My name is Ciarán Mc Mahon and I am a research psychologist, specialising in cyber psychology and social media.I studied at University College Dublin, and have previously lectured at Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dún Laoghaire and Dublin Business School.
I am primarily interested in the relationship between psychology and technology. This began with my doctoral research on the development of subjective terminology in symbiosis with changes in literary practices, namely the concept of attention. As a postgraduate, I was awarded the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences’ Early Career Award for my exploration of the psychological significance of silent reading.
From this perspective, examining historical shifts in the human/media symbiosis, it was a natural progression to examine cyber and social media technologies. I continue to be fascinated by how human behaviour online. I constructed PsychBook as a means of collating research primarily concerned with Facebook. My blog of research on political uses of social media, Candidate.ie, which was shortlisted by the Irish Blog Awards in 2011, is where I continue to produce summaries and commentaries on that area.