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Success for MIC Psychology Student at 40th Annual All-Ireland Psychology Student Congress

13th April 2018

The 40th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Student Congress was held in Maynooth last week with great success for MIC student Kelly Ryan.

Kelly, from Lisnagry,Co Limerick, is a 4th year B Ed in Education and Psychology at Mary Immaculate College, and won the prize for Best Oral Presentation at Undergraduate Level for her final-year dissertation at this year’s All-Ireland Student Congress. Further details are available here.


Psychology students scoop top awards at graduation ceremony 

1st December 2017 

Sarah Clancy graduate of the BA in Liberal Arts and Maria Holland and Eoghan Linehan, graduates of the Bachelor of Education in Education & Psychology were  honoured. Further details are available here.


MIC Psychology student highly commended in the Undergraduate Awards

22nd September 2017

Seán Gleasure (B Ed Education and Psychology 2017) was Highly Commended in Psychology for his essay entitled “Perceptual Bias in Grading: Towards an Investigation of Teachers’ Mindsets as a Predictor and Grading Rubrics as Precludor”. According to Seán his work explores the implicit bias held by teachers whereby they award grades based on their expectations rather than the actual quality of students’ work.


39th Annual All-Ireland Psychology Student Congress

24th April 2017

Maria Holland, Fourth Year B Ed in Education and Psychology student from Mary Immaculate College, was recognised for her undergraduate dissertation research at this year’s Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Galway.

Maria presented her dissertation entitled: "Student teachers’ feedback attribution patterns: Biases based on mind-set, expertise, and children’s ability status" in NUI Galway on 8 April, along with psychology students from all over the country.


Science Week Public Lecture and Pop Up Museum of Psychology

23rd November 2016

Mary Immaculate College once again partnered with University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology to host the Limerick Festival of Science from the 13-20 November. The festival was funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).  A fun-filled week of events were enjoyed by pupils, teachers, parents and public of all ages in a range of venues both in the city and in county Limerick. This is the first year the Department of Psychology at MIC have contributed to Science Week.

Dr Marek McGann presented a public evening talk, OOOPS! The Psychology of why we make mistakes. His engaging and thought-provoking talk helped the audience to understand some of the most common reasons for our mistakes and errors, and offered some advice on how to avoid them in future. Dr Suzanne Egan organised a Pop Up Museum of Psychology. This included a variety of fun and interesting interactive experiments, exhibits and displays to give an insight into the science of human behaviour and the mind. The interactive museum exhibits were demonstrated by MIC Psychology staff and students. Commenting on the event Dr. Egan stated ' It was wonderful to see members of the public aged from 13 to 90 all enjoying the fun and fascinating exhibits and displays and engaging with the talk. We were delighted to provide these free events highlighting the science of psychology.'

For more information about Science Week in MIC click here:



Model of the brain

Rubber hand illusion and inversion goggles


Science Week Public Lecture at MIC:
Ooops! The psychology of mistakes

11th November 2016

The Department of Psychology in Mary Immaculate College is inviting members of the public, as well as past, present and possible future students, to a free event on Wednesday 16th November at 7pm. To celebrate Science Week and the Limerick Festival of Science there will be a Pop Up Museum of Psychology and a talk titled ‘Ooops! The psychology of mistakes’. The free talk will commence at 7.30pm in T1.18 in the TARA Building, which also houses the Lime Tree Theatre.

Speaking about the talk, cognitive psychologist, Dr. Marek McGann, explains: "Psychologists are interested in all aspects of people's minds and behaviour. Because understanding what's happening when things go wrong tells us a lot about what must be happening when things go right, we spend a lot of time paying attention to mistakes, illusions and confusions. Over the past century and more we've come to learn a lot about what kinds of assumptions, slips, and lapses, give rise to common mistakes that people make. In the talk, I'll be looking over some of the most common reasons for our errors, and be offering some advice on how to avoid them in future."

Before the talk the audience will also have the opportunity to engage with a variety of fun and interesting interactive experiments, exhibits and displays to give an insight into the science of human behaviour and the mind. The Pop Up Museum of Psychology will be on display from 7pm. It promises to be an entertaining evening and will be suitable for anyone with an interest in psychology, whether they have studied it before or not, including secondary school students that might be thinking of studying psychology.
For more information about other Science Week events taking place in MIC and in Limerick check out www.science.ie.


Research Exchange Project Awarded significant funding.

18th March 2016

The Department of Psychology was delighted to recently learn that a major project, the brain child of psychologists Dr Marek McGann and Ms Marie Ryan, was successful in securing funding from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Click here to read more about the project.


28th April 2016

Fifteen Year 4 MIC Psychology students presented their UGD research at the 38th All Ireland Annual Congress of Psychology students, hosted this year at Ulster University Coleraine on April 8th – 10th 2016.

This Annual Event provides an opportunity for Psychology students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) from third level colleges across Ireland to present their research to a critical audience of peers and academic judges.  There were 10 themed sessions for the oral presentations and a poster session. The judges used merit-based criteria to allocate a single ‘Highly Commended’ award to one of the presentations in each theme.

The MIC cohort of fifteen Year 4 Psychology students received four of the coveted ‘Highly Commended’ Awards for the themed sessions and a fifth MIC Psychology student scooped the overall prize for Best Poster. 

In alphabetical order, the awards went to
Fiona Collins (Best Poster)
Agnes Fitzgerald (Social Psychology)
Lydia Mannion (Behaviourism and Biopsychology)
Sarah O Meara (Educational Psychology)
Eibhlin Ryan (Cyberpsychology)


22nd February 2016 

Dr. Siobhán Howard Awarded Prestigious Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Award to Study Biological Stress Reactions of Military Veteran.

Dr. Siobhán Howard, lecturer in Psychology in Mary Immaculate College (MIC) was recently awarded a 2016 Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant to fund a research project studying the biological stress reactions of military veterans.

Named in honour of the Academy’s first President, James Caulfeild, the 1st Earl of Charlemont (1728–99), this Charlemont Award schemes are unique in offering funding for short international research trips, to support primary research in any area. The Charlemont Grants facilitate access for early-career researchers to important international scientific and cultural resources.

As part of the 2016 Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant, Dr Howard will spend four weeks at the research laboratories of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA. During this time, she will be working on a research project studying the biological stress reactions of military veterans. This exciting research will be completed in collaboration with Prof. Krys Kaniasty of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


30th September 2015

This year marks the 100th birthday of influential psychologist, Jerome Bruner. 

Bruner is  one of the best known and influential psychologists of the twentieth century who has made significant contributions to human cognitive psychology but it is the field of education that his influence has been especially felt.

To mark this very special occasion The Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies (RPECS), in conjunction with MISU, are inviting you to submit your favourite Bruner quote/ teachings in order to be in with a chance to win a School Placement Hamper.

To get involved simply visit the MISU Facebook page and enter your Bruner quote, preceded by #MICBruner, as a comment under the Bruner Day post. The overall winner for the week will be announced at our special Bruner Birthday Celebration, held in the Forum on Thursday, 1st October, and presented with their prize.


3rd September 2015

Free Public Talk for World Mental Health day

What doesn’t kill us: New perspectives on psychological trauma and posttraumatic growth. Presented by Professor Stephen Joseph.
Date: 8th October 2015
Location: Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick
Time: 4 - 7pm
Admission: Free (booking required)

What doesn’t kill us: New perspectives on psychological trauma and posttraumatic growth is proudly supported by the Irish Research Council New Foundations award, the Psychological Society of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society. The lecture is being organised to coincide with World Mental Health Day 2015.

Please note that spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Register here. For more information contact the event organiser: Dr. Elaine Kinsella elaine.kinsella@mic.ul.ie 


1st December 2014

MIC psychology research featured in the Irish Times

New research investigating the television viewing habits of Irish three-year-olds found that those who watch more than 3 hours of television per day have a greater risk of problem behaviours than those who watch less than this amount. This research, which featured in the Irish Times, was reported at the 5th Annual  Growing Up in Ireland Conference last week by Dr. Suzanne Egan of the Department of Psychology, Mary Immaculate College, and Dr. Aisling Murray of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). The day long conference which took place in the Croke Park Conference Centre was opened by Dr. James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Dr. Egan and Dr. Murray also reported that Irish three-year-olds watch an average of 112 minutes of television per day, with 27% of children watching more than 2 hours. However, the American Academy of Paediatrics recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours per day for children aged 2 and over. Although 85% of Irish families have rules about what the child could watch, 16% of three-year-olds have a television, computer or games console in their own bedroom. The research also found that there is some negative effect on the social and emotional development of children who watch for long periods, particularly in excess of 3 hours. This is the case even after taking into account the influence of other factors such as the parents level of education or economic circumstances.

Speaking on Radio Kerry last week Dr. Murray stated that “Even when you control for other possible explanations you still see this effect of longer screen times on emotional and behavioural development at 3 years old”. Dr Egan noted that “Television is just one small contributing factor to a child’s development. International research shows that it can have a positive as well as a negative effect on various aspects of development. Given that parents can control the amount and content of television watched by three-year-olds we would recommend that all families have rules in place about their child’s viewing habits”.

Read the Irish Times coverage here or listen to the podcast on Radio Kerry here.


9th September 2014

MIC Psychology students highly commended in the Undergraduate Awards

Three former students of the B.Ed. in Education and Psychology programme were Highly Commended for their entries to the Undergraduate Awards this year. The Undergraduate Awards, under the patronage of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, celebrate and support undergraduate students by recognising excellence in their coursework and projects. Caitriona Pennycook was highly commended in the Psychology section while Lainey Keane and Cormac McCarthy were highly commended in the Education section.



3rd June 2014

MIC Psychology student to take part in prestigious European summer school.

Lainey Keane, a 4th Year B.Ed. (Education & Psychology) student has won a place on this year's European Federation of Psychology Student Associations (EFPSA) Summer School.

Each year the EFPSA brings together a small number of undergraduate students from across Europe to kickstart a series of year-long international research projects. This year's summer school will be held in Vorarlberg, Austria, from the 13th-20th July. As well as taking part in research methods and content-specific courses, once she returns to Ireland Lainey will be collecting data on a project entitled Work engagement & performance: Does the (mis)alignment of justice sources matter?. The study will examine employees' experiences of fair and unfair treatment and how these impact on their performance and engagement with their jobs.

This is the second year in a row that MIC has been represented at the summer school.


28th May 2014

Open event provides a taste of psychological science to the public at MIC.

Last night MIC played host to public talks from two of the foundational figures for Psychology in Limerick. Dr. Kerry Greer, founding member of the MIC Department of Psychology, presented a critical examination of the transformation of social behaviour by social networking technologies entitled Self, Sexts and Sanity: Is the Social Net Good for your Health? Prof. Orla Muldoon, founding chair of the School of Psychology at UL, presented a telling and informative lecture, A Tale of Two Cities: Disadvantage, Social Division and Well-Being in Limerick, on the impact of prejudice, stereotyping and inequality across the city.

Outside of the talks there were a number of exhibits and activities that allowed members of the public to explore some of the phenomena and theories of psychological research.

The event was jointly organised between MIC, the School of Psychology at UL, the Division of Health Psychology of the Psychological Society of Ireland and the Northern Ireland branch of the British Psychological Society.


14th April 2014

MIC students make their presence felt at 36th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland.

The 36th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland was held in DCU on the 11th and 12th of April 2014. 27 students from both MIC Psychology programmes took part in the event, the largest representation from MIC students to a Congress held in another institution. Our involvement was a great success and Róisín Flanagan, a 4th Year student on the B.Ed. (Education & Psychology) programme, won a Highly Commended award for her presentation.


9th April 2014

Lifelong Learning Festival

Claire Griffin and Marie Ryan (Lecturers in Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education) organised an event for Limerick’s Lifelong Learning Festival entitled Learning for Life or Life for Learning? Exploring topical issues through a psychological lens. This event comprised two workshops, held in Mary Immaculate College on 9th April 2014, to explore a range of topical issues of life through a psychological lens. Sample presentations included inclusive education, special educational needs, social networking and adolescence, parental depression and the impact of life events on psychological well-being. This event was hosted by Bachelor of Education in Education and Psychology students, and lecturers Claire Griffin and Marie Ryan.  Through a series of presentations and audience participation, the event merged cutting-edge research with participants’ lived experiences. This event was open to persons within and outside of Mary Immaculate College.


Photograph (left to right): Claire Griffin (Lecturer in Educational Psychology), Deirdre Egan, Aoife Rice, Caitriona Pennycook, Stephen O’Dea, Fiona Murphy and Nollaig O’Sullivan (students from 4th Year B.Ed in Education and Psychology).

Missing from photograph: Marie Ryan (Lecturer in Educational Psychology), Sarah  O'Meara, Brid  O'Mahoney and Eibhlin  Ryan (students from 2nd Year B.Ed in Education and Psychology).


4th April 2014

2nd Annual PsychFest - Department celebrates undergraduate research

Yesterday saw 26 undergraduate students from both the B.A. (Psychology) and B.Ed. (Education & Psychology) programmes present their undergraduate research to their peers. The event, the MIC Psychology Undergraduate Research Colloquium (or PsychFest) offers an opportunity for 4th Year students to practise the professional skills of research presentation and the dissemination of results, while providing students from earlier years with examples of completed undergraduate research work. During coffee breaks students can discuss the experience and process of research in an open and informal manner.

The event culminated in the evening with a public lecture by Dr. Brendan Rooney of IADT, Dun Laoghaire, entitled Psychology and Movies: Perception, Emotion and Cognition.


11th March 2014

Guest Lecture from Research Fellow on The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing.

Dr. Cathal McCrory was invited as guest lecturer to Mary Immaculate College on 11th March 2014. This was organised by Claire Griffin, as part of the Developmental Psychology II module, a final year psychology module for 4th Year B.A and B.Ed (Education and Psychology) students.

Dr. McCrory’s lecture was entitled, “The importance of a life-course approach to development and ageing”. Dr. Mc Crory is a Psychologist and Research Fellow on The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), a large-scale, nationally representative, longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland, based in Trinity College Dublin.

Left to Right: Chris Beirne (4th Year B.A student), Claire Griffin (Lecturer in Educational Psychology, MIC), Dr. Cathal McCrory (TILDA study, Trinity College Dublin), Jessica Copps (4th Year B.Ed in Education and Psychology student).


11th November 2013

Ailbhe Costello, won first prize in the undergraduate dissertation category at this year's Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland. As part of the prize, Ailbhe presented her undergraduate research at this year's Psychological Society of Ireland's annual conference. The conference took place over the weekend of 7th-10th November, in Sligo. Ailbhe's research, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Siobhán Howard, was entitled "Does a developed theory of mind lead to more rational decision-making in young children?".

Ailbhe was conferred with a B.Ed. (Education & Psychology) on the 25th October, as well as receiving an award for Outstanding Achievement from the college.

Ailbhe Costello and Dr. Siobhán Howard at graduation.

Caitríona Curtin and Cormac McCarthy, both of whom were conferred with BEd in Education and Psychology degrees on 25th October, are currently participating in the 2013 Junior Research Programme organised by the European Federation of Psychology Students Associations (EFPSA). Arising from this participation, both Caitríona and Cormac are part of two separate international research teams, investigating health and well-being in an education context. Cormac is working with researchers from six different institutions examining teacher and pupils’ well-being within a school context, while Caitríona is part of an international research team investigating how schools promote students’ mental health and well-being. Both Cormac and Caitríona are working under the local mentorship of Dr Siobhán Howard, Department of Psychology, on these projects.


Caitríona Curtin, Dr. Siobhan Howard and Cormac McCarthy at graduation.


Graduation 2013

On the 24th and 25th of October of this year the Department of Psychology graduated students from the undergraduate B.A. and B.Ed. (Education & Psychology) programmes, as well as postgraduate students at masters and doctoral levels.

Dr. Suzanne Egan, Dr. David Maloney, Dr. Deirdre Ryan and Dr. Kerry Greer.

PhD Graduates

Dr. David Maloney, supervised by Dr. Suzanne Egan and Dr. Deirdre Ryan, supervised by Dr. Kerry Greer both graduated in the 24th October ceremony. Dr. Maloney's research examined the influence of self-regulatory traits on patterns of counterfactual thinking, while Dr. Ryan's research investigated the processes of inter-hemispheric transfer in skill learning.

Masters Graduate

Michelle Glasheen, the Department's Laboratories Manager, complete her research on information literacy skills amongst college students under the supervision of Dr. Marek McGann.


Michelle Glasheen and Dr. Marek McGann


24th July 2013

Two Psychology Students Accepted to European Summer School
Two Psychology students who recently completed the B.Ed. in Education and Psychology degree were accepted to the prestigious European Federation of Psychology Students Association (EFPSA) summer school. Cormac McCarthy and Catríona Curtin attended the summer school last week from 14th to 21st July in Belgium.
As well as attending the summer school, Cormac and Catríona will work collaboratively with a team of researchers over the next 13 months on two different research projects. Cormac will work with Maja Tadíc, a researcher based in the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia, on a study examining psychological well-being in a school context. Catríona will be working with Praveetha Patalay, a researcher based in University College London, collecting data as part of a cross-national study of school-based provision to promote student psychological well-being.
This is an excellent achievement for both Cormac and Catríona as just 36 students of psychology from across Europe have been accepted onto this programme. We wish them the best of luck with their research over the coming year!


29th April 2013

Postgraduate student commended at NIBPS conference for her research

Congratulations to Deirdre Ryan, a PhD student in the Department of Psychology, who last week received a highly commended award for her presentation at the Annual Conference of the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society. The title of Deirdre’s talk was “How does the left hand know what the right hand is doing? The role of feedback in the inter-manual transfer of acquired skilled hand movements”. The conference was held in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, April 25-27. Students from universities across Ireland presented their work on the day with keynote addresses from Professor Malcolm McLachlan, Trinity College Dublin and Professor Cathy Craig, Queens University Belfast.


25th April 2013

Psychology lecturer honoured for his excellence in teaching and learning

At the annual Shannon Consortium Regional Award for Excellence in Higher Education Teaching Awards ceremony at the University of Limerick yesterday, MIC faculty member Dr Marek McGann was honoured for his excellence in Teaching and Learning.  Dr McGann, a member of the Department of Psychology, was one of seven shortlisted for the award across the Shannon Consortium. The award showcases excellence in teaching and learning within the four Third Level institutes of the Shannon Consortium: the University of Limerick (UL), Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick Institute of Technology, (LIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee, (ITT).

Director of Teaching and Learning, MIC, Dr Anne O’Keeffe, noted that, “The Shannon Consortium Regional Award for Excellence is the most rigorous teaching and learning award process in the country. It involves a detailed and reflective teaching portfolio and a recording of the shortlisted candidate’s teaching”. She went on to say, “The award is a celebration of excellence in teaching and learning and MIC is very proud to have Dr Marek McGann shortlisted this year for the award.”

For more information on this story please click here


15th April 2013

MIC Psychology students receive national recognition for their research

Three undergraduate psychology students of Mary Immaculate College received awards for their research at the 35th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland. The Congress, which has a long history dating from the 1970’s, takes place every year and sees psychology students from all over Ireland present their research. This year over 200 students from across the country presented at the event which was hosted by IADT, Dublin, last Saturday. Each presentation was judged on the quality of the presentation and the quality of the research.

Twenty-one students from MIC presented at the Congress and scooped three of the seven prizes awarded to undergraduate students. Ailbhe Costelloe, a 4th Year B.Ed. in Education and Psychology student, was awarded 1st prize for her research on theory of mind and decision making in young children. Jenny Glennon and Clíodhna O’Connor both received high commended awards for their research on attention and chocolate cravings, and on bodily movement and creativity.

Commenting on the success of the MIC students, Head of the Department of Psychology Dr Veronica Cullinan said ‘We are delighted that so many students from MIC contributed to the Congress and that the quality of their work was recognised nationally. We wish to congratulate all of the students who presented, and in particular the award winners and their research supervisors.’

Clíodhna O’Connor, Ailbhe Costelloe and Jenny Glennon with their awards from the 35th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland

1st Prize from the 35th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland


10th April 2013

PsychFest 2013 - Department celebrates undergraduate research

Yesterday afternoon saw 20 undergraduate psychology students present their dissertation research in a half day long colloquium organised by the Department. Student presentations covered topics as diverse as eye-movements and shyness, chocolate cravings and decision making. A highlight of the event was a keynote address by Dr. Brian Hughes, NIUG, titled ‘The Delusion Delusion’. Dr Hughes discussed the fascinating area of reasoning and problem solving biases and how these can be both problematic and advantageous. Feedback from students on the event was very positive and we hope Psychfest will continue for many years to come.


27th March 2013

Psychology students recognised for their achievements

Congratulations to two psychology students who had their contributions recognised at an award ceremony in MIC last night. Postgraduate student Alan McAuliffe was recognised for his role on the Student’s Union Executive Committee and 2nd year B.Ed in Education and Psychology student Marie Fitzgerald was recognised for her involvement in scouting. For more information on this story please click here.


26th February 2013

Psychology doctoral graduates secure lecturing positions

A few months ago the Department of Psychology was delighted to announce the graduation of it’s first two doctoral students, Dr. Jennifer McMahon and Dr. Aoife McLoughlin. Following the award of their degrees both graduates have now been appointed to full time positions in 3rd level institutions, nationally and internationally. Dr. McMahon has been appointed as a Lecturer in Education in the University of Limerick and Dr. McLoughlin has been appointed as a Lecturer in Psychology in James Cook University, Singapore. We wish both of them every success in their new jobs!


3rd December 2012

For those of you who couldn’t make it on the night a few weeks ago click here to enjoy Dr Marek McGann’s lively and engaging lecture celebrating 10 years of Psychology at MIC. Head of Department Dr Veronica Cullinan opened the lecture by thanking everyone for coming along.  


20th November 2012

Education and Psychology student awarded JP McManus Scholarship

Congratulations to Éadaoin O’Donovan, a BEd in Education & Psychology student, who was recently presented with an All-Ireland Scholarship Award. These awards are sponsored by JP McManus and worth €6750 for each year of studies. Éadaoin was one of 125 students in the country who was presented with a scholarship by former US president Bill Clinton. For more information please click here


15th November 2012

Over 300 people attended the free public psychology lecture last night titled ‘Weird! Your mind is stranger than you think’. The lecture, held in the Lime Tree Theatre, was delivered by Dr. Marek McGann in celebration of 10 years of Psychology at Mary Immaculate College. Head of the Department of Psychology, Dr. Veronica Cullinan, opened the evening by warmly welcoming the audience and thanked everyone involved in the development of the department over the last decade. During the lively and engaging lecture Marek talked about a number of fascinating phenomena all of which illustrated how active and dynamic our minds are in making sense of the world. He described one study on false memory in which people were lead to believe they loved asparagus as a child and another study on the rubber hand illusion in which people begin to feel like a rubber hand is their own hand. Audience members had a chance to experience this feeling for themselves prior to the lecture using a number of rubber hands which were on display outside the theatre.  Marek also talked about how people can ‘see with their skin’ using different types of technological devices. The evening closed with a number of interesting questions from audience members.

The lecture will be available to view online shortly. Please check back soon. 


Head of the Department of Psychology, Dr. Veronica Cullinan, welcoming the audience

Dr. Marek McGann


Members of the public enjoying the rubber hand illusion and other experiment demonstrations before the talk


14th November 2012

Congratulations to Education and Psychology student Patrick Burke who recived his Undergraduate Award from Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, this week. For more information click here


9th November 2012

Dr Marek McGann, Lecturer with the Department of Psychology at MIC, was interviewed on Clare FM on Friday about the Public Lecture on Psychology which will take place in the Lime Tree Theatre this Wednesday 14 November at 7.30pm!

Here's the interview for those who missed it.


5th November 2012

The Department of Psychology at Mary Immaculate College is inviting members of the public, as well as past, present and potential future students, to a talk celebrating 10 years of Psychology being offered at MIC. The free talk titled, “Weird! Your Mind is Stranger than You Think” takes place in the Lime Tree Theatre in MIC on Wednesday 14th November at 7.30pm and is suitable for anyone with an interest in Psychology, whether they have studied it before or not. It will also be suitable for secondary school students that might be thinking of studying Psychology.

Cognitive Psychologist, Dr Marek McGann, who will give the talk, explains: “Psychology has unearthed a host of surprising findings that suggest our minds are much stranger that we could ever have thought. Some of these findings show that we make mistakes we'd never expect. Some show us how flexible and changeable we are. And some remind us that our minds are more powerful than we might think.” On the night Dr McGann will address questions such as whether or not it is possible to use your skin to see, can the brand of medicine you take make it more powerful and whether or not you can remember things that never happened.

Psychology was first offered as part of the Liberal Arts degree at MIC in 2002 and has gone from strength to strength every year since then. The Psychology degree was the first in Limerick to be recognised by the professional body of psychologists in Ireland (PSI), which means there are a range of opportunities available to students when they graduate. Two such graduates are Dr Aoife McLoughlin and Dr Jennifer McMahon, both of whom continued on to funded postgraduate studies after completing the BA in Liberal Arts at MIC and went on to become the first PhD students to graduate from the department at this year’s Conferring Ceremonies.

Head of the Psychology Department, Dr Veronica Cullinan, remarked, “Over the last 10 years the department has grown and developed with the addition of staff, equipment, computer facilities and laboratories. It’s an excellent place for students to study. We want to celebrate the achievements of all our students, past and present, by inviting them and members of the public to this event.”

Commenting on the achievement, College President, Professor Michael A Hayes, said, “Mary Immaculate College is very proud of its provision of Psychology, which has consistently recruited students of the highest calibre. I congratulate my colleagues on reaching this milestone of a decade of provision and I congratulate our first graduates from the Psychology Department to be conferred with PhDs, Dr Jennifer McMahon and Dr Aoife McLoughlin.”


1st November 2012

Congratulations to all our graduates.

PhD in Psychology Graduate, Dr Aoife McLoughlin, with Dr Marek McGann and Dr Veronica Cullinan of the Department of Psychology at MIC and Dr Jennifer McMahon, also a PhD in Psychology Graduate.

Lorraine Whisker and Dr Kerry Greer, Lorraine graduated with a Masters by Research in Psychology. 

MISU Vice-President, Cillian McHugh, and President, Darragh Wynne, both graduated with BEd in Education & Psychology Degrees this year.


Undergraduate Award winner, Patrick Burke, graduated with a BEd in Education & Psychology. Patrick received College Medals for 1st Place on the BEd in Education & Psychology Degree Programme, 1st Place in Psychology, Bonn don Teastas sa Chreideamh, the Kieran Burke Fellowship, and a Vere Foster Medal.


22nd October 2012

Congratulations to the first MIC Psychology PhDs!

The Department of Psychology is delighted to announce that it’s first two doctoral students are graduating this Thursday. Jennifer McMahon conducted research on education for children with autism (supervised by Dr. Veronica Cullinan) and Aoife McLoughlin conducted research on the influence of technology use on how we perceive time (supervised by Dr. Marek McGann). Both students studied psychology for their undergraduate degrees here in MIC through the Liberal Arts degree and their PhD’s were made possible by the MIC Teaching Assistantships. Well done to both of them!


2nd October 2012

Education and Psychology student wins Undergraduate Award

Patrick Burke, who graduates later this month  with a BEd in Education and Psychology, has won an Undergraduate Award in the field of Teacher Education. The Undergraduate Awards recognise innovative and excellent work by undergraduate students from around the world. Patrick’s work was chosen from nearly 3000 entrants across the globe to receive an award. Patrick will be presented with his award next month by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.

For more information please click here 


11th September 2012

The Department of Psychology was founded in 2002 and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. Check back soon to find out more about some of the events we’ll be organising to commemorate the occasion!


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