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Ryan Bremner

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Michigan, 2013
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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.

Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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PSYC 151 - 01 Cross-Cultural Psychology M - W - - - - 1730 - 1915 JRC LL01
CRN: 40620 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Ryan H. Bremner This course is designed to cover the issues and themes current in the field of cross-cultural psychology. Examples of such issues include: cultural variation along the lines of collectivism and individualism; psychological principles that might be universal compared to those that are culturally specific; how content and context affect psychological functioning, and variation within as well as between cultures. A range of substantive areas within psychology will be examined, including social, developmental, organizational, cognitive, health psychology, and psychology of emotion. Examples will be drawn from a range of non-Western cultures (e.g., Japan, India, Liberia) as well as various cultures within the United States (e.g., African-American, Hispanic, American Indian). Emphasis will be placed on how Western and non-Western cultures differ from each other, on how non-Western cultures differ from each other, and on how intra-cultural variation also plays important roles in psychological functioning. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: PSYC 111

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PSYC 422 - 01 History of Psych in Context - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC LL62
CRN: 40271 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Ryan H. Bremner This course explores psychology's past with a special focus on events representing the discipline's sustained interest in applying science to enhance human welfare. From its early days, U.S. psychologists have applied our discipline's knowledge to solve social problems. This course examines psychology's complicity, in its early years, with questionable cultural practices and unjust social norms (e.g. the eugenics movement, racial bias). We also study the social/historical context surrounding psychology's early applications. The goal is to promote reflection on the place of psychology in the broader culture and raise awareness of the complexities inherent in using science to solve social problems, in the service of preparing students to be "morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good." Prerequisites: Senior standing and decalred Psychology major

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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