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Dr. Paul Maher

Research Interests

My research interest are in emotions, attitudes, and political orientation. In particular, I am interested in how epistemic emotions (i.e. emotions related to knowledge and sense-making) influence the political attitudes people hold, and how they can help foster identification with political groups or categories.

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2017 University of Limerick - PhD

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2021

Nostalgia relieves the disillusioned mind
Maher P.J.;Igou E.R.;van Tilburg W.A.P.
(2021) Nostalgia relieves the disillusioned mind
In Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology;
DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2020.104061

2020

Mapping public health responses with attitude networks: the emergence of opinion-based groups in the UK’s early COVID-19 response phase
Maher P.J.;MacCarron P.;Quayle M.
(2020) Mapping public health responses with attitude networks: the emergence of opinion-based groups in the UK’s early COVID-19 response phase
In British Journal Of Social Psychology;
DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12396

2020

Agreement threshold on Axelrod's model of cultural dissemination
MacCarron P.;Maher P.J.;Fennell S.;Burke K.;Gleeson J.P.;Durrheim K.;Quayle M.
(2020) Agreement threshold on Axelrod's model of cultural dissemination
In Plos One; pp. -e0233995
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233995

2019

Bored Like Hell: Religiosity Reduces Boredom and Tempers the Quest for Meaning
Van Tilburg W.;Igou E.;Maher P.;Moynihan A.;Martin D.
(2019) Bored Like Hell: Religiosity Reduces Boredom and Tempers the Quest for Meaning
In Emotion; pp. 255-269
DOI: 10.1037/emo0000439

2019

Lost in Multidimensional Space: Epistemic Motivations Define and Distinguish Negative Affect
Maher P.;Van Tilburg W.;Igou E.
(2019) Lost in Multidimensional Space: Epistemic Motivations Define and Distinguish Negative Affect
In Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin;
DOI: 10.1177/0146167219833395

2019

Bored like Hell: Religiosity reduces boredom and tempers the quest for meaning
Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R., Maher, P. J, & Moynihan, A. B., & Martin, D.
(2019) Bored like Hell: Religiosity reduces boredom and tempers the quest for meaning
In Emotion; pp. 255-269
DOI: 10.1037/emo0000439
[ULIR]

2019

Exploring the relationship between lay theories of gender and attitudes to abortion in the context of a national referendum on abortion policy
O'connor C.;Maher P.;Kadianaki I.
(2019) Exploring the relationship between lay theories of gender and attitudes to abortion in the context of a national referendum on abortion policy
In Plos One;
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218333

2019

Lost in multidimensional space: Epistemic motivations define and distinguish negative affect.
Maher, P. J., Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R.
(2019) Lost in multidimensional space: Epistemic motivations define and distinguish negative affect.
In Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin;
DOI: 10.1177/0146167219833395
[ULIR]

2019

Disillusionment: a prototype analysis<sup>*</sup>
Maher P.;Igou E.;van Tilburg W.
(2019) Disillusionment: a prototype analysis<sup>*</sup>
In Cognition & Emotion;
DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2019.1705764

2019

Various forms of existential distress are associated with aggressive tendencies
van Tilburg W.;Igou E.;Maher P.;Lennon J.
(2019) Various forms of existential distress are associated with aggressive tendencies
In Personality And Individual Differences; pp. 111-119
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.02.032
[ULIR]

2018

Brexit, Trump, and the polarizing effect of disillusionment.
Maher, P. J., Igou, E. R, & Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
(2018) Brexit, Trump, and the polarizing effect of disillusionment.
In Social Psychological And Personality Science;
DOI: 10.1177/1948550618750737
[ULIR]