Dr Nathan Ridout

Nathan Ridout

Lecturer in Psychology

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET, England

Room: SW 508B
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 4162
Fax: +44 (0)121 204 4090

Office Hours: Usually Mondays 9 - 11 & Thursdays 9-11 - follow this link to make an appointment online: https://wass.aston.ac.uk/wass/pages/login.page.php

Lecturer on the Psychology Teaching Programme

Research Theme

Chronic and Communicable Conditions

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 

Teaching Commitments


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


MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience, Miniproject in Cognitive Neuroscience, Advanced Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience

Administrative Roles

Admissions Tutor (Single Honours Psychology)

Associate Director of the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience

Lab Manager: Eye-tracking Lab

Module convenor of Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience of Affective Disorders(Undergraduate)

Module convenor of Miniproject in Cognitive Neuroscience (Postgraduate)

Member of School of Life & Health Sciences and Psychology Ethics Committees

Research Interests

I am an experimental psychologist and the primary aim of my research is to understand processing biases and deficits that are associated with psychological disorders, most notably depression and eating disorders. The key psychological processes that I am interested in are face processing, autobiographical memory and social cognition.  Other areas of research that I am involved in include the influence of alexithymia on emotion processing and cognitive changes observed in older adults.  

Published Papers

Holland, C. A., Ridout, N., Geragthy, J. & Walford, E. (2012) Executive function and emotional focus in autobiographical memory specificity in older adults Memory; 20(8) 779-793

Ridout, N., Wallis, D. J. , Autwal, Y. & Sellis, J. (2012) The influence of emotional intensity on facial emotion recognition in sub-clinical disordered eating Appetite, 59, 181-186

Richter, A. & Ridout, N. (2011) Self-esteem modulates affective reactions to briefly presented emotional faces Journal of Research in Personality, 45(3), 328-331

Noreen, S. & Ridout, N. (2010) Short-term memory for emotional faces in dysphoria Memory 18(5):486-97

Ridout, N., Thom, C. & Wallis, D. J. (2010) Emotion recognition and alexithymia in females with non-clinical disordered eating. Eating Behaviours, 11, 1-5

Ridout, N., Noreen, A. & Johal, J (2009) Memory for emotional faces in naturally occurring dysphoria and induced negative mood, Behaviour, Research & Therapy, 47, 851-860

Ridout, N., Dritschel, B., Matthews, K. McVicar, M. Reid, I. C., & O’ Carroll, R. E. (2009) Memory for emotional faces in major depression following judgment of physical facial characteristics at encoding. Cognition and Emotion. 23(4), 739-752

Pedrosa Gil F, Bidlingmaier M, Ridout N, Scheidt CE, Caton S, Schoechlin C, Nickel M. (2008) The Relationship between Alexithymia and Salivary Cortisol Levels in Somatoform Disorders. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry. 62(5) 366-373

Pedrosa Gil, F. Ridout, N., Neuffer, M., Schoechlin, C., Traue, H.,Kessler, H., & Nickel, M. (2008) Facial emotion recognition and alexithymia in adults with somatoform disorders Depression and Anxiety. 25:E133 - E141

Ridout, N., O’ Carroll, R.E., Dritschel, B., Christmas, D., Eljamel, M., & Matthews, K. (2007) Emotion recognition from dynamic emotional displays following anterior cingulotomy and anterior capsulotomy for chronic depression. Neuropsychologia 45(8) 1735 - 1743

Pedrosa Gil, F., .Schwarz, M. J., Müller, N.,MD, Nickel, M., Ridout, N., & Schmidmaier, R. (2007) Significant alterations in peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets in patients with Somatoform Disorder Acta Neuropsychiatrica 19(6) 368 – 378

Pedrosa Gil, F., Nickel, M., Ridout, N., Schwarz, M.J., Schoechlin, C., Schmidmaier, R. (2007) Alexithymia and Interleukin Variations in Somatoform Disorder. Neuroimmunomodulation; 14:235-242

Ridout, N., Astell, A. J., Reid, I. C., Glen, T. & O’ Carroll, R. E. (2003) Memory bias for emotional facial expressions in major depression Cognition and Emotion 17 (1) 101 – 122

Research Student Supervision

Saima Noreen (2008-2010) Intentional forgetting in depressed states (funded by School of Life & Health Sciences studentship). Dr Noreen is now a lecturer in psychology at Goldsmith's in London. Link to her webpage

Fiona Leahy (2015-2018) Structured autobiogrpahical memory training in older adults (funded by the Abbeyfield Society)

Membership of Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)

Psychobiology Section of the BPS

Committee Member (Treasurer/ Members Secretary) British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (BACN) 

Editorial Board of Frontiers in Psychopathology

International Advisory Board; British Journal of Health Psychology.


Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research