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Dr. Paul Maher

Research Interests

My research focuses on the intersection between 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 foster identification with political groups or categories.

Professional Activities


  • 2017 University of Limerick - PhD


Peer Reviewed Journal


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


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.
Plos One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233995


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


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


Various forms of existential distress are associated with aggressive tendencies
van Tilburg W.;Igou E.;Maher P.;Lennon J.
Personality And Individual Differences DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.02.032


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


Bored Like Hell: Religiosity Reduces Boredom and Tempers the Quest for Meaning
Van Tilburg W.;Igou E.;Maher P.;Moynihan A.;Martin D.
Emotion DOI: 10.1037/emo0000439


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.
Emotion DOI: 10.1037/emo0000439


Brexit, Trump, and the polarizing effect of disillusionment.
Maher, P. J., Igou, E. R, & Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
Social Psychological And Personality Science DOI: 10.1177/1948550618750737