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Dr Aidan Feeney

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Aidan Feeney

Dr Aidan Feeney

Senior Lecturer

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I finished my first degree at Trinity College Dublin in 1992, and after a year spent in France, went to the Centre for Thinking and Language at the University of Plymouth where I was awarded a PhD in 1997. In 1998 I moved to the University of Durham where I was first a lecturer, and then from 2005, a senior lecturer. I came to Queen’s in February 2009.

Research Interests

I am interested in high-level cognition. I study both how we make inductive generalisations from specific examples, and how we reason deductively. I also have strong interests in judgement and decision making, including how we think about counterfactual alternatives to reality, and how consideration of those alternatives is related to the experience of regret. More recently I have studied the relationship between regret and decision making in children. My work has been funded by several grants from the ESRC and from the British Council in Paris.

I have academic collaborators in the UK (Aimee Bright, Queen Mary University of London; David Over, University of Durham), France ( Jean- Francois Bonnefon, CNRS Toulouse), and North America (Evan Heit, University of California, Merced; John Coley, Northeastern University).

I have recently developed interests in the role played by emotions such as regret and shame in the wellbeing of people with problem debts. This work is part-funded by the Business Alliance Fund at QUB and the commercial partner is Grant Thornton LLP.


As well as being Director of Education for the School of Psychology, I convene two final year modules, PSY3090 General Paper and PSY3100 Psychologistis at Work: Insights Into Graduate Employment. I also contribute to introductory modules at Level 1.

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