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Psychological Science in Business

Research Focus
Psychological principles are relevant to many applied areas of study, including health, engineering, business, education, sports as well as counselling and clinical populations. As a result, academic psychologists in third level institutions often reside in diverse departments and faculties, and are thus frequently geographically dispersed. Although, psychologists may collaborate within the departmental structures to which they belong, limited interaction across departments and faculties hinder communication on up-to-date research and teaching in psychological science. For example, despite occasional information exchange at various events at the University of Limerick, no formal or informal structure exists that systematically facilitates information exchange and collaborations for the purpose of promoting psychological science.  PPS-UL is the first platform in Ireland to address such an issue and may serve as a model for similar future initiatives.
The superordinate goal of PPS-UL is to facilitate information exchange among academics interested in psychological science. It is thus designed as a network that spreads across departments and faculties at UL.  The platform is an open forum with the goal to empower individual academics to discuss and develop paradigms and particular research or teaching ideas via the platform and to create links to other academics. This novel network structure does not fall into the usual categories of research units, centres or institutes at our university; however, it will promote engagement in them.
Steering Committee
  • Dr. Deirdre O’Shea (KBS)
  • Dr. Eric Igou (Psy)
  • Dr. Mark Campbell (PESS)
  • Dr. Tadhg MacIntyre (PESS)
KBS Faculty Members  
KBS PhD Members
  • Ms. Clodagh Butler
  • Mr. Chris Bryan
  • Ms. Hannah McCormack
  • Ms. Brenda O’Connell
Pertinent publications to date
Selected 2015 publications
Anderson, R. & Campbell, M. (2015) Accelerating Skill Acquisition in Rowing using Self-based Observational Learning and Expert Modeling during Performance. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 2& 3, 425-436.
Brick, N., MacIntyre, T. & Campbell, M. (2015). Metacognitive processes in the self-regulation of performance in elite endurance runners. Psychology of Sport in Exercise doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2015.02.003
Condon, C. E., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R. (2015). How dyads reminiscence moderates the relations between familiarity, trust, and memory conformity. Social Psychology, 46, 65-75. doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000222
Igou, E. R., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P. (2015). Ahead of others in the authorship order: Names with middle initials appear earlier in the author list of academic psychology articles. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:469. doi: 0.3389/fpsyg.2015.00469
Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R. (2015). Lay perspectives on the social and psychological functions of heroes. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:130. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00130
Kenny, I.C., Campbell, M., Surmon, S. & Bressan, L. (2015) Drive Performance for able-bodied and disabled golfers. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching 10(4), 755-765.
Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R. (2015). Zeroing in on heroes: A prototype analysis of hero features. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108, 114-127. doi:10.1037/a0038463
Michel, A., O’Shea, D. & Hoppe, A. (2015). Designing and evaluating resource-oriented interventions to enhance employee well-being and health. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 88(3), 459-463.
[ABS: 4 star; ISI IF = 2.480; Quartile 1; Ranking: 10/75 Psychology, Applied; 31/172 Management; Scopus SJR: 2.440]
Moynihan, A. B., Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., Wisman, A., Donnelly, A. E., & Mulcaire, J. B. (2015). Eaten up by boredom: Consuming food to escape awareness of the bored self. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:369. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00369
O’Connell, B., O’Shea, D. & Gallagher, S. (in press).  Enhancing social relationships through positive psychology activities: A randomized controlled trial.  Journal of Positive Psychology
[ABS: 1 star; ISI IF = 1.911; Quartile 2; Ranking 53/127 Psychology, Multidisciplinary; Scopus SJR: 0.810.]
O’Shea, D, O’Connell, B. H. & Gallagher, S. (in press).  Randomized controlled trials in WOHP interventions: A review and guidelines for use. Applied Psychology: An International Review.
[ABS: 3 star; ISI IF = 1.984; Quartile 1; Ranking: 16/75 Psychology, Applied; Scopus SJR: 1.391].
International or other external links
Recognising that much of the world-class expertise psychological research methods resides in countries other than Ireland, we aim to bring leading experts in these areas to Ireland. This increases the internationalisation of the University of Limerick, but also contributes to the statistical expertise of researchers across Ireland.

Finally, this promising initiative allow for very positive developments in knowledge exchange, training, research quality and implementation of rigorous methodologies and standards for advancing science.
International Experts 2015:
  • April 2015: Master Class 1: Prof. George A. Kelley, West Virginia University, USA
  • Sept. 2015: Master Class 2: Dr. Richard E. Morrey, University of Staffordshire, UK
  • Oct. 2015: Master Class 3: Prof. Andrew Hayes, Ohio State University, USA