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Department of Psychology  

Dr. Paul Mulcahy

B.A., Ph.D.

Room R104

Tel: 00 353 (0)61 774723

Email: paul.mulcahy@mic.ul.ie  


Paul Mulcahy graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway in 2007 with a BA in Psychology and was awarded his PhD from NUI, Galway for his thesis titled “Basic aesthetic features and their influence on attention and performance”. He was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) on an IRC-funded research project titled “Emotion regulation and cardiovascular reactivity to stress: Experimentally manipulating the “Type D” behavioural profile” (Principal Investigator: Dr Siobhán Howard, University of Limerick).

Paul joined MIC as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2016. He teaches modules in Research Methods and Statistics, Biological Psychology, and Health Psychology as well as supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research.

Research Interests

Paul Mulcahy’s main research interests lie in the area of visual cognition as it applies to aesthetics, and the underlying neural dynamics that may facilitate aesthetic experience or preference. He has a particular focus on investigating the extent to which aesthetic visual experience can be differentiated from everyday perception of designed objects, facial structure, or natural scenes. He is also interested in the relationship between aesthetics and the psychophysiology of emotions.

Professional Memberships

Association for Psychological Science


Elliott, M. A., Kelly, J., Friedel, J., Brodsky, J., & Mulcahy, P. (2015). The golden section as optical limitation. PLoS One, 10(7), e0131045 

Elliott, M. A., Rosa-Salva, O., Mulcahy, P., & Regolin, L. (2012). Structural imbalance promotes behavior analogous to aesthetic preference in domestic chicks. PLoS One, 7(8), e43029 

Mulcahy, P., Rosa-Salva, O., Elliott, M.A., & Regolin, L. (2010). Structural imbalance and aesthetic preference in domestic chicks. In Bastianelli, A., & Vidotto, G., (Eds.) Fechner Day 2010: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics. Padova, Italy: The International Society for Psychophysics

Recent conference presentations 

Mulcahy, P., & Elliott, M. E. Structural imbalance and aesthetic preference in domestic chicks. 26th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics, Padua, Italy, October 19-22nd 2010. 

Mulcahy, P., & Elliott, M.E. The effects of hunger on perception of simultaneity. Psychological Society of Ireland 37th Annual Conference, Galway, 2007.


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