The Lab



The SOCOUL Lab at the Department of Psychology in the University of Limerick takes a social cognitive perspective on addressing emotions, the self, political cognition, decision making, and person perception. It consists of a combination of undergraduate students, PhD-students, lecturers.


Research of the SOCOUL Lab is dedicated to social psychology, primarily rooted in social cognition, and it branches into other subdisciplines of psychology and neighbouring fields such as neuroscience, linguistics, sociology, and philosophy.  We are committed to conducting excellent psychological research and advancing knowledge of the contextual influences on human judgements and behaviour.

Partner Labs & Collaborators

The SOCOUL Lab is a partner lab of the RISE-Lab (chaired by Dr Elaine Kinsella) at the University of Limerick.  It is also part of a larger network of researchers and research labs at the University of Mannheim, King’s College London, the University of Michigan, and the  University of Ulm. The SOCOUL Lab is also associated with the network of social cognition researchers across Europe that have been active in ESCON and with a network of psychological science researchers at the University of Limerick (Platform for Psychological Science, PPS-UL).


The SOCOUL Lab builds on earlier labs chaired by Eric R. Igou and is influenced by conceptualizations and missions that are rooted in activities of the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON). The research group usually consists of undergraduate, masters, PhD students, and staff members.

The current members of the lab group are: Eric Igou, Adrian Lüders, Aoife Whiston, Caoimhe O’Reilly, Cillian McHugh, Finn Lannon, Jenny Roth, Kevin O’Malley, Muireann O’Dea, Paul Maher, Robert Crowley, Bart Ryan, Ian Daly, Jade Daly, Jade Gill, Eve Larkin, Signe Sandere.