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Dr Tracey Platt

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Principal Lecturer and Team Leader for Psychology

I graduated from York St John, then a College of the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. I went on to undertake an MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Hull. 

Securing funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation, I followed my research interest in Personality and Humour and spent the next three years completing my PhD and teaching at the University of Zurich, Switzerland with a summa cum laude.

I have also worked in two large research consortiums. The first, working on ILAHIRE, an EU project FP7 which aimed at incorporating laughter into Human Avatar interactions, and the second for NCCR Lives, a Swiss National research group which aimed at researching overcoming vulnerability from a life course perspective.


My research interest lies in understanding many aspects of interactions, especially how emotions are non-verbally communicated. This gives me a lot of freedom to be able to study many novel aspects relating to human interactions. That said, I tend to focus on positive emotions, especially humour interactions and the potential negative aspects of those. I also utilize the Facial Action Coding System in my work, which allows for objective methodology to my studies.


Number of items: 11.


Wilkie, Stephanie, Platt, Tracey and Trotter, Hannah (2023) Does a brief virtual dose of an environment affect subjective wellbeing and judgements of perceived restorativeness? Considering the role of place preference. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 4. ISSN 2666-6227

Ruch, Willibald, Heintz, Sonja, Gander, Fabian, Hofmann, Jennifer, Platt, Tracey and Proyer, Rene T. (2020) The long and winding road: A comprehensive analysis of 50 years of Eysenck instruments for the assessment of personality. Personality and Individual Differences. ISSN 0191-8869

Heintz, Sonja, Ruch, Willibald, Aykan, Simge, Brdar, Ingrid, Brzozowska, Dorota, Carretero-Dios, Hugo, Chen, Hsueh-Chih, Chłopicki, Władysław, Choi, Incheol, Dionigi, Alberto, Ďurka, Robert, Ford, Thomas, Güsewell, Angelika, Isler, Robert, Ivanova, Alyona, Laineste, Liisi, Lajčiaková, Petra, Lau, Chloe, Lee, Minha, Măda, Stanca, Martin-Krumm, Charles, Mendiburo-Seguel, Andrés, Migiwa, Ifu, Mustafi, Nailya, Oshio, Atsushi, Platt, Tracey, Proyer, René T., Quiroga-Garza, Angélica, Ramis, Tamil Selvan, Săftoiu, Răzvan, Saklofske, Donald H., Shcherbakova, Olga V., Slezackova, Alena, Stalikas, Anastasios, Stokenberga, Ieva, Torres-Marín, Jorge and Wong, Peter S.O. (2019) Benevolent and corrective humor, life satisfaction, and broad humor dimensions: Extending the nomological network of the BenCor across 25 countries. Journal of Happiness Studies.. ISSN 1389-4978

Ruch, Willibald, Platt, Tracey, Proyer, René T and Chen, Hsueh-Chih (2019) Editorial: Humor and Laughter, Playfulness and Cheerfulness: Upsides and Downsides to a Life of Lightness. Frontiers in psychology, 10. p. 730. ISSN 1664-1078

Ruch, Willibald, Heintz, Sonja, Platt, Tracey, Wagner, Lisa and Proyer, René T. (2018) Broadening Humor: Comic Styles Differentially Tap into Temperament, Character, and Ability. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (6). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1664-1078

Hofmann, Jennifer, Platt, Tracey and Ruch, Willibald (2017) Laughter and Smiling in 16 Positive Emotions. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 8 (4). pp. 495-507. ISSN 1949-3045

Ruch, Willibald, Gander, Fabian, Platt, Tracey and Hofmann, Jennifer (2016) Team roles: Their relationships to character strengths and job satisfaction. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13 (2). pp. 190-199. ISSN 1743-9760

Hofmann, Jennifer, Platt, Tracey, Ruch, Willibald, Niewiadomski, Radoslaw and Urbain, Jérôme (2015) The influence of a virtual companion on amusement when watching funny films. Motivation and Emotion, 39 (3). pp. 434-447. ISSN 0146-7239

Ruch, Willibald F, Platt, Tracey, Hofmann, Jennifer, Niewiadomski, R, Urbain, J, Mancini, Maurizio and Dupont, S (2014) Gelotophobia and the Challenges of Implementing Laughter into Virtual Agents Interactions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8 (928). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1662-5161

Conference or Workshop Item

Wilkie, Stephanie, Platt, Tracey and Delicato, Louise (2023) The influence of place-related identity and trait cheerfulness on environmental perception, emotion and mood. In: International Society for the Study of Individual Differences Conference, 18-21 Jul 2023, Belfast, UK. (Unpublished)

Wilkie, Stephanie, Platt, Tracey and Trotter, Hannah (2022) Impact of an online micro-restorative experience on mood, emotion, and perceived restorativeness: Matters of place preference. In: International Association of Person-Enviroment Studies Bi-Annual Conference, 4-8 Jul 2022, Lisbon, Portugal.

This list was generated on Wed May 29 22:40:22 2024 BST.
  • Positive social interactions
  • Positive emotions
  • Non-verbal expressions of emotions (Facial Action Coding System)
  • Humour and laughter
  • Class Clowns
  • Positive team roles

Last updated 28 February 2024