Dr Thomas Webb BA, MSc, PhD

Thomas Webb

Address Room 2-43, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TP, UK
Tel: (+44) (0)114 22 26516
Email: T.Webb@sheffield.ac.uk

Research interests

I am a social psychologist, interested in self-regulation and behaviour change. Specifically, I am interested in how people achieve their goals and make changes to their behaviour.

The usual answer is that people need to be motivated. However, even medium-to-large changes in people's intentions seem to have only a small-to-medium effect on their behavior. In short, motivation is not enough and the road to hell is likely paved with good intentions.

As a result, much of my research to date has investigated how the effects of motivation can be boosted by forming specific plans - known as "implementation intentions" - that link good opportunities to act with suitable responses to those opportunities.

Current research

In Summer 2011 I was awarded an ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant (£700k) to investigate the role of monitoring (and not monitoring) in goal striving. The project proposes that there is an 'ostrich problem' such that people bury their heads in the sand and fail to monitor the relation between their current behaviour and their desired behaviour.

I also work with a number of organisations on promoting behaviour change in various contexts. For example, I am developing an intervention to help the owners of overweight dogs to manage their feeding.

To watch a video of me talking at a Sheffield Salon event on behaviour change, click here. To hear me speculate about why the owners of pets may not protect them against fleas, click here.

Teaching and administrative duties

I am module organiser for PSY350: Self-regulation. I am Chair of the Department Ethics Subcommittee and also oversee research participation. I am also external examiner for the MSc in Social Cognition at UCL and for the undergraduate BSc Psychology programme at the University of Exeter.

Professional activities

I am currently Associate Editor for Frontiers in Personality and Social Psychology and am on the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Health Psychology, Psychology & Health, Health Psychology Review, and Motivation and Emotion. I was formerly Associate Editor at the European Journal of Social Psychology (2010-2014).

I am also on the programme committee for the 2017 conference of the European Association of Social Psychology in Granada, Spain and am co-chair of the Society for the Study of Motivation conference programme committee, responsible for the scientific programme of the 2017 and 2018 conferences.

Current Postgraduate Students

Harriet Baird

Chris Brown

Daria Hernandez-Ibar

Stanislava Naneva

Marina Sarda

Current Postdocs

Marta Krasuska

James Reynolds

Links to other web profiles

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Psychology Today


A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of publications please click here

Journal articles