Brendan Rooney

Brendan Rooney

Research Interest

Area of Research

  • the ways in which media entertainment and (virtual) environments direct attention and move emotion. 
  • the extent to which “ecological validity” is manifest in such experiences, and the implications of using media and entertainment in research (experimental stimuli or assessment).
  • ultimately using this work to embed positive change within media and entertainment (well-being, therapy, learning).

I hold an appointment in the University College Dublin School of Psychology and direct the Media and Entertainment Psychology Lab there. In my work, I collaborate in a number of interdisciplinary research teams, with film and humanities scholars, creative and entertainment industry experts (animators, filmmakers), philosophers, computer scientists and engineers. 

Current project
Developing and piloting Virtual-reality Neuropsychological Assessment Techniques (V-NATs) for social cognition and memory.