Pictured are Professor Mary O'Sullivan, Dean Faculty of Education and Health Science, Professor Orla Muldoon and Professor Don Barry, UL President.
Professor Orla MUldoon, Head of UL's new Department of Pyschology delivered her inaugural lecture entitled "Seeing the Woods and the Trees: A social psychological analysis of adaptation and adversity" in UL recently.
Professor Muldoon's Lecture outlined the value of social psychological approach to understanding social issues as well as the effect that 'accidents of birth' can have on ones life chances.
"Those born into poorer families or minority groups are those that are likely to encounter the most stress and have the most negative views of themselves and their abilities by as early as age 8. Our experiences of life can differ radically contingent on our place in society. As a result of a common psychological process known as social identification, the manner in which we see ourselves can thus become bound up in our group memberships. So we don't always see ourselves as an individual, sometimes we view ourselves in terms of our group memberships- we are Irish, a Munster supporter or a mothe," said Professor Muldoon.
Using examples from her own research in this area over the last 15 years, Professor Muldoon detailed the lessons that can be learnt from attending to the role of group level factors and processes in determining health and well-being.