Dr Nathan Ridout

Nathan Ridout

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Admissions Tutor (JH)

First Year Tutor (Psychology)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society (BPS)

MA(Hons); MSc; PhD; PGCert; CPsychol; AFBPsS 

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: Tuesdays &Thursdays 2-4pm - 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 Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 

Teaching Commitments


Abnormal Psychology, Studying Psychology in HE, Introduction to Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (Final Year Option) 


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

Administrative Roles

Admissions Tutor (Joint Honours Psychology)

First Year Tutor (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 my primary research interest is cognitive processes underpinning psychological disorders (especially depression and eating disorders). The key psychological processes that I am interested in are memory (especially autobiographical memory) and social cognition (especially facial emotion recognition).  Other areas of interest include student's use of feedback, the influence of alexithymia on emotion processing and cognitive changes observed in older adults.  

Published Papers

Noreen, S. & Ridout, N. (2016) Examining the impact of thought substitution on intentional forgetting in induced and naturally occurring dysphoria; Psychiatry Research 241, 280-288

Noreen, S. & Ridout, N. (2016) Intentional forgetting in dysphoria: Investigating the inhibitory effects of thought substitution using independent cues Journal of Behaviour and Experimental Psychiatry, 52, 110-118

Sharpe, E., Wallis, D. J. & Ridout, N. (2016). The influence of variations in eating disorder-related symptoms on processing of emotional faces in a non-clinical female sample: An eye-tracking study. Psychiatry Research, 240, 321–327

Ridout, N., Dritschel, B., Matthews, K & O’ Carroll, R. E. (2016). Autobiographical memory specificity in response to verbal and pictorial cues in clinical depression. Journal of Behaviour and Experimental Psychiatry. 51, 109–115

Ridout, N., Matharu, M., Sanders, E. & Wallis, D. J. (2015) The influence of eating psychopathology on autobiographical memory specificity and social problem-solving Psychiatry Research; 228, 295–303

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 Funding

Cognitive biases in the recipience of past- and future-oriented feedback with Dr Rob Nash (PI).  The Leverhulme Trust, £98,236

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) with Dr Carol Holland (prinicipal supervisor) Structured autobiographical memory training in older adults (funded by the Abbeyfield Society)

Alena Nash (2016-2019) with Dr Rob Nash (principal supervisor) investigative interviewing (funded by Aston University studentship)

Membership of Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British Psychological Society (BPS) as Chartered Member (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS)

Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)

Psychobiology Section of the BPS

Committee Member of the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (BACN) 

Editorial Board of Frontiers in Psychopathology

International Advisory Board; British Journal of Health Psychology.