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Dr. Andrew Moynihan

Biography

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 (University of Essex). 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.

Research Interests

My research interests are in social, existential, hedonic, and personality 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 identities.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2018 - James M. Flaherty Research Scholarship
  • 2018 - Research Funding
  • 2017 - PhD Scholar's Bursary
  • 2014 - Residential Scholarship
  • 2014 - Structured PhD Research Support Funds
  • 2014 - Diversity Travel Award
  • 2013 - Fee Waiver

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2021

Existential escape of the bored: A review of meaning-regulation processes under boredom
Moynihan, A. B., Igou, E. R., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P
(2021) Existential escape of the bored: A review of meaning-regulation processes under boredom
In European Review Of Social Psychology; pp. 161-200
DOI: 10.1080/10463283.2020.1829347

2021

From social curse to social cure: A self-help group community intervention for people affected by leprosy in Nepal
Jay S.;Winterburn M.;Choudhary R.;Jha K.;Sah A.K.;O'Connell B.H.;O'Donnell A.T.;Moynihan A.B.;Muldoon O.T.
(2021) From social curse to social cure: A self-help group community intervention for people affected by leprosy in Nepal
In Journal Of Community &Amp; Applied Social Psychology;
DOI: 10.1002/casp.2510

2021

Psychometric Properties and Correlates of Precarious Manhood Beliefs in 62 Nations.
Bosson et al.,
(2021) Psychometric Properties and Correlates of Precarious Manhood Beliefs in 62 Nations.
In Journal Of Cross-Cultural Psychology; pp. 231-258
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022121997997

2021

Bored stiff: The relationship between meaninglessness, sexual sensation seeking, and promiscuous attitudes via boredom susceptibility
Moynihan A.B.;Igou E.R.;van Tilburg W.A.P.
(2021) Bored stiff: The relationship between meaninglessness, sexual sensation seeking, and promiscuous attitudes via boredom susceptibility
In Personality And Individual Differences;
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2020.110295
[ULIR]

2020

Values influence public acceptability of geoengineering technologies via self-identities
Moynihan A.B.;Schuitema G.
(2020) Values influence public acceptability of geoengineering technologies via self-identities
In Sustainability (Switzerland);
DOI: 10.3390/su12114591

2020

Country-level and individual-level predictors of men's support for gender equality in 42 countries
Kosakowska-Berezecka, N. et al.
(2020) Country-level and individual-level predictors of men's support for gender equality in 42 countries
In European Journal Of Social Psychology;
DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2696

2019

Lost in the crowd: Conformity as escape following disbelief in free will.
Moynihan, A. B.; Igou, E. R.; Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
(2019) Lost in the crowd: Conformity as escape following disbelief in free will.
In European Journal Of Social Psychology; pp. 503-520
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2499
[ULIR]

2018

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. G.
(2018) Bored Like Hell: Religiosity Reduces Boredom and Tempers the Quest for Meaning.
In Emotion; pp. 255-269
[ULIR]

2017

Boredom Increases Impulsiveness: A Meaning-Regulation Approach
Moynihan, A. B.; Igou, E. R.; Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
(2017) Boredom Increases Impulsiveness: A Meaning-Regulation Approach
In Social Psychology; pp. 293-309
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000317
[ULIR]

2016

Free, Connected, and Meaningful: Free Will Beliefs Promote Meaningfulness Through Belongingness
Moynihan, A. B.; Igou, E. R.; Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
(2016) Free, Connected, and Meaningful: Free Will Beliefs Promote Meaningfulness Through Belongingness
In Personality And Individual Differences; pp. 54-65
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.11.006
[ULIR]

2015

Eaten Up by Boredom: Consuming Food to Escape Awareness of The Bored Self.
Moynihan, A. B.; Van Tilburg, W. A. P.; Igou, E. R.; Wisman, A.; Donnelly, A. E.; Mulcaire, J.
(2015) Eaten Up by Boredom: Consuming Food to Escape Awareness of The Bored Self.
In Frontiers in psychology;
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00369
[ULIR]

Conference Contributions

2019

Boredom Symposium, Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science Annual Conference
Moynihan, A. B.; Igou, E. R.; Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
(2019) Boredom Symposium, Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science Annual Conference
Waterloo, Canada.

2018

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

2018

Geological Survey of Ireland Meeting.
Hooks, T.; Schuitema, G.; Moynihan, A. B.
(2018) Geological Survey of Ireland Meeting.
Dublin, Ireland.

2018

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

2016

Transfer of Knowledge Conference of the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON)
Moynihan, A. B.; Igou, E. R.; Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
(2016) Transfer of Knowledge Conference of the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON)
Lisbon, Portugal

2015

Engaging the Wandering Mind: Exploring the Cognitive, Neural, and Applied Aspects of Boredom Workshop
Moynihan, A. B.; Igou, E. R.; Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
(2015) Engaging the Wandering Mind: Exploring the Cognitive, Neural, and Applied Aspects of Boredom Workshop
Waterloo, Canada.

2014

Midwestern Psychological Association's Annual Meeting.
Moynihan, A. B.; Van Tilburg, W. A. P.; Igou, E. R.; Wisman, A.; Donnelly, A. E.; Mulcaire, J.
(2014) Midwestern Psychological Association's Annual Meeting.
Chicago, United States of America.

2014

P.S.I & N.I.B.P.S Psychology, Medicine, and Health Annual Conference.
Moynihan, A. B.; Van Tilburg, W. A. P.; Igou, E. R.; Wisman, A.; Donnelly, A. E.; Mulcaire, J.
(2014) P.S.I & N.I.B.P.S Psychology, Medicine, and Health Annual Conference.
Limerick, Ireland

2014

Transfer of Knowledge Conference of the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON)
Moynihan, A. B.; Van Tilburg, W. A. P.; Igou, E. R.; Wisman, A.; Donnelly, A. E.; Mulcaire, J.
(2014) Transfer of Knowledge Conference of the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON)
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belguim