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:
Psychology of New Media and Entertainment, Research Methods and Statistics, 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.

My research in the media.
The BPS Research Digest http://goo.gl/6aYUnm

Silicon Republic http://goo.gl/UZKxaN

Popular Science News http://goo.gl/y7O8Sh

BPS Arts & Entertainment News http://goo.gl/vOpJDO

3D Focus Industry News http://goo.gl/25S7Kd

Newstalk Radio http://goo.gl/PuCFjq

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1. Cognitive and emotional engagement with online spaces, media and entertainment.
Full-length Papers and Book Chapters.

Errity, A., Rooney, B. and Tunney, C. (In Press). Gaming. In H. Barton, G. Kirwan, I. Connolly and M. Palmer (Eds.), An Introduction to Cyberpsychology. Psychology Press.

Rooney, B., Connolly, I., Kirwan, G., Hurley, O., & Power, A. (2015). Social Media and Networking Behaviour. In A. Attrill (Ed.), Cyberpsychology. London: Oxford University Press.

Flood, C., Rooney, B., & Barton, H. (2015). Self in Online Groups and Communities. In A. Attrill (Ed.), Cyberpsychology. London: Oxford University Press.

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

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), 405–42. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.poetic.2012.07.004

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 , http://bit.ly/KnF9fL

Rooney, B. (Submitted). Tell it to me in Star Wars: Qualitative analysis of students’ engagement with a self-selected film. Teaching of Psychology.

1. Cognitive and emotional engagement with online spaces, media and entertainment.
Conference Papers.

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.

Sommers, E., Rooney, B., & Porter, N. (2014). Exploring the role of cognitive function in emotion regulation during film viewing. PSI Annual Conference, Kilkenny, 2014

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

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

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 (Chair), Turing Arts Symposium 2012, Birmingham, England. http://iadt-ie.academia.edu/BrendanRooney/Papers/1814894

Rooney, B. (2012). Assessing students’ understanding of psychological topics using film and television. 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.

Rooney, B., Brady, N., & Benson, C. (2007). Shared or separate neural mechanisms for self-face and other-face perception. 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., 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.

2. Applied research and research methods
Full-length Papers and Book Chapters.

Cassells, C., Carr, A., Forrest, M., Fry, J., Casey, T., Beirne, F & Rooney, B .(2014). A controlled trial of Positive Systemic Practice for families of adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems in Ireland. Journal of Family Therapy. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-6427.12038/abstract
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. Kirwan (Eds.). Cyberpsychology and New Media: A Thematic Reader. New York: Psychology Press.

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, 36(1), 20–38. doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12028

Guerin, S., & Rooney, B. (2011). How to Analyse Quantitative Data. In M. Byrne (Ed.), How to Conduct Research for Service Improvement: A Guidebook for Health & Social Care Professionals (pp. 85-92), HSE/HSCP: Dublin. Available at http://www.aoti.ie/attachments/da20d03f-f867-4b10-97b0-680db7b5b92a.PDF.

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

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.

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