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Brian O'Shea

Brian O

 

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).

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Research Interests:

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.


Oral Presentations:

  • 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).