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

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. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology

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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. British Journal Of Social Psychology

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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. Plos One :-e0233995

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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. Emotion :255-269

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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. Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin

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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. Plos One

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2019

Disillusionment: a prototype analysis<sup>*</sup>

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

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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. Emotion :255-269

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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. . Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin

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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. Personality And Individual Differences :111-119

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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.. Social Psychological And Personality Science

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