, 587-590.
Dewhurst, S.A., Anderson, R.J., & Knott, L.M. (2012). A
gender difference in the false recall of emotional words: Women DRM
more than men. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 65-74.
Anderson, R.J. & Brice, S. (2011). The mood-enhancing
benefits of exercise: Memory biases augment the effect.
Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 12, 79-82.
Anderson, R.J., Goddard, L. & Powell, J.H. (2011). Social
problem-solving and depressive symptom vulnerability: The
importance of real-life problem-solving performance. Cognitive
Therapy and Research, 35, 48-56.
Brown, R.G., Landau, S., Hindle, J.V., Playfer, J., Samuel, M.,
Wilson, K.C., Hurt, C.S., Anderson, R.J., Carnell, J., Dickinson,
L., Gibson, G., van Schaick, R., Sellwood, K., Thomas, B.A., Burn,
D.J., for the PROMS-PD Study Group (2011). Depression and anxiety
subtypes in Parkinson's disease. Journal of Neurology,
Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 82, 803-809.
Anderson, R.J., Goddard, L. & Powell, J.H. (2010). Reduced
specificity of autobiographical memory as a moderator of the
relationship between daily hassles and depression. Cognition
& Emotion. 24, 702-709.
Anderson, R.J. & Dewhurst, S.A. (2009). Remembering the past
and imagining the future: Differences in event specificity of
spontaneously generated thought. Memory, 17, 367-373.
Anderson, R.J., Goddard, L., & Powell, J.H. (2009). Social
problem-solving processes and mood in college students: An
examination of self-report and performance-based approaches.
Cognitive Therapy and Research. 33, 175-186.