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Dr. Aoife McLoughlin

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Dr. Aoife McLoughlin

Lecturer, Psychology


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Limerick, 2008 – 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Majors: Psychology, English Literature, 2004–2008

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Biography

Aoife comes from Limerick City in the Republic of Ireland. Having completed her undergraduate degree with joint honours in Psychology and English Literature in 2008, Aoife decided to spend some time trying to answer a question that has fascinated many people before her: “What is time?”. Aoife was an Irish Research Council Scholar for 3 years, completing her doctoral dissertation entitled The Time of Our Lives:An investigation into the effects of technological advances on temporal experience in 2012.

She moved to JCU Singapore in 2013, where she lectures on the undergraduate Psychology programme.

Research Interests

Dr McLoughlin’s research focuses on our perception of time and subjective experiences of the passage of time, with particular emphasis on how Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and time saving technologies have affected these experiences. This research builds on work in the area of human time perception, modernity and technology acceptance and use. So far, Dr McLoughlin has found that those who use more technology in their daily lives appear to experience time differently than those using less, and that there may be a number of different mechanisms involved in this difference. This has led her to consider that our experience of time and how we process information may be linked in ways that have never been previously addressed.

Dr McLoughlin also has an interest in research on the effectiveness of digital technologies and blended learning in Higher Education. She is a member of the IDEALS research group (Investigating Digitised Education and Learning Systems) who are based in Ireland.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications and Conference Proceedings

McLoughlin, A. (2010). The Time of Our Lives: An investigation into the effects of technological advances on our temporal experience. Abstract in: The Irish Psychologist,(37)1, pp 39

McLoughlin, A., McGann, M. (In preparation) Measuring Everyday Technology Use: Development of a questionnaire.

Greer. K., Ryan, D., McLoughlin, A. The Effectiveness of MediaSite in Higher Education Social Psychology Lectures. Poster Presented at MIC Professional Development Day: Blended Learning and the Use of Technology to Enhance Learning, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland June 11th, 2012

Greer. K., Ryan, D., McLoughlin, A. A Case Study in Higher Education: Integrating Multiple Modules. Paper presented at Shannon Consortium, Conversations in the Consortium, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Limerick, November 7th, 2011.

McLoughlin, A. Got the Time? Examining the effects of technological advancement on temporal judgements. Paper presented at The British Psychological Society, Cognitive Section, annual conference, Keele University, Keele, England, September 7th, 2011

McLoughlin, A. What’s the Time? Examining whether technological advances are affecting our temporal judgements. Poster presented at the TIMELY (Time In MEntaL activitY: theoretical, behavioural, bio-imaging and clinical perspectives) workshop on the “Psychophysical, Computational, and Neuroscience Models of Time Perception”, Groningen University, Groningen, Netherlands, April 6th, 2011.

McLoughlin, A. The Time of Our Lives: An investigation into the effects of technological advances on our temporal experience. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Ireland, November 11th 2010

Greer. K., Ryan, D., McLoughlin, A. The Effectiveness of Digital Technologies in Higher Education Lectures. Paper presented at NAIRTL (National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning) International Conference on Flexible Learning, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, October 6th 2010

McLoughlin, A. Internal Clocks and Fast Living: Do time-saving devices alleviate stress. Paper presented at Shannon Consortium, In Tune: Innovations in Contemporary Research Conference, Limerick, Ireland, May 19th 2009.