Moynihan, Andrew, Dr.

Moynihan, Andrew, Dr.

Name: 
Dr. Andrew Moynihan
Email: 
andrew.moynihan@ul.ie
Phone: 
+353 61 213073
Role: 
Faculty
Room: 
EM-017

Education & Employment:

I completed a BA in Applied Psychology at University College Cork and graduated in 2011. Following this, I came to the University of Limerick and completed an MSc in Psychological Science (Applied & Social Psychology Stream), graduating in January 2013. Shortly afterwards, I began a PhD, supervised by Dr. Eric R. Igou (University of Limerick) and Dr. Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg (King’s College London). For my PhD, I investigated the effects of boredom and disbelief in free will on hedonic and interpersonal behaviours using existential psychological perspectives. I graduated with a PhD in 2017. In January 2018, I began a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), a research centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the European Regional Development Fund, the Geological Survey of Ireland, and industry partners at University College Dublin. I worked on a project about the public’s perception of geosciences and related activities, supervised by Dr. Geertje Schuitema (University College Dublin). In August 2018, I began a lecturing position in the University of Limerick. 

My research interests are in social, existential, hedonic, personality, and health psychology.  In general, I’m interested in how people engage in hedonic and interpersonal behaviours as a means to escape from threats to meaning in life and variables that promote or hinder these tendencies. I’m also interested in research on social and gender identity and on the social psychology of evil.

 

Publications:

Moynihan, A. B., Igou, E. R., & Van Tilburg W. A. P. (2018). Lost in the crowd: Conformity as escape following disbelief in free will. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Moynihan, A. B., Igou, E. R., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P. (2017a). Boredom increases impulsiveness: A meaning-regulation perspective. Social Psychology, 48, 293-309. doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000317

Moynihan, A. B., Igou, E. R., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P. (2017b). Free, connected, and meaningful: Free will belief promotes meaningfulness through belongingness. Personality and Individual Differences, 107, 54-65. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.11.006

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, 1-10. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00369

Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., Maher, P. J., Moynihan, A. B., & Martin, D. (2018). Bored like hell: Religiosity prevents boredom and tempers the quest for meaning. Emotion. doi:10.1037/emo0000439

 

Conference Presentations:

Moynihan, A. B., Igou, E. R., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P. (September, 2018). An Existential Psychological Perspective on The Interpersonal Functions And Consequences of Free Will Beliefs. Transfer of Knowledge Conference of the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON), Cologne, Germany.

Moynihan, A. B., Igou, E. R., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P. (2016, August). A Meaning-Regulation Approach to Boredom, Impulsiveness, And Hedonic Behaviors. Transfer of Knowledge Conference of the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON), Lisbon, Portugal.

Moynihan, A. B., Igou, E. R., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P. (2015, Oct.). On Boredom & Impulsiveness: A Meaning-Regulation Perspective. Engaging the Wandering Mind: Exploring the Cognitive, Neural, and Applied Aspects of Boredom Workshop, Waterloo, Canada.

Moynihan, A. B., Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., Wisman, A. E., Donnelly, A. E., & Mulcaire, J. B. (2014, Sept.). Eaten up by Boredom: Unhealthy Eating as a Meaning-Regulation Strategy. Transfer of Knowledge Conference of the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Moynihan, A. B., Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., Wisman, A. E., Donnelly, A. E., & Mulcaire, J. B. (2014, May). Eaten up by Boredom: Unhealthy Eating as a Meaning-Regulation Strategy. P.S.I & N.I.B.P.S Psychology, Medicine, and Health Annual Conference, Limerick, Ireland.

Moynihan, A. B., Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., Wisman, A. E., Donnelly, A. E., & Mulcaire, J. B. (2014, May). Eaten up by Boredom: Unhealthy Eating as a Meaning-Regulation Strategy. Midwestern Psychological Association’s Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States.

Hooks, T., Schuitema, G., & Moynihan, A. B. (2018, September). Public Acceptance And Risk Perception of Geothermal Energy in Ireland. Geological Survey of Ireland Meeting, Dublin, Ireland.

Igou, E. R., Van Tilburg, A. P., & Moynihan, A. B. (2018, September). Picturing Boredom. Transfer of Knowledge Conference of the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON), Cologne, Germany.

 

Grants:

2018: James M. Flaherty Research Scholarship: Ireland-Canada University Foundation (€5,910 with Prof. John D. Eastwood, York University)

2018: Research Funding Scheme: School of Business, University College Dublin (€1,000 with Dr. Geertje Schuitema, University College Dublin).

2017: PhD Scholar’s Bursary: Graduate School, University of Limerick (€2,000).

2014-2016: Campus Life Services Residential Scholarship: University of Limerick (€7,000).

2014: Structured PhD Research Support Funds: Education & Health Sciences Faculty, University of Limerick (€1,000).

2014: Diversity Travel Award: Midwestern Psychological Society (US$100).

2013-2017: Education & Health Sciences Faculty Fee Waiver: University of Limerick (€4,000).

 

Professional Memberships:

Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

European Association of Social Psychology.

European Social Cognition Network.

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