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Brendan Rooney

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Psychology
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168392
Email: brendan.rooney@ucd.ie

Biography

My research interests include how cognitive and emotional processes interact in the context of media, arts and entertainment.

I have a strong interest in research design, methods and analysis and I currently teach on the research methods and statistics modules in the UCD School of Psychology.

Through my research and teaching I have worked in a number of interdisciplinary and international research teams, with creative and entertainment industry experts (such as animators, filmmakers, and designers), philosophers, computer scientists and engineers, film and humanities scholars, and cognitive neuroscientists.

I previously lectured in the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, the National College of Art and Design, and the National Film School.

I founded and currently chair the Psychological Society of Ireland's Special Interest Group for Media, The Arts and Cyberpsychology, and I am a member of the Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image
(www.scsmi-online.org )

Professional

 

Associations

Association: The Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, Function/Role: Member
Association: The Psychological Society of ireland's Special Interest Group for Media, the Arts and Cyberpsychology, Function/Role: Chair
Association: The Psychological Society of Ireland's Division of Teachers and Researchers, Function/Role: Member
Association: The Psychological Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
           

Education

Year 2013 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2007 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: M Litt Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 2013 Institution: Athlone Institute of Technology
Qualification: Certificate Subject: Learning and Teaching
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Errity, A.; Rooney, B.; Tunney, C. (2016) 'Gaming' In: I. Connolly, M. Palmer, H. Barton and G. Kirwan (eds). An Introduction to Cyberpsychology. London: Routledge. , pp.257-268 Available Online [Details]
Rooney, B. (2016) 'Conducting Online Research' In: I. Connolly; M. Palmer; H. Barton; G. Kirwan; (eds). An Introduction to Cyberpsychology. London: Routledge. , pp.15-24 Available Online [Details]
Flood, C.; Rooney, B.; Barton, H. (2015) 'Online Groups' In: A. Attrill (eds). Cyberpsychology. London: Oxford University Press. , pp.72-87 Available Online [Details]
Rooney, B.; Connolly, I.; Kirwan, G.; Hurley, O.; & Power, A. (2015) 'Social Media and Networking Behaviour' In: A. Attrill (eds). Cyberpsychology. London: Oxford University Press. , pp.88-107 Available Online [Details]
McDonnell, D.; Flood, C.; Rooney, B. (2013) 'Attitudes to computerised psychotherapy: a survey of psychotherapists' In: A. Power; G. Kirwan (eds). Cyberpsychology and New Media: A Thematic Reader. New York, USA: Psychology Press. , pp.170-182 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Kirwan, G.H., Fullwood, C., & Rooney, B. (2017) 'Risk factors for Social Networking Site scam victimisation amongst Malaysian students'. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, . [Details]
Grogan, K., Gormley, I.C., Rooney, B., Whelan, R., Kiiski, H., Naughton, M. & Bramham, J. (2017) 'Differential diagnosis and comorbidity of ADHD and anxiety in adults'. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, . [DOI] [Details]
Rooney, B., Balint, K., Parsons, T., Burke, C., O'Leary, T., Lee, C,T., &, Mantei, C. (2017) 'Attention and Social Cognition in Virtual Reality: The effect of engagement mode and character eye-gaze'. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, . [Details]
Moore, L. M., Carr, A., Hodgins, S., Duffy, D., & Rooney, B. (2017) 'What works best for reducing symptoms and improving quality of life? A six month follow-up on the effectiveness of group cognitive-behavior therapy and group information and support for depressed adults'. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Egan, A., Maguire, R., Christophers, L., Rooney, B. (2017) 'Developing creativity in higher education for 21st century learners: A protocol paper for a scoping review'. International Journal of Educational Research, 82 :21-27. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Moran, A., Quinn, A., Campbell, M., Rooney, B., Brady, N., & Burke, C. (2016) 'Using pupillometry to evaluate attentional effort in quiet eye: A preliminary investigation'. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 5 (4):365-376. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keating, A., Sharry, J., Murphy, M. Rooney, B. & Carr, A. (2016) 'An evaluation of the Parents Plus Parenting when Separated programme'. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 21 (2):240-254. [DOI] [Details]
Cassells, C., Carr, A., Forrest, M., Fry, J., Beirne, F., Casey, T. & Rooney, B. (2014) 'Positive Systemic Practice: A controlled trial of family therapy for adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems in Ireland'. Journal of Family Therapy, 37 :429-449. [DOI] [Details]
Graham, C.; Carr, A.; Rooney, B.; Sexton, T.; Wilson Satterfield, L. (2014) 'Evaluation of functional family therapy in an Irish context'. Journal of Family Therapy, 36 :20-38. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Rooney, B. & Hennessy, E. (2013) 'Actually in the cinema: A field study comparing real 3D and 2D movie patrons' attention, emotion and film satisfaction'. Media Psychology, 40 (4):405-422. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Rooney, B., Benson, C. & Hennessy, E. (2012) 'The apparent reality of movies and emotional arousal: A study using physiological and self-report measures'. Poetics, 40 :405-422. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Rooney B, Keyes H & Brady N; (2012) 'Shared or separate mechanisms for self-face and other-face processing? Evidence from adaptation'. Frontiers in Perception Science, 3:66 . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Randall, P. Carr, A., Dooley, B., & Rooney, B. ; (2011) 'Psychological characteristics of Irish clerical sexual offenders'. Irish Journal of Psychology, 32 :4-13. Link to full text [Details]

Other Journals

Howlin, C., Guerin, S. & Rooney, B. (2017) 'Investigating the cognitive mechanisms of music listening interventions in pain management settings: A Scoping Review Protocol' European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare . [Details]

Conference Publications

Bálint, KE.; Nagy, T.; Rooney, B.; Czető, M.; Török, Á.; Pálma, D.; Divák, Á. (2017) What Makes an Engaging Story? Effect of Shot Scale and Trait Empathy on Narrative Engagement, Enjoyment, and Approach Motivation in Viewers Preconference on Narrative Persuasion of the International Communication Association. Los Angeles, USA [Details]
Bálint, KE.; Rooney, B. (2017) Shot scale and facial expression affect film viewers¿ theory of mind tendency but not ability Conference of the ICA. San Diego, USA [Details]
Bálint, KE.; Schoft, C.; Rooney, B. (2017) The Effect of Formal Features on Viewers¿ Narrative Engagement in Quentin Tarantino¿s Violent Scenes Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image. Helsinki, Finland [Details]
Bálint, KE.; Schoft, C.; Rooney, B. (2017) Depicting Violence: The Effect of Shot Scale, Shot Length and Camera Perspective on Narrative Engagement with Violent Films International Communication Association. San Diego, USA [Details]
Nagy, T.; Bálint, K.; Rooney, B.; Török, Á.; Czető, M.; Pálma, D.; Ottlik, D.; Divák, Á. (2017) Filmes közeli felvételek hatása a közeledési motivációra és filmélvezetre. (The effect of close shots on approach motivation and enjoyment) XXVI. Conference of the Hungarian Psychology Association. Szeged, Hungary [Details]
Hayes, D., Rooney, B., Campbell, A. & Guerin, S. (2016) Developing a theoretical model of the video gameplay experience: A systematic scoping review of existing frameworks Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Athlone, Ireland [Details]
Bálint, K.E. & Rooney, B. (2016) Reading the mind in films. The effect of shot scale on the complexity and frequency of viewers' theory of mind responding IMC Bootcamp on Assessing Immersion and Engagement in Media and Real World Experiences. University of Aarhus, Denmark [Details]
Bálint, K.E. & Rooney, B. (2016) The effect of shot scale and facial expression on theory of mind, emotional impact and personal relevance in film viewers Conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA [Details]
Murphy, G., Sheppard, B., Tatlow-Golden, M., & Rooney, B. (2016) Facebook and Food: Young adolescents¿ perception, recall, and endorsement of food adverts on Facebook the Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Athlone, Ireland [Details]
McHugh, L., Rooney, B., Presti, N., Lombardo, M., Messina, C., & Prudenzi, A. (2016) Using Cognitive Defusion and Cognitive Restructuring during a Virtual Reality Task: An Exploratory Study to Cope With Negative Thoughts Psychological Society of Ireland¿s Division of Behaviour Analysis 10th Annual Conference, Maynooth University, Ireland [Details]
Prudenzi, A., McHugh, L., Rooney, B., Presti, G., Lombardo, M., & Messina, C. (2016) Using Cognitive Defusion during a Virtual Reality Task: An Exploratory Study to Cope With Negative Thoughts 3rd Annual ACT/ Contextual Behaviour Science Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland [Details]
Bálint, K.E., Rooney, B. & Polya, T. (2016) The influence of shot scale on theory of mind responding in visual narratives Conference of the International Communication Association. Fukouka, Japan [Details]
Bálint, K.E. & Rooney, B. (2016) Psychocinematics ¿ The effect of formal features on film viewers¿ empathy Hungarian Conference of Psychology and Film. University of Pécs, Hungary [Details]
Bálint, K.E. & Rooney, B. (2016) The effect of close up and facial expression on viewers¿ theory of mind responding in audio-visual narratives Symposium of HealthNarr, University of Augsburg, Germany [Details]
Somers, E., Rooney, B. & Porter, N. (2015) Exploring Cognitive Function in Emotion Regulation during Film Viewing SCSMI 2015 London, , 17-JUN-15 - 20-JUN-15 [Details]
Kiss, M. & Rooney, B. (2015) Attention, Memory, and Narrative Attribution: Comparing 2D and 3D viewership using eye-tracking and self-report measures Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image London, , 17-JUN-15 - 20-JUN-15 [Details]
Balint, K; & Rooney, B. (2015) Watching Closely: How the Proportion of Close-Ups Influence the Theory-of-Mind Response in Film Viewers SCSMI 2015 London, , 17-JUN-15 - 20-JUN-15 [Details]
Rooney, B.; Hennessy, E.; Bálint, K. (2014) Captain of my soul? Exploring viewer emotion regulation during film-viewing, using physiological and self-report measures PSI Annual Conference, Kilkenny, 2014 [Details]
Sommers, E.; Rooney, B.; Porter, N. (2014) Exploring the role of cognitive function in emotion regulation during film viewing The Psychological Society of Ireland's Annual Conference, 2014, Kilkenny [Details]
Rooney, B., Hennessy, E. & Balint, K. (2014) Viewer versus Film: Exploring Interaction Effects of Immersion and Cognitive Stance on the Heart Rate and Self-Reported Engagement of Viewers of Short Films Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, , 11-JUN-14 - 14-JUN-14 Link to full text [Details]
Cassells, C., Carr, A., Forrest, M., Fry, J., Beirne. F. & Rooney, B. (2014) Evaluation of a Family Based Approach to Counselling for Adolescents with Conduct and Emotional Problems European Systemic Research Conference in Heidelberg University, Germany [Details]
Cadwell, S.J. ; Rooney, B. (2013) Measuring Happiness: Assessing the Intrinsic Value of Youth Circus . In: K. Kekäläinen eds. Culture Has an Impact Seminar, Tempere, Finland Available Online [Details]
Cassells, C., Carr, A., Forrest, M., Fry, J., Beirne. F. & Rooney, B. (2013) Evaluation of a Family Based Approach to Counselling for Adolescents with Conduct and Emotional Problems University College Dublin Graduate Research Symposium in University College Dublin [Details]
Cassells, C., Carr, A., Forrest, M., Fry, J., Beirne. F. & Rooney, B. (2013) Evaluation of a Family Based Approach to Counselling for Adolescents with Conduct and Emotional Problems Psychology Society of Ireland 35th Annual student congress, Institute for Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, 12th-13th April 2013 [Details]
Cassells, C., Carr, A., Forrest, M., Fry, J., Beirne. F. & Rooney, B (2013) Evaluation of a family based approach to counselling for adolescents with conduct and emotional problems ACAMH Ireland Research Day, Trinity Centre, St. James's Hospital, Dublin [Details]
Cassells, C., Carr, A., Forrest, M., Fry, J., Beirne. F. & Rooney, B. (2013) Evaluation of a family based approach to counselling for adolescents with conduct and emotional problems The 21st International Family Therapy Association's World Family Therapy Congress, Working with Families: Whole or Parts, Orlando, Florida, USA [Details]
Cassells, C., Carr, A., Forrest, M., Fry, J., Beirne. F. & Rooney, B. (2013) Evaluation of a family based approach to counselling for adolescents with conduct and emotional problems ACAMH Making Parenting Work for Children's Mental Health - Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and Annual Conference. London [Details]
Cassells, C., Carr, A., Forrest, M., Fry, J., Beirne. F. & Rooney, B. (2013) Evaluation of a family based approach to counselling for adolescents with conduct and emotional problems 10th Annual Psychology Health and Medicine Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin [Details]
Rooney, B.; Benson, C.; Hennessy E. (2012) 3D Horror Movies and Emotional Arousal PSI Annual Conference, Cork, 2012 [Details]
Rooney, B. (2012) Assessing students¿ understanding of psychological topics using film and television PSI Annual Conference, Cork, 2012 [Details]
Kirwan, G.; Rooney, B. (2012) The judgement of emotion and intellectual ability in character dialogue of Blade Runner and Star Trek: The Next Generation . In: C. Dowd eds. Turing Arts Symposium 2012, at the meeting of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) and International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) World Congress 2012 ¿ Alan Turing Available Online [Details]
Rooney, B.; Benson, C. (2009) Perceptual Information and Emotion in Film: A Mixed Method Study The APA Convention, Toronto, 2009 [Details]
Rooney, B. D., Brady, N. P., Benson, C., ; (2007) Are the neural mechanisms that underlie self-face and other-face recognition shared or separate? An adaptation study The Psychological Society of Ireland's Annual Conference , pp.152-152 [Details]
Randell, P., Rooney, B. & Carr, A. ; (2007) Psychological profiles of clerical and non-clerical men who have sexually abused children . In: F. Lyddy eds. 38th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Killarney Killarney, , 15-NOV-07 - 18-NOV-07 , pp.132-132 [Details]
Keyes, H.; Brady, N.; Rooney, B. (2007) Natural categories' in self/other-face perception? British Psychological Society: The XXIV Annual Cognitive Section Conference University of Aberdeen, UK, [Details]
Rooney, B.; Brady, N.; Benson, C. (2007) Are the neural mechanisms that underlie self-face and other-face recognition shared or separate? An adaptation study European Conference on Visual Perception. Perception 36 ECVP Abstract Supplement Arezzo, Italy, [Details]
Rooney, B.; Brady, N.; Benson, C. (2005) Shared or separate mechanisms for self-face and other-face recognition? European Brain and Behaviour Society Annual Conference. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 65, 247 Trinity College, Dublin, [Details]
                                                                                                                 

Research

Research Interests

The interaction of cognitive and emotional processes in the context of media, arts and entertainment; perception of realism in film and social cognition with fictional characters;
Current issues in research design, methods and analysis;
Teaching and Learning.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Developing Virtual-reality Neuropsychological Assessment Techniques (V-NATs).
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-17 / 30-SEP-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : The Effect of Film Shot Scale on Viewers¿ Theory of Mind
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-16 / 31-DEC-16

Recent Postgraduates

S. Gerber - PhD (Clinical) - Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders.
A. Quinn - PhD - Using Eye-tracking to explore Quiet Eye in Equestrian Athletes.

T. O'Leary - M.Psych.Sc. - The effect of manipulating informational cues on theory of mind in viewers of a virtual reality experience.
C. Lee - M.Psych.Sc. The effect of manipulating informational and perceptual cues on realism in viewers of a virtual reality experience.
C. Corcoran - M.Psych.Sc. - Adolescents¿ patterns of attentional and behavioural responses to food posts on social media.
G. Murphy - M.Psych.Sc. - Associations with food influence the behaviours and attitudes of early adolescents online.
B. Sheppard - M.Psych.Sc. - Young adolescents¿ recollection of food products posted on Facebook.

R. O'Meara - MSc.Cog.Sc. - Theory of Mind towards Fictional Characters in Virtual Reality.

J. Yip - MSc.Cyber. (IADT) - Exploring the effect of ¿healthy¿ competition in video game play.
F. Collazo - MSc.Cyber. (IADT) - Personal factors as predictors of attitudes towards electronic surveillance of romantic partners.
K. Norris - MSc.Cyber. (IADT) - Facebook Relationships: Experiences of maintaining pre-existing offline relationships in an online context.
E. Ekman - MSc.Cyber. (IADT) - Predictors of Video Game Addiction: Genre, Gaming Motivations, and Trait Psychological Need Satisfaction.
P. O'Neill - MSc.Cyber. (IADT) - The effect of Narrative, Character and Realism in Computer Game.

Current Postgraduate Students

Sarah-Jane Gerber, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
David Hayes, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Claire Howlin, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Lauren Christophers, Master of Literature (MLitt)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

MY TEACHING VALUES. 1. The articulation of questions over answers. 2. Empowering active learners. 3. The development of lifelong transferable skills. 4. Fostering a (research) community. 5. Self reflection and critique. MY TEACHING PRACTICE. 1. Conventions and contention 2. Blended and e-learning 3. Peer support 4. Research informed

Modules Coordinated

201600   PSY40630     Psychology: Advanced Quantitative Design
201600   PSY40430     Psychology: MPsychSc Research Dissertation
201600   PSY30350     Psychology: Research Methods & Stats III
201600   PSY10100     Psychology: Research Methods & Stats I
201600   PSY20200     Psychology: Psychology for Everyday Life

Enhancement of Teaching

Experts, athletes and pop culture idols are presented as inherently talented, nonchalant and lucky; their achievements as effortless. Growing up exposed to such messages can foster the idea that apathy should be emulated and that to be successful we should passively consume and imitate those who are ¿better¿. Against these ideas, I am challenged to empower students to take ownership of their learning. To this end, I foster enthusiasm, self-reflection and critique. In my teaching I have employed various carefully considered techniques to support students in developing these transferable skills. For example, my use of the Think-Pair-Share technique calls on students to actively participate in processing information (See http://www.ucd.ie/teaching/showcase/items/title,363381,en.html). It provides students with implicit feedback from their peers that thinking, uncertainty and questioning are a common shared experience and that they are welcome as part of a movement towards active learning. To reinforce this approach, I bring ¿real life¿ to student learning (and bring learning into real life). In the PSY20200 Psychology for Everyday Life module, I use social media to collect real-time, real-life examples and applications of learning. For example, I have embedded a searchable twitter hashtag feed #UCDpsyEverydayLife into the module Blackboard so that together the students and I can electronically collect and discuss the examples of everyday psychology and research. These approaches to teaching and learning invite and challenge students to engage and they have.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

I have put a lot of work into the development and enhancement of my teaching of Statistics and Research Methods throughout all stages of the undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programmes. For example my teaching to postgraduate students and final year students who are working on very specific research projects, requires an ability to help navigate detailed technical material that can be contentious. At the same time, teaching statistics and research methods as an introductory course requires an ability to generate an enthusiasm for material among students. These early modules need to move slowly to build a foundation of basic understanding and at the same time they need to be engaging so as to offer immediate rewards for long term investment. I have developed slides that bridge the gap between lectures and (sometimes quite) technical reading. In these learning materials I use visuals and step-by-step worked examples to allow students to move through the material at their own pace. I supplement these with carefully chosen online resources that allow students to interact with the content and bring it to life. In addition I use an online discussion board to allow students to interact with each other and me. The online discussion board allows me to support multiple students with similar queries, and it simultaneously demonstrates to students that their peers have the same question. It also allows me to reflect on the various issues that arise for students, where they might need most support and how to pitch the content.

Developing as a Teacher

My commitment to the provision of high quality teaching is evident in my engagement with and contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Before working in UCD, I acquired a LIN Certificate in Learning and Teaching (for third level) from Athlone IT (includes topics such as learning theory, course development, assessment, technology and teaching, and classroom management). I participated in the UCD Research Supervisor Support & Development Programme (topics included Research Supervisory Styles, Roles and Responsibilities, Avoiding Common Pitfalls, and Promoting the Research Student¿s Skills Base). In addition to developing my teaching and learning practice, I have also made contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning through my research activities. As university teachers we must be evidence based in our practice, to discover and test innovative methods that can be deployed effectively and efficiently in a high calibre research intensive institution. To this end I have conducted and disseminated research findings exploring the use of film as an innovative assessment technique (Rooney, 2012), critically reviewing Kelly¿s (2005) classroom assessment techniques (Rooney, 2014) and more recently systematically reviewing literature towards the development of a framework for developing creativity in higher education teaching (Egan, Maguire, Christophers and Rooney, 2017).

Innovation & Leadership

2017 Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence: "The panel noted in particular a clear articulation of your teaching philosophy and high level of engagement with students, your use of multiple approaches to student teaching, your extensive work on curriculum development and your engagement with the scholarship of teaching."