My research interests fall into three main areas related to social-cultural psychology. The first deals with the impact of people’s day-to-day emotional experiences (i.e., emotions, moods) on social judgments, attitudes and persuasion. My second area of interest focuses on examining the cultural basis of affective judgments such as subjective well-being. I have conducted cultural psychology work in the countries of Tonga and Oman to investigate these questions. My third area of interest is conducting applied social psychology research. For example, I have conducted research examining the role of attention/memory processes in survey responses and political decision-making as well as research examining the determinants of peoples' environmental attitudes.
I have also recently begun research with my colleagues into the psychology of teaching, with a focus on understanding the processes that lead to effective directed studies outcomes in undergraduate psychology courses. An emerging area of research that my students and I have begun is a project that explores the dimensions underlying nonreligion and secularity (i.e., rejecting, questioning, or absence of religion).
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Social Cognition
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- Belli, R. F., Moore, S. E., & Van Hoewyk, J. (2006). An experimental comparison of question forms used to reduce vote overreporting. Electoral Studies, 25, 751-759.
- Hvenegaard, G., Link, A. L., Moore, S. E., & Wesselius, J. C. (2013) Exploring the dynamics of directed studies courses: Student, instructor, and administrator perspectives. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 4(2), Article 5. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5206/cjsotl-rcacea.2013.2.5
- Moore, S. E., Young Leslie, H., & Lavis, C. A. (2005). Subjective well-being and life satisfaction in the Kingdom of Tonga. Social Indicators Research, 70, 287-311.
- Sinclair, R. C., Lovsin, T., & Moore, S. E. (2007). Mood state, issue involvement, and argument strength on responses to persuasive appeals. Psychological Reports, 101, 739-753.
- Sinclair, R. C., Mark, M. M., Moore, S. E., Lavis, C. A., & Soldat, A. S. (2000). Psychology: An electoral butterfly effect. Nature, 408, 665-666.
- Sinclair, R. C., Moore, S. E., Mark M. M., Lavis, C. A., & Soldat, A. S. (2010). Incidental moods, source likeability, and persuasion: Liking motivates message elaboration in happy people. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 940-961.
- Moore, S. E., & Maru, J. (2016). The psychology of secularity and nonreligion. In P. Zuckerman (Ed.) In Religion: Beyond Religion (pp. 241-261). Gale-CENGAGE-Macmillan Reference. Farmington Hills, MI.
- Sinclair, R. C., Moore, S. E., Lavis, C. A., & Soldat, A. S. (2002). The influence of affect on cognitive processes: Implications of the informative nature of affect in the area of industrial and product design. In J. Frascara (Ed.), Design and the social sciences: Making connections (pp. 178-193). New York: Taylor & Francis.
- Young Leslie, H., & Moore, S. E. (2012). Constructions of happiness and satisfaction in the Kingdom of Tonga. In H. Selin & G. Davey (Eds.) Happiness across cultures: Views of happiness and quality of life in non-western cultures (pp. 181-193). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-2700-7_13
- Cultural Psychology
- Environmental Psychology
- History and Systems of Psychology
- Intimate Relationships and Human Sexuality
- Introductory Psychology
- Political Psychology
- Psychological Research: Skills and Methods
- Psychology of Religion
- Social Cognition
- Social Psychology
Sean E. Moore
Department of Social Sciences
University of Alberta, Augustana Campus
4901 46 Avenue
Camrose, Alberta T4V 2R3
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