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Five Psychology Postgraduates Receive IRC Scholarships

Wed, 1 July 15 15:04

This year the IRC had 1200 eligible applications; 215 awards were offered; and the UCD School of Psychology received 5.

Under Dr Eilis Hennessy’s supervision, Ailbhe Boot is conducting a study entitled ‘Self-regulation in early childhood: antecedents, intervention, and outcomes’

Under Dr Ciara Green’s supervision, Aisling Davies is conducting a study entitled ‘Predicting internal thought: distinguishing the content of task-unrelated thoughts through their interactions with sustained attention and perception.’

Under the supervision of Dr Louise McHugh and Dr Rob Whelan, Martin O’Connor is conducting a study entitled ‘The contribution of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based smartphone application to brief intervention smoking cessation outcomes: A randomised controlled trial investigating its effectiveness, mediators and moderators.’

Under Dr. Amanda Fitzgerald's supervision, Clíodhna O’Connor is examining some of the causal mechanisms underlying an exciting cognitive training programme known as Cognitive Bias Modification for Interpretations. She is also testing the effects of the training on adolescents' social anxiety and stress reactivity.

Under Professor Aidan Moran's supervision, Helen O’ Shea is exploring the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying motor imagery, which is a remarkable human cognitive capacity to simulate and experience actions in the mind. She is using the psychophysiological methods of pupillometry and EEG to investigate the role of mental effort in the motor imagery processes of expert musicians.