Rory MacLean

Rory MacLean

Dr Rory MacLean BSc (Hons), PhD, SFHEA, MBPsS

Lecturer

Biography

My main area of research interest is the psychology of creativity, and completed my PhD investigating the relationship between adult ageing and creativity at the University of Aberdeen. I am also interested in how creativity is related to cognition (e.g., attention), emotion, and its role in the performing arts.

My other research interests are varied, but mainly focus around cognition or personality, often with a forensic angle. Previous or current projects include: jury decision-making, narcissism, inter-partner violence, and child eyewitness testimony. I have also provided statistical and methodological support to a number of other projects.

I worked as an ad-hoc lecturer in psychology at Robert Gordon University, before joining Edinburgh Napier University in 2014. I currently teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, focusing on memory, creativity, individual differences, and statistics and research methods. I also have experience of teaching overseas, and am the module leader and visiting lecturer for individual differences modules running in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Research Groups

Esteem

External Examining/Validations

  • Robert Gordon University, MSc Applied Psychology
  • The Open University, Cognitive Psychology (DD303)

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member, American Psychological Association Division 10 (Aesthetics, Creativity & Arts)
  • International Affiliate, American Psychological Association
  • Graduate Member, British Psychological Soceity

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Midlothian Science Festival

 

Date


26 results

Verdict spotting: Investigating the effects of juror bias, evidence anchors, and verdict system in jurors

Journal Article
Curley, L. J., Murray, J., MacLean, R., Munro, J., Lages, M., Frumkin, L. A., …Brown, D. (in press)
Verdict spotting: Investigating the effects of juror bias, evidence anchors, and verdict system in jurors. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, https://doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2021.1904450
The Scottish verdict of not proven represents a second acquittal verdict which is not legally defined. Existing research into the influence of the not proven verdict on jury d...

Unmasking gender differences in narcissism within intimate partner violence

Journal Article
Green, A., MacLean, R., & Charles, K. (2020)
Unmasking gender differences in narcissism within intimate partner violence. Personality and Individual Differences, 167, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110247
Theoretical understanding of gender differences in narcissistic presentation is underdeveloped due to an overrepresentation of males in the narcissism literature. This study i...

Recollections of parenting styles in the development of narcissism: The role of gender

Journal Article
Valashjardi, A., MacLean, R., & Charles, K. (2020)
Recollections of parenting styles in the development of narcissism: The role of gender. Personality and Individual Differences, 167, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110246
Narcissism in females is under-theorized in the literature due to a predominant focus on grandiose features indicative of the male gender. This study aimed to investigate reca...

Is the definition of task-irrelevant contextual information black and white?

Journal Article
Curley, L. J., Munro, J., Lages, M., MacLean, R., & Murray, J. (2020)
Is the definition of task-irrelevant contextual information black and white?. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 65(2), 668-670. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14273
Author's response to "Commentary on: Curley LJ, Munro J, Lages M, MacLean R, Murray J. Assessing cognitive bias in forensic decisions: a review and outlook. J Forensic Sci doi...

Perceptions of female narcissism in intimate partner violence: A thematic analysis

Journal Article
Green, A., Charles, K., & Maclean, R. (2019)
Perceptions of female narcissism in intimate partner violence: A thematic analysis. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, 13-27
This study sought to explicitly investigate manifestations off ema/,e narcissism and their attempts at self-regulation in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV). This ...

Assessing cognitive bias in forensic decisions: A review and outlook

Journal Article
Curley, L. J., Munro, J., Lages, M., MacLean, R., & Murray, J. (2020)
Assessing cognitive bias in forensic decisions: A review and outlook. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 65(2354-360), https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14220
In recent years, a number of studies have demonstrated that forensic examiners can be biased by task-irrelevant contextual information. However, concerns relating to methodolo...

Positive changes and appreciation of life among economic immigrants in Scotland.

Journal Article
Bak-Klimek, A., Karatzias, T., Elliott, L., Dickson, A., & MacLean, R. (2020)
Positive changes and appreciation of life among economic immigrants in Scotland. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 21, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-019-00669-w
Objectives: Existing qualitative studies focussed predominantly on exploring immigrants’ stress, distress and coping aimed at reducing stress. Little attention has been paid t...

The Dynamic Definition of Creativity: Implications for Creativity Assessment

Book Chapter
Carruthers, L., & MacLean, R. (2019)
The Dynamic Definition of Creativity: Implications for Creativity Assessment. In R. A. Beghetto, & G. Emanuele Corazza (Eds.), Dynamic Perspectives on Creativity: New Directions for Theory, Research, and Practice in Education (207-223). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-99163-4_12
Within this chapter, we consider the dynamic definition of creativity within a practical context, with roots in psychological measurement. A discussion of some of the existing...

The relationship between creativity and attention in adults

Journal Article
Carruthers, L., MacLean, R., & Willis, A. (2018)
The relationship between creativity and attention in adults. Creativity Research Journal, 30(4), 370-379
Creativity is a valuable attribute that involves the generation of original ideas; attention is a vital function that facilitates information selection. There is some evidence...

Threshold point utilisation in juror decision-making

Journal Article
Curley, L. J., MacLean, R., Murray, J., Pollock, A. C., & Laybourn, P. (2019)
Threshold point utilisation in juror decision-making. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 26(1), 110-128. https://doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2018.1485520
The current research aimed to identify whether a model of juror decision making (i.e. the threshold model) that encompasses both rational and intuitive decision making exists....

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