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Rachel Anderson


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Rachel Anderson


Department of Psychology

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Research Interests

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 enhancement.


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, 443-451.

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.


  • 2013 - EPS Small Grant (£2500) - The role of counterfactual mindset manipulation on social problem-solving.
  • 2010 - ESRC Research Grant (£74,932 for 12 months). Comparing the cognitive processes underlying autobiographical memory retrieval and future event simulation. Principal Investigator in collaboration with Dr Steve Dewhurst (University of Hull)
  • 2008 - Parkinson’s UK Research Grant (£70,171 for 18 months). Real-life problem-solving in people with Parkinson's disease. Co-investigator in collaboration with Prof. R. G. Brown (Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London) & Dr M. Samuel (Kings College Hospital).
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