Sean Moore, PhD (University of Alberta), BA (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences

Contact

Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
Email
semoore@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 679-1524
Address
2-330 AG10 Faith & Life Centre
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3

Email
sean.moore@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

You've reached the website of Dr. Sean E Moore, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Alberta-Augustana Campus. I received my B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and my Ph.D in psychology from the University of Alberta. Prior to my appointment at Augustana, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the survey methodology program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as a sessional lecturer in psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Research

In terms of research interests, I consider myself a social-cultural psychologist whose primary interests are in examining the causes and consequences of human emotions. In studying the causes of emotions, I often look at how cultural values or belief systems impact emotional outcomes like perceived happiness and life satisfaction. When looking at the consequences of emotions, I conduct research examining how moods affect people’s attitudes and thinking about social/political issues. 

Areas of Research Interest: Affect and cognitive processes (e.g., psychology of emotions, mood and attitude change), Psychology of nonreligion and secularity, Cultural psychology of life satisfaction, Scholarship of teaching and learning, Bias correction in social judgment, Judgment and decision-making processes (e.g., anchoring, political judgments), Cognition and survey methodology, Applied social psychology


Teaching

As part of the liberal arts philosophy of my university campus, I teach classes in a variety of interdisciplinary areas connected to the field of social-cultural psychology (e.g., social psychology, intimate relationships, social cognition, environmental psychology, cultural psychology, psychology of religion, political psychology). I also currently teach the capstone class (History & Systems of Psychology) for all psychology majors in our program.

Courses Currently Taught

  • AUIDS 101 – First Year Seminar on Sexual Health Myths and Misperceptions
  • AUPSY 103 – Introduction to Psychology
  • AUPSY 240 – Social Psychology
  • AUPSY 338 – Intimate Relationships and Human Sexuality
  • AUPSY 363 – Social Cognition
  • AUPSY 344 – Environmental Psychology
  • AUPSY 408/09 – History and Systems of Psychology - Psychology Capstone
  • AUSY 426 – Psychology of Religion
  • AUPSY 441 – Emotion 
  • AUPSY 442 – Psychology in a Cultural Context
  • AUPSY 448 – Political Psychology
  • AUPSY 497/499 – Individual Study – Fourth Year Thesis

Courses

AUENV 344 - Environmental Psychology

Systematic study of the dynamic interchange between people and their social and physical environmental contexts. Topics include theories of environmental perception, the effects of crowding, the impact of natural/urban settings, the effects of building design and colours, and managing limited resources. Prerequisites: AUPSY 102 (2016) or AUPSY 103; third-year standing. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 344 and AUPSY 344.

Fall Term 2020
AUIDS 101 - Topics in Liberal Studies

Selected topics that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. This seminar-style class is a key aspect of the Augustana First Year Experience. The focus and content of each course are determined by faculty interests, and vary from year to year.

Fall Term 2020
AUPSY 103 - Introduction to Psychology

The course focuses on the basic principles underlying human behaviour. Topics include the central nervous system, cognition, development, social, and personality, and mental health. AUPSY 103 is classified as a science course. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPSY 103 and either of AUPSY 101 (2016) or AUPSY 102 (2016).

Winter Term 2021
AUPSY 240 - Social Psychology

Survey of theories and research on the individual in a social context. Topics may include self presentation, values/attitudes/beliefs, leadership, group dynamics, interpersonal attraction, and aggression. Prerequisite: AUPSY 102 (2016) or 103.

Winter Term 2021
AUPSY 344 - Environmental Psychology

Systematic study of the dynamic interchange between people and their social and physical environmental contexts. Topics include theories of environmental perception, the effects of crowding, the impact of natural/urban settings, the effects of building design and colours, and managing limited resources. Prerequisite: AUPSY 102 (2016) or 103; third-year standing. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 344 and AUPSY 344.

Fall Term 2020
AUPSY 408 - History and Systems of Psychology

Survey of major theoretical approaches to psychology, especially in the last two centuries, emphasizing the historical antecedents and contemporary significance of each. Prerequisites: One of AUPSY 101 (2016), 102 (2016), or 103, and fourth year standing. Notes: Open only to a student with a major in Psychology. AUPSY 408 is classified as an arts course. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPSY 408 or AUPSY 409.

Winter Term 2021
AUPSY 409 - History and Systems of Psychology

Survey of major theoretical approaches to psychology, especially in the last two centuries, emphasizing the historical antecedents and contemporary significance of each. Prerequisites: One of AUPSY 101 (2016), 102 (2016), or 103, and fourth year standing. Notes: Open only to a student with a major in Psychology. AUPSY 409 is classified as a science course. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPSY 408 or AUPSY 409.

Winter Term 2021
AUPSY 426 - Psychology of Religion

An in-depth examination of psychological theories and research examining religious thought and behaviour. Topics may include spirituality, religious fundamentalism, religiosity, guilt, forgiveness, morality, mysticism, religious coping and health, conversion, religious socialization, ritual. Prerequisites: One of AUPSY 220, 240; third year standing.

Fall Term 2020
AUPSY 497 - Individual Study I

Literature review and proposal (including an oral report) for fourth-year thesis. Prerequisites: AUPSY 313, fourth-year standing, and consent of the Instructor. Notes: Admission to AUPSY 497 normally requires a grade point average of at least 3.5. An Application for Individual Study must be completed and approved before registration in the course. The course is intended for a student planning to pursue graduate studies in Psychology. AUPSY 497 is to be followed by AUPSY 499.

Fall Term 2020
AUPSY 499 - Individual Study II

Fourth-year thesis research, report, and oral presentation. Prerequisite: AUPSY 497. Note: Admission to AUPSY 499 normally requires a grade point average of at least 3.5. An Application for Individual Study must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Winter Term 2021

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Undergraduate Thesis Projects Supervised
  1. Farshad Labbaf (January/2018-December 2018) "Psychological Factors in the Underreporting of Concussions in Athletes"
  2. Calista Stoyles (Sept/2017 – April/2018) "An Examination of a Norms-Based Intervention for Improving Sexual Health Attitudes in University Students"
  3. Fowzia Huda (Sept/2016 – April/2017) "Is Emotional Intelligence Associated with Greater Emotional Manipulation in Romantic Relationships"
  4. Kristie Soanes (Sept/2016 – April/2017) "An Examination of the Effects of Mindset Manipulations on Perceived Academic Achievement"
  5. Samantha K Jones (Sept/2015 – April/2016) “The Experiences of Urban and Rural Volunteer Firefighters: A Mixed Methods Approach
  6. Kachuri Rook (Sept/2015 – April/2016) “The Effect of Anxiety on Trust Judgments
  7. Jaynita Maru (May/2015 – December/2016) “The Psychology of Secularity and Nonreligion: Developing a Scale of Nonbelief”
  8. Nathan Milley (Sept/2014 – April/2015) “An Examination of the Emotional Superiority Effect in Implicit Memory”
  9. Julie Sawchuk (Sept/2014 – December/2014) “The Effect of Pride on Emotional Predictions”
  10. Katelyn Stewart (Sept/2013 – April/2014) “The Effects of Happiness and Sadness on Emotional Predictions”
  11. Kelly Canning (Sept/2013 – December/2013) “Effects of Trait Anxiety, Self-Efficacy, Stress, and Decisional Control on Exam Performance in University Students”
  12. Nadia Rebkowich (Sept/2012 – April/2013) “The Effects of Induced Stress on Perception of Risks”
  13. Christopher Robblee (Sept/2010 – April/2011) “An Examination of the Moral Foundations Underlying Environmental Values”
  14. Puneet Toor (Sept/2010 – April/2011) “Development and Validation of an Irreligiosity Scale”
  15. Desirae Bowlby (Sept/2009 – April/2010) “An Examination of Risk Perception Judgments in Interpersonal Attraction”
  16. Erica Parr (Sept/2009 – April/2010) “An Examination of the Impact of Time Framing on Adolescent Risk Judgments”
  17. Crystal Butler (Sept/2008 – April/2009) “My Life is Safer than Your Life: The Effects of Self-Affirmations on Comparative Risk Judgments”
  18. Shungu-Elaine Mushayandebvu (Sept/2008 – December/2008) “Does Esteem Boosting Thought Make Life Seem Less Risky? An Examination of the Effects of Self-Affirmation on Risk Perception?”
  19. Rhiannon Wegenast (Sept/2006 – April/2007) “Does Affirming the Self Concept Lower Global Perceptions of Risk?”
  20. Greg Olson (Sept/2006 – December/2006) “The True North, Strong and Green? The Effects of Canadian National Identity Manipulations on Cannabis-Related Public Policy Attitudes”

Publications

The Psychology of Secularity and Nonreligion (Book Chapter)
Author(s): Sean E Moore, Jaynita Maru
Publication: Religion: Beyond Religion (Edited by Phil Zuckerman)
Volume: Chapter 14
Page Numbers: 241-261
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