Dr Brendan Rooney

Dr Brendan Rooney

e mail: brendan.rooney@iadt.ie
phone: Twitter: @brenrooney

Qualifications and Professional Bodies

PhD Psychology (NUI)
Title: The Illusion of Apparent Reality: An Empirical Investigation of Emotional Engagement with Film

MLitt Psychology (NUI)
Title: Is my face special? Exploring the neural mechanisms underlying self-face processing using a visual adaptation paradigm

BA Psychology (NUI)
Research Project Title: Exploring Disgust Sensitivity and Eye Fixation on Still Images from Fictional Films

Member of The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI)

Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)

Member of the PSI Division of Teachers and Researchers

Founding Chair of the PSI Special Interest Group for Media, Art and Cyberpsychology


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Area of Expertise

Cognitive and emotional engagement with online spaces, media technology and entertainment; Research design, methods and analysis; Teaching and Learning.

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Teaching and Research

Currently teaching:
Research Methods and Statistics, Cognitive Ergonomics, Internet Research Methods, Introduction to Psychology, Research Project Supervision (BA and MSc programmes), Undergraduate laboratory practical classes, critical thinking skills, writing workshops

Current Research Interests:
My current research interests include cognitive and emotional processes of engagement with film and other virtual/fictional worlds (extending to processes of empathy, imagination and social cognition). In particular, I am interested in the role of perceptual realism and its relationship to such engagement.
What are the processes involved in appraising and/or feeling that something is "real" (rather than fictional/fabricated)?
And how do these processes relate to our emotional engagement with and enjoyment of entertainment and the visual arts?
I also have a keen interest in research methods and analysis. Particularly, the ways in which the above constructs can be operationalised for research and the implications of such for the research findings.

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Rooney, B., Hennessy E., & Bálint, K. (2014). Viewer versus Film: Exploring interaction effects of immersion and cognitive stance on HR and self-report of viewers of short films. The Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Annual Conference, Lancaster, PA, USA, 2014.

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, 16,(4) 441-460. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15213269.2013.838905

Cadwell, S.J. & Rooney, B. (2013). Measuring Happiness: Assessing the Intrinsic Value of Youth Circus. In Kekäläinen, K. (Ed.). (2013) Proceedings from the Culture Has an Impact Seminar. Tempere, Finland: University of Tampere Press. ISBN 978-951-44-9426-0

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 (5), 405–422

Kirwan, G. & Rooney, B. (2012, July). The judgement of emotion and intellectual ability in character dialogue of Blade Runner and Star Trek: The Next Generation. In C. Dowd (Chair), Turing Arts Symposium 2012. Symposium conducted 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 2012, Birmingham, England

Rooney, B. (2012). Tell it to me in Star Wars: Assessing students’ understanding of psychological topics using film and television. PSI Annual Conference, Cork, 2012

Rooney, B., Benson, C., & Hennessy E. (2012) 3D Horror Movies and Emotional Arousal. PSI Annual Conference, Cork, 2012.

Rooney, B., & Benson, C. (2009). Perceptual Information and Emotion in Film: A Mixed Method Study. The APA Convention, Toronto, 2009

Keating, A., Sharry, J., Murphy, M. Rooney, B. & Carr, A. (Submitted). An evaluation of the Parents Plus Parenting when Separated programme. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Graham, C., Carr, A., Rooney, B., Sexton, T., & Wilson Satterfield, L.R. (2013). Evaluation of functional family therapy in an Irish context. Journal of Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12028

Cassells, C., Carr, A., Forrest, M., Fry, J., Casey, T., Beirne, F & Rooney, B .(in press). A controlled trial of Positive Systemic Practice for families of adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems in Ireland. Journal of Family Therapy.

McDonnell, D., Flood, C. & Rooney, B. (2013). Attitudes to artificial intelligence based support for psychotherapy: a survey of psychotherapists in Ireland. In A. Power and G. Kirwin (Eds.) Cyberpsychology and New Media: A Thematic Reader. Psychology Press.

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, article 66, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00066

Randall, P. Carr, A., Dooley, B., & Rooney, B. (2011). Psychological characteristics of Irish clerical sexual offenders. The Irish Journal of Psychology, 32 (1-2) pp 4 – 13

Randall, P., Carr, A. & Rooney, B. (2007). Psychological profiles of clerical and non-clerical men who have abused children. PSI Annual Conference, Kerry, 2007

Rooney, B., Brady, N. & Benson, C. (2007). Shared or separate neural mechanisms for self-face and other-face perception. 30th European Conference on Visual Perception. Arezzo, August 2007

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

Rooney, B., & Mullaly, R. (2007). Using the media to deliver your message: the why and how. The Irish Psychologist, 34 (4)

Rooney, B., Brady, N. & Benson, C. (2006). Is my face special? Shared or separate neural mechanisms for self-face and other-face perception. PSI Annual Conference, Galway, 2006

Rooney, B., Brady, N. & Benson, C. (2005). Shared or separate mechanisms for self-face and other-face recognition? Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis (International European Brain and Behaviour Society Annual Conference), 65, 247

Guerin, S., and Rooney, B. (2013). Analysing Quantitative Data. Irish Psychologist, 39(10).

Research in the news and media

- Popular Science News

- University Observer Psycollegey blog

- Silicon Republic

- BPS Arts and Entertainment news

- How Arousing are 3D Films to compared to 2D Films?

- The BPS Research Digest

- Prime Focus Industry News

- 3DFocus

- Newstalk Radio

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