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Department of Psychology  

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.

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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).

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