Ryan Bremner portrait

Ryan Bremner

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Michigan, 2013
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096

Academic History

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

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.


Social Psychology


Selected Publications

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

            Selected media coverage: Reuters, MSNBC, Daily Mail, Fox News, Times of India, Algemeen Dagblad, Reuters India, Indo-Asian News Service, TopNews Arab Emirates, ScienceDaily.

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.