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Ryan Bremner

Associate Professor


  • Education
  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Michigan, 2013
    M.S., Social Psychology, University of Michigan, 2010
    Dr. phil. (German Ph.D.), Philosophy, University of Bonn, Germany, 2008
    B.A., Philosophy, Boston College, 1998
  • Expertise
  • Social Psychology, Happiness

Ryan Bremner’s research applies approaches from emotion regulation to problems of social cognition and judgment and decision-making. He is currently exploring the effects of gaining “distance” from one’s thoughts, or “self-distancing,” on strengthening human reflection, including the reduction of biased thought. He is also pursuing an empirical expansion to his philosophical work on happiness. He teaches Social Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Research Issues in Social Psychology.


Kross, E., Bruehlman-Senecal, E., Park, J., Burson, A., Dougherty, A., Shablack, H., Bremner, R. H., Moser, J., Ayduk, O. (in press). Self-talk as a regulatory mechanism: How you do it matters. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Bremner, R. H., Koole, S. L., & Bushman, B. J. (2011). “Pray for those who mistreat you”: Effects of prayer on anger and aggression. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(6), 830-837. doi:10.1177/0146167211402215
  • Winner of the 2010 Philip Brickman Memorial Prize for Pre-doctoral Research in Psychology
  • Featured in “Upfront” Section of APA’s Monitor on Psychology


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Bremner, R. H. (2007). Zwei Konzeptionen von Tugend: Moralische Werthaftigkeit in tugend- und aktzentrierten Ethiken. [Two conceptions of virtue: Moral worth in virtue and act-centered ethics]. Philosophisches Jahrbuch 114(1), 34-48.