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Dr. Suzanne Egan

B.A., M.A., Dip. Stat., Ph.D.

Room G63
Tel: 00 353 (0)61 204333
Email:
Suzanne.Egan@mic.ul.ie 
 

Background 

Suzanne Egan graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Psychology and an MA in Cognitive Science. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics and was awarded her PhD from Trinity College Dublin for her work on conditional reasoning and counterfactual thinking. She regularly publishes and presents her research at national and international conferences and her research has been reported by the national and international media.

Suzanne joined Mary Immaculate College (MIC) as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2004. She teaches modules in Statistics, Cognitive Psychology and Lifespan Development as well as supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research. Suzanne currently serves on the committee for the Division of Teachers and Researchers in the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and is a member of the course advisory board for the B.Ed in Education and Psychology. She is also assistant editor of the Irish Journal of Psychology.

Research Interests

Suzanne Egan’s main research interests lie in the area of social cognition and cognitive development. She has a particular interest in the processes involved in thinking, reasoning and decision making and in supporting cognitive development in young children. For more information on some of her current and recent projects please see the Department Research page

Professional Memberships

Psychological Society of Ireland
European Society of Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Science Society
 

Publications

Egan, S.M. & Frosch, C.A., (2016). The Effect of Evidence versus Explanation on Health Related Decision Making. In preparation

Egan, S.M., Frosch, C.A. & Philpott, B. (2016). Blame Assignment to Multiple Contributory Events: The Interaction Between Causes, Enablers and Controllability. In Submission

Maloney, D. & Egan, S. (2015). The Effect of Autonomy on Counterfactual Thinking about Controllable Events. In Submission

Frosch, C.A, Egan, S.M. & Hancock, E. (2015). The effect of controllability and causality on counterfactual thinking, Thinking and Reasoning, 21 (3), 317-340.

Murray, A. & Egan, S.M. (2014). Does reading to infants benefit their cognitive development at 9-months-old? An investigation using a large birth cohort study. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 30 (3) 303-315.

Egan, S.M. & Byrne, R.M. J. (2012). Inferences from counterfactual threats and promises. Experimental Psychology, 59(4), 227-35.

Egan, S.M., C.A. Frosch & E. Hancock, (2010). What else could have caused it? Counterfactuals, Enablers and Alternatives, In J. Griffith, C. Hayes, M. Madden, D. O’Hora & C. O’Riordan (Eds.). Proceedings of 21st National Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, 94-101.

Egan, S. M., Garcia-Madruga, J.A., & Byrne, R.M. (2009). Indicative and counterfactual ‘only if’ conditionals. Acta Psychologica, 132, 240-249.

Egan, S., (2008). Conference Report: The Sixth International Conference on Thinking. The Irish Psychologist, Vol. 35(3) 61.

Egan, S.M., C.A. Frosch & E. Hancock, (2008). Thinking counterfactually – how controllability affects the ‘undoing’ of causes and enablers. In: B.C. Love, K. McRae & V.M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, 1152-1157.

Byrne, R.M.J. & Egan, S.M. (2004). Counterfactual and Pre-factual Conditionals. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 58(2), 113-120.

Byrne, R.M.J., Egan, S.M. & Garcia Madruga, J.A. (2003). Counterfactual “only if” conditionals. In R. Alterman, & D. Kirsh (Eds.) Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA; Erlbaum

Recent conference presentations 

Egan, S.M. & Murray, A. (2015). The effect of television watching on the socio-emotional development of young children. 45th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, November 11th - 14th, 2015. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M. & Pope, J. (2015). The effect of childcare on the cognitive and socio-emotional development of infants. 45th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, November 11th - 14th, 2015. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M. & Frosch, C.A. & Philpott, B. (2015). Blame Assignment to Multiple Contributory Events: The Interaction Between Causes, Enablers and Controllability. 45th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, November 11th - 14th, 2015. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M. & Murray, A. (2014). Does time spent watching television in early childhood affect socio emotional development? Paper presented at the 6th Annual Growing Up in Ireland Conference, Dublin, November 26th.

Egan, S.M. (2012). Eye Movements in Conditional Reasoning: 'If then' and 'Only if'. The 7th International Conference on Thinking, London, England, July 3rd-6th, 2012.

Egan, S.M., Frosch, C.A., & Hancock, E. How we undo the past: Counterfactual thinking about enablers. 40th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Athlone, Ireland, November 11th - 14th, 2010. (Refereed).

McAuliffe, A & Egan, S. Shying away? An eye-tracking study of shyness. 40th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Athlone, Ireland, November 11th - 14th, 2010. (Refereed).

Maloney, D. & Egan, S. Autonomy and counterfactual thinking. 40th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Athlone, Ireland, November 11th - 14th, 2010. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M., Frosch, C.A. & Hancock, E. What else could have caused it? Counterfactuals, Enablers and Alternatives, 21st National Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, Galway, Ireland, August 30-September 1, 2010. (Refereed).

Egan, S. M., Frosch, C.A., & Hancock, E., The role of controllability in counterfactual thinking. Sixth International Conference on Thinking, Venice, Italy, August, 20 – 23, 2008. (Refereed).

Egan, S. M., Frosch, C.A., & Hancock, E. Thinking counterfactually – how controllability affects the ‘undoing’ of causes and enablers. Annual Cognitive Science Conference, Washington D.C., USA, July 25 – 28, 2008. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M. “Blame attributions and media counterfactual thinking”. The European Society of Cognitive Psychology Conference, Marseille, France, August, 2007. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M., McGann, M. & Sarma, K. “Blame attributions and media portrayals of rape.” The Psychological Society of Ireland 37th annual conference, Galway, November 2006. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M. & Byrne, R.M. “Counterfactual Promises and Threats.” Annual Cognitive Science Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. July 2006. (Refereed).

Greer, K. and Egan, S.M. "Judgement and Prejudice: the impact of patients' age on decisions and behaviour of health care personnel. The Psychological Society of Ireland 36th annual conference, LondonDerry 17-20th November, 2005. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M. & Greer, K. “Judgement or prejudice: Ageism in students of the caring professions” 6th Annual Research Conference of the School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Trinity College Dublin."Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education and Technology" 2-4 November 2005.

Egan, S.M.,  Byrne R. & Garcia-Madruga, J. “The direction of the possibilities kept in mind for ‘only if’”. UNED, Madrid, Spain, June 2005.

Egan, S.M. & Byrne, R.M.J. “Counterfactual Promises and Threats”, The 15th Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference (AICS), Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland. Sep 2004. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M. & Byrne, R.M.J. “Counterfactual Inducements”, Fifth International Conference on Thinking, Leuven, Belgium. July 2004. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M. & Byrne, R.M.J.  “Counterfactual inducements”, 26th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. Mar 2004

Egan, S.M., Byrne, R.M.J. & Garcia-Madruga, J.A “A comparison of ‘if then’ and ‘only if’ counterfactuals”, 13th Conference of the European Society of Cognitive Psychology, Granada, Spain. Sept 2003

Egan, S.M., Byrne, R.M.J. & Garcia-Madruga, J.A. “Counterfactual ‘only if’ conditionals”, 25th Annual Cognitive Science Conference, Boston, MA. Aug 2003. (Refereed).

Egan, S.M. & Byrne, R.M.J. “Deductive reasoning with factual and counterfactual conditionals”, Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Waterford, Ireland Nov 2002

 

 

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