Outline of work:
As a Social Psychologist, I critique existing measures used to estimate automatic/implicit biases (e.g., prejudice towards other races). I have designed two new implicit measures which I have demonstrated provide useful advantages over the current “gold standard” implicit tasks. I also use “big data” to explain factors that exacerbate prejudice (e.g., disease rates/segregation) towards stigmatised groups (e.g., immigrants/minorities) both across and within countries/cultures. I completed an International Psychology BA at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Ottawa. I also hold an MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. During my PhD at the University of Warwick, I built collaborative links with the world’s largest online virtual laboratory, Project Implicit (Harvard University and the University of Florida).
Implicit Cognition (e.g., Implicit Association Test, Single Target IAT, Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure, Go/No-Go Association Task & the Simple Implicit Procedure).
Physiological Measurement (e.g., Electrodermal Activity, Facial Electromyography & Electrocardiogram).
Parasite Stress Theory and System Justification Theory.
Intergroup Relations (e.g., contact hypothesis).
Peer Reviewed Publications:
- O’Shea, B., Watson D. G., & Brown, G. D. A. (2016). Measuring Implicit Attitudes: A Positive Framing Bias Flaw in the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) Psychological Assessment, 28, 158-170.
- O’Shea, B. (2016). Parasites and their implications for social and cultural psychology. PSYPAG Quarterly, 99, 30-34.
- O’Shea, B. (2015). Capitalism versus a new economic model: Implicit and explicit attitudes of protesters and bankers. Social Movement Studies, 14, 311-330.
O’Shea, B., Fincher, C. L., Watson D. G, & Brown, G. D. A. (July, 2017). Conservatism religion and prejudice: Is parasite stress the ultimate cause? Talk presented at the 18th General Meeting of the European Assocaiton of Social Psychology (EASP), Granada, Spain.
O’Shea, B. (July, 2017). Rising Researcher Award Presentation. Invited to present at the PSYPAG Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
O’Shea, B., Watson D. G, & Brown, G. D. A. (November, 2016). Positivity biases in absolute implicit measures. Invited to present at Project Implicit, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.
O’Shea, B., Fincher, C. L., Watson D. G, & Brown, G. D. A. (September, 2016). Parasites and system justification theory: What is the connection? Invited to present at the Jost Lab, New York University, New York, USA.
O’Shea, B., De Houwer, J., Watson D. G, & Brown, G. D. A. (September, 2016). Advancing our understanding of absolute implicit measures. Invited to present at the Implicit Cognition Lab, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
O’Shea, B., Fincher, C. L., Watson D. G, & Brown, G. D. A. (June, 2016). Can diseases make you prejudiced? Three Minute Thesis Finalist at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
O’Shea, B., Fincher, C. L., Watson D. G, & Brown, G. D. A. (January, 2016). Infectious Disease Prevalence Predicts Increased Implicit and Explicit Prejudice. Talk presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in San Diego, USA. (Only 13% accepted).