Dr Bettina Zengel

Department of Psychology
Dr Bettina Zengel



I am interested in how our motivation and emotions influence our memory. In particular, my work includes the effect of self-protection on recall for positive and negative feedback, the fading of affect for autobiographical events, and nostalgia.


  • PhD Psychology Northern Illinois University,

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Social Psychology and Economics (EC957)

  • Social Psychology (PS407)

  • Memory Attention and Language (PS415)

  • Advanced Memory, Attention and Language (PS922)

  • Advanced Social Psychology (PS923)

  • Special Topics in Social Psychology (PS933)


Journal articles (14)

Higham, PA., Zengel, B., Bartlett, L. and Hadwin, JA., (2022). The Benefits of Successive Relearning on Multiple Learning Outcomes. Journal of Educational Psychology. 114 (5), 928-944

Zengel, B., Skowronski, JJ., Wildschut, T. and Sedikides, C., (2021). Mnemic Neglect for Behaviors Enacted by Members of One’s Nationality Group. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 12 (7), 1286-1293

Willson, KG., Hart, JL. and Zengel, B., (2019). A longing for the natural past: unexplored benefits and impacts of a nostalgic approach toward restoration in ecology. Restoration Ecology. 27 (5), 949-954

Zengel, B., Lee, EM., Walker, WR. and Skowronski, JJ., (2019). Romantic relationships and fading of affect for memories of the shared past. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 33 (5), 861-872

Zengel, B., Wells, BM. and Skowronski, JJ., (2018). The waxing and waning of mnemic neglect.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 114 (5), 719-734

Lindeman, MIH., Zengel, B. and Skowronski, JJ., (2017). An exploration of the relationship among valence, fading affect, rehearsal frequency, and memory vividness for past personal events. Memory. 25 (6), 724-735

Zengel, B., Ambler, JK., McCarthy, RJ. and Skowronski, JJ., (2017). Spontaneous trait inference and spontaneous trait transference are both unaffected by prior evaluations of informants. The Journal of Social Psychology. 157 (3), 382-387

McCarthy, RJ., Coley, SL., Wagner, MF., Zengel, B. and Basham, A., (2016). Does playing video games with violent content temporarily increase aggressive inclinations? A pre-registered experimental study. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 67, 13-19

Sedikides, C., Green, JD., Saunders, J., Skowronski, JJ. and Zengel, B., (2016). Mnemic neglect: Selective amnesia of one’s faults. European Review of Social Psychology. 27 (1), 1-62

Zengel, B., Skowronski, JJ., Valentiner, DP. and Sedikides, C., (2015). Loss of Mnemic Neglect Among Socially Anxious Individuals. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. 34 (4), 322-347

Crouch, JL., Hiraoka, R., Rutledge, E., Zengel, B., Skowronski, JJ. and Milner, JS., (2015). Is Narcissism Associated with Child Physical Abuse Risk?. Journal of Family Violence. 30 (3), 373-380

Irwin, LM., Skowronski, JJ., Crouch, JL., Milner, JS. and Zengel, B., (2014). Reactions to children's transgressions in at-risk caregivers: Does mitigating information, type of transgression, or caregiver directive matter?. Child Abuse & Neglect. 38 (5), 917-927

Zengel, B., Edlund, JE. and Sagarin, BJ., (2013). Sex differences in jealousy in response to infidelity: Evaluation of demographic moderators in a national random sample. Personality and Individual Differences. 54 (1), 47-51

Sagarin, BJ., Martin, AL., Coutinho, SA., Edlund, JE., Patel, L., Skowronski, JJ. and Zengel, B., (2012). Sex differences in jealousy: a meta-analytic examination. Evolution and Human Behavior. 33 (6), 595-614

Conferences (1)

Zengel, B., Skowronski, JJ., Sedikides, C. and Wildschut, T., Social Identity-Based Mnemic Neglect: Threats to National Identity Affect Memory

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